“commons”: (n) a place where members of a community meet
for sharing, support and recognition
June 2008
In This Issue
Volume 1, Number 4
• Welcome
• Faculty Achievements
• Grants
• Publications
• Presentations
• Service
• Teaching Contributions
• Promotions
• New Faculty
• Faculty Development
• Other news
March for Babies 2008
240 people joined Team Upstate at the March for Babies to raise over $12,000
for the March of Dimes in April.
Faculty Achievements
Honors and
Honors & Awards ~ Congratulations to:
Richard Aubry, MD, Pediatrics, received the Outstanding District Service
Award for District II, from the Academy College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists. Five doctors across the US received awards for their service.
Sharon Brangman, MD and Khatuna Stepkovitch, MD, Medicine, were part
of a team from Upstate that received the Geriatric Research Award for their
project titled “Impact of a Geriatric Team on the Outcomes of the Hospitalized
Elderly Patient”, from the New York State Council of Health-System
David Duggan, MD, MACP, Medicine and Associate Vice President for
Clinical Initiatives, became a new Master of the American College of Physicians.
Mastership is bestowed upon select ACP Fellows each year in recognition of
significant accomplishments in medicine, holding positions of high honor, and
outstanding service to the College. ACP is a national organization of internists
with a total membership of over 123,000. Dr. Duggan has served as both
Governor of the Upstate NY Region ACP and President of the New York State
ACP. There are currently eight masters in the Upstate NY region, and thirtyeight across NYS.
Timothy Endy, MD, MPH, Medicine, has been selected to be a Faculty Fellow
in the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowships of the
Department of Defense.
James Greenwald, MD, Family Medicine, was recently voted the PresidentElect of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians.
Diane Luft, Health Sciences Library, has been invited to serve on an external
review team for a proposed baccalaureate program in Radiologic Technology at
Trocaire College in Buffalo. The team will evaluate the institution's library and
its readiness to support the new program.
John B. McCabe, MD FACEP, Emergency Medicine, and William D. Grant,
EdD, Family Medicine, have been appointed to the editorial board of the Chinese
Journal of Emergency Medicine. The journal is expanding its offerings in
English language articles. The CJEM is the only such journal in China, is
indexed in EMBASE and will be seeking MedLine/PubMed indexing.
John B. McCabe, MD FACEP, Emergency Medicine, and William D. Grant,
EdD, Family Medicine, were appointed Visiting Professors as the Zhejiang
Chinese Medical University. ZCMU provides programs in fields of medicine,
science, engineering, management and literature (arts) with Chinese medicine
being its main focus.
Nancy A. Nussmeier, MD, Anesthesiology, was appointed to the Food and Drug
Administration Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee. The
FDA meetings have occurred on March 10-11 and May 5-7, 2008.
Richard O'Neill, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is a member and a
major contributor to the HealthLink On Air Team, which won the 2008
President's Employee Recognition "Outstanding Contribution of the Year" award.
Joseph Sanger, PhD, Cell and Developmental Biology, was elected to the Board
of Directors of the American Association of Anatomists for a three year term.
Lynn Beth Satterly, MD, Family Medicine, received the Leonard Tow
Humanism in Medicine Award in May 2008
Paul F. Shanley, MD, Pathology, is the first recipient of the "Excellence in
Teaching Award" of the local Alpha Omega Alpha chapter.
Irene Sills, MD, Pediatrics, has been elected as a member of the Executive
Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Endocrinology.
Eduardo Solessio, PhD, Ophthalmology, was part of a team called “Light
Innovations” which won 2nd place in the Panasci Business Plan Competition. The
2nd place win netted the team $7,500 to put toward their business concept. They
were advised by the following SUNY Upstate Medical University Researchers:
Dr. Robert Barlow, Dr. Daniel Ts’o, and Dr. Gustav Engbretson as well as by
Prof. Larry Bennett from Whitman School of Business at SU.
Sandra Sulik, MD, Family Medicine, began her term as the President of the St.
Joseph's Hospital medical staff. She was voted the first female President of the
Medical Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in January 2008
Robert L. Sunheimer, MSMT(ASCP)SC, SLS, Clinical Laboratory Science,
has been asked to join a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts (from all over the United
States) on Laboratory Safety which will convene at the CDC in Atlanta GA.
The charge is to investigate critical issues relevant to clinical laboratory safety.
