Category Archives: health care

Aubry’s 50-year career: 8000 babies, 8000 medical students and the transformation of maternal health care

In 1963 — a year before Upstate University Hospital opened — Richard Aubry MD, MPH began his 50+ year career at Upstate. He had been a medical resident and fellow at Upstate prior to joining the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty in 1963. … Continue reading

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Upstate and the Bacons in the 1960s: two careers, one marriage and a baby girl who wants to be a doctor

In the early 1960s, Shirley Graves was a hospital nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina. She responded to an ad in the American Journal of Nursing recruiting RNs to apply to Syracuse’s Good Shepherd Hospital to “fulfill your educational goals, broaden … Continue reading

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Remembering Jake: the president who built the hospital

Yesterday’s post told a bit about the late “Cookie” Jacobsen, the first lady of Upstate who is being honored tomorrow, along with her husband, Jake. Carlyle “Jake” F. Jacobsen PhD, was president of Upstate Medical University from 1957 to 1965 and … Continue reading

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Honoring the beloved ‘Cookie’ Jacobsen

On Wednesday, November 12 at 3 p.m., Ellen Cook “Cookie” Jacobsen MD and her husband Carlyle “Jake”  Jacobsen PhD will he honored at a dedication ceremony, held in Upstate’s medical alumni lounge, Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse. Jake was … Continue reading

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1970s discovery makes bones ‘light up like a Christmas tree’

If you’ve read or seen the teen romance, “The Fault in Our Stars,” you remember the moment that Gus tells his girlfriend about his cancer recurrence by explaining that he had had a bone scan that “lit up like a … Continue reading

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‘Clear thinking requires courage’ said the late Dr. Szasz

  Legendary psychiatrist Thomas Szasz MD (1920-2012) was a professor at Upstate when the hospitals were built 50 years ago. Around that time (1961), Szasz’s “Myth of Mental Illness,” was first published. Considered to be the most influential critique of … Continue reading

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Battling cancer and saving kids at the Waters Center

Richard Sills MD was a high school student in 1964, the year that Upstate’s hospitals opened. At that time, he laments, “almost nobody survived childhood cancer.” The medical specialty of pediatric hematology-oncology was new in those days and William Waters … Continue reading

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July: A great month for ribbon-cuttings and new buildings

Fifty years ago, on July 20, Upstate marked the opening of the outpatient clinic of its new downtown hospital with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Estella Nolta, the first patient, cut the ceremonial ribbon and led the crowd into the then-new $22 … Continue reading

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A ship, a fort and the medical school meeting

Many Thursdays in 2014, we’ve posted a story about the opening of the hospitals 50 years ago. This week, however, we’re going back 70 years in honor of a Viennese chemist and his pivotal encounter with medical school professors. How … Continue reading

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“Happy to share,” writes Dr. Albert Falcone

“I am full of stories and happy to share,” wrote Alfred Falcone DDS, MD in response to a request for first-hand memories of the opening of Upstate’s downtown and community campus hospitals 50 years ago. Dr. Falcone, a retired plastic … Continue reading

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