CSOM News and Events



Dr. Albritton and Dr. Frye awarded by the FACE foundation


Dr. Albritton and Dr. Frye

 Associate Professor Victoria Frye and Assistant Professor Tashuna Albritton, of the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine, have been awarded funds by the French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts (FACE) Foundation to conduct HIV prevention research with colleagues in Paris, France. The grant supports an exchange between France- and United States-based researchers.....Read more.

Dr. Victoria Frye received NIMH grant

Dr. Victoria Frye


Dr. Victoria Frye, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine in the CUNY School of Medicine, has received a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant to test the impact of a community-level intervention to reduce intersectional stigmas..... Read more


Endophenotypes of Traumatic Brain Injury:

What we need to know for the next generation of clinical trials

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, M.D., Ph.D.

Presidential Professor of Neurology & Director of Clinical TBI Research,  Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania


Research Seminar  

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Harris Hall, Room 110

12:00-2:15  PM

Lunch following seminar at 1:30 PM in H 205Q for students & postdocs who wish to meet with the speaker

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Meet valedictorian Elizabeth Yim and salutatorian Kevin Zijian Jiang and discover their CCNY stories. Yim and Jiang are 2019 graduates of the CUNY School of Medicine (BS in Biomedical Science portion) and the Grove School of Engineering (BE in Mechanical Engineering), respectively. It's now the featured video on the CCNY YouTube page click here

CSOM Walk With A Future Doc inspires others. 

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PA Class of 2020 Presents at PS 18 Career Day

On May 29, several students from the CSOM Physician Assistant Class of 2020 participated in PS 18’s Career Day in the Bronx as part of their Light My Way event.  “A huge thank you to the students who took time from their clinical time yesterday to teach kids about our incredible profession. The children received stethoscopes in their goodie bags and were able to listen to their hearts and lungs. Cheers to these PAs in the making!” stated teachers from PS 18.  With an ever increasing demand for Physician Assistants, especially people of color, our PA students are in the community sharing their passion and inspiring young minds to make their career dreams a reality.  “We encourage our students to participate in a community project each month,” says Dr. Jaclyn Churchill, Program Director of the CSOM Physician Assistant Program.  “They are eager to give back and see the immediate value of filling a need in the communities in which they will soon be practicing,”  See pictures from the day’s event.

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PA Class of 2020 Presents at PS 18 Career Day

City Island Abuzz With Alumni from the Class of 1994

A mini reunion from the Sophie Davis Class of 1994 met on City Island on Sunday, May 19. Seventeen classmates caught up on life after their Sophie Davis years and medical school. The topic of conversation included the importance of staying connected and giving back. CSOM is planning a reunion on November 17, 2019, to give alumni another chance to catch up with more of their classmates. Details are forthcoming. 

To help us keep alumni connected, all alumni are asked to send their contact information to Margaret Ambrosino at  mambrosino@med.cuny.edu .  A special thanks to Dr. Qili Li for sending us pictures and highlights from the event.


Alumni for the class of 1994


Alumni for the class of 1994


CSOM congratulates Victoria Frye for receiving funding from the Center for Victim Research. 

Dr. Frye Headshot

The CUNY School of Medicine congratulates Victoria Frye, Associate Medical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine, for research funding from the Center for Victim Research.
This nine-month fellowship will support a researcher-practicioner partnership that will better inform available sexual violence response services and inform the design of sexual violence prevention programming on urban campuses.  


CSOM congratulates Dr. Kaliris Salas- Ramirez for receiving the 2019 Faculty Staff Service Award. 


The CUNY School of Medicine congratulates Kaliris Salas-Ramirez, Assistant Medical Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences for receiving the 2019 Faculty Staff Service Award from the CCNY Alumni Association. 

This award recognizes faculty and staff for ongoing outstanding service to the students of CCNY, above and beyond regular responsibilities. 



CUNY School of Medicine has a successful approach to recruitment and education of medical students, making it one of the most diverse in the U.S. 
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CUNY School of Medicine


It was a good turnout for the CUNY School of Medicine students who hosted the school’s annual health fair.  The City College campus community came out to receive free screenings including blood pressure, HIV testing, health coaching and dental checkups just to name a few of the activities.  Along with the students were Drs. Lisa Auerbach, Rosa Lee and Ernest Patti who were on hand to address any in-depth questions.  Informational flyers, heart healthy smoothies, pedometers and a personal invitation to join the school’s weekly Walk With a  Future Doc group were also part of the health fair.  Click here to see pictures of the event.

Approaches to the Study of the Gut Microbiome in Clinical Autoimmune Disease 

by Gregg Silverman, M.D. Professor of Medicine and Pathology NYU School of Medicine 

Dr. Gregg Silverman, M.D.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the prototypic systemic autoimmune disease, with hallmarks of B-cell abnormalities, circulating autoantibodies to nuclear antigens and immune-complex formation. Susceptibility to the development of disease is linked to genetic and environmental factors. To consider whether disease is influenced by the internal environment of the gut microbiome, and to search for a transmissible agent amongst commensal microbes, we studied a crosssectional cohort of urban SLE patients. Our findings suggest a novel paradigm in which specific strains of a gut commensal may contribute to the immune pathogenesis of lupus nephritis, a common and potentially life-threatening complication.

CUNY School of Medicine students have inspired Walk with a Future Doc chapters at 26 medical schools nationwide. 

This weekend, our students led a walk in Washington, DC, at the American Medical Students Association Conference. Cheers to Swati Patel and Leela Ranqachar (middle row third from left and far right respectively) for leading things off, and thanks to the med students from California, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Toronto, Canada, who joined in! 