He will be representing the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Ruth S. Weinstock MD PhD, Medicine, was appointed Co-Chair, Upstate New
York Consortium for Healthcare Research and Quality (UNYCHRQ) and the
Upstate New York Translational Research Network Pilot Research Collaborative
Grants Workgroup for 2008.
AND: While not typical for The Faculty Commons, we thought we should
include this important tribute: “Dr Lionel Rudoph recently ran in the Mountain
Goat race. At 84 years old, he is a valuable member of our Medicine faculty. He
volunteers every Thursday afternoon, precepting internal medicine residents at
UHCC. He remains very current with the medical literature and his experience is
invaluable. A great role model and colleague for learners of any age.”
Grants Awarded
Vivian Gahtan, MD, and Kristopher Maier, PhD, Surgery
Veterans Administration Merit Grant. “Thrombospondin-1, VSMC Migration
and Small G Proteins-A Role for Statins”. $422,800
Ajeet Gajra, MD, Chirag Shah, MD, Medicine, and Sanjay Mukhopadhyay,
MD, Pathology (Co-PIs)
Michael E. Connolly Lung Cancer Research Endowment, “Impact of VEGFR1
and CD117 Expression in Prioary Tumor and Uninvolved Lymph Nodes upon
Clinical Outcomes in Stage 1B non Small Cell Lung Cancer. $20,000
Ying Huang, MD PhD. (PI), Pharmacology
National Cancer Institute (NIH), RO1 grant. “Role of a Novel Lysophospholipase
in Tumoriogenesis”, 2008-2013, $1,465,987 in total costs.
Lisa Kaufmann, MD, Medicine,
Susan G Komen Foundation. To offer the mindful eating program to breast
cancer survivors. $10,000
Diane Luft and Brad Long, Health Sciences Library
Advocate Grant Funding program at Upstate. "R-Psych Library: Information
Services for Mental Health Providers and Patients in Rural New York State."
Christopher Morley, MA, (PI), and Lynn-Beth Satterly, MD, (Co-I), Family
CVS/Caremark. "The Syracuse Indigent Care Consortium: A Partnership
Between Academia and the Community to Provide Care for the
Gary Nieman, Surgery
National Institutes of Health. “Electroporation-mediated pulmonary gene transfer
for acute lung injury”. R33.
Rosemary Rochford, PhD, (PI) Microbiology & Immunology,
National Institutes of Health. “Micronutrient Malnutrition and EBV Persistence
in Children. R03. 04/01/2008 - 03/31/2011. $114,092.
Rosemary Rochford, PhD, (PI) Microbiology & Immunology
Alex's Lemonade Stand Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Directors
Award. “Molecular epidemiology to detect tumor precursors in children at risk
for endemic Burkitt's lumphoma” 07/01/2008 - 06/30/2010. $99,695.
Tamara A. Scerpella, MD, (PI) Orthopedic Surgery
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease-NIH “Sustained
Skeletal Benefits of Adolescent Loading”. RO1, 8/09-8/14. $250,000/yr.
Bettina Smallman, MD, Anesthesiology
Children’s Miracle Network grant for notebook computers for anesthesia
machines in 3N Children’s Surgery Center. $ 4,615
Mary Lou Vallano, PhD, (PI) Neuroscience & Physiology
National Institute of Drug Abuse-NIH, "A calcium/calcineurin signaling cascade
regulates neuronal cannabinoid receptors",
RO3. 4/1/2008 to 3/31/2010. total costs $150,000
Intramural Grants Awarded following 4/1/08 Deadline
Gino Cingolani, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
“Architecture of Viral DNA Delivery Machinery: Support for Postdoctoral
Fellow, Anshul Bhardwaj, PhD, $24,664
Sandra Hayes, PhD, Microbiology and Immunology,
Bridge funding, “Molecular Mechanisms of γδ T Cell Receptor Signaling”
Richard Hoopes, PhD, Medicine
Bridge funding, “Functional Genomic Analysis of a Rat QTL for Hypercalcuria”,
Stewart Loh, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bridge funding, “ Development of Protein-Based Molecular Switches for
Biosensors and Therapy”, $50,000
Paul Massa, PhD, Neurology
Bridge funding, “Regulation of Interferon Activity of SHP-1 in CNS”,$50,000
Jennifer Moffat, PhD, Microbiology and Immunology
Bridge funding, “Cell Biology of Varicella Zoster Virus: Host Targets for
Growth Control”, $50,000
Joseph Sanger, PhD, Cell and Developmental Biology
Equipment grant, Purchase of Multi-User Spinning Disc Confocal Microscope,
Gustavo de la Roza, Jamie Tull, Antony Shrimpton, Alfredo Valente,
Shengle Zhang. Detection of FOX01 (FKHR) Gene Break-apart by
Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization in Fromalin-fixed, Paraffin-embedded
Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcomas and its Clinicopathologic Correlation. Diagnostic
Molecular Pathology, March, 2008.
