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Upstate Announcements for April 11, 2024

Making Connections in Media and Medicine is April 11

Jon Frankel, a three-time Emmy award winning correspondent with a 30-year career in journalism, will be the guest speaker at Making Connections in Media and Medicine today, April 11 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Syracuse University National Veterans Resource Center. CME credit will be available for participants. The event is free and open to the Upstate community. To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LV8F2G7.

Jon Frankel is a three-time Emmy-award winning correspondent as a member of HBO’s Real sports with Bryant Gumbel. His career spans more than 30 years including local sports journalism and network news with NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, World News and Nightline and CBS’ Early show. Many of Mr. Frankel’s stories intersect sports and public health such as his reporting on the gun industry, CTE and traumatic brain injuries in football, and the trials of skiing the World Cup’s daunting Hahnenkamm course. Jon was a correspondent on the acclaimed 2016 Real Sports expose on the International Olympic Committee that captured a duPont-Columbia University broadcast journalism award and the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Journalism.



Department of Medicine Grand Rounds is April 11

Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease will present Mpox: A Case Study in Syndemic Response today, April 11 at 5 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. A virtual option is available, here: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/94144086204 Dial in: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 646 931 3860; Meeting ID: 941 4408 6204, Password: 215210. Questions? Email Nitch Jones at [email protected].  



Donate Life Month events are April 11, 12, 15, 19

  • A Donate Life T-shirt sale will be held today, April 11 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital and in the cafeteria at Community. Shirts are $20 each. Sales support the Upstate Donor Fund which provides community education and outreach on organ donation.
  • Wear blue and green Friday, April 12 to support Donate Life Month, take a photo, and send to Michelle Lonkey at [email protected] by April 18. Photo contest prizes are available for first, second and third place.
  • Donations for the Donate Life virtual silent auction are due by April 15. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, most lucrative, and best theme. Proceeds from the auction will be used to help promote organ donation and register new organ donors. To make arrangements to have your submission picked up, email Liz Keesler at [email protected] or Erin Shortslef at [email protected]
  • A Donate Life Month celebration will be held Friday, April 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The Upstate community is welcome. Donate Life t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event.



NYS Thoracic Society conference is April 11 and 12

Upstate will host the NYS Thoracic Society annual conference April 11 from 7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and April 12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the auditorium on the ninth floor of Weiskotten Hall. Check-in will be held in the atrium of Setnor. The conference will cover a broad range of topics relevant to the daily practice of pulmonary and critical care medicine. For a full agenda, including speakers and topics, visit: https://www.nysthoracic.org/2022-conference. To register, visit: https://www.nysthoracic.org/signup. Questions? Email Andrea Hadcock at [email protected].



Cardiology Grand Rounds is April 12

Cardiology Grand Rounds will be held April 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. via WebEx. Jorge Romero, MD, FHRS, FACC, director of arrhythmia and electrophysiology research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will present A Stormy Heart: Advances in the Management of Ventricular Electrical Storm. Romero is an invasive cardiac electrophysiologist with clinical and academic expertise in atrial fibrillation and complex ventricular arrhythmias catheter ablation. One AMA PRA credit is available to participants. Presentation is open to all. Questions? Email Lisa Carroll at [email protected]. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m394ccf8d4c3868c603c53e117fa5efbc (meeting number: 2305 062 9028 meeting password: Cardiology1).



Yoga for All is April 12, 19, and 26

Upstate’s Yoga for All schedule is as follows:

  • April 12 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. in the Solarium on the 12th floor Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital and virtually
  • April 19 from 7:45 to 8:30a.m., in the Solarium on the 12th floor Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
  • April 26 from 12:30 to 1:00p.m., virtual offering only

Yoga for All is facilitated by Upstate clinicians trained in Trauma Adapted Yoga, a form of yoga based on trauma research, evidence-based yoga therapy and body-based methods with gentle exercises for self-management of common symptoms and reactions. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. For questions or need to request the hybrid/virtual link, please email [email protected].



