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Two Stony Brook University Hospital Cases Profiled in "Medical Marvels" Feature

STONY BROOK, NY, June 12, 2006 -- New York Magazine's annual "Best Doctors in New York" issue features 26 physicians in a wide range of specialties from Stony Brook University Hospital. They were selected from more than 50,000 physicians in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. The June 19 issue, which hits newsstands this week, profiles ten "Medical Marvel" cases; Stony Brook University Hospital doctors are featured in two of them. (Website: http://nymag.com/bestdoctors/index.htm)

The first profile highlights the unusual case of Arcenio Matias, a factory worker whose hands were bilaterally detached during a work incident. Stony Brook University Hospital surgeons interviewed for the article were Dr. Alexander Dagum, Chief of Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Lawrence Hurst, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery. Drs. Dagum and Hurst and their team reattached both of Matias' hands within twelve hours of the accident with a prognosis of 50 percent return to full use. The second Stony Brook case highlights the anomaly of Roseann Errante who was 30 weeks pregnant with triplets when she suffered a dissected aorta. Interviewed about the case were Dr. Alan Monheit, Obstetric Surgeon and Dr. Frank Seifert, Cardiothoracic Surgeon who describe the life-threatening condition and the back-to-back surgeries that started at 9:30 pm and finished at 3 am -- ultimately resulting in a positive outcome.

The "Best Doctors" list is a collaboration of the magazine and Castle Connolly Medical, the research and publishing company. The selection process is based on questionnaires sent to 16,000 top physicians in the New York area. The Castle Connolly staff conducts hundreds of telephone interviews with leading specialists, chiefs of service, and other hospital personnel. Criteria for selection include training, clinical skills, interpersonal skills, education, residency, board certification, professional reputation, and other factors.

"We are very proud that our physicians have earned this recognition from their peers," said Richard N. Fine, M.D., Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. "Our patients and physicians at other institutions have been aware of the outstanding care we provide in a broad range of specialty areas, such as surgery, cardiology, cancer, neurology and neonatology. As the only academic medical center on Long Island, we have access to cutting edge research and innovative techniques developed in the university's School of Medicine that help us play a leadership role in health care and in the region."

The physicians from Stony Brook who were selected as "the best" include (alphabetically):

* Denotes the doctor is in the current edition of America?s Top Doctors.

Stony Brook University Hospital is the only academic medical center on Long Island and the only tertiary care hospital in Suffolk County. With 504 beds and 4,000 employees, SBUH is the largest hospital in the county. The new Heart Center and the Stony Brook University Cancer Center attract patients from throughout the region with cutting edge diagnostic and treatment facilities and compassionate care. Stony Brook has Long Island's only kidney transplantation center and is home to the nation's first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. Unique facilities in Suffolk County include a Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center, Cystic Fibrosis Center, perinatal and neonatal intensive care, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, pediatric/adult AIDS, and is home to the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

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