Upstate News

September 4, 2003
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Steve Allen Jr., M.D., to present tips for juggling life’s stresses Sept. 19 as part of Upstate Medical University’s alumni reunion

Fun, laughter and plenty of good advice is on tap when Steve Allen Jr., M.D., conveys his thoughts on how best to juggle life’s stresses as he presents SUNY Upstate Medical University’s annual Weiskotten Lecture Friday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. in the Weiskotten Hall ninth floor auditorium, 766 Irving Avenue. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Allen’s presentation is a highlight of SUNY Upstate’s College of Medicine Reunion, held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19 and 20. The Weiskotten Lecture and Reunion 2003 are sponsored by the Medical Alumni Foundation and the College of Medicine.

Allen, a professor of family medicine at SUNY Upstate and the son of the late comedian and songwriter Steve Allen, encourages humor as a healing tool. Allen lectures on the healing nature of humor and how to manage stress to businesses across the country each year.

In addition to Allen’s presentation, three SUNY Upstate alumni will Alumni be recognized at this reunion their professional accomplishments. Honorees this year are James Hanshaw, M.D., Class of 1953, and Michael Ratner, M.D., Class of 1968, who each will receive Distinguished Alumnus Award. David Schenkein, M.D., Class of 1983, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Hanshaw, past chair of pediatrics and later dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, is recognized for his work as an educator, clinician, administrator and for his research in cytomegalovirus infection in children. Hanshaw resides in Boylston, Mass.

Ratner directs the Center for Children’s Surgery at SUNY Upstate and has served on the Medical Alumni Board of Directors for 25 years, including a term as president. He has received numerous awards for his leadership and philanthropy. Ratner resides in Manlius.

Schenkein, a leading oncologist, is associate professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and vice president of oncology clinical development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. Schenkein oversaw the FDA approval this May of Velcade, the first in a new class of cancer drugs known as proteasome inhibitors. Schenkein resides in Norwell, Mass.

A scholarship presentation and reception following the awards ceremony allows alumni to meet this year’s College of Medicine scholarship recipients. The Medical Alumni Foundation offers nearly 50 scholarships to medical students at SUNY Upstate.

Reunion 2003 also includes tours of SUNY Upstate’s newly-renovated Gross Anatomy Laboratory, the Institute for Cardiovascular Research, and the Health Sciences Library; a Medical Alumni Writing Seminar, and annual class dinners.

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