Upstate Transplant and Nephrology Symposium is April 13

Upstate Transplant Center will host the third annual Transplant and Nephrology Symposium Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. Registration is required by April 5. To register and for more information, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/transplant/symposium.php



Upstate Concussion Center symposium is April 15 

The fifth annual Upstate Concussion Center symposium will be held Monday, April 15 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Institute for Human Performance. Updated Guidelines for Managing Students and Athletes Following Concussion will teach best practices for assessing and managing students and athletes following injury using the most up-to-date consensus statement recommendations. For more information, visit: https://calendar.upstate.edu/event/updated-guidelines-for-managing-students-and-athletes-following-concussion/. Questions? Email Stephanie Virginia at [email protected].



Child Abuse and Referral Program hosts events are April 15, 16 and 17

The Child Abuse and Referral Program (CARE) will host the following events as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. All events take place in the Performance Center on the 11th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

  • April 15 from noon to 1 p.m.—Vincent Calleo, MD, FACEP, FAA, will present THC in the Pediatric Population. Lunch will be provided to the first 40 registrants. Register by April 12 for in-person or the virtual option, here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/nsh1NTJ.
  • April 15 from noon to 2 p.m.—Upstate Poison Center will provide educational materials on drug exposures and tools for prevention for healthcare and child welfare professionals.
  • April 16 and 17 from noon to 1 p.m.—Onondaga County Health Department will offer Narcan training. Experts will provide information on how to spot signs of an overdose and how to administer Narcan. Participants will receive a dose of Narcan to carry with them in the event of an overdose. Registration is required by April 15 at: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/o0iOkJD. A repeat of this session will be held April 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. and April 17 from noon to 2 p.m. on a walk-in basis.
  • April 16 and 17 from noon to 2 p.m.—Upstate Poison Center and Upstate Safe Kids will provide educational activities, handouts, and drug exposure prevention tools for healthcare professionals, parents, children, and adolescents. Free lock boxes will be available.

Questions about these events? Email Heather Ross at [email protected].



National Healthcare Decision Day is April 16

Palliative Care and Social Work will offer information and materials on advanced care planning and advanced directives April 16 in recognition of National Healthcare Decision Day. The schedule is as follows:

  • 9 to 11 a.m. in the main lobby of Nappi Wellness Center
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Café 750 at Upstate University Hospital

Questions? Email Natalie Mulholland at [email protected].



Tranquility Tuesday is April 16

Tranquility Tuesday sessions with Kaushal Nanavati, MD, are open to the Upstate community every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on the second floor of Nappi Wellness Institute and virtually via Zoom. Each session is a unique meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation practice experience. To join via Zoom, use meeting ID 407 812 4814 and password wellness. Questions? Email [email protected]



Nursing Grand Rounds is April 16

Nursing Grand Rounds will be held April 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. Peter Rosher R.Ph; Lori Gordon RN, CDCES; and Deanna Walborn MS, RN, CV-BC, will present Inpatient Diabetes Management with Glucommander. Participants will earn 1.0 contact hours. To join visit: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m4f71745645cb43819c8cf58dbc7446b7. For more information, email Mandi Dixon at [email protected].



Schwartz Rounds is April 16

Schwartz Rounds will be held Tuesday, April 16 at noon in 8405 A/B, Upstate University Hospital. Panelists will share personal experiences as healthcare professionals who have been family members of patients. The discussion will include feelings of frustration, pain, and the expectations they had regarding the care provided. The discussion will offer a unique perspective from the other side of the hospital bed. Schwartz Rounds is open to staff of all departments and is intended to support staff by offering a compassionate listening environment. 1 CE hour is available for participants. For more information, email Chaplain Zeynab Mancini at [email protected].



Volunteers sought for breakfast service at the Samaritan Center April 17

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United at the Samaritan Center (215 N. State St.), as the group helps with breakfast service Wednesday, April 17 from 6:15 to 9 a.m. The Samaritan Center mission is No One Goes Hungry. To participate, or for more information, email [email protected] or Scott Neal [email protected].



Behavioral Analysis Studies virtual open house April 17

Upstate’s Behavioral Analysis Studies program will hold a virtual open house April 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Prospective students will learn about the admissions process, curriculum structure, career opportunities in Applied Behavior Analysis, and meet current faculty members. To register, visit: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/?id=316c0912-e338-4f95-8f52-39b3b196da7dto. For more information, email Derek Sexton at [email protected] or Maggie Moore at [email protected].



