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Stony Brook School of Medicine Names 2013 Distinguished Alumnus and Outstanding Recent Graduate

Aug 21, 2013 - 10:15:00 AM

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Stony Brook University School of Medicine named Dr. Gregory Connors ’89 its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus and Dr. Tara Huston ’01 its Outstanding Recent Graduate (in center holding awards) at the annual White Coat Ceremony. Also pictured, from left: Gloria B. Snyder, MA, ’72, Past-President, Stony Brook University Alumni Association, and Chair, Stony Brook Medicine Development Council; Janet Fischel, PhD, ’78, Professor and Vice Chair for Education; Jared Huston, MD, ’01, and Anthony Girardi, MD, ’80, President, School of Medicine Alumni Association.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., August 21, 2013 – The Stony Brook University School of Medicine has named Gregory P. Conners, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACEP ’89, as the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Tara L. Huston, MD ’01 as its Outstanding Recent Graduate.  

Gregory P. Conners, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACEP ’89
Both Dr. Conners, of Overland Park, KS, a leader in the field of emergency pediatrics and medical education and Dr. Huston, of Stony Brook, NY, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, will receive their awards during the School’s traditional “White Coat” ceremony on August 18.

“Not only will the ceremony mark the introduction of 124 new members of the Stony Brook Medicine family, but it will allow us to celebrate two of our most distinguished family members,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. “We honor both our matriculates and our distinguished alumni award winners at the same time, so that our rising physicians can personally see how to set their sights on excellence.”
Dr. Conners is Director of the Division of Emergency and Urgent Care at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, where he oversees 100 faculty members and nine fellows at five sites throughout Missouri. He is also Vice Chair and Associate Chair of Pediatrics and teaches Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Tara L. Huston, MD ’01
“Being recognized as ‘distinguished’ by my fellow Stony Brook School of Medicine alumni is especially meaningful to me,” Dr. Conners said. “Along with the satisfaction of being selected by my peers, it allows me to reconnect with my Stony Brook roots while living in the middle of the country.”
Among Dr. Conners’ many career accomplishments are being honored as a “Best Doctor,” “Kansas City Super Doctor,” one of “America’s Top Pediatricians” and winning awards for research, educational and academic activities. Dr. Conners is an a member of the editorial board of Academic Emergency Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Emergency among others.
Dr. Conners received his BA with honors from Amherst College, his MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, as well as MPH and MBA degrees from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Huston’s practice at Stony Brook focuses on face, breast and body aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, including breast/facial reconstruction after cancer, treatment of facial fractures and reconstruction after burn injury.

During surgical training, Dr. Huston distinguished herself by authoring more than twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals and eight book chapters, as well as travelling extensively to present her work. Her research focuses on novel surgical treatments for breast cancer.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Stony Brook School of Medicine,” Dr. Huston said. “I am grateful for the opportunities afforded by my medical education and thrilled that I am now an assistant professor at my alma mater and can participate in the training of future generations of Stony Brook physicians.”
Dr. Huston is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Committee of Admissions at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Huston received distinctions from the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Council, and The New York Presbyterian Hospital.
She received her BS cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard and her MD with Distinction in Research from Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  

“On behalf of the Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Association, I congratulate this year’s Award recipients. Dr. Gregory Conners and Dr. Tara Huston have distinguished themselves through their professional achievements and will serve as standard bearers of excellence for our future alumni,” said Anthony Girardi, MD, FACS, President, Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Association.
Held at Stony Brook since 1998, the White Coat ceremony is an initiation rite for incoming medical students at established medical schools around the country. The white coat is symbolic to medicine as a profession based on professionalism, scientific excellence, responsibility, and compassionate care.
About Stony Brook University School of Medicine:
Established in 1971, the Stony Brook University School of Medicine includes 25 academic departments. The three missions of the School are to advance the understanding of the origins of human health and disease; train the next generation of committed, curious and highly capable physicians; and deliver world-class compassionate healthcare. As a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school, Stony Brook is one of the foremost institutes of higher medical education in the country. Each year the School trains nearly 500 medical students and more than 480 medical residents and fellows. Faculty research includes National Institutes of Health-sponsored programs in neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, biomedical imaging, regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, and many other topics. Physicians on the School of Medicine faculty deliver world-class medical care through more than 30,000 inpatient, 80,000 emergency room, and approximately 350,000 outpatient visits annually at Stony Brook University Hospital and affiliated clinical programs, making its clinical services one of the largest and highest quality on Long Island, New York.  To learn more, visit

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