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College of Medicine Commencement

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

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Daniel Hale Williams Society (DHWS)-SNMA chapter

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


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

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

Sponsors: 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

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

Moderator: 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

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

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