Two SUNY Downstate Physicians Honored by Medical Society of The County of Kings

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Mar 10, 2020

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Carla-Boutin Foster, M.D., M.S., and William P. Urban, M.D., to be recognized during annual Doctors Day Celebration

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (March 10, 2020) – Two SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University physicians are among 13 doctors to be honored tomorrow by the Medical Society of the County of Kings at its 9th Annual Doctors Recognition Day.

Carla-Boutin Foster, M.D., M.S.Carla-Boutin Foster, M.D., M.S., nominated by the Provident Medical Society, is the Associate Dean of the Office of Diversity Education and Research at SUNY Downstate and a member of the faculty of the College of Medicine. For more than two decades, Dr. Boutin-Foster has developed programs that help to recruit Black and Latino students to pursue careers in medicine and science.  She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian of Weill Cornell Medical Center. She also holds a Master's degree from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology.

As the founding Associate Dean for Diversity Education and Research, she promotes diversity and reduces disparities through education and research, creating programs to attract and train underrepresented students in science traditionally.  Dr. Boutin-Foster, who is of Haitian descent, has served as the director and principal investigator of the Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Disparities Research and Community Engagement (CEDREC), which was funded by an $8M P60 award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health.  She is an alumna of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Community Health and is past Chair of the Minority Health Council for the New York State Department of Health.

William Urban, M. D.William P. Urban, M.D., nominated by SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at SUNY Downstate. He also serves as the Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery for One Brooklyn Health and Chairman of the Board of University Physicians of Brooklyn.

Under Dr. Urban’s leadership,  the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine instituted a program of providing orthopaedic services to seven Brooklyn hospitals, as well as a Brooklyn-wide comprehensive sports medicine outreach program for athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Dr. Urban is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, as well as shoulder and knee surgery. He is a graduate of the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery; he completed his fellowship at the University of Kentucky.

About National Doctors' Day

National Doctors' Day is held each year on March 30 in the United States to celebrate the contribution of physicians. The United States House of Representatives adopted a 1958 Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day, and in 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctor's Day. In October 1990, President George Bush signed the Resolution designating March 30 as "National Doctor's Day."


About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.