Upstate News

July 15, 2009
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate Medical University announces appointments, honors and awards

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — SUNY Upstate Medical University announces the following appointments, honors and awards:

• Edgar Johnson, diversity initiatives, and Kathleen Carnes, graphic, received 2009 Awards of Excellence from the State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) at the SUNYCUAD conference held in June in Lake Placid. Johnson received the Best of Category Award in Community Relations Programs for Upstate’s Marrow Donor and Clinical Trials Recruitment and Education program. Carnes received the Judges Citation Award for Effective, Efficient and Elegant Publications. Johnson resides in Syracuse. Carnes resides in Auburn.

• Dominic A. Carone has been re-appointed as president of the New York State Association of Neuropsychology. His re-appointment marks the first time in the organization’s history that the president has been appointed to serve in the role for a second consecutive term. Carone is professor of neuropsychology. Carone resides in Baldwinsville.

• Melanie Kalman, Ph.D., and Barbara A. Black were awarded a $5,000 grant from the State University of New York Conversations in the Disciplines Awards program to organize a conference on Women and Heart Disease. Kalman is associate professor and director of research for the College of Nursing. Black is a clinical associate professor and director of Continuing Nursing Education for the College of Nursing. Kalman resides in Tully. Black resides in Fayetteville.

• Michele Caliva, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center, has been elected president and chair of the Board of Directors of the New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA). Caliva resides in DeWitt.

• Gail Banach, director of education for the Upstate New York Poison Center, has received the American Association of Poison Center’s Educator’s Research Award for 2009. The award will provide for training to 9-1-1 administrators, dispatchers and telecommunicators in the Poison Center’s 34 county service area specifically focusing on 911/Poison Center interface. Banach also was awarded a scholarship to attend the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program, to be held July 18 to 31 at UCLA. Banach resides in the town of Onondaga.

• Andrew Burgdorf, Pharm.D., staff pharmacist and adjunct professor in the College of Nursing, was elected director of communication services for the Board of Directors of the New York State of Council Health-system Pharmacists at its 48th Annual Assembly at the Sagamore, held May 1 to 3 in Bolton Landing, N.Y. Burgdorf resides in Cicero.

• Carol Recker-Hughes, Ph.D, was appointed vice chair of the Department of Physical Therapy Education in the College of Health Professions. Recker-Hughes resides in Fayetteville.

• Jamie Nelsen, Pharm.D., and Michael Holland, M.D., taught a toxicology review course to doctors and nurses at the Puerto Rico Poison Center who were preparing for the American Association of Poison Control Centers certifying exam May 7 and 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Holland and Nelson are assistant professors in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Nelsen resides in Syracuse. Holland resides in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

• James L. Knoll, IV, M.D., associate professor and director of forensic psychiatry, received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Central New York State Association of Chiefs of Police for valuable efforts and contributions made at the Central New York Association Chiefs of Police 2009 Law Enforcement Executive Symposium, held June 8 to 10 at Blue Mountain, N.Y. Knoll resides north of Syracuse.

• Sara Jo Grethlein, M.D., completed the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Graduate Medical Education Leadership Development Course. Grethlein is associate dean for Upstate’s graduate medical education. Grethlein resides in Manlius.

• Michael Sharak, clinical instructor physician assistant studies in the College of Health Professions, has been named as the 2009 Physician Assistant of the Year by the Regional Physician Assistants of Central New York. Sharak resides in DeWitt.

• Upstate Medical University recognized the following individuals with Employee Recognition Awards for distinguished service at the university’s Employee Recognition Day, held June 4 at the Oncenter in Syracuse:: Shannon Capozzolo, of Syracuse, (Employee of the Year—Campus); Christine Lopez-Dwyer, R.N., of Syracuse, (Employee of the Year—Clinical); Katherine Westcott, of Baldwinsville, (Employee of the Year —Non-Clinical); Mark Zeman, of Camillus, (Leader of the Year-—Campus); Anne Snowdon, R.N., of Baldwinsville, (Leader of the Year—Clinical); Susan Campanara-Murphy, of Rome, (Leader of the Year—Non Clinical); Daniel Dippel, of Liverpool, (Contribution of the Year —Campus); Megan Greenman, R.N., of Cortland, (Contribution of the Year —Clinical); and Zanette Howe, of Manlius, (Community Service of the Year). Upstate’s Throughput Committee received the Team of the Year—Clinical award. Upstate’s Clinical Data Services File Room received the Team of the year—Non Clinical award.

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