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February 3, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., named dean of the College of Medicine

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., chief of the nephrology division and professor of medicine and pharmacology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has been named executive vice president and dean of the College of Medicine. The appointment, effective March 1, was announced by SUNY Upstate President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D.

Scheinman succeeds William J. Williams, M.D., as dean and becomes the 21st dean of the College of Medicine since its establishment in 1834 as Geneva Medical College.

“Dr. Scheinman brings exceptional accomplishments and abilities to this position,” said Eastwood. “He is a remarkably talented medical scientist, a gifted educator, and a highly respected physician. I look forward to working with Dr. Scheinman to achieve the goals we have set to make Upstate a first-tier, nationally recognized academic medical center.”

In accepting the dean’s post, Dr. Scheinman said, “I am honored and excited to be asked to serve Upstate in this important role. We have a wonderful faculty and staff, and talented students. This is a campus full of energy and ideas and I am confident that together we can chart a course to bring us a future of growth and opportunity.”

As dean and executive vice president, Scheinman will oversee a college that has gained significant ground in attracting top tier medical students and increased research funding. Last fall the college enrolled its top academically performing class in the last decade and continues to see increases in applications. On the research front, SUNY Upstate faculty have increased their research productivity, and research expenditures at Upstate have risen more than 80 percent in the last six years, exceeding $34 million this year. Additionally the college is in the midst of implementing mission-based management, a budgeting concept that will assist the college in better aligning resources with key institutional priorities or missions. The college currently enrolls more than 600 students and supports a faculty of 480 representing 18 clinical and five basic science departments.

Scheinman’s association with SUNY Upstate began in 1980 when he served as chief resident in internal medicine; he was named a nephrology fellow in 1981. After a nephrology fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Scheinman was named assistant professor of medicine at SUNY Upstate in 1984 and has been a member of the faculty ever since. In 1994, he was appointed chief of the nephrology division and was named a professor of pharmacology and medicine. He also serves as a lecturer in the Program in Medical Humanities.

He has served on dozens of SUNY Upstate committees addressing nearly every facet of campus operations, including curriculum, research, space allocation, finances and recruitment.

As a researcher, Scheinman has been recognized for his work on kidney disease. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Research Recognition Award (2002), SUNY President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research (2001) and the Charles R. Ross Research Award (1992), among others.

Scheinman’s research has concentrated on the genetics of kidney disease, and particularly kidney stones. Much of this work focuses on hypercalciuria— or excessive urinary calcium excretion—the most common identifiable cause of kidney stones. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1985.

He has authored more than 60 scholarly publications. Most are reports of original scientific research, published in such journals as Nature, the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Physiology, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation, among others. They also include invited reviews, book chapters, and monographs. Scheinman has served on several editorial boards and currently is an associate editor of NephSAP. He is an ad hoc reviewer for many journals, including Science and the New England Journal of Medicine.

A board certified physician, Scheinman has been featured in Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who in America. He is an attending physician at University and Crouse hospitals and at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, in Syracuse.

Scheinman earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College, summa cum laude, in 1973 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from Yale University, cum laude, in 1977, where he received the Lange Award. He served his medical residency at the Yale-New Haven Hospital before coming to SUNY Upstate.

Scheinman lives in Syracuse. He has two children: Edward, a freshman at Yale University; and Jane, a ninth-grader at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y.

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