MEC Minute

From Stephen Thomas, MD
Chair, Medical Executive Committee

Today’s Minute

March 27, 2024

Team Upstate:


Please join me for the launch of this year’s MEC Leadership Lecture series.

I have been watching our speaker on HBO for years and I am very excited for an educational and interesting lecture and discussion.

Mr. Frankel and I will discuss the concept of making personal connections with others, whether they are the subjects of journalistic stories or the patients we care for. 

Please take a one-hour break from your day, enjoy a short walk outside to this amazing theater, and enjoy the event.

You will be glad you did.


Thanks for reading,



2024 Leadership Lecture Series

Sponsored by the SUNY Upstate Medical Executive Committee and the Office of Continuing Medical Education


Jon Frankel: Making Connections in Media and Medicine

 jon frankel head shot

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.


Jon Frankel is graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.


April 11, 2024

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Syracuse University National Veterans Resource Center

Free Admission


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