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College of Medicine Commencement

2017 Commencement Program Ruth Brown

Congratulations to all of our graduates and the recipients of the President's Medal: Dr. Ruth Brown and Dr. Michael Lucchesi!

Click here for more information and to view the photo and video highlights.

Daniel Hale Williams Society (DHWS) — SNMA chapter

DHWS Students

Senior Reception

This celebration serves as a special opportunity to highlight the experiences and accomplishments of our graduating seniors over the last four years. In addition, two members of our SUNY Downstate community who have made contributions and provided support to DHWS are honored during the dinner.



Dr. Dale Blackstock Lecture and Awards Ceremony — Women's History Month

Cover Women



  • Dr. Pamela Straker
    Director of Operations, Brooklyn Health Disparities Center (BHDC)


  • Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster
    Associate Dean, Dr. Anika Daniels-Osaze, Director; Office of Diversity Education and Research


  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Office of Diversity Education and Research

Award Recipients

Dr. Dale Blackstock Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service

  • Teresa Smith, MS, MSEd
    Clinical Assistant Professor & Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine

Diversity Champions Award

  • Daisy Cruz-Richman, PhD, RN
    Dean, College of Nursing
  • Ann Marie Cullen
    Administrator, Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development 
  • Lotus Jones
    Assistant Director, Office of Academic Development 
  • Betty Jung, RN
    Patient Educator 
  • Margaret Kaplan, PhD, OTR/L
    Associate Professor, College of Health Related Professions

Outstanding Service Award

  • Margaret Johnson
    Cleaner, Facilities Management & Development

Dr. Samuel L. Kountz Lecture on Black Men's Health

Lecture on black men's health Woman presenting


  • Dr. K. Torian Easterling,
    Assistant Commissioner,
    Office of Mental Health and Hygiene (OMH)


  • Dr. May Valmont,
    Director of the Health Science Academy (HSA),
    Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH)


  • Emmanuel Adomfeh,
    4th year medical student
  • Professor Joseph Jennes,
    Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
  • Dr. Michael Joseph,
    Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Dr. Allen Lewis,
    Dean, College of Health Related Professors

Diversity Mixer for Residents and Fellows

Diversity mixer

Moderator: Teresa Smith, MD, Emergency Medicine


  • Joseph Merlino, MD - Psychiatry, VP, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
  • Steven Wadoski, MD -Pediatrics, DOI, Office of Graduate Medical Education
  • Stephen Rinnert, MD - Emergency Medicine, Vice Chairman for Faculty Development and Education
  • Christina Guillen, MD - Pediatrics, Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
  • Robert Gore, MD - Emergency Medicine, Assistant Residency Director 

Hispanic Heritage Month Event

Lecture in progress

Keynote Speaker

  • Manuel Rosa
    Director of Community Relations at the NYS Governor’s Office of Faith Based Community Development Services
    Former Assistant Vice President, NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation


  • Humberto Brown
    Director of Health Disparities Initiative & New Constituency Development
  • Patricia Peralta, 
    MS3 student
  • Samuel Marquez, PhD
    Co-Director of Gross Cell Biology - College of Medicine
    Director of Gross Cell Biology - College of Health Related Professions
    Director of Anatomical Donor Program