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!

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>>


Native Son
Asif Bashir, MD, HS '07
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>>


Providing Hope
Michael Fisher, MD '68
Michael Fisher MD
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>>


Rehab Leader
Nancy Strauss, MD '88

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