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121 New Physicians from Stony Brook Medicine Launch Careers


121 New Physicians from Stony Brook Medicine Launch Careers

School of Medicine Class of 2015 headed for residency training in New York and nationwide

Stony Brook, NY – May 29, 2015 – Stony Brook Medicine’s latest crop of new physicians – all 121 who received their MD degrees during the 41st Convocation of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine on May 21 – will begin their careers as practicing physician starting in July. Collectively nearly half of the Class of 2015 will begin residency in New York State. The rest will train at academic medical centers and other healthcare institutions in 17 other states.


The Stony Brook University School of Medicine Class of 2015 recites the Hippocratic Oath for the first time as physicians. Each begin residency training in July.

“Today is a day of celebration, and it is about the inspiration that will launch your careers as doctors,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, as he addressed the Class of 2015. “Medicine remains one of the most honorable professions, and one in which you will be making life-altering decisions, and witness spectacular successes and breathtaking inspiration.”

Convocation speaker Eugene Braunwald, MD, Distinguished Hersey Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, also congratulated the graduates and told them to view their MD degree as a “professional passport” to a broad array of clinical and research opportunities at a time of rapid change in medicine.

“I have followed Stony Brook Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Kaushansky, and Stony Brook is also rapidly transforming to one of the finest medical schools in the nation,” he added. “The education and experiences you have received at Stony Brook has prepared you at a time when this country needs more well-trained, conscientious and empathetic doctors.”

The Class will begins residency training at institutions such as Stony Brook Medicine, Weill Cornell and Columbia University Medical Centers in New York, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Duke University Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, the Cleveland Clinic, and UCLA Medical Center in California.

Twelve members of the Class of 2015 will remain at Stony Brook. One is Dr. Varun Talanki, who was born in Stony Brook University Hospital, raised in Stony Brook, and both his parents work at Stony Brook Medicine. His father, Raveesh Talanki, is a biomedical engineer and his mother, Pushpa Talanki, is a data manager at the Cancer Center.

“I am thrilled to be staying at Stony Brook because of the caliber of our residency training, the constant growth of Stony Brook Medicine, and I still love the area,” said Dr. Talanki, who begins his residency in Urology on July 1.


Selected to deliver the Student Address, Walter E. Wilson, Jr., MD, praised his classmates for challenging and inspiring each other, and the faculty and students’ families for their constant support. 

Collectively, the Class of 2015 will train in a total of 22 medical specialties, such as Psychiatry, Radiology and Neurology. Approximately one-third of the Class will enter primary care specialties, which include Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. The top five specialties the Class matched to are Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery and Urology.


About Stony Brook University School of Medicine:

Established in 1971, the Stony Brook University School of Medicine includes 25 academic departments. The three missions of the School are to advance the understanding of the origins of human health and disease; train the next generation of committed, curious and highly capable physicians; and deliver world-class compassionate healthcare. As a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school, Stony Brook is one of the foremost institutes of higher medical education in the country. Each year the School trains nearly 500 medical students and more than 480 medical residents and fellows. Faculty research includes National Institutes of Health-sponsored programs in neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, biomedical imaging, regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, and many other topics. Physicians on the School of Medicine faculty deliver world-class medical care through more than 30,000 inpatient, 80,000 emergency room, and approximately 350,000 outpatient visits annually at Stony Brook University Hospital and affiliated clinical programs, making its clinical services one of the largest and highest quality on Long Island, New York. To learn more, visit

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