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Nationally Recognized Physician Educator Named to Distinguished Teaching Professorship


Nationally Recognized Physician Educator Named to Distinguished Teaching Professorship

Dr. Latha Chandran to serve as Stony Brook’s inaugural Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Professor to guide next generation of medical leaders

Latha Chandran

Dr. Latha Chandran, center, has been named the inaugural Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor. Pictured with Dr. Chandran at a Stony Brook University endowed professorship ceremony, are, from left: Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP; Senior VP of the Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine; Miki Donoho and David Donoho; and Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University.

Stony Brook, NY, February 23, 2017 – Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and a nationally recognized physician educator, has been named the inaugural Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor.

The endowed professorship was established with the support of Long Islanders Miki and David Donoho, whose generosity also established the Donoho Academy of Clinical and Educational Scholars (ACES) in 2012. ACES funds continuous career development for clinician-educators. The Academy actively recognizes and rewards School of Medicine faculty members who display dedication to the education of future physicians and who solve challenges in medical education and clinical scholarship.

As the Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Professor, Dr. Chandran, also the ACES Founding Director, will remain continuously invested in creating training, mentoring and development of programs that enable academic clinicians to serve as thought leaders in their chosen specialties.

“This professorship will serve as the catalyst for developing the next generation of medical leaders, whose careers will change lives,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University. “No one is better suited for that role at Stony Brook Medicine than Dr. Latha Chandran.”

Dr. Chandran has more than 25 years of faculty leadership experience at Stony Brook. She has led many successful educational and training initiatives for medical students, residents and faculty. She became the first clinician educator to receive tenure in the Educator Scholar tract at Stony Brook Medicine. Dr. Chandran, also a Professor of Pediatrics, is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, an independent organization that provides a common evaluation system for physician applicants seeking licensure to practice medicine in the U.S.

“Dr. Chandran is a lifelong learner who has made it her priority to pursue professional skills training programs throughout her career,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine. “As the Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor, Dr. Chandran is transforming faculty development for the School. Given her extensive track record and history of achievement, I have no doubt that she will succeed.”

Dr. Chandran has planned a number of new initiatives at the Academy, including: the Master Educator Fellowship Program, focused on educational skills: The Academic Leaders Fellowship Program, aimed to improve leadership skills; and The Career Advancement Skills Fellowship Program to improve academic development. She also anticipates 15 faculty members in each cohort with each of these fellowships.

“We are so happy to see the many wonderful news initiatives that have taken place at Stony Brook under the leadership of Samuel Stanley and Kenneth Kaushansky,” said David Donoho. “It’s a pleasure for Miki and myself to have the chance to honor Dr. Latha Chandran for her many contributions to medical education.”

“The Donohos saw a need to support our School and its education efforts, and the biggest need was to provide support to clinician educators striving to hone their teaching skills and dedication to becoming terrific teachers, mentors and educational scholars,” Dr. Chandran said.

Endowed faculty build on Stony Brook University’s dedication to excellence in all academic areas. The University goal is to create a total of 100 endowed faculty positions by 2018, a goal aimed to attract and retain eminent scholars and researchers and retain outstanding faculty across a wide range of disciplines.


About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 25,700 students, 2,500 faculty members, and 20 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S.News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.


Greg Filiano
Media Relations Manager, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University
Office: 631.444.9343

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