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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2004

WSU School of Medicine Graduates 83 New Physicians on May 28th

DAYTON, OHIO- There are 126 allopathic medical schools in the U.S. that graduate around 20,000 new physicians per year. Wright State University School of Medicine is among this elite group of institutions. We are fortunate and proud to say that we are the primary provider of physicians to the Greater Dayton area. Twenty-one percent of this year's new docs will be staying in Dayton to complete their residency with 52 percent staying within the State of Ohio.

This year Wright State School of Medicine will hand out 83 Doctor of Medicine degrees to the Class of 2004, on May 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton.

Invited speaker for the evening is Judy Ann Bigby, M.D. who will speak to the graduates on "Physician as Advocate." Dr. Bigby is associate professor of medicine and the director of the Center of Excellence in Women's Health at Harvard Medical School. She is also the medical director of the Community Health Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is nationally recognized for her pioneering work in substance abuse education for primary care physicians and has devoted her career to addressing the health care needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

There are many fascinating stories connected with our graduates…

Because Dayton was the site for the Bosnian Peace Accords, how appropriate that Wright State University School of Medicine will graduate a new doctor who was a Bosnian refugee in 1992. Her father, a physician from Bosnia, will be here to honor his daughter by bestowing the doctoral hood on her shoulders…Amina Dilberovic becomes a new physician on May 28. She will begin a pediatric residency at Loyola University Medical Center.

Brian Syska is a survivor and a team player. Brian acted as sole caregiver for his mother, who died of cancer, while he was still in his teens. He is a native of Fairborn, Ohio. A former Wright State men's soccer player, Brian received the prestigious Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete Award, given for academics, athletics, and community service, in 2001. He will begin emergency medicine residency at Wright State University.

Natalie Jo Godzik, a native of New Carlisle, Ohio, will fulfill her lifelong dream of knowing she would someday practice medicine. She is a second-generation WSU graduate, and a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Natalie will be in family practice residency at Wright State University for Year I, and then in anesthesiology for the remainder of her residency.

A Family Celebration: William Abouhassen, a native of Lyndhurst, Ohio, along with his sister Soozan, will receive their M.D.'s on May 28. Both will be hooded by their older sister-an M.D. and a '00 Alum of WSU School of Medicine. William will begin his residency in general surgery at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine/Summa Health System. Soozan, will begin her residency in anesthesiology in Cleveland at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University.