Gabriel Haas, Ching Y. Wang, Gustavo de la Roza. The Worldwide
Epidemiology of Prostate Cancer: Perspectives from Autopsy Studies,
Canadian Journal of Urology, Feb., 2008
Taro Iguchi, Ching Y Wang, Gustavo de la Roza, Gabriel Haas. Association
Between Manganese Superoxidase Dismutase and Prostate Cancer: An Autopsy
Study. Journal of Urology, April, 2008.
A. Singh, Y. Kinoshita, PRM Rovito, Jr., S. Landas, J. Silberstein, I. Nsouli,
CY Wang, GP Haas. Oncology: Adrenal/Renal/Upper Tract/Bladder
Journal of Urology, 179(5), May 2008
Jerrold Abraham, Robert Kellman, Kamal Khurana. Calcium Pyrophosphate
Dihydrate Deposition Disease (CPPD)/Pseudogout of the Temporomandibular
joint – FNA Findings and Microanalysis, Cytojournal April 21, 2008.
Jerrold Abraham, Charu Thakral. Tissue Distribution and Kinetics of
Gadolinium and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis. European Journal of Radiology.
May 2008 .
Kristina Lorenzena, Adam S. Olia, Charlotte Uetrechta, Gino Cingolani, Albert
J.R. Heck. Determination of stoichiometry and conformational changes in the
first step of the P22 tail assembly. Journal of Molecular Biology accepted online
February 17, 2008:
Nicolas B. Delongchamps, Gustavo de la Roza , Vishal Chandan, Richard
Jones, Robert Sunheimer, Gregory Threatte, Mary Jumbelic, Gabriel P
Haas. Evaluation of prostatitis in autopsied prostates - is chronic inflammation
more associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia or cancer? Journal of Urology,
2008, 179; 1736-40.
Dexter F, Dexter EU, Masursky D, Nussmeier, NA. Systematic review of
general thoracic surgery articles to identify predictors of operating room case
durations. Anesth Analg 2008:106-1232-41.
Graziano SL, Herndon II, JE, Socinski MA, Wang X, Watson D, Vokes E,
Green MR. Phase II Trial of Weekly Dose-Dense Paclitaxel in Extensive Stage
Small Cell Lung Cancer: Cancer and Leukemia Group B Study 39901. J Thorac
Oncol 2008; 3(2):158-162.
Hall WA, Truwit CL. Intraoperative MR-guided neurosurgery. J Magn Reson
Imaging 2008; 27:368-375.
Wu A, Ericson K, Oh S, Chen L, Hall WA, Champoux PE, Low WC, Ohlfest
JR. Persistence of CD133+ cells in human and mouse glioma cell lines: detailed
characterization of GL261 glioma cells with cancer stem cell-like properties.
Stem Cells and Development 2008; 17:173-184.
Hall WA, Truwit CL. The surgical management of infections involving the
cerebrum. Neurosurgery 2008; 62:SHC519-531.
He Q, Luo X, Jin W, Huang Y, Reddy MV, Reddy EP, Sheikh MS. Celecoxib
and a novel COX-2 inhibitor ON09310 upregulate death receptor 5 expression
via GADD153/CHOP. Oncogene, 2008;27:2656-2660.
Kates, WR, Emanuel, BS, eds., Deletion of 22q11.2, special issue of
Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews 2008; 14(1).
Funderburk JS, Maisto SA, Sugarman DE, Smucny J, Epling J. How do alcohol
brief interventions fit with models of integrated primary care? Families, Systems
& Health 2008;26(1):1-15
Mehta P, Ploutz-Snyder R, Nandi J, Rawlins SR, Sanderson SO, Levine RA.
Diagnostic accuracy of serum hyaluronic acid, FibroSpect II, and YKL-40 for
discriminating fibrosis stages in chronic hepatitis C. Am J Gastroentero. 2008;
Morley CP, Beatty PG. Ethical Problems in Rural Health Care: Local Symptoms,
but Systemic Disease. Invited commentary, American Journal of Bioethics
A. Tsantrizos, NR Ordway, E Martz, K Myint, HA Yuan: Mechanical and
Biomechanical Characterization of a Polyurethane Nucleus Replacement Device
Injected and In Situ Cured within a Balloon. Spine Arthroplasty Society Journal
2008; 2(1): 28-39.
