MESSAGE FROM OUR CO-DIRECTOR
Andras Perl, MD, PhD

Andreas Perl, MD, PhD
Program Co-Director

Our MD/PhD Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University is committed to providing exceptional training in both clinical medicine and basic scientific investigation to prepare you for an exciting career as a physician-scientist. Read More...

Alumni

Alumni

Graduates of Upstate's MD/PhD program have found success as physician-scientists in prestigious academic medical centers and hospitals. Here are two of our graduates, and an accompanying list of MD/PhD graduates from the past few years who have gone on to residencies and fellowships.

2015 Graduates

Ivayla Geneva

Adeseye Adekeye

North Dakota
Surgical Resident


Sam Mackenzie

Samuel Mackenzie

University of Michigan
Pediatric Neurology Resident


Eric Wohlford

Eric Wohlford

University of California, San Diego
Pediatric Resident


2014 Graduates

Ivayla Geneva

Ivayla Geneva

Upstate Medical University
Opthamology Postdoctoral Associate


Petya Radoeva

Petya Radoeva

University of Washington
Psychiatry Resident


Tiffany Telarico

Tiffany Telarico

Upstate Medical University
Pathology Resident


2013 Graduates

Rene Choi

Rene Choi

Moran Eye Center - University of Utah
Opthamology Resident


Jacqueline Guterman

Jacqueline Guterman
Detroit Medical Center- Wayne State
OB/GYN Resident

2012 Graduates

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Adam Matthew Gerber

NYP Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center
Anesthesiology Resident
Dissertation: Cerebellar Granule Cell Culture As A Model to Examine Glutamate Signaling During CNS Development

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Steven D. Hicks
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Pediatric Resident

Dissertation:Ethanol Affects the Balance Between Neural Stem Cell Proliferation and Survival, Initiating the p53-Dependent DNA Damage Response

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David J. Lubin
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Diagnostic Radiology
Preliminary year - Internal Medicine at George Washington U.
Dissertation: Oligomerization and the Effects on Folding of p53

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Yung Lyou

UC Irvine Medical Center- CA
Internal Medicine Resident

Dissertation: How to Build an Eye: Identification of the EFTF Targets Driving Eye Field Specification

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Akos T. Mersich

U Colorado SOM- Denver
Psychiatry Resident
Dissertation: The Role of Formins in Macrophage Adhesion

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Anna J. Nichols

Jackson Memorial FL
Dermatology
Preliminary year St. Joseph's Hospital, Pediatrics

Dissertation: Splitting the Preplate: Redefining the Neuronal Response to Reelin During Early Cortical Development

2011 Graduate

  • George Christophi - Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine
    Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program

2010 Graduates

  • David R. Fernández - NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
    Internal Medicine Resident
  • Christopher C. Griffith - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Pathology Resident
  • Chad A. Hudson - Post Doctoral Fellow; Internal Medicine Resident at the University of Rochester
  • Rebecca Lynn Lewandowski - University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital, Internal Medicine Resident
  • Masashi Ohira - University at Buffalo / The State University of New York
    Family Medicine Resident
  • Jeffrey Peter Ward - Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine
    Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program

Alumni 2000-2009

Alumni 1990-1999

Anna Nichols
Anna Nichols,
MD, PhD

Anna Nichols

(MD/PhD Class of '12)

With two years of medical school and a doctorate from Upstate already on her resume, MD/PhD student Anna Nichols has transitioned to the final two clinical years of the program.

Nichols will earn a dual MD/PhD degree, and start on a career that she hopes will "strike a balance" between research and clinical practice.

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Steve Hicks

(MD/PhD Class of '12)
Steve Hicks
Steve Hicks, MD, PhD

I'm a pediatric resident here at Upstate, where I've already had the pleasure of working with some of the current MDPhD students during their clerkship rotations. I chose to stay here because of the beautiful facilities at the children's hospital, the amazing pediatric faculty, and because I have grown to love Syracuse and Upstate NY.

Residency exponentially expands clinical knowledge through a process of total immersion (i.e. 80 hours a week in the hospital). This is tolerable as long as you choose a field you love and are working with great colleagues. What I did not fully appreciate as a medical student is that learning outside the hospital continues in residency. The ACGME requires residents complete a number of learning activities including weekly lecture videos and quizzes, frequent oral presentations, and yearly In-Service Training Exams. All this makes it very difficult to incorporate research into your daily activities. So before starting residency I made sure to lay the groundwork for two research projects that I am actively continuing during residency. The first is a biomarker study with Dr. Frank Middleton (Department of Neuroscience) examining the correlation of lymphocyte mRNA expression with measures of CNS anatomical and functional degeneration in adults with alcohol use disorders (Title: Evaluation of cell proliferation, apoptosis, and DNA-repair genes as potential biomarkers for ethanol-induced CNS alterations, accepted for publication in BMC neuroscience). The second study is a clinical study of exosomal miRNA expression in the serum of children with autism spectrum disorder. I was able to write the IRB protocol and secure funding for this study myself, which was a gratifying and valuable learning experience. All this goes to show that juggling clinical work and research is possible during residency. Residency may seem far away as an MDPhD student, but it comes quicker than you might think.

Yung Lyou
Yung Lyou, MD, PhD

Yung Lyou

"In addition to my primary investigator, I've had several other mentors," said Yung Lyou, who studies genetic eye disorders.

"By collaborating with Frank Middleton, PhD, our Microarray core facility director, I've been able to run screens on thousands of genes at one time. That's interdisciplinary. I was also able to take a two-week course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, so that I could learn other techniques to help me in my research here."

Melinda Tyler
Melinda Tyler,
MD, PhD

Melinda Tyler

Melinda Tyler earned her MD/PhD from Upstate in 2009, and will soon begin a residency in Psychiatry at the UCSF Fresno.

"I feel really lucky to have been given the chance to learn how to carry out basic science research while being paid at the same time," Tyler said. "I couldn't have done it otherwise." MD/PhD graduates also increase their career options. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 3 percent of all medical school graduates in 2006 received the dual degree.

Paul Kent, MD, PhD

Paul Kent, MD PhD
Paul Kent, MD, PhD

"The MD/PhD degree opens up a wealth of opportunities," said Paul Kent, the first student (in 1990) to earn the dual degree from SUNY Upstate.

"There are opportunities in academic medicine that are not always available to pure MDs," said Kent, an associate professor of neurology at Upstate. "It's hard to do basic science with just the MD. You can do clinical trials, but it's difficult to do basic science research."

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Craig E. Grossman, MD, PhD

Craig E. Grossman, MD PhD
Craig Grossman,
MD, PhD

"I want to be a doctor because I enjoy science, helping others and problem-solving," I said when I entered college as a biology major.

Flash forward to 1997, as I sat in a chair at SUNY Upstate Medical University, trying to justify why I should be offered a residency position.

"I am interested in not only using current treatment modalities to eradicate disease as a practicing clinician, but also searching for the mechanisms for how and why the human body goes awry," I emphatically proclaimed.

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