Gonzalo Pou, SGUSVM ’11: Clinic cares for animals at low cost

Gonzalo Pou, SGUSVM ’11, helps provide low-cost veterinary care as a member of the Animal Welfare Society of South Florida, which was featured on WPLG Local 10 in Miami/Fort Lauderdale.


The healers: Vazzana & Bogin: Docs who deal with matters of the heart

By Marjorie Hack

Dr. Thomas Vazzana, SGUSOM 1985, says he sees the deterioration of human health on a regular basis as a partner at Vazzana and Bogin Cardiology Associates in Staten Island and cardiology division director for the Staten Island Physician Practice. Fast food and a sedentary lifestyle have taken their toll on many of his patients.


Reid, SGUSOM ’02, Named to Faculty at Loyola University Chicago

Infection Control Today

Dr. Gail Reid, a 2002 graduate of the St. George’s University School of Medicine, has been named an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago. She will have a role within the Stritch School of Medicine’s Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, as well as a clinical role at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, IL.

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SGU Marine Biologist Says Deteriorating Condition of Reefs Puts Strain on Fishing Industry

International Press Service

Clare Morrall, director of the marine biology program at St. George’s University, says that sea surface temperatures have strained the fishing industry in Grenada due to coral bleaching.
“When you’ve taken away the fish that would normally crop and harvest and keep that algae in check, you’ve got a situation which has happened throughout the Caribbean, when you get a change from coral dominated systems to algal dominated systems,” she said.

The chairman of the Southern Fishermen Association is reporting that fishermen are suffering financially because they are catching fewer fish, and that once-abundant fish species have disappeared.

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Stephen Scarantino, MD ’91, Acknowledged by The Global Directory of Who’s Who


Stephen E. Scarantino, MD ’91, who practices obstetrics and gynecology at The Women’s Health Pavilion in Westbury, New York, has been recognized by The Global Directory of Who’s Who. The annual publication acknowledges professional men and women for their outstanding achievements and leadership within their industries. In addition to his practice, Dr. Scarantino is a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in Hempstead, New York.

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Medical Students Kick-off New HS Mentorship Program by Teaching Mentees


On Saturday, January 7, Urban Humanitarian Projects (UHP), a nonprofit organization comprised of St. George’s University medical students, will host a Build-a-PC workshop during which high school students in Greater New York City will be instructed how to assemble a desktop computer from scratch.

The workshop will be held at Park Slope Collegiate High School in Brooklyn, New York. In conjunction with InnovatePC.com, the workshop’s sponsor, UHP will supply the high school with five high-end computer systems that students can use year round.

“We want each of mentee to develop a deep appreciation for computers because a tech-savvy student in today’s society has a world of resources at their fingertips,” said Santhosh Cherian, Executive Director of UHP. “Mastery of computers and the internet will allow our mentees to find and open new doors for themselves.”

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Pt. Loma doctor named team physician for hungry U.S.A. rugby sevens squad

By Scott Hopkin

Dr. Joseph Allen, SGUSOM ’99, will serve as USA Rugby’s team doctor during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ’16 Games will mark the first time that rugby is an Olympic event for nearly a century (1924, Paris)

The U.S. Olympic Committee screened and certified Dr. Allen, who is a partner at Point Loma Family Practice and Sports Medicine in San Diego, California. Dr. Allen then flew to Australia for the first stop on the HSBC Sevens World Series tour, which makes six stops in four continents between February and May of 2012.

Dr. Allen is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in both family medicine and sports medicine. In addition to his practice, he is the team physician for the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club Rugby team, one of the premier rugby clubs in San Diego……


Dr. Sean Levchuck, SGUSOM ’89, celebrates birthday of girl for whom he performed a lifesaving heart operation

By Filipino Reporter

Six-year-old Suzzane Castillo of Tres Martires, Cavite, Philippines, has something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving Day after her childhood fantasy to be able to run along with her friends will finally be fulfilled.

Suzzane recently underwent a successful life-saving operation to repair a congenital heart defect at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center in Roslyn, N.Y., through the Gift of Life of Great Neck, N.Y. that has been saving ailing children from around the world.

Dr. Sean Levchuck, chairman of the hospital’s pediatric cardiology and one of the leading experts in the field, donated his services when he performed the procedure.


New Oncologist Joins Claxton-Hepburn’s Winter Cancer Center

Claxton-Hepburn News

Husband and wife SGU graduates, Oncologist Dr. Himani Singh and Internist Dr. Parthajeet Chowdhuri, have recently joined Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, New York.

Dr. Singh received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Upon earning her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2005, Dr. Singh completed her residency in internal medicine at Norwalk Hospital, affiliated with Yale University, in Norwalk, CT. She then went on to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she completed her fellowship in Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Singh has joined the hospital’s Richard E. Winter Cancer Center.

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Dr. Chowdhuri received a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California in Los Angeles, CA. In 2006, he earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. Upon completing his clinical clerkship in New York’s Brooklyn Hospital Center, Dr. Chowdhuri went onto become Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at Norwalk Hospital, affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine, in Norwalk, CT.

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We congratulate both graduates on their new positions at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, and wish them the best in all their future endeavors!

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Welcomes New Internist

Independent Press

St. George’s University graduate, Daniel E. Hermann, MD ’99, MPH, will be listed among “New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Docs” in an upcoming issue of New Jersey Family magazine along with five of his colleagues from the Summit Medical Group.

“Watching how compassionate doctors were with my father and knowing how they helped him made me want to do the same for other people,” explains Dr. Hermann on why he was inspired to pursue medicine.  “I wanted to be a pediatrician so that I could help kids get better from or manage their illnesses as quickly and easily as possible.” His dedication to helping children protect, maintain, and improve their health is what earned his the distinction as “New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Docs.”

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