NR Ordway, C Abjornson, J Calabrese, B Fredrickson, K Yonemura, HA
Yuan, A Fayyazi: Twelve month follow-up of lumbar spine range of motion
following intervertebral disc replacement using radiostereometric analysis. Spine
Arthoplasty Society Journal 2008; 2(1): 9-15.
CW Ryan. Association Between Colonic Symptoms and
Inattention/Hyperactivity in British Children”. Child and Adolescent Mental
Health, 2008.
Shanley PF, Kelly KC. Studying Published Cases and the Medical Literature
Curriculum. Med Educ 2008; 42(5): 521-22.
Safar M, Smulyan H. Central Blood Pressure and Hypertension. Editorial
Commentary. Hypertension 2008; 51:819-820.
Smulyan H, Sheehe PR, Safar, ME. A preliminary evaluation of the mean
arterial pressure as measured by cuff oscillometry. Am J Hypertension 2008
(Feb); 21:166-171.
Trief PM, Ellison RA. Controversies:Mandated diabetes registries will not
benefit persons with diabetes. Arch Int Med 2008;168:799-802.
Rebuttal: Arch Int Med 2008;168:803
Gemel J, Lin X, Veenstra RD, Beyer EC. Cx30.2 can form heteromeric gap
junction channels with other cardiac connexins. Biochem Biophys Res Comm
369: 388-394, 2008.
Palmas W, Pickering TG, Teresi J, Schwartz JE, Field LS, Weinstock RS, Shea
S. Telemedicine Home Blood Pressure Measurements and Progression of
Albuminuria in Elderly People with Diabetes. Hypertension 2008; 51:1-7.
Book and Book Chapters
Dewan, MJ, Steenbarger, BN, Greenberg, RP. Brief Psychotherapies. In The
American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry 2008; 5th Edition:
Lane, SD, Why are our babies dying? Pregnancy, birth and death in America,
Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers., 2008
Published Abstracts
PF Rosenbaum, JL Abraham, G Siwinski, A Fernandez. Improvement in Air
Quality Parameters in Intervention Study Homes of Asthmatic Children.
Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 117: abstract issue A187, April 2008.
Also presented as a poster at the American Thoracic Society Meeting, May 2008
in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Kim PD, Jennings JS, Middleton FA, Canute GW, Hall WA. Microarray
analysis of paired initial and recurrent high grade gliomas. Paper 830. J
Neurosurg 2008; 108:A887.
Albert S, Kubiak B, Hutchinson G, Norbury K, Nieman G. Negative pressure
therapy improved outcome in a clinically applicable abdominal compartment
syndrome porcine model. Crit Care 2008;12 (2):S126.
Kubiak B, Albert S, Hutchinson G, Norbury K, Nieman G. Clinically
applicable porcine model of abdominal compartment syndrome. Crit Care
2008;12 (2):S127
JJ Pang, B Lei, W Deng, Y Umino, D Everhart, Q Li, B Chang, M Biel, RB
Barlow, WW Hauswirth. AAV-Mediated Gene Therapy Restores Cone System
Functions in cpfl5 Mouse, a Model of Human Achromatopsia with CNGA3
Mutation. ARVO 2008 Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. May 1, 2008.
Parikh J, Caswell J, Mortelliti A, Chatterjee D, Smallman B. Anesthetic
Management of a child with Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa presenting with
Stridor. 2nd Annual NYSSA Conference for Anesthesiology Residents and
Fellows. Syracuse, NY. May 4, 2008.
D Everhart, K Cusato, RB Barlow. Acute Hypoglycemia Impairs Visual
Function in Mice. ARVO 2008 Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. May 1,
K Cusato, N Arora, M Sapolsky, FA Middleton. Retinal and Lens
Development Are Disrupted in Alpha-E-Catenin Null Mice. ARVO 2008
Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr. 30, 2008.
Mahajan A, Caswell J, Fink G, Nussmeier N, Sarwar M. ECMO with
Monitored Anesthesia Care. 2nd Annual NYSSA Conference for Anesthesiology
Residents and Fellows. Syracuse, NY. May 4, 2008.
IS Tolocica, S Narendra, CE Fuller. Tumor to Tumor Metastises Causing Rapid
Meningioma Enlargement. Experimeental Biology 2008 meeting, April 5-9, San
Shah B, Gorji R. Diabetes Insipidus triggered by induction of anesthesia.. 2nd
Annual NYSSA Conference for Anesthesiology Residents and Fellows.
