SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Appoints Bonnie Granat, Ph.D. as Senior Associate Dean for Assessment and Quality Improvement in the College of Medicine

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Aug 24, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Dawn S. Walker  | | (347) 533-2071

photo of Bonnie GranatBROOKLYN, NY— SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine dean F. Charles Brunicardi, M.D., announced the appointment of Bonnie Granat, Ph.D. as the Senior Associate Dean for Assessment and Quality Improvement in the College of Medicine.

"I am pleased to appoint Dr. Granat to this critical position as we seek to expand our reach as an academic resource at SUNY Downstate," said Dean Brunicardi. "Dr. Granat's many years of experience in educational innovation will help to transform the professional paths for the next generation of healthcare leaders. We look forward to what she will accomplish in this role."

Dr. Granat will support the expansion of the College of Medicine's educational programs and will develop the continuous quality improvement processes that will enable the College to establish its short- and long-term programmatic goals. This work will result in the achievement of measurable outcomes used to improve educational program quality and ensure effective monitoring of the medical education program's compliance with accreditation standards—an essential component to the College's LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) re-accreditation process.

"I am honored by this appointment and feel privileged to be in an institution that places such a high value on the quality of the educational experience for our students," said Dr. Granat. "The ability of our leadership to understand the needs of our students is critical to the experiential learning opportunities our students seek. I look forward to working with everyone to enhance and accomplish our educational mission here at SUNY Downstate."

With 16 years of experience in higher education administration, including many presentations and published articles on medical education, Dr. Granat will design and implement curriculum assessment programs, and monitor student progress. For the past six years, she has served the SUNY Downstate campus with a superb commitment to continuous quality improvement and organizational success—including the creation of a program where student teams evaluate their instructors and learning experiences. 

Dr. Granat earned her Ph.D. in Education and Literary Studies, and her M.S. in Elementary Education, both from Hofstra University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, and also serves as an evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Granat holds a New York State Certification in Education and Reading and is certified in online teaching and data analytics. 


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.