Upstate Medical University announces appointments, honors and awards

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

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