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Maimonides Medical Center & SUNY Downstate Create Joint Regional Chair of Neurology 



(left to right) Maimonides Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Stephan Kamholz; Dr. Steven Rudolph, Director of the Jaffe Stroke Center at Maimonides; Maimonides Director of Neurology Dr. Ellen Drexler; Regional Chair of Neurology Dr. Daniel M. Rosenbaum; SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Dean Carlos N. Pato; and SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne J. Riley at the Maimonides/SUNY Downstate joint press conference.

(left to right) Maimonides Executive VP & COO Dominick Stanzione; Regional Chair of Neurology Dr. Daniel M. Rosenbaum; Maimonides President & CEO Kenneth Gibbs; SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Dean Carlos N. Pato; SUNY Downstate President Dr. Wayne J. Riley; and Maimonides Board Chair Eugene Keilin announce the creation of a regional chair of neurology, enhancing neuroscience services and medical education in Brooklyn.

Position Will Expand Clinical Care, Education, and Research

Maimonides Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Medical Center recently announced the creation of a regional chair of neurology. The new position is designed to expand the delivery of high-quality neuroscience care in Brooklyn; enhance the education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows; and develop new research opportunities in neurological science.

“SUNY Downstate and Maimonides Medical Center both have a distinguished history of providing high quality neurological and neurosurgical care, education, and research,” said Dr. Wayne J. Riley, President of SUNY Downstate. “I am confident that this new position will bring greater access to the most advanced neurological care possible in this borough of more than 2.5 million people.” 

Kenneth Gibbs, President & CEO at Maimonides Medical Center, said, “First and foremost, we’re all in this line of work to serve the healthcare needs of the people of Brooklyn.” He added, “This collaboration is strengthening the relationship between Maimonides and SUNY Downstate, and bringing it to a new level. We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Rosenbaum to the Maimonides family.” 

Dr. Carlos N. Pato, Dean of the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate, said, “Maimonides and Downstate have a long record of cooperation between the two institutions that has been mutually advantageous to our campuses and beneficial to the people of Brooklyn. Moreover, the neurosciences have been a major focus of Downstate’s mission for many years and this agreement will accelerate the work we are doing in this important area.”    

“Our relationship with SUNY Downstate will now allow us to jointly enhance neuroscience services and medical education in Brooklyn,” said Eugene Keilin, Chair of the Maimonides Board of Trustees. “From the perspective of the Maimonides Board of Trustees, enhancing our academic programs is essential to better serving the current needs of Brooklyn’s vibrant communities.” 

SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Daniel M. Rosenbaum, who assumes the new position as Regional Chair of Neurology, said, “This is a unique opportunity to strengthen the practice, teaching, and research progress of neurology and the neurosciences, not only in East Flatbush and Borough Park, but throughout the region.” He added, “This collaboration takes advantage of the strengths of both institutions. I am honored to be the first Regional Chair in neurology.” 

Maimonides Medical Center is nationally recognized for clinical excellence across all major specialties. Our accomplished physicians are known for innovation and strengthening our teaching and research programs. With 711 beds, the Medical Center is dedicated to bringing patients the most advanced care available—anywhere. Maimonides continues to grow in response to evolving models of care that better serve patients and families, and is an affiliate of Northwell Health. To learn more, please visit

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school. For more information, visit

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