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New book, Triple Triumph, features three Upstate physicians

Triple Triumph, a book about three pioneering female physicians, features stories of obstacles and perseverance throughout the careers of geriatrician Sharon Brangman, MD, FACP, AGSF; surgeon Patricia Numann, MD, FACS; and diabetes expert Ruth Weinstock, MD, PhD. All three women have served as leaders at Upstate Medical University for decades.

A panel discussion with Drs. Brangman and Numann will be held Friday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114, Bird Library at Syracuse University, 222 Waverly Ave. The Upstate community is welcome.

The book was edited and co-authored by Samuel Gorovitz, PhD, professor of philosophy at Syracuse University, and Cathryn Newton, PhD, professor of earth and interdisciplinary sciences at Syracuse University; co-authored and designed by journalist Danielle Roth; with photography credit to Drew Osumi.

Triple Triumph is being distributed to medical schools throughout the United States.

“To help bring these stories to light has been a privilege of the highest order,” Gorovitz said.

“To reflect on and write about the significance of Drs. Brangman, Numann and Weinstock, has been an unsurpassed learning experience. My hope is that this work will encourage all people, whatever their age or other attributes, to become active, unrelenting advocates of social justice in the interest of public health,” he said.

When asked to assist Gorovitz with editing Triple Triumph, Newton, former dean of SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, said she was drawn to the project “by the remarkable collaboration of three physicians, a philosopher, an ocean and earth scientist, a journalist and an art photographer, and after many years of working on faculty diversity.”

Brangman, an internationally renowned expert in geriatric medicine, hopes that when medical students read this book, whatever their race or gender, they realize that sometimes the road to becoming a physician can be harder than necessary. She recommends students find a mentor and surround themselves with encouraging people.

“There may be any number of obstacles along the way, but it’s so important to persevere,” she said. “Keep going. All three of our stories should be a source of encouragement and reassurance that there is a very fulfilling career waiting for you at the end of it all.”

Brangman received her medical degree at Upstate in 1981 and was appointed to the Upstate faculty in 1989. She currently serves as the division chief of Geriatrics, University Geriatricians and the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease. Brangman is also a Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and has served as the president of the American Geriatrics Society. She has been named one of the Best Doctors of the North East Region on several occasions and has won the President’s Award for the Advancement of Affirmative Action and the Central New York Alzheimer’s Association Memory Makers Award.

Numann, the first female surgeon at Upstate University Hospital, earned her medical degree at Upstate in 1965, completed her dual internship, training and residency at Upstate, and was appointed to the faculty in 1970. Numann founded the Association of Women Surgeons. She served as dean of Upstate’s College of Medicine and medical director of University Hospital. Numann established the Patricia J. Numann Breast and Endocrine Surgery Center at Upstate. She is a Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery Emeritus, a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emertius. Numann retired from Upstate in 2006.

Weinstock joined the Upstate faculty in 1984. She is a Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, division chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, founder and medical director of the Upstate Joslin Diabetes Center and a research professor of neuroscience and physiology. This year, Weinstock received the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award. With an interest in underserved populations, Weinstock has been involved in clinical care, teaching, research and leadership for more than 30 years.

To read or download a copy of the book, visit Triple Triumph.

Triple Triumph was published by Syracuse Unbound, Syracuse University Libraries, and Syracuse University Press.

Caption: From left, Sharon Brangman, MD, Patricia Numann, MD, and Ruth Weinstock, MD, PhD, trailblazers in their fields of medicine, are featured in the book, Triple Triumph.

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