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February 15, 2012
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate honors women in medicine Feb. 17 and 22

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Women physicians will offer their insights into the challenges and the fulfillment of pursuing careers in healthcare at two events on the Upstate Medical University campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

The events are named for Sarah Loguen Fraser, MD, and Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, women pioneers in medicine and alumnae of the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University. Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, became the first female doctor in the United States in 1849. Sarah Loguen Fraser, MD, became one of the first African American woman doctor in America in 1876.

• Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser Day will be held Friday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall. Called Heart and Soul: Women of Color in Medicine, the event will feature a panel of female physicians who will share how they have put their collegiate science and pre-med backgrounds to use in their personal and professional lives. The panelists will also discuss the many options, challenges and rewards of their fields of medicine. The panelists, Sharon Brangman, MD; Donna-Ann M. Thomas, MD; and Celines Morales-Ribeiro, MD, are on faculty at Upstate. Drs. Brangman and Thomas are graduates of Upstate’s College of Medicine. Dr. Brangman, is professor of medicine, chief of geriatric medicine and director of the CNY Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center; Dr. Thomas is assistant professor and director of pain treatment; and Dr. Morales-Ribeiro is clinical instructor of surgery.

• Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Day will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22
 at noon in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. in the atrium at Setnor Hall. Shermian P. Daniel MD, will share her experiences of pursuing a medical degree while managing a chronic illness in her keynote address, Saving Lives and Surviving Setbacks. Dr. Daniel is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; ambassador for Child Family Health International; crusader for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; and president and CEO of the Wagner Wolf LLC Publishing Co.

“We invite everyone to join us to hear Dr. Daniel’s amazing story and see first-hand how one can turn any obstacle into lasting success,” said Marsha Peart, a second-year medical student at Upstate who serves as president of the Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Day planning committee. “Dr. Daniel’s talk is sure to encourage individuals to achieve their very best regardless of the setbacks life may place before you.”

Dr. Sarah Loguen Fraser Day and Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Day events are free and open to the public. They are part of Upstate’s celebration of Black History Month.

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