Stony Brook Medicine

No. 331: A retail first at Roosevelt Field, phone calls from outer space and why dumping debris in LI waters is good (sometimes)

Hump-hopping: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we speed through another exciting (and mercilessly damp) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Aug. 15 out there, and today we observe the 73rd anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day. Sorta. (It could be Aug. 15, the date Japan officially announced its surrender, but it could also be Aug. 14 – the surrender date in the States, because of time zones – or possibly Sept. 2, the date Japan…


Stony Brook docs earn school’s first PanCAN grant

By GREGORY ZELLER // A private grant from a national support network will help Stony Brook University researchers explore a new therapeutic target in the war against pancreatic cancer. The California-based Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – a registered 501(c)3 organization with offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington – has awarded a $500,000 grant to Stony Brook Medicine Pathology Chairman Kenneth Shroyer and Assistant Professor Luisa Escobar-Hoyos. Shroyer, who is also Stony Brook…


Growing physician network increases lung capacity

Stony Brook Community Medical has brought a new pulmonary practice into the fold. The burgeoning, highly coordinated healthcare network based around the Stony Brook School of Medicine has welcomed New York Pulmonary Consultants into its expanding family of community-based practices and physicians. New York Pulmonary Consultants offers comprehensive and integrated pulmonary care at offices in Port Jefferson and Riverhead, with “other satellite offices to be announced soon,” according to a statement from Stony Brook Medicine….


Island epilepsy centers earn national reaccreditation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has re-upped five Northwell Health epilepsy programs, including three on Long Island. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital, the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Lenox Hill Hospital, located in Manhattan, have all earned NAEC Level 4 reaccreditation. That designation means each center provides complex neuro-diagnostic monitoring, complete evaluations…


No. 295: Schein spins out, Marcum surveys CEOs, FalconStor soars west, and how San Diego can save Long Island

Welcome to Wednesday: Over the hump we go, dear readers, and a special hello to new subscribers Heather, Lincoyan, Alan, Nick, Chris, Kimberly, James and Aamir. We couldn’t do it without you. Well, we could, but nobody would know. Now that you’re part of the family, drop us a line at editor@innovateli.com and tell us what you think. Story tips and calendar suggestions thrill us beyond words. Spring break: It’s April 4 out there and…


Forget something? NY’s life-sci panel (mostly) stiffs LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Eyeing a “vibrant life-sciences ecosystem” across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the launch of a new Life Science Advisory Board – but the high-profile panel largely overlooks life-sciences-heavy Long Island. Although Albany would seem to consider the Island a hotbed of biotech and health-science research and commercialization, none of the region’s major research institutions or life-science enterprises are represented on the new LSAB. So, no one to share updates…


No. 288: On awards season, Opportunity Zones, international patents and dumpster fires

Snow kidding: Another whitewashed workweek is in the books, dear readers, and if you thought Wednesday’s surprise snowstorm was a shocker, just be glad you weren’t in England 127 years ago today. That’s when the Great Blizzard of 1891 began its tear across the UK. Featuring 15-foot snowdrifts and crippling winds, the five-day snowmageddon is blamed for the deaths of 200 people and more than 6,000 animals. According to the story, snow piles were still…


Stony Brook diabetes doc to head ‘leadership’ board

The American Diabetes Association has tapped Stony Brook Medicine’s top diabetes doctor to head up its regional leadership board. Joshua Miller, the Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s medical director of diabetes care and an assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism in the school’s Department of Medicine, has been named president of the ADA’s Long Island Community Leadership Board. Miller will be responsible for oversight of the association’s patient- and clinical-support programs in Nassau and…


No. 287: MDs on the fast track, IPS in the Smithsonian, new hope for the nipple and ESD doesn’t mean to brag, but…

Welcome to Wednesday: And over the hump we go, dear reader, as another week of innovation and socioeconomic progress plows forward. And we do mean plows. When’s spring start, anyway? Passing Go: March 7 is another big date for historical innovation. Charles Miller kept them in stitches when he patented the first U.S. sewing machine in 1854, Alexander Graham Bell let his fingers do the walking when he patented the telephone in 1876, and while…


SBU races ahead of the curve with three-year MD

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new medical-training curriculum will allow Stony Brook Medicine students to complete their MDs a year faster. The SBU School of Medicine has introduced a peppier alternative course load that lets students earn their medical degrees in three years instead of the traditional four – the first sped-up MD program on Long Island and just the second in New York State, according to the SUNY medical school. Stony Brook Medicine’s three-year…


No. 260: Northwell’s innovation winners, SUNY medical schools feeling the pinch and SAFE RIDE LI thanks to MADD and Uber

Gobble gobble: And all that good stuff, dear readers. The Innovate LI team is looking forward to some quality family time over the holiday weekend, so no Black Friday newsletter. We’ll catch up with you Monday – but we’ll still be checking editor@innovateli.com for story tips, calendar items and leftover-stuffing recipes. Blackout warning: “Black Friday” you know, but “Blackout Wednesday?” That’s the term of choice in a joint statement from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and…


For some blind patients, ‘Bionic Eye’ lets there be light

By GREGORY ZELLER // After 20 years of total blindness, a Port Jefferson woman is beginning to see the light. Linda Kirk, 67, has been sightless for more than 20 years – but just 10 minutes after a surgically implanted retinal device was activated in her left eye, Kirk was able to distinguish light from dark. Soon after, she was perceiving movement, even some shapes. And while she described what she was seeing using terms…


Schools mark first joint-admissions nursing class

Two collaborating regional medical programs will soon churn out more nurses, with students going in one school and coming out another. The Stony Brook University School of Nursing and Suffolk County Community College are slated to sign a deal Tuesday launching the Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First Program, which will see students automatically transfer between the two institutions. According to the memorandum of understanding to be signed by SCCC President Shaun McKay and Kenneth Kaushansky, Stony Brook…


Stony Brook kidney team transplants record book

It was a banner 2016 for Stony Brook Medicine’s kidney transplant team, which set a new high water mark for procedures performed. The Transplantation Services Team – including nephrologists, RNs and a deep, multi-disciplined support system – performed 81 kidney transplants from living and deceased donors last year, the most in any year since the specialized transplant team formed in 1979. The team also successfully completed two kidney-paired donations, another first for the 37-year-old program….


Huge gifts take cancer fight to tiniest levels

Consecutive gifts by philanthropists Kavita and Lalit Bahl totaling $13.75 million will fund a new Stony Brook Medicine center dedicated to understanding cancer on the most complex cellular levels. The Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center for Metabolomics and Imaging “advances the family’s vision to elevate Stony Brook Medicine to the cutting edge of personalized cancer research, diagnostic imaging breakthroughs and evolving individualized cancer care,” the Stony Brook University School of Medicine said in a statement….