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Medical alumni return for Reunion Weekend Sept. 25 and 26

Medical alumni return for Reunion Weekend Sept. 25 and 26

“The Medical Alumni Association is pleased to welcome back our alumni from all over the country and to recognize our three distinguished honorees,” said Paul E. Norcross, executive director of the Medical Alumni Association for Upstate. “The recognition of our donors and medical students receiving scholarships during the Scholarship Presentations is always a highlight of the weekend.”

Award recipients

Gary C. Brown, MD, MBA, (’75), Daryll C. Dykes, MD, JD, PhD, (’95), and Alan L. Breed, MD, (’65), will receive their awards at the Reunion Awards and Scholarship Presentations program Friday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Wieskotten Hall’s Medical Alumni Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the Upstate community. Included among the three awardees is a Syracuse native who combines his medical and legal background to raise awareness of the implications of racial, ethnic and gender disparities in health care.

- Gary C. Brown, MD, MBA, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus award for his successful, multi-faceted career. Primarily a vitreoretinal surgeon since 1981, he is professor of ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical University and Director Emeritus of the Retina Service at Wills Eye Hospital. Along with Robert Pyatt, MD, (’75), Brown organized an effort to raise $22 million to initiate the Pennsylvania Physician Healthcare Plan, a physician-owned PPO/HMO, where he also served as chair of the Board. With his physician-wife, Lissa, Brown founded Value-Based Medicine, a health care economic research organization--an extension of Evidence-Based Medicine that integrates patient value and financial value across all specialties in health care. He currently serves as chief medical officer and director of pharmacoeconomics at the Center for Value-Based Medicine. Brown has been an investigator in multiple NIH trials and has authored or co-authored 12 medical books and 700 medical papers or chapters, has served as chief editor for three medical journals and is a reviewer for 40 peer-review journals. His interest in writing led to authoring the medical thriller fiction novels: Blind Rage, Tribunal and An Eye for Justice.

- Daryll C. Dykes, MD, JD, PhD, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus award. Born and raised on Syracuse’s west side--a George W. Fowler High School graduate--Dykes is an orthopaedic spine surgeon, health law scholar and health policy consultant practicing in Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and a former U.S. Marine. He is also president and managing director of Medical and Surgical Spine Consultants of Minnesota. Dykes is one of the first students to complete Upstate’s MD/PhD program, where his research earned him several awards, including the John Bernard Henry, MD, Endowed Scholarship and Award and the David G. Murray, MD Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery. His concern for problems in American health care delivery led Dykes to subsequently pursue a law degree at William Mitchell College of Law. There, he focused on the legal implications of racial, ethnic and gender disparities in health; health care legislation, regulation and compliance; and medical liability. He completed his law degree magna cum laude and has authored seminal law review articles on health disparities and health quality measurement. He continues to work with the William Mitchell College of Law as the executive director of a one-of-a-kind program that conducts training and research in expert witness advocacy.

- Alan L. Breed, MD, will receive the Humanitarian Award for his international efforts to provide medical care to children. Breed was on faculty with the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 27 years, where his practice was treated children with cerebral palsy and myelomeningocele, among other pediatric orthopedic disorders. During his tenure at the university, Breed and his family opened their home to students, particularly international students, who needed a place to stay during their college years. It was one of the students from Kenya that served as the impetus to commit to missionary work abroad. “The student became family, so when she needed to leave graduate school suddenly because her father was ill we said we would visit her in Kenya,” he says. During this visit Breed witnessed the lack of medical care for residents of a village in Kenya. This provided the catalyst for him to return to Kenya to perform medical missionary work at Tenwek Hospital. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and with his wife, Carol, traveled to Kenya, at the CURE International Hospital at Kijabe, where he became a career missionary, providing medical care to children and teaching medical residents. Over the years, the Breeds have returned to Kenya and also traveled to Madagascar and Afghanistan, where he provides medical care. Over the years, Breed and his family have provided housing for numerous college students and funded the college educations of two brothers who were refugees from Liberia.

Weiskotten Lecture

Alumni reunion also includes the free, public Weiskotten Lecture to be presented by Patrick L. Basile, MD, (‘03), Friday, Sept. 25 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall.  Basile will discuss the history of military medicine at lessons from the global war on terrorism. The lecture is free and open to the public. Basile is a plastic surgeon who is recognized as a leader in wounded warrior care and who took part the highly-publicized first bilateral arm transplant at Johns Hopkins.

For more information about Alumni Reunion, call 464-4361 or visit Reunion.