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Examples of Distinguished CUNY Alumni

Andrea Borghese Apolo
Julius Axelrod
Elizabeth Ayello

Alfred W. Alberts Brooklyn College 1953. Bio materials scientist with Merck Pharmaceuticals who discovered the process to create Lovastatin, the first cholesterol-lowering statin drug.

Steven Ali Brooklyn College 1976. Early proponent of LASIK Eye Surgery and co-founder of Manhattan Vision Associates and Executive Director of the Institute for Vision Research LP.

Andrea Borghese Apolo Lehman College 1999. Clinical Investigator Physician at the National Cancer Institute.

Julius Axelrod City College 1933. Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, 1970.

Elizabeth Ayello Hunter College 1971. Authority on wound care; co-author, "Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles.."

Sol J. Barer Brooklyn College 1968. CEO of Celgene, one of the world's largest biotech companies, who developed path-breaking techniques in chiral chemistry, including a better tolerated version of Ritalin and the use of thalidomide to treat leprosy and multiple myeloma and other forms of cancer.

Amanda Bernal-Carlo Graduate Center Ph.D. 1991. Professor, founder Hostos Cultural and Medicinal Plant Garden; co-founder, Hostos Honors Program.

Oheneba Boachi-Adjai Brooklyn College 1976. Orthopedic surgeon and founder of the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), which helps treat adults and children with spinal deformities in developing nations.

Richard Carmona
Carol V.R. De Costa
Diana Bontá

Diana Bontá Bronx Community College 1972. An R.N and Doc­tor of Public Health, she is the Vice President of Public Affairs at Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest not-for-profit health plan and former Director of the California Department of Health Services.

Wylie Burke Brooklyn College 1970. Professor and Chair of Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine, past President of the American Society of Human Genetics.

Andrew Campbell York College 1980. Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology, Brown University.

Richard Carmona Bronx Community College 1973. 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006).

Warren W. Chin City College 1979. President, Chinese American Medical Society.

Joe D. Cohen CUNY Graduate Center 1977. Researcher for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals and co-creator of the first successful vaccine for malaria.

Stanley Cohen Brooklyn College 1943. Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and co-recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering research on cell growth factors.

Gerald W. Deas Brooklyn College BA 1952, MA 1956. Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of Health Education Communications at SUNY Downstate Medical Center; columnist, poet, playwright and former President of the American Medical Society.

Lydia de Castro John Jay College 1991. Forensic Analyst, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. 2007 recipient of the Lydia Martinez Collaboration Award from the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.

Carol V.R. De Costa Medgar Evers College 1978. Clinical Instructor, Sports Medicine, Brooklyn Hospital Department of Family Medicine.

Marilyn A. DeLuca Hunter College 1971. Health policy consultant; former Executive Director, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.

R. Bruce Donoff Brooklyn College 1963. Dean, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Walter C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Jack Drescher Brooklyn College 1972. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, best known for his work on sexual orientation, and Chairperson of the American Psychiatric Association's Committee on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Concerns.

Gertrude Elion
Debra Fraser-Howze
Charlotte Friend

Gertrude Elion Hunter College 1937. Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, 1977.

Rochelle Easton Esposito Brooklyn College 1962. Yeast geneticist, Professor Emeritus at The University of Chicago, and past president of the Genetics Society of America.

Jeffrey S. Flier City College 1968. Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University, and Carolyn Shields Walker Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Endocrinologist and authority on the molecular causes of obesity and diabetes.

Debra Fraser-Howze Hunter College 1988. Baruch College MPA, International AIDS activist and authority; appointed to President Clinton's Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Barry I. Freedman Brooklyn College 1980. Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Wake Forest University, who isolated the gene responsible for kidney disease in African-Americans.

Michael Felix Freshwater Brooklyn College 1968. Hand sur­geon who popularized the use of leeches in microsurgery and performed the world's first forequarter reattachment surgery.

Charlotte Friend Hunter College 1943. Microbiologist who discovered the Friend leukemia virus (FLV).

Patricia A. Gentile LaGuardia Community College 1980. Administrator, Jamaica Hospital Home Health Agency and Brookdale Hospital Certified Home Health Agency.

Allen Gibofsky Brooklyn College 1969. Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and past President of the American College of Rheumatology.

Kimberly Glassman
Arthur Kornberg
RIchard Lerner

Kimberly Glassman Hunter College 1984. Senior VP for patient care services, NYU Langone Medical Center.

David P. Goldstein Brooklyn College 1959. Audiologist, founder of the Audiology Foundation of America and recog­nized as the "Father of the AuD."

Madelyn Gould Brooklyn College 1972. Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and an authority in suicide prevention.

Angelo Gousse York College 1986. Professor of Urology, University of Miami School of Medicine.

Alden N. Haffner Brooklyn College 1948. Founder and former President of the SUNY College of Optometry.

Charles H. Hennekens Queens College 1963. Physician, Researcher and Visiting Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami.

Leonard Herzenberg Brooklyn College 1953. Developed the fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS) that revolutionized the study of cancer cells and is the basis for purification of adult stem cells, recipient of the Kyoto Prize in 2006.

Marjorie Hill College of Staten Island 1975. CEO of Gay Men's Health Crisis.

Darren R. Hoyte New York City College of Technology 1988. Chief Technologist, Radiology, The Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Arthur Kornberg City College 1937. Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, 1959, for the discovery of DNA polymerase, an enzyme needed to synthesize the master molecule of heredity.

