Albany Medical College Holds 2013 Commencement Ceremonies
ALBANY, N.Y., May 23, 2013—Albany Medical College awarded 226 degrees today during commencement ceremonies at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Medical degrees (M.D.) were awarded to 138 students. In addition, 21 students received Master of Science degrees in Nurse Anesthesiology, 35 received Master of Science degrees in Physician Assistant Studies, and 19 received either Master of Science or doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences. Thirteen students received master’s degrees from the Alden March Bioethics Institute.
The keynote speaker was Bruce Beutler, M.D, a Nobel laureate credited with groundbreaking work on understanding the body’s immune system. Dr. Beutler received an honorary degree, as did Morris Massry, owner of Tri City Rentals/Massry Realty Partners and founder of the Massry Charitable Foundation.
Also addressing the graduates were Wayne Diesel, chairman of the board of directors of Albany Medical Center, and Vincent Verdile, M.D., Class of 1984, dean of Albany Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs at Albany Medical Center.
Graduate Kathleen O. Busman-Sahay spoke on behalf of students in the graduate studies program and Justin Rice, student council president, spoke on behalf of the medical students during the ceremony.
In July, the graduating medical students will begin their residency training at medical facilities throughout the nation, including Albany Medical Center.
Bruce Beutler, M.D.
Bruce A. Beutler, M.D., a recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is an internationally recognized leader in immunology. He is Regental Professor and Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), Dallas, Tex.
He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago after graduating from the University of California, San Diego. His postgraduate career at UT Southwestern included an internal medicine internship and neurology residency.
After a two-year fellowship at The Rockefeller University, Dr. Beutler returned to UT Southwestern as a faculty member and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator from 1986 to 2000. His seminal work during this period was broadly relevant to host responses to viral infection, cancer, and autoimmunity. Between 2000 and 2011, Dr. Beutler was at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.
He was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine in 2008.
Dr. Beutler was recognized with the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research in 2009. His other awards and recognitions include the 2011 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, the University of Chicago Professional Achievement Citation in 2010, the Balzan Prize in 2007, the Gran Prix Charles-Léopold Mayer from the Académie des Sciences in France in 2006, and the Robert Koch Prize in 2004.
Mr. Massry, along with his son, Norman, owns Tri City Rentals/Massry Realty Partners, the region’s largest apartment management company. Since its founding by Morris Massry, Tri City Rentals has grown to own and operate apartment communities in 24 locations within the CapitalRegion, as well as in Rochester; Buffalo; Pensacola, Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Massry has served as general chairman of the United Way and currently serves on the boards of Proctor’s Theatre, the Center for Disability Services, the University at Albany Foundation and Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation. He has also has worked tirelessly for many institutions, including the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home, Troy Jewish Community Center, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and the Doane Stuart School, and has served on the boards of Excelsior College, St. Mary’s Hospital and The Sage Colleges. He has received numerous awards for his community service, including the Citizen Laureate Award of the University at Albany Foundation, the YMCA President’s Award, the Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award, the Rensselaer Regional Chamber of Commerce Ebbie Award, the Albany Jewish Community Center Pillars of the Community Award, the Seton Health Caritas Award, the State of Israel National Leadership Award and the Daughters of Charity National Health System Heritage Award. In 2003, Massry was inducted into the Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame.
Since being established by Morris Massry in 1995, the Massry Charitable Foundation has provided substantial philanthropic support to a number of educational and health care institutions including the University at Albany, The College of St. Rose, Seton Health, Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital and the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and which also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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