Upstate News

September 7, 2006
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Alumni return for reunion Sept 15, 16

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Nearly 300 SUNY Upstate Medical University alumni from classes as early as 1946 are expected to return to campus Sept. 15 and 16 for the university’s 131st reunion of the College of Medicine.

“For most of our alumni, Upstate Medical University was a turning point in their lives,” said Vincent J. Kuss, executive director of medical alumni relations and giving at SUNY Upstate. “Reunion weekend is a time for our alums to re-connect with that life and to visit with friends they have not seen in quite some time.”

While the reunion weekend includes various class-specific gatherings, such as class dinners, two events are open to the public. They are the Weiskotten Lecture, “What’s Rembrandt Got To Do With It?” Sept. 15, to be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse; and a free showing of the documentary “Visioning Tibet” that spotlights American ophthalmologists and their work in Tibet, to be shown Sept. 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall.

The Weiskotten Lecture will be presented by Ruth Hart, M.D., class of 1980, clinical associate professor of family medicine and clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at SUNY Upstate. She will discuss the role and impact of the humanities in medical education and how issues such as medical error, professionalism, epidemic and end-of-life issues can be examined through art, literature, theatre and film.

Reunion also provides SUNY Upstate with the opportunity to recognize outstanding alumni. Recipients of this year’s awards include a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Awards will be presented Sept. 15, following the Weiskotten Lecture at 4 p.m.

Frank E. Young, M.D., Ph.D., class of 1956, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus award. As commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1984 to 1989, Young presided over several major agency events, including passage of the Drug Price Competition, the Patent Term Restoration Act and the Prescription Drug Marketing Act; the approval of the first drug to combat AIDS; and for instituting a fast track approval system for AIDS drugs. Young also served as assistant secretary for Health, Science and the Environment, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, from 1989 to 1993; and as director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness from 1993 until his retirement from federal service in 1996. He lives in Bethesda, Md.

Elizabeth R. McAnarney, M.D., class of 1966, will receive the Distinguished Alumna award. McAnarney, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is recognized for her work in developing community programs to improve the health and well-being of children; developing and overseeing integrated medical care programs for children; and for mentoring of academic physicians. McAnarney lives in Rochester.

Sheila M. Lemke, M.D., class of 1986, SUNY Upstate associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumna award for her clinical and humanitarian efforts in the area of breast cancer awareness and treatment. Lemke lives in Syracuse.

Ernest M. Scalzetti, M.D., class of 1986, SUNY Upstate professor of radiology and chief of the Thoracic Radiology Section in the Department of Radiology and the E. Robert Heitzman Endowed Professor of Radiology Research, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus award for his initiatives in medical education and in the clinical practice of and research into lung cancer. Scalzetti lives in Manlius.

Reunion weekend is sponsored by the Medical Alumni Association at Upstate Medical University and the College of Medicine. For more information, call 315-464-4361 or e-mail: murphyl @upstate.edu.

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