SUNY Upstate Medical University announces the following
appointments, honors and awards:
John A. Hoepner, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of
Ophthalmology, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Onondaga
County Medical Society at the Society s annual dinner Nov. 2 at the
DoubleTree Hotel in East Syracuse. The Distinguished Service Award is the
society s highest award. Hoepner resides in Fayetteville.
Christine Stork, Pharm.D., was inducted as a fellow into the American
Academy of Clinical Toxicology at the North American Congress of Clinical
Toxicology in San Antonio. Stork is clinical director of the Upstate New
York Poison Center. Stork resides in DeWitt.
Gary Johnson, M.D., associate professor and vice chair of Emergency
Medicine, has been named interim chair of the Department of Emergency
Medicine, succeeding John McCabe, M.D., who accepted the position of CEO of University Hospital and senior vice president for Hospital Affairs. Johnson
resides in Syracuse.
Kan Liu, M.D., Ph.D., has been named assistant professor of medicine.
Liu s clinical interests are in general cardiology, invasive cardiology
and cardiovascular imaging, and coronary artery disease prevention. Prior
to his appointment at Upstate, Liu was a clinical fellow and an attending
physician at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Liu
resides in Fayetteville.
Layth A. Saymeh, M.D., has been named assistant professor of medicine.
Prior to his Upstate appointment, Saymeh was in private practice in
Columbus, Ohio. His specialty is general gastroenterology and associated
gastrointestinal diagnostic and screening procedures. Saymeh resides in
Leslie J. Kohman, M.D., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in the
Department of Surgery, has been named a member of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Kohman lives in Syracuse.
Margaret Wells, Ph.D., R.N., N.P., assistant professor in the College of
Nursing, published an article Resilience in Rural Community-Dwelling Older