Syracuse, NY. May 4, 2008.
Aron J, Tham SW, Caswell J, Giorgi S, Hwang D, Sills R, Prust L, Smallman
B. Intrathecal fentanyl for combined lumbar puncture and bone marrow
aspiration in a pediatric patient with mediastinal mass.. 2nd Annual NYSSA
Conference for Anesthesiology Residents and Fellows. Syracuse, NY. May 4,
M. Haeri, A. Adekeye, S. Baker, V. Arshavsky, B. Knox. Visualization of
Different Organelles and Compartments in Photoreceptors. ARVO 2008 Annual
Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr. 28, 2008.
CM Kuemmel, M-H. Chen, BE Knox. Retinal Release of Cone Visual Pigment.
ARVO 2008 Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr. 28, 2008.
DE Kolva, Todd Lorenc, J Matuszak.. Teaching Medico-legal Recommendations
in Sports Medicine to Family Medicine Residents: Writing Sample Office Policy.
STFM 41st Annual Spring Conference, Baltimore, Maryland on May 1, 2008
Park, SA, Ordway, NR, Fayyazi, AH, Fredrickson, BF, Yuan, HA.
Comparison of Cobb Technique and Radiostereometric Analysis in Measurement
of Segmental Range of Motions Following Lumbar Total Disc Arthroplasty. 8th
Annual Meeting of the Spine Arthroplasty Society, Miami, FL, USA, May 6-9,
Call T, Auerbach F, Riddell S, Kiska D, Kasprowicz K, Craig T, Li F, Sarwar
M, Kinlap M, Tham SW, Thongrod S, Nussmeier N., SUNY Upstate Medical
University, Syracuse, NY, Nosocomial Contamination of Laryngoscope Handles:
Challenging Current Guidelines, May 4, 2008
K Mori, T Saito, FA Dodge, RB Barlow. Visual Processing of High Contrast
Objects in the Brain. ARVO 2008 Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr.
29, 2008.
Bick J, Disbury J, Sarwar M. Asymptomatic Aneurysm of the Saphenous Vein
Graft to the Circumflex Coronary Artery. 2nd Annual NYSSA Conference for
Anesthesiology Residents and Fellows. Syracuse, NY. May 4, 2008.
Trusilo M, Smallman B, Puthumana N, Romano D. Spinal Anesthesia in a twoweek-old full term neonate presenting with hypotonia and failure to thrive with
suspected congenital myopathy for vastus muscle biopsy. 2nd Annual NYSSA
Conference for Anesthesiology Residents and Fellows. Syracuse, NY. May 4,
Y Umino, E Solessio, R Hermann, V Arshavsky, RB Barlow. Temporal Vision
of R9AP Knockout Mice With Slow Photoreceptor Inactivation. ARVO 2008
Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr. 30, 2008.
N Cuenca, Y Umino, L Fernandez-Sanchez, E Solessio, RB. Barlow.
Hypoglycemia Decreases Synaptic Contacts in the Mouse Retina. ARVO 2008
Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr. 30, 2008.
Aron J, Smallman B. Goal Oriented Preoperative Anxiety Prevention – The
Balloon and Mask Technique. 2nd Annual NYSSA Conference for
Anesthesiology Residents and Fellows. Syracuse, NY. May 4, 2008.
Pallan J, Mahajan A, Thomas PS. CT Guided Transforaminal Epidural Steroid
Injection. 2nd Annual NYSSA Conference for Anesthesiology Residents and
Fellows. Syracuse, NY. May 4, 2008.
DY Ts’o, J Schallek, G McLellan, S Viswanathan. Functional Retinal Imaging of
Intrinsic Optical Signals in a Cat Model of Glaucoma. ARVO 2008 Annual
Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr. 28, 2008.
Walter Hall, MD, Neurosurgery, presented “Functional MR-guided tumor
resection. In Ethics-Basics-Clinics in Neurosurgery. International Symposium in
Kiel, April 10-12, 2008, Kiel, Germany.