Beatrice Krauss CUNY Graduate Center, 1979. Professor, Director of the Center for Community and Urban Health and Executive Director of the Schools of the Health Professions Office of Research and Grant Support, Hunter College.

Robert Lee New York City College of Technology 1981. CEO Raulerson Hospital, Okeechobee, FL.

Richard M. Lerner CUNY Graduate Center 1971. Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University.

Constance Emmer Lieber Brooklyn College 1945. Presi­dent, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.

Leila Macey City College 1990. Physician Assistant, SUNY Health Science Center/Brooklyn; AIDS educator for women and children; former Chair of the Women's and Children's Caucus, part of the National Institutes of Health-funded AIDS research program.

Salvatore R. Maddi Brooklyn College 1954. Psychiatrist, author and expert on stress and critical incident management, founder of the Hardiness Institute. Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.

Richard J. Maraia Kingsborough Community College. Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Molecular and Cell Biology in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Joan Marren
Charlene Prounis
Jonas Salk

Joan Marren Hunter College. Chief Operating Officer, Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Arnold Melman City College 1962. Clinical Surgeon, Profes­sor and Chairman of the Department of Urology, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; past President of the Society for the Study of Impotence; co-de­veloper of the use of gene transfer for the therapy of smooth muscle diseases of the genito urinary systems, past chairman of the FDA's Gastroenterology and Urology devices panel; and President, CUNY Society of Salk Scholars.

Carol Cooperman Nadelson Brooklyn College 1957. First woman elected President of the American Psychiatric Associa­tion, and an advocate for women in the field of medicine.

Lee M. Nadler Queens College 1969. First Dean of Clinical and Translational Research, Harvard Medical School.

William E. Paul Brooklyn College 1956. Chief of the Labora­tory of Immunology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infec­tious Diseases; he did groundbreaking research on the function of a key regulator of the immune system, interleukin 4 (IL-4).

Deborah Persaud York College 1981. Associate Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Iris J. Prager Brooklyn College 1965. Past President of the American Association for Health Education, expert on menstrual periods and puberty, and North American Education Manager for Tampax.

Joe Pressley CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Inter-disciplinary Studies. Senior Director of Policy/Government Relations for Harlem United Community AIDS Center.

Winston Price Brooklyn College 1970. Health care advocate, former President of the National Medical Association, representing African-American physicians.

Charlene Prounis Queensborough Community College 1976. Co-President and Managing Partner at Flashpoint Medica, a full-service marketing and advertising agency that specializes in health care.

Barnett Rosenberg Brooklyn College 1948. Professor of Biophysics and Chemistry at Michigan State University, best known for his development of cisplatin, one of the world's most widely used and successful anti-cancer drugs.

Zev Rosenwaks Brooklyn College 1968. Director and Physician-in-Chief of the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Alexis Malpica Sackor Bronx Community College 1984. Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatrics Department of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Jonas Salk City College 1934. Developed the first polio vaccine.

Nava Sarver Brooklyn College 1973. AIDS researcher and Chief, Targeted Drug Discovery Section, Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

M. Monica Sweeney
Celina Sotomayor
Jane Jeffrie Seley

Jane Jeffrie Seley Hunter College M.S.N. 1998. Diabetes Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, leader in diabetes education and clinical management.

Lori Shah Brooklyn College 1995. Associate Medical Director, Lung Transplantation Program, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Lucy Shapiro Brooklyn College 1961. Microbiologist, Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research and Director of the Beckman Cen­ter for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at Stanford University.

Debra T. Silverman Brooklyn College 1970. Chief, Occu­pational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute.

Amy Smith Borough of Manhattan Community College 2008. Emergency Department Nurse Fellow at North Shore University Hospital.

Celina Sotomayor Hostos Community College 1973, Emergency Room Supervisor, Prospect Hospital, New York. M. Monica Sweeney, Bronx Community College. Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Thomas Tam
Jerome Tobis
Gregorio Valdez

Thomas Tam City College 1968. Founder of the Chinatown Health Clinic (now the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center), former Executive Director of the Asian/Asian-American

Research Institute Queens College and former member of the CUNY Board of Trustees.

Ashleigh Thompson Deputy to the University Dean for Health and Human Services Deputy Director, JFK, Jr. Institute, CUNY.

Jerome Tobis City College 1936. Distinguished doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Albert Einstein Col­lege of Medicine and the University of California Medical School at Irvine. Winner of Outstanding Physician in New York State award. Teaches residents and conducts research at age 95.

Eileen Treacy Lehman College 1974. Psychologist; Founder of Bronx Women Against Rape; expert witness on sex crimes.

Julio Urbina CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies 1989. LaGuardia Community College, 1987. Director, Healthy Aging Program, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.

Gregorio Valdez Lehman College 1996. Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Miriam T. Vincent York College 1973. Professor and Chair, Department of Family Practice, SUNY Downstate.

Mary Baranowski Walsh Hunter College 1974, M.S.N. 1979. Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Beth Israel Medical Center.

Ora Williams Bronx Community College 1981. President of the Atlanta Black Nurses Association.

Roslyn Yalow

Rosalyn Yalow Hunter College 1941. Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, 1977.

Dr. David Yew Brooklyn College 1995. Medical Director and Flight Director, AirMed Hawaii.