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October 4, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Health Science Center Holds its Medical Alumni Reunion Oct. 15 and 16

Alumni of the SUNY Health Science Center’s College of Medicine–from class years ending in 4 and 9–will return to campus Oct. 15 and 16 for two days of activities, including an address by George D. Lundberg, M.D., former editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and an alumni awards ceremony.

“Reunion is a wonderful opportunity for College of Medicine alumni to rekindle friendships and reminisce about their years in medical school,”said Carole Novick, director of the Health Science Center’s Medical Alumni Office. “Reunion also provides us with an opportunity to update alumni on the recent developments and enhancements to the Health Science Center.”

One of the newest developments at the Health Science Center is the Institute for Human Performance. Health Science Center researchers have already begun to set up laboratories in the new space. Alumni will get to tour the $52-million building Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

Other highlights of the Medical Alumni Reunion are:

  • Weiskotten Lecture. George D. Lundberg, M.D., former editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, on “The Ethics of Medical Editing” Friday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, 744 Irving Ave. The lecture is free and open to the public. Lundberg made headlines in January when he was dismissed as editor after he advanced the publication date of an article on sexual attitudes. The article appeared during President Clinton’s impeachment trial. AMA officials said the article inappropriately put the association in a position to “influence a major political debate.” Lundberg is now editor in chief of the medical website Medscape.
  • Alumni Awards Presentation. Key awards recognizing outstanding alumni class gifts and reunion attendance will be presented Friday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium.

    The Distinguished Alumna Award will be presented to Nancy J. Tarbell, M.D., Class of ‘79. Tarbell is director of pediatric radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School. She is the first female full professor of radiation oncology at Harvard. She is the author of a classic radiation oncology text and is a recognized expert in leukemia, transplantation, radiation late effects and brain tumors. In addition to her responsibilities at Harvard, Tarbell directs the Office of Women’s Affairs at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    The Young Alumna Award will be presented to Vicki C. Ratner, M.D., Class of ‘84. Ratner, an orthopedic surgeon at Santa Teresa California Community Hospital/ Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, is founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA). For her work on women’s health issues, she received the Women’s Advocacy Award from the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research in 1998.

  • Specialty Brunch and Annual Meeting. Alumni, medical students, faculty and local physicians will gather for the first-ever specialty brunch Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tables will be arranged by medical specialties and hosted by Health Science Center department chairs.
  • Class Dinners. Alumni will gather by class year at restaurants in the area.

Officials expect nearly 300 alumni and guests to attend the reunion.

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