Eugene Kaplan, MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, presented to the
Department of Psychiatry of the Tribhuvan University Hospital in Kathmandu,
Nepal, a paper entitled "Is Freud Still Relevant - The Use of Psychotherapy in the
21st Century" January 2008
Sandra Kaplan, MSW, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, presented "The
Use of EMDR in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD” to the Tribhuvan
University Psychiatry Dept. and the Center for Victims of Torture, an important
agency in Southeast Asia, with a headquarters in Nepal. Katmandu, Nepal,
January 2008
Gary Nieman, Surgery, presented “Acute Lung Injury: Pathophysiology”,
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“Abdominal compartment syndrome: Pathophysiology”, “ Alveolar recruitment
in ARDS: Protecting alveoli”, “ARDS Treatment: Body position matters”, “ New
Therapies in Sepsis: Chemically-modified tetrascycline (COL-3)”, and
“Ventilator induced lung injury: Microanatomy of lung injury” at the 28th
International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Brussels,
Belgium March 17-21, 2008.
Gary Nieman, Surgery, presented “Dynamic alveolar models and the role of
small airways: What should we know?” at the 9th European Conference on
Neonatal and Pediatric Ventilation. Montreux, Switzerland, April 9-12, 2008
Nancy A. Nussmeier, MD, Anesthesiology, presented “Factor XII—Trial
Results” at the Novo Nordisk F13CARD-1660 Trial Results Meeting. Prague,
Czech Republic, April 2008.
Joan E. O'Brien and Clark Brown presented "The Lymphatic System, A
Radiation Oncology Perspective: A Cadaver Enhanced View" at the Fifth Annual
Toronto Radiation Medicine Conference, in Canada, April 27, 2008
Surgery/Trauma Services has designed an outreach overseas course, titled
“Fundamentals of Trauma Management,” taught by Moustafa Hassan, MD,
Paul Cunningham, MD and William, Marx, MD at AIN Shams University in
Cairo, Egypt, Feb 11-14.
Kim PD, Jennings JS, Middleton FA, Canute GW, Hall WA. Presented
“Microarray analysis of paired initial and recurrent high grade gliomas”, at the
Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, April
26-May 1, 2008, Chicago.
Cusato K, Arora N, Sapolsky M, Middleton MA presented “Retinal and Lens
Development Are Disrupted in Alpha-E-Catenin Null Mice.” At the ARVO
2008 Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr. 30, 2008.
F. Lee Dutton, MD, PhD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, presented “Placenta
Lithocreta” at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Annual
Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, 6 May 2008.
Rebecca Garden, PhD, Bioethics & Humanities, presented "Sympathy, the
Nurse, and Female Power in Edith Wharton's The Fruit of the Tree" as part of the
Prescribing Gender in Medicine and Narrative Roundtable at the Northeast
Modern Language Association Convention in Buffalo, NY, April 11, 2008.
Walter Hall, MD, Neurosurgery, presented “Functional MR-guided tumor
resection” at the 1st Annual Meeting of the Intraoperative Imaging Society,
February 21-23, 2008, Lake Tahoe.
Walter Hall, MD, Neurosurgery, presented the session keynote: “Intraoperative
MR-guided neurosurgery” at the NIH Workshop on Clinical Image-Guided
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Therapy: Opportunities and Needs, March 10-11, 2008, Rockville.
Walter Hall, MD, Neurosurgery, presented “Convection enhanced delivery:
neurosurgical issues” at the 14th Annual Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption
Consortium Meeting “Advancing Blood-Brain Barrier Translational Research”
March 12-15, 2008, Stevenson, Washington.
Grant Kelley, MD, Medicine, presented “Grant Role of PLCε in GLP-1Stimulated Insulin Secretion”. Invited Speaker. Presented at University of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, April 3, 2008.
David E. Kolva, MD and Christopher Morley, MA, CAS, Family Medicine,
presented ““Competency-Based Practice Management Curriculum with
Assessment and Validation Tools” at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
(STFM) 41st Annual Spring Conference, Baltimore Maryland on May 3, 2008
Michael Miller, PhD, Neuroscience & Physiology, gave testimony March 13 in
Washington, DC to the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on
Appropriations. Dr. Miller was invited to deliver his testimony by Rep. James T.
Lynn-Beth Satterly, MD, Christopher Morley, MA, and Neal Quartier, PhD,
Family Medicine, presented "Inner-City Healthcare and Higher Education: A
Partnership in Catholic social teaching" at the Catholic Social Teaching And
Access To Health Care Conference. March 26, 2008, Villanova, PA.