T-shirt sale is April 18

A T-shirt sale will be held Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital. The sale is hosted by Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Division, and the Sarcoidosis Support Group. Questions about the sale? Email Shania Edwards-King at [email protected].



Reiss Family Visiting Lecturer in Ethics and Equality events are April 18 and 19

Center for Bioethics and Humanities welcomes Ricardo Nuila, MD, associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, as the 2024 Reiss Family Visiting Lecturer in Ethics and Equality for two events April 18 and 19. The event schedule and registration links are as follows:

An internist and a writer, Dr. Nuila’s first book—The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine—was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, was a semi-finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and an Amazon Best Nonfiction Books of 2023. For more information about these events, email Andrea Chiaravalloti at [email protected].



Kick Butts Day is April 19

The Tobacco-Free Task Force will host Kick Butts Earth Day Friday, April 19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. beginning in the lobby of Upstate Cancer Center and from 1 to 3 p.m. in the main lobby of Community. Help beautify Upstate’s outdoor spaces by cleaning up cigarette butts and other litter. Clean-up will happen rain or shine; grabbers will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to Jackson Tarr at [email protected].



College of Health Professions open house is April 19

A spring open house for College of Health Professions bachelor’s degree programs will be held Friday, April 19 at 3 p.m. at Upstate and will include a campus tour, faculty introductions, and degree information. Information on the following programs will be offered:

  • medical imaging/radiography (x-ray)
  • BPS-CT
  • ultrasound
  • medical biotechnology
  • medical technology
  • radiation therapy
  • respiratory therapy

To register, visit: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/CHPOHSpring2024. Questions? Email Student Admissions at [email protected]



5K to support Upstate’s Your Cause charity is April 20

A 5K run/walk will be held April 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Long Branch Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The event will benefit Empower Parkinson, Upstate’s 2024 Your Cause charity, and is organized by Upstate’s DPT class of 2025 service chairs. Empower Parkinson Inc. provides support, hope, and a network for those living with Parkinson's disease in our community. The organization hosts exercise classes, support groups, and educational groups. For more information about the organization, visit: https://empowerparkinson.org. To register for the 5K and/or to make a donation, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/NY/Liverpool/Empowered5KRunWalk. Questions about this event? Email Julie Lombardi at [email protected].



Men to Men prostate cancer support group is April 25

The Men to Men prostate cancer support group will meet the last Thursday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m. at HealthLink, 6333 State Route 298, E. Syracuse. There will also be an online option. During the April 25 group, Alina Basnet, MD, will discuss advances in imaging, surgical and non-surgical treatment options, and hormonal versus non-hormonal therapies. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcumorjMjHdd9iJgo_py_H57-OHGbsAMU. Questions? Email Amy Allen at [email protected].

Upcoming support group dates are as follows:

  • April 25, online and in person
  • May 30, online only
  • June 27, online and in person



Upstate Cancer Center Research Retreat is April 26

The Upstate Cancer Center Research Retreat will be held April 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the CNY Biotech Accelerator. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and a shuttle service to the event will be available. For more information on the event, including an agenda, a link to registration, and a link to submit an abstract, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/cancer/research/retreat/index.php. Suzanne Conzen, MD, University of Texas Southwestern, will deliver the annual Carol M. Baldwin Lecture. The event will also include: progress reports from the Cancer Center Research programs and institutional leadership, and winners of the 2024 pilot grants that will propel research into the future will be announced.



Trivia for Pancreatic Cancer is April 27

Trivia for Pancreatic Cancer will be held Saturday, April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Solvay Tyrol Club. Proceeds will benefit the Al Todeschini Pancreatic Cancer Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation. For more information, visit: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/vf/PanCan. For more information, contact Janice Todeschini at [email protected] or 315-415-4157, or Lynn Przydrozny at [email protected].



