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Message from the SOM Alumni President — Summer 2018

Medicine Today Alumni Board President Letter

Dear Fellow Alumni,

Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD ‘96

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our alumni for supporting our culture of giving back to our medical school and to our medical students through the gifts of their time, talent and treasure.

The White Coat Ceremony on August 12 marked the beginning of the medical student career for our 2018 incoming class. At this ceremony, our alumni once again showed their commitment when they presented each first-year student with a brand new Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope. Alumni generously donated a stethoscope for every member of the incoming class as part of our Stethoscope Drive.

Likewise, through our HOST program, our alumni across the country provided travel and housing accommodations to fourth-year medical students as they began the interview process for residency.

We continue to help our students by encouraging scholarship support. Our Board awarded its annual $10,000 scholarship to rising fourth-year medical student, Michael Goodman. Michael was recognized at the White Coat Ceremony for his lasting contributions to the School of Medicine through his anatomical radiology lectures, which have become an integral part of The Body course taught to first-year medical students.

Our Orientation Breakfast on August 13 was a huge success. Incoming medical students were given the opportunity to hear from our Board Members and to meet some of our faculty and staff from the School of Medicine in an informal, relaxed setting. This promoted another opportunity for our students to connect with faculty.

In addition to providing opportunities for alumni to have contact with our medical students, our reunions provide the opportunities for alumni to contact each other. Thus far, we have held reunions for the Classes of ’78 and ’88 and soon we will host one for the Class of ’83. If you are interested in becoming a class correspondent or would like to help organize a reunion for your class, please contact Mary Hoffmann at our alumni office.

We are proud that our alumni have earned the trust of their patients and have been recognized in the healthcare industry locally, nationally and internationally. It is clear that the trajectory of the Stony Brook School of Medicine is on the rise, especially with the opening of the MART building. It is our Board’s mission to positively affect any and all initiatives by encouraging participation and being a part of the evolving changes in medicine today.

Thank you for your continued support of the Stony Brook School of Medicine. I hope you will find time to visit the School and reflect on how Stony Brook has influenced and changed your life. There are countless ways to help advance the work of the Alumni Association and the School of Medicine. We encourage input from you and all alumni in order to help meet the needs of those who will follow us. Your support and participation are needed now, more than ever as we continue to make great strides. Please feel free to contact me directly at or Mary Hoffmann at the alumni office ( with your ideas to enhance our opportunities to engage our alumni.

Best Regards,

Lisa Vignogna-Barlas, MD ‘96
President, Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Board

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