Gary Nieman, Surgery, presented “Alveolar recruitment and stabilization: Open
lung ventilation and ventilator induced lung injury” at the Respiratory Therapy
Homecoming Celebration 2008, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta Georgia,
April 24-26, 2008
Gary Nieman, Surgery, presented “Mechanism of action of kinetic therapy” at
the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 37th Critical Care Congress, February 26, 2008 Honolulu, Hawaii
Ordway, NR, Park, SA, Fayyazi, AH, Fredrickson, BF, Yuan, HA, Orthopedic
Surgery, presented “Assessment of Lumbar Segmental Range of Motion
Following Dynamic Stabilization in Comparison to Lumbar Discectomy and to
Posterior Fusion with Pedicle Instrumentation” at the 8th Annual Meeting of the
Spine Arthroplasty Society, Miami, FL, USA, May 6-9, 2008.
Donna J. Osterhout, PhD, Cell and Developmental Biology, presented
"Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycans Inhibit the Migration and Differentiation of
Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells” at the annual meeting for the American
Society of Neurochemistry in San Antonio, Texas in March 2008.
DL Stenkamp, CB Stevens, B Kashyap, DA. Cameron, presented “New Roles
for Retinoic Acid (RA) Signaling in Zebrafish Retinal Development” at the
ARVO 2008 Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Apr. 30, 2008
Ruth S. Weinstock MD PhD, Medicine,presented “"Telemedicine for Managing
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Diabetes” as an invited speaker at the Annual Clinical Diabetes Technology
meeting of the Diabetes Technology Society, April, 2008
State and Local
Gustavo de La Roza, MD, Pathology, presented “Fine Needle Aspiration of the
Head and Neck: A practical Perspective and Clinical Correlates” at the Annual
Meeting of the upper New York State Society of Cytology, April 19, 2008.
Rebecca Garden, PhD, Bioethics & Humanities, presented "Empathy,
Solidarity, and Nursing" at the 2008 Nursing Ethics Conference at the Wegman's
School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College, in Rochester, NY, on April 3, 2008.
Gary Nieman, Surgery, presented “Open lung ventilation and ventilator induced
lung injury” at the Western New York Chapter of the New York State Society for
Respiratory Care, Niagara Falls, NY April 24 & 25, 2008.
The Department of Anesthesiology hosted the Academic Anesthesiology
Committee of the NYS Society of Anesthesiologists 2nd Annual NYSSA
Conference for Residents and Fellows, Sunday, May 4, 2008 at SUNY Upstate
Medical University with simultaneous video conference with Mount Sinai. Dr.
Nancy Nussmeier was the Program Co-Chair. The following faculty from the
Department of Anesthesiology participated:
Syed T. Ali, MB, BS; Richard A. Beers, MD; Dorothy Hwang, MD; Sheldon A.
Isaacson, MD; Fenghua Li, MD; Susan A. Nostrame, MD; and P. Sebastian
Thomas, MD
Wendy Gordon, PhD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, presented "Why Do
They Act Like That?!: How trauma effects the development and behavior of
young children” to Onondaga County, D.S.S., Child Protective/Foster Care
Departments, Syracuse NY on April 24-25, 2008 and to the NYS Supreme Court,
Appellate Division, Fourth Dept. Law Guardian Program’s Spring Law Guardian
Conference in Auburn, NY, April 30, 2008
Wendy Gordon, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, presented a full day
workshop "Suffer the Little Children: the impact of trauma on the development
of young children and implications for treatment" to the Broome County Mental
Health Dept., Binghamton, N.Y, April 28, 2008.
Nancy A. Nussmeier, MD, Anesthesiology, presented “Gender in Cardiac
Surgery—Is What’s Good for the Gander Good for the Goose?” and “What
women need to know about Heart Disease” (keynote speaker) at the Go Red for
Women Medical Seminar. American Heart Association Utica, NY, May 2008.
Ronald Saletsky, PhD and Paula M Trief, PhD, Psychiatry & Behavioral
Sciences, presented “Patients with Diabetes: What Psychologists Should Know”,
a workshop for community psychologists, sponsored by the Joslin Diabetes
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Center and the dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of SUNY Upstate
Medical University, May, 2008.
National Leadership
F. Lee Dutton, MD, PhD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Commissioned CPT
USAR, 1 April 2008.
Ruth S. Weinstock MD PhD, Medicine, Served on the NIH (NIDDK): Special
Emphasis Review Panel for the Extramural Loan Repayment Program (LRP) for
Clinical Researchers (NOT-OD-05-58) and for Pediatric Researchers (NOT-OD05-057) in April 2008
State Leadership
David F. Lehmann, MD, PharmD, Medicine, served as a Clinical
Pharmacology Consultant to the NYS Department of Health, Office of Health
Insurance Programs for Medicaid, Pilot project for Medication Therapy
Management by pharmacists in the Bronx for patients with asthma. Developing
programs to increase availability of best-practice information for health care
providers in therapeutics. January, 2008.