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U.S. News & World Report ranks CCNY grad programs among the best

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In a huge leap from last year, the physician assistant program at the City College of New York-based CUNY School of Medicine now ranks in the top 50 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools 2020” rankings released today. The newspaper also lists five other CCNY programs among the nation’s best.

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CCNY Medical students present Tanzania research

Students in the CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York presented their research at teh 6th Annual Conference of the NYC Epidemiology Forum. Their Presentations stemmed from the research conducted at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam - the only cancer treatment center in Tanzania. 

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CUNY School of Medicine Welcomes Robert M. DeMicco, Jr. as CSOM Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

Robert Demicco

Robert DeMicco (Bob) joins CSOM as the school’s Executive Director of Institutional Advancement.  An expert in advancement and development, he has developed successful programs at higher education and other nonprofits including Fordham University, Columbia University, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Prior to coming to CSOM, Bob was the Director of Development at Rutgers Business School where he was involved in fundraising, alumni development and worked closely with their board.   

Over the course of his career, he has either created or restructured five development programs which included establishing individual planned gift operations, new funding and campaign initiatives, has led strategic planning development projects and successful alumni development programs. Bob received his MPA at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Administration and a mini MBA at Rutgers Business School in Digital Marketing. 

Here at CSOM, Bob will work closely with Interim Dean Friedman and the school’s Executive Advisory Board, oversee alumni relations and communications, branding and marketing, develop and lead the school’s fundraising/development strategic plan, and campaign initiatives.  He will also work closely with CCNY’s Advancement team.

Bob’s office is located in Harris Hall 10C, or you can reach him at 212.650.6597 or  rdemicco@med.cuny.edu .

CUNY School of Medicine Welcomes Dr. Erica Friedman as CSOM Interim Dean

Dr. Erica Friedman

Dr. Erica Friedman has been appointed as interim dean of the CUNY School of Medicine.  She will also continue in her role as Deputy Dean for Medical Education.   

Friedman is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  She has practiced in academic medical centers in New York City including NYU School of Medicine, New York Medical College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.   She is an American College of Physicians Fellow and a member of the American Medical Association.

Friedman is an expert in medical education, having over 33 years of experience at academic medical centers.  Dr. Friedman is passionate about advocating for diversity and equity in the health professions workforce and for being a change agent for needed systemic healthcare reform that will lead to health and quality of life improvements for individuals, communities and our nation, particularly those that are chronically underserved.

“I am proud to be serving as interim dean of this amazing school of exceptional and committed faculty, staff and students,” she states.  “Our students’ passion is infectious, and they are outspoken champions of our school and the profession’s mission for equality and social justice in healthcare and medicine. Being one of the most diverse medical schools in North America, it is an honor to help ensure its longevity.”

CUNY School of Medicine Welcomes Dr. Gonzalo Torres as Chair for the Department of Molecular Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Torres

A native of Chile, Torres graduated with a MS in Biochemistry from the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile and earned a PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.Torres’ research uses a multidisciplinary approach and in vitro and in vivo models to examine the role of protein interactions in the control of dopamine homeostasis and in dopamine-related diseases including drug addiction and Parkinson’s disease.  For over 15 years, he has been funded by NIH, NSF, NARSAD, and private foundations, and publishes in high impact journals including Neuron, Nature Review Neuroscience, PNAS, The Journal of Neuroscience, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Pharmacology, Molecular Psychiatry, and Translational Psychiatry.

Torres received the Presidential Early Career Award under President Obama, as well as several other honors, including the International Society for Neurochemistry Young Scientist Lecture Award, the NARSAD Young Investigator Award, the ASPET-ASTELLAS Award for Translational Pharmacology, and named an Emerging Scholar by the Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.

Torres is committed to improving underrepresented minority recruitment and retention in biological sciences.  He has held several leadership roles at the national level including serving as a member and chair of the diversity committee for both the Society for Neuroscience and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  He serves as director of the Mentoring Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Scholars (MINDS), funded by NIH, which promotes the advancement of promising, underrepresented junior faculty members in neurosciences.  “The CUNY School of Medicine is one of the most diverse medical schools in the country,” says Torres, “I wanted to come here to help grow the diversity of its researchers and faculty.”  Torres continues, “This is an exciting time to be here at the CUNY School of Medicine.  Being a new medical school, there exists many opportunities for collaborative research, teaching and mentoring initiatives.”

CUNY School of Medicine Aims to Impact Health Care Diversity - Image of two students in a lab

"CUNY School of Medicine Aims to Impact Health Care Disparities" - Diverse Education

Above: CUNY School of Medicine Students Conduct a Lab Experiement 

CUNY School of Medicine student Denisha McCurchin in Harris Hall, City College

CUNY Matters: New School of Medicine Leads Nation in Diversity

Above: CUNY School of Medicine student Denisha McCurchin in Harris Hall, City College 


"CUNY: Changing the face of Medicine, One Student at a time." Article Header Image

CUNY School of Medicine's dedication to diversity featured in Daily News 

Above: Cuny Students (from left) Danissa Williams, Shahid Dodson and Gabrielle Cintron are seen at the University's medical school. 


December 14, 2018 was an eventful day for the CUNY School of Medicine family. Dr. Alan C. Yao from the Class of 1992 pledged a $1M gift to the school.  Medical Professor Trevisan, Provost Liss and some of the CSOM and CCNY family were on hand to thank Dr. Yao for his generosity to his alma mater. A formal presentation and announcement will take place in the near future. 

CSOM Receives a 1 Million Dollar Pledge

Image of Dean Maurizio Trevisan, Dr. Alan Yao, Provost Tony Liss

From Left to Right: Founding Dean Maurizio Trevisan, Dr. Alan Yao, and Provost Tony Liss.


Last Updated: 11/07/2019 13:00