Alumni Profiles

At Upstate we are very proud of what are alumni accomplish.  Below we have highlighted just a few of our remarkable alums.  Come back regularly to see new stories about our accomplished alumni!

Pioneering Therapies for Genetic Disorders
Gabriel Cohn, MD '86

Gabriel Cohn, MD '86

Cohn's interest in medical genetics began as an undergraduate at Brooklyn College, where he was involved in research to understand the genetic composition and DNA of viruses. Read more>>

Treating the Whole Patient
Paul Stobnicke, MD '53
Paul Stobnicker, MD '53
There are few physicians that have the perspective on changes in medicine that Paul Stobnicke, MD '53 does.  This 95-year-old, still licensed to practice in New York State, says that changes during his 65 years of family practice are nothing less than extraordinary.  Read more>>

Using Imaging to Prevent Suicide
Robert Bard, MD '68
Robert Bard, MD '68

The New York City Police Department is experiencing an epidemic of suicide, with 10 officers taking their own lives in 2019 as of mid-October. Read More>>


Allergies and Sleep
Shelley Berson, MD '86
Shelley Berson, MD '86

Approximately 40 milion people in the United States suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Otolaryngologist, Shelley Berson, MD '86, says many of them suffer from allergies. Read More>>


Skin Specialist
Christine Yang Finnin, MD '14
Alexander Weingarten



Early in her medical education, Christine Yang Finnin, MD '14, found herself fascinated by lectures on the skin and slides of skin lesions. Read More>>


Public Health Crusader
Virginia A. Caine, MD '76
Alexander Weingarten



During a time when black women were not very present in the health care industry, Virginia A. Caine, MD '76, saw a path. Read More>>


Acting the Part
Stephen J. Knohl, MD '97

Our Internal Medicine residency program uses theater arts to help residents improve communication. Read More>>

Fighting Opioid Abuse
Alexander E. Weingarten, MD '80
Alexander Weingarten



While physicians have been blamed for fueling the opioid epidemic, Alexander E. Weingarten, MD '80, is working to be part of the solution. Read More>>


Second Act
Carol L. Bender, MD '72
Carol Bender



Retired after 32 years of private internal medicine practice, Dr. Bender has found a new calling: serving America's veterans. Read More>>


From Doctor to Dancer
Marla B. Bruns, MD/PHD '08
Marla Bruns, MD/PHD '08



When she's not consulting with patients, however, you're likely to find Dr. Bruns trading in her doctor's white lab coat for a swirly, elegant gown to compete in regional ballroom dance competitions.  Read More>>