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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….


Northwell, Stony Brook Med strike cardio deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A state-of-the-art cardiac-care practice will lend three decades of expertise, more than a dozen heart specialists and a boatload of East End patients to Long Island’s largest healthcare system. Northwell Health announced Friday that it has acquired Eastern Suffolk Cardiology – a four-office chain boasting nine board-certified physicians specializing in internal medicine, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology – from Stony Brook Medicine. The deal involves an undisclosed financial…


Appointments pump up SBU cardiovascular team

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Stony Brook University School of Medicine has added some heavy cardiovascular muscle. Joanna Chikwe, a professor at the Mount Sinai Health System’s Icahn School of Medicine, has been appointed chief of Stony Brook Medicine’s Department of Cardiovascular Surgery. Also bridging the two institutions is Henry Tannous, an assistant professor of cardiovascular surgery at the Icahn School now named an associate professor of surgery on SBU’s cardiothoracic surgical squad. Chikwe, who…


Stony Brook Medicine, Mount Sinai Health team up

Academic synergies and accelerated discoveries are the promise of a new research collaboration pairing Stony Brook Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System. Stony Brook University and New York City-based Mount Sinai announced the new affiliation Thursday, with officials from both institutions highlighting the partnership’s superior research potential and innovative clinical-care initiatives. Effective immediately, Stony Brook Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will begin developing new research programs – including medical-education…


Beta installations for first SynchroPET scanners

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook startup SynchroPET has taken a giant step toward commercializing its groundbreaking scanners, which offer unprecedented 3-D views of the body’s biological systems using technology that no longer fills a room. In fact, it barely covers a desk. More on the science in a minute. The headline is news that SynchroPet has sited its first scanner at Stony Brook Medicine’s animal research division, where researchers will run it through its…


Stony Brook Medicine welcomes largest-ever class

One-hundred-thirty-two first-year students received their first white coats this week – and, for the first time ever, complimentary stethoscopes – as the Stony Brook University School of Medicine welcomed its largest-ever incoming class. The Class of 2019 received physician-in-training coats and stethoscopes, courtesy of the school’s alumni association, during Stony Brook Medicine’s annual White Coat Ceremony, held this week. The incoming class also took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. The highly competitive class…