Chair: Iris A. Granek, MD, MS
The Department of Preventive Medicine is an independent clinical department within the School of Medicine of the Stony Brook University Medical Center. It was established when the medical school first opened in 1971 with goals and composition that were well aligned with the school's focus on community service and an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching with faculty representing the clinical, social, and behavioral sciences, as well as the humanities.
With its population health perspective and focus on all aspects of preventing disease and disability, the Department has developed into an important force in establishing links with area-wide agencies such as the two county health departments. With health care reform and the current focus on prevention and population health, the Department’s research activities are timely. These activities address understanding the multiple determinants of health and illness including social, behavioral, environmental, demographic, occupational, policy, economic, and genetic as well as effective medical and public health interventions.
The department applies its expertise toward three major goals:
- Teaching of the disciplines of preventive medicine (e.g., biostatistics and epidemiology), public health, and the social and ethical context of health care.
- Conducting a broad range of research in the epidemiology and prevention of disease as well as in healthcare delivery, policy, medical humanities, ethics, and compassionate care.
- Providing occupational, environmental and clinical preventive medicine services.
The Department of Preventive Medicine's goals are accomplished through the work of the faculty and staff within its divisions and programs. There are five divisions:
- Community & Behavioral Health (Division Head: Dorothy Lane, MD, MPH)
- Epidemiology (Division Head: Leslie Hyman, PhD)
- Medicine in Society (Division Head: Steven Post, PhD)
- Occupational, Environmental & Clinical Preventive Medicine (Division Head: Iris Granek, MD, MS)
Major programs include The Graduate Program in Public Health (GPPH); the Residency Program in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health; the Biostatistical Consulting Core; and the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics.
Stony Brook Preventive Medicine Services is the clinical practice of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Stony Brook University Medical Center. We are committed to fulfilling Stony Brook's mission of excellence in patient care, education, research, and community service. Together, our specialized preventive medicine services contribute to the unique range and top quality of health care provided at Stony Brook University Medical Center.