Professor Latha Chandran Appointed to SUNY Distinguished Rank

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Latha Chandran

STONY BROOK, NY — Latha Chandran MD, MPH, a member of the Pediatrics Department, Founding Director of the David and Miriam Donoho Academy of Clinical and Educational Scholars, and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook University, has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor, approved by the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees.

Dr. Chandran is one of five Stony Brook professors recently approved for the appointment of SUNY Distinguished Faculty Ranks, which now totals 1,070 members in the Distinguished Academy.

Latha Chandran
Latha Chandran

The Distinguished Teaching Professorship recognizes and honors mastery of teaching. For this prestigious tribute to be conferred, candidates must have demonstrated consistently superior mastery of teaching, outstanding service to students, and commitment to their ongoing intellectual growth, scholarship and professional growth, and adherence to rigorous academic standards and requirements. Further, a faculty member must have attained and held the rank of full professor for five years, have completed at least three years of full-time teaching on the nominating campus, 10 years of full-time teaching in the System, and must have regularly carried a full-time teaching load as defined by the campus

“Stony Brook University is fortunate to be home to five new SUNY Distinguished Faculty members who provide the highest levels of thought leadership and innovation in their respective fields,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Their contributions, guidance and standards of scholarship are a valued resource to the institution and to our students,” he said. “On behalf of Stony Brook, I congratulate all five on this well-deserved honor.”

Dr. Chandran has a distinguished career of teaching and mentoring of medical students and residents at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine. Among her accomplishments is her profound impact on the education, as well as the personal and professional development of her students and residents; and her commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, humanism and service in medicine.

Dr. Chandran is the recipient of the Aesculapius Award for Excellence in Medical Teaching, the President and Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Best Teacher in Resident Continuity Clinic Award. She is a member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society, and she has been recognized as a national leader in pediatrics education and educational scholarship in her role as a co-leader and co-developer of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program. She has shown tremendous leadership in curricular reform as Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee at Stony Brook’s School of Medicine.

“Their excellent record of teaching, mentoring, scholarly publications, research and professional service have earned them these well-deserved distinguished ranks” said Michael A. Bernstein, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University. “In addition to their noteworthy contributions to their respective disciplines, their dedication to our students helps to foster the intergenerational transmission of the passion and skills needed to further elevate scholarship and ground-breaking research inquiry at a great research university such as ours.”

Since the program’s inception in 1963, SUNY has appointed 1,070 faculty to the distinguished ranks, as follows, including these most recent appointments: 375 Distinguished Professorships; 311 Distinguished Service Professorships; 379 Distinguished Teaching Professorships; and 5 Distinguished Librarian Professorships. More information about SUNY’s faculty award program is available online.

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