HealthLink on hearing aids is April 29

Erin Bagley, Aud, will discuss how you know if you need hearing aids, what kinds are available, and how you know which will work best Monday, April 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqceuhqD4pH9yqHeEcS73B42S21-TqL4qv



Open House at Upstate Cancer Center’s FRC is April 29

An open house will be held April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Family Resource Center on the first floor of Upstate Cancer Center. In celebration of National Library Week, Sarah Lawler, clinical outreach librarian, will share information about the services she provides to our patients and their families. Attendees will receive a free book. The Family Resource Center houses pre-printed materials, brochures, books, and computers for patient use. Questions? Email Chris Benton at [email protected].



Mentors sought by April 30

Upstate’s Mentoring Program seeks mentors willing to share time and talent to guide the development of colleagues from across the institution. Mentors will receive training and then meet with assigned mentees once a month from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025, to assist mentees in accomplishing development goals. For more information, email MaryAnn Stark, Professional Development and Learning, at [email protected]. To submit an application, visit: https://solutions.upstate.edu/TDClient/650/HRPortal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=10722.



Sarcoidosis Support Group is April 30

Upstate’s Sarcoidosis Support Group will meet Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor classroom at Upstate Health Care Center. The meeting is hosted by Upstate’s Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Division. To register, email Shania Edwards-King at [email protected].



Organizing finances is Well NYS Everyday topic for April

The Well NYS Everyday topic for April is to organize finances. For more information on this topic, visit: https://oer.ny.gov/wellnys-everyday. Questions? Email Christine Podolak at [email protected].



Memorial Service set for Stephanie Lessun May 1

A memorial service will be held for Stephanie Lessun May 1 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 4414 of the Academic Building. Lessun, a member of the Upstate Social Work team since 2018, died March 13. Upstate Spiritual Care is hosting the event.


Norton College of Medicine to host open house for prospective students May 7

Upstate’s Norton College of Medicine will host a spring open house Tuesday, May 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. in 4414 B/C Academic Building. Prospective students will have an opportunity to engage with distinguished faculty, passionate students, and discover the resources available to aspiring medical professionals. Registration is required, here: https://engage.upstate.edu/register/?id=95da2769-73c8-4c9e-85a7-4f27aefb27ee. For more information, email Jennifer Garbutt at [email protected].



Suicide prevention training is May 10 and 20

Campus Connect: Suicide Prevention Training will be held May 10 and 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. in Setnor Hall. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, email Debra Emerson at [email protected]. Participants will be trained to recognize someone in crisis and learn how to ask if someone is in danger of self-harm. Those who have previously trained and would like a refresher are welcome. Sessions are run by Upstate psychiatrist Nayla Khoury, MD, and Debra Emerson from Upstate Wellness.



Registration for Syracuse Workforce Run due May 20 

The Syracuse Workforce Run will be held Thursday, June 6 at 6:45 p.m. on Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool. Registration is $43. To join Team Upstate, review race details, and read eligibility requirements, visit: https://calendar.upstate.edu/event/syrrun/. The registration deadline for Team Upstate is May 20. Questions? Email Rebecca Pesci at [email protected].



Pet A Pooch supervisors sought for June, July, August

Upstate staff and students interested in being a Pet A Pooch supervisor are encouraged to sign up for one of the following sessions:

  • June 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Community
  • June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital
  • June 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital
  • July 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Community
  • July 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 550 Harrison
  • July 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community
  • July 29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital
  • Aug. 5 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. at Community
  • Aug. 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Community
  • Aug. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community
  • Aug. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Upstate University Hospital

For more information and to register, email Deb Emerson at [email protected].



Input sought on practitioner well-being

Upstate's medical staff, including physicians and APPs, are encouraged to complete this anonymous assessment of current well-being at Upstate. The assessment will take approximately 10 minutes. Many existing programs have been implemented from prior input. Results will be shared and reporting for questions with fewer than 6 responses will be suppressed to preserve anonymity. To take the assessment, visit: https://amawellbeingsurvey.org/take-survey/2506389217453. Questions? Email [email protected].



The Informed Patient podcast

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about lung cancer surgery, the dengue virus and COPD.

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through various podcast platforms, including YouTube. HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available at upstate.edu/informed. To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected].