Alumni Profiles

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!

 Alexander Weingarten

Fighting Opioid Abuse

Alexander E. Weingarten, MD '80
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>>

 Carol Bender

Second Act

Carol L. Bender, MD '72
Retired after 32 years of private internal medicine practice, Dr. Bender has found a new calling: serving America's veterans. Read More>>

Marla Bruns, MD/PHD '08

From Doctor to Dancer

Marla B. 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>>

 Asif Bashir, MD, HS '07

Native Son

Asif Bashir, MD, HS '07
Many foreign physicians dream of training and practicing in the United States or the United Kingdom.  What's far less common, is bringing that medical expertise back to the home country, Pakistan.  Read More>>

 Michael Fisher MD

Providing Hope

Michael Fisher, MD '68
As a nephrologist in Santa Barbara, CA, Michael B. Fisher, D '68, had spent more than 40 years caring for patients with chronic kidney disease when he was diagnosed with serious lung cancer in 2013.  Read More>>

 Nancy Strauss, MD

Rehab Leader

Nancy Strauss, MD '88
From a young age, Nancy Strauss, MD '88, understood first hand the importance of exercise, physical fitness and the power of rehabilitation. Read More>>