Bettina Smallman, MD, Anesthesiology, was appointed to the 2008-2009 PGA
Sub-Committee on Focus Session.
Teaching Contributions
David F. Lehmann, MD, PharmD, Medicine, developed a new elective
MDCN 2210: Clinical Pharmacology Honors.
Near the completion of the second year, motivated students are asked to consider
broadening their knowledge base in pharmacology to benefit their future patients.
This will be accomplished by identifying one or more representative clinical
cases during the clerkship experience and developing a derivative theme in
clinical pharmacology for eventual presentation and/or publication in a peerreviewed format. Examples of the theme can be (but are not limited to): an
interesting problem in therapeutic drug response, explaining a treatment
resistance issue, or in-depth coverage of an important adverse effect. To do this
the student will be working 1:1 or in a small group setting with the director over
the course of the third year, particularly during the medicine and/or pediatric
Departmental Honors
The Department of Family Medicine’s Residency faculty were awarded the St.
Joseph the Worker award by St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The Department of Neurology ALS Clinic has become the 32nd Certified Center
of Excellence of the ALS Association.
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Carol-Recker Hughes, MA, PT, CHP Physical Therapy, was promoted to
Associate Professor withTenure effective May 1, 2008.
Susan Stearns, PhD, Cell & Developmental Biology, was promoted to Assistant
Dean of Community Outreach and Global Health Education, May 2008.
Margaret Tandoh MD, Surgery, was appointed as Assistant Dean for
Multicultural Affairs, May 2008.
New Faculty
New Faculty
Thomas Curran, MD, Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics & Humanities
Dr. Curran received his medical degree from Georgetown University and
completed his residency and fellowship at Brown University. He has been
voluntary faculty at Upstate since 1996 and is also currently a Neonatologist at
Crouse Hospital.
Jill Thomas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Dr. Thomas received her doctoral degree from Miami University. She completed
a Psychology Internship here at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has
been the Interim Director of Student Counseling here at Upstate and now joins
the faculty.
Other News
Other News
A Celebration of the Faculty
June 17th, 4-6:30PM
at the IHP
A celebration of the faculty with food, music and fun!
This celebration is to welcome new faculty, to recognize faculty members who
have been promoted, and to honor faculty members who demonstrate a true
passion for their work, be it research, teaching or service.
Grants for Innovations in Medical Education - 2008 Request for Proposals
For the fourth year, a fund has been made available from the Dean to help
support innovations in medical education in the College of Medicine. A total of
$10,000 is available again for this year’s program. The selection committee will
entertain submissions up to $10,000. Grants will be awarded for the academic
year starting July 1, 2008.
Funds can be used for projects including, but not limited to:
Facilitating collaboration between basic and clinical science teaching
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Bridging student/resident education
Evaluating for clinical skills
The program is open to full-time basic science and clinical faculty in the College
of Medicine. Applications for funding must be limited to no more than 5-6 pages
and include a concise description of the project. The proposals should include a
statement of objectives (if research oriented) a brief description of the
methodology, a calendar indicating a concluding date, and a proposed budget.
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The proposal narrative should include:
Innovative proposals in alignment with the themes listed above
Impact on significant numbers of learners
Appropriate background, including justification of need
Appropriate methodology to study a question, or appropriate curriculum
design for the educational goals and incorporation into the College of Medicine
Cleary defined measurable outcome(s)
Qualification of applicants for the proposed project
Evidence of collaboration between and among departments
Deadline for Submission of Proposals:
Applications should be submitted to Cheryl Alger in the Curriculum Office by
email to [email protected] by June 16, 2008. Applications will be reviewed
by a selection committee consisting of Drs. Joe Stein, Barry Biddle (Assoc.
Dean, Clinical Campus), Lynn Cleary (Sr. Assoc. Dean for Education) and
Howard Weinberger (Chair, EPC Faculty Development Subcommittee).
Applicants will be notified of their status by July 7, 2008. Awardees are
expected to provide a report of their project at the end of the funding period
(June, 2009). Grant funding will be provided with fifty percent being paid at the
beginning of the project, and the remainder being paid pending a final report.
Paula M. Trief, PhD
Senior Associate Dean
Faculty Affairs & Faculty Development
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Phone: 315 464-1681
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