Dr. M. William Atallah Named New Head of Medicine at SUNY Downstate/LICH

SUNY Downstate Medical Center has announced that Dr. M. William Atallah, a urologist with a practice here in Brooklyn Heights, has been named the new President of the combined medical staff of the Center, including its location at Long Island College Hospital as well as Central Brooklyn and Bay Ridge. Dr. Atallah is also Clinical Professor of Urology at the Center and the Director of the New York Stone Center, and has chaired LICH’s Operating Room Committee since 2004. He has over thirty years’ experience as a physician, and has been a teacher and mentor to many students and residents. Dr. Victor Masi, a community-based internist whose practice focuses on geriatric medicine and preventive care, was named Secretary-Treasurer of the staff.

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  • Knight

    I wonder what the “M” stands for.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Would you ask the same question about F. Scott Fitzgerald, J. Walter Thompson, or T. Coraghessan Boyle?

  • AEB

    …or ZZ Top?

  • Knight

    Yes, Claude. People who don’t use their own first name always fascinate me. What is it that they don’t want people to call them by it? Must come from the days when I was taught by nuns … they all had an “M” in front of their names. It stood for Mary. My favorite is the actress “S. Epatha Merkerson” from Law & Order. What could the “S” be that she’d rather be called Epatha?

  • GHB

    …or F. Murray Abraham.

  • X

    Never met him .. Even though I did my residency there

    Maybe the photo is wrong or dated

  • Nancy

    The M stands for Marwan. Just do a little Googling

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    X: I had some doubt about the photo, which I found through a Google image search. It may be a different Dr. Atallah, so I’ve removed it.

  • http://www.downstate.edu/lich Zipporah Dvash

    The photo that I send yesterday and the one you can see on the LICH part of the website, http://www.downstate.edu/lich, is the correct one of Dr. M. William Atallah (the urologist and new president of the combined medical staff). His brother, Dr. Rami Atallah, is also a prominent physician in Brooklyn (GI) – might this perhaps be a source of confusion?

  • x


    This is the Urologist Dr Atallah I know of and the correct image.

  • http://www.downstate.edu/lich Zipporah Dvash

    That’s true!

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Thanks, Ms. Dvash. Your press release, as forwarded to me yesterday, didn’t include the photo. I’ve now added it to the post.