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News Archives of 2003

SUNY Upstate to open Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics Center

February 4, 2003

SUNY Upstate Medical University will open a special center bringing together a team of medical experts who will offer families and their children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism and other disorders highly specialized medical care in one location.

Gun owners urged to sign gun safety pledge at upcoming sports show

January 23, 2003

Gun owners will have the opportunity to publicly declare that they store their guns safely by putting their signature on the Gun Owner's Safety Pledge card during the Northeast Sports Show, to be held Jan. 24 through 26 at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Steencken named chair of the Upstate Medical University Parents and Family Association

January 21, 2003

Robin L. Steencken has been named chair of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Parents and Family Association at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

2002 CNY Children's Miracle Network fundraising campaign raises record-breaking $1,000,100 for University Hospital

January 16, 2003

The Central New York Children's Miracle Network officially closed its 2002 fundraising campaign Dec. 31 with a record-breaking $1,000,100 to benefit children who receive their medical care at University Hospital in Syracuse. It marks the first time the organization topped the $1 million mark in an annual fundraising effort. Children's Miracle Network is part of the Upstate Medical University Foundation at Syracuse.

Donald Marriott named planned giving officer for Upstate Medical University Foundation

January 15, 2003

Donald Marriott has been named planned giving officer for Upstate Medical University Foundation.

Dubansky, Freedman elected to leadership posts in SUNY Upstate faculty organization

January 10, 2003

A. Stephen Dubansky, M.D., and Jeffrey C. Freedman, Ph.D., have been elected to serve three-year terms as faculty senator and alternate faculty senator, respectively, for SUNY Upstate Medical University's Faculty Organization.Dubansky, of Fayetteville, is associate professor of pediatrics hematology/oncology. He joined SUNY Upstate in 1984. He serves as director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, member and interviewer for the Medical School Admissions Committee, and a member of the Medical College Assembly Executive Committee, the Pediatric Residency Committee and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and founder of the Upstate Pediatric Hematology Group, a consortium of pediatric hematology centers in Syracuse, Rochester, Albany and Buffalo.Freedman, is associate professor of neuroscience and physiology in the colleges of Medicine and Graduate Studies. He joined the SUNY Upstate faculty in 1979 and has served as chair of the Graduate Faculty Organization, member of the Graduate Council and of the Council of the Faculty Organization, chair of the Educational Policies Committee, and currently serves as the chair of the Medical College Assembly.Faculty senators represent SUNY Upstate faculty at the meetings of the SUNY University Faculty Senate, comprised of elected representatives from all SUNY campuses.

University Hospital is granted state approval to open additional pediatric beds for RSV season

January 7, 2003

An urgent appeal by University Hospital has been approved by the New York state health department to open 12 new pediatric beds to care for the anticipated increase in sick children due to the onset of RSV season. RSV or respiratory syncytial virus is the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children. RSV, which can cause severe or life-threatening disease in premature infants, results in over 125,000 hospitalizations each year.

Minimally invasive prostate removal surgery offered at University Hospital

January 6, 2003

A new laparoscopic procedure to remove the prostate is now being performed by urologic surgeons at University Hospital.

Pediatric Nephrology Clinic will open in Binghamton

January 6, 2003

Parents with children in need of a pediatric kidney specialist will no longer have to leave town to seek this specialized care. Thomas Welch, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, will open a Pediatric Nephrology Clinic at Binghamton General Hospital this month.

SUNY Upstate seeks women for national study on breast cancer detection

January 6, 2003

Dense breast tissue can make it difficult to detect breast cancer through mammography in premenopausal women. If a six-month use of a topical gel derived from tamoxifen can decrease tissue density, will the result prove effective in making mammography a better breast cancer screening tool?