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The President’s Bulletin is a bi-weekly publication created to keep students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, friends, and others informed about the latest news at Downstate Health Sciences University. We hope you enjoy reading the articles and find them informative and useful.

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Sushil K. Ahlawat, M.D., MS, MBBS, FACP, FASGE, AGAF

Department of Medicine Welcomes New Leadership

by Office of The President - February 21 , 2023

Downstate welcomes the newest member of the Department of Medicine’s leadership specializing in Gerontology, Hepatology, and critical care. Sushil K. Ahlawat, M.D., MS, MBBS, FACP, FASGE, AGAF, professor of medicine, chief, Division of Gastroenterology...

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Downstate’s Health Promotion Center Highlights 2023 Milestones in Annual Report

by Office of the President - May 23 , 2024

The new 2023 Annual Report of the SUNY Downstate Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness (the Center) highlights its substantial influence on community health, delivering educational and screening services to over 7,000 Brooklyn residents...

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Family Medicine Clinic Opens in New Location under “Downstate Health” Brand

by Office of the President - April 2 , 2024

After nearly three decades, SUNY Downstate has moved its Lefferts Clinic into a new facility located at 253 Empire Boulevard. Now known as the Family Medicine Clinic (FMC), under the Downstate Health sub-brand, the new location boasts 7,700 square...

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Joel Levine Lectureship

Rebuilding Trust, Delivering Equity:

by Office of the President - October 17 , 2023

Last month, I was pleased to host the second annual Joel S. Levine Memorial Lectureship, welcoming and introducing distinguished guest Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., MPH, also the niece of Joel S. Levine, M.D., for whom the lectureship is named. Dr. Cohen,...

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Introducing Collaborative Care: A New Community Mental Health Initiative

by Office of the President - May 24 , 2023

Congratulations to the University Hospital at Downstate (UHD) social work team on its new Collaborative Care Mental Health Initiative rollout in conjunction with National Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Becker’s Hospital Review Honors SUNY Downstate and UHD’s Best

by Office of the President - April 3 , 2023

Congratulations to Tashma Watson, Ph.D., R.N., CSSM, who was named among the Becker’s Hospital Review 2023 List of the 149 Black Healthcare Leaders to Know. Congratulations to Wren Lester, Ph.D., CPXP, CPHQ, UHD chief experience officer, who was...

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Three Cheers for UHD’s 2023 Patient Safety and Quality Fair!

by Office of the President - March 20 , 2023

Last week, excited UHD staff presented their innovative ideas to help make patient care safer and discussed projects to improve our policies, processes, and practices. UHD’s third annual Patient Safety and Quality Fair was a dynamic in-person event...

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Downstate Organizes Health Fair at Emmanuel Baptist Church

by Office of the President - March 20 , 2023

Downstate’s Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness (CCHPW) and the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) organized a health fair at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fort Greene on March 12, 2023.

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Sushil K. Ahlawat, M.D., MS, MBBS, FACP, FASGE, AGAF

Department of Medicine Welcomes New Leadership

by Office of The President - February 21 , 2023

Downstate welcomes the newest member of the Department of Medicine’s leadership specializing in Gerontology, Hepatology, and critical care. Sushil K. Ahlawat, M.D., MS, MBBS, FACP, FASGE, AGAF, professor of medicine, chief, Division of Gastroenterology...

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Tags: Department of Medicine

Sumanth C. Suresh, M.D., FACS

Interim Chief of Surgical Oncology Appointed

by Office of The President - February 21 , 2023

Sumanth C. Suresh, M.D., FACS, has been appointed interim chief of the newly formed Division of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Suresh, who joined Downstate in 2019, assumes this role following his leadership within the Divisions of General and Transplant...

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Tags: Surgery, Surgical Oncology

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Take-Home COVID Tests Replace On-Campus Surveillance Saliva Test

by Office of the President - February 7 , 2023

The Surveillance Saliva Testing Program is no longer required for employees and students at Downstate.

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Tags: COVID-19

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SUNY Downstate and Maimonides Health Expand Cancer Care in Central Brooklyn

by Office of the President - February 7 , 2023

Statistics show that people diagnosed earlier with cancer are more likely to survive, have better care experiences, and have lower treatment morbidity, resulting in an improved quality of life compared with those diagnosed later. However, access...

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