Stony Brook Matters

A Message from the Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine — Fall 2018

Kenneth Kaushansky, MD
Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Dean, School of Medicine

A renaissance is taking place at Stony Brook. Specifically, the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.

Our relationship with 111 families of Renaissance Technologies has been a vital catalyst for our trajectory of innovation and excellence. Starting with a gift made 35 years ago by Jim Simons, former chair of the Stony Brook Department of Mathematics, who incubated the company on the Stony Brook University campus, this relationship has catalyzed several hundred gifts that have totaled more than $500 million.

During The Campaign for Stony Brook alone, more than 72 Renaissance Technologies employees and their families donated $166.5 million that directly benefited Stony Brook Medicine. To commemorate the generosity and vision of these families, we are proud to name our School the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. You can learn more about our relationship and the renaming in this edition of Medicine Today.

Also in this edition, you can learn more about the future of cancer care on Long Island with the opening of our Medical and Research Translation (MART) building, the new spacious, state of the art home for the Stony Brook University Cancer Center.

The November 1 ribbon-cutting and the January 14 clinical move-in date for the MART building herald a momentous day in the history of Stony Brook Medicine. The key design feature of the facility is that it brings together Stony Brook cancer researchers and clinicians to investigate, discover and drive innovations in cancer treatment. It represents the convergence in a single space of the three-part mission of the Renaissance School of Medicine as Long Island’s premier academic medical center: research, education and clinical care. We invite you to learn more at www.thischangescancercare.com.

Research stories in this edition of Medicine Today show that lung cancer survival rates are higher for patients treated with a multidisciplinary care model of care. Another research project at Stony Brook illuminates how genes respond to temperature changes. This work could potentially help scientists to better determine how temperature changes affect genes in various cell types, and thus reveal how infectious microbes or human cells respond to fever or heating-cooling.

We also cover a $3.8 million grant received by Biomedical Engineering faculty member Danny Bluestein, PhD, to develop heart-health technology. This translational project aims to develop the next generation of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) technology. Finally, we recognize Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, vice dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs, who has been elected to a national leadership role as president of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Our institutional leadership in children’s hospital care will also rise to new levels with the opening of our new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on February 2. The new lobby of the Children’s Hospital will be known as the Peter and Nancy Richard Family Foundation Lobby, thanks to a $3.5 million gift from Peter and Nancy Richard to establish the Pediatric Emergency Department Expansion Fund.

The new children’s hospital is designed with purpose for every child and every family we serve. It will transform our capabilities to meet the growing healthcare needs of children and their families on Long Island and beyond.

In celebration of the opening, we invite you to attend the open house on Saturday, January 26. Or join us on Saturday, February 9, for the Stony Brook University basketball game, when the Seawolves will wear special jerseys to honor our pediatric patients. That evening, we’ll also hear from Margaret McGovern, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, about the impact our new facility will have on Long Island and beyond.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Kaushansky, MD
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, and
Dean, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

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