Sep. 22, 2011

Alumnus William Piccione, M.D., to Address Annual ‘Celebrating the Sciences’ Event


GENESEO, N.Y. - William Piccione, a vascular and cardiothoracic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and a 1975 Geneseo alumnus, will address "Relax...Your Prognosis is Excellent!" Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. in Newton Hall room 201. His keynote address is part of the college's annual "Celebrating the Sciences" event, which brings guest speakers, Geneseo science alumni and others to campus for perspectives on their disciplines. All events are open to the public without charge.

Piccione currently is associate professor of cardiovascular-thoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and was chair of the department of surgery from 2006-11 at Rush-Oak Park Hospital, where he remains director of vascular services.

He earned his bachelor's degree in biology, magna cum laude, from Geneseo in 1975 and his medical degree from the University of Rochester in 1980. He completed his internship and residency with the Harvard Surgical Service in Boston. He also completed a residency in cardiovascular-thoracic surgery at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago and a fellowship in thoracic surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Piccione is on the scientific advisory board of the Journal of Heart Disease and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. He is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs. He also is a member of the International Society for Heart Transplantation, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Piccione has numerous research publications and academic speaking engagements to his credit. He has presented 35 abstracts, authored or co-authored 45 articles and 12 book chapters, and has been a reviewer for seven scientific journals. He completed a research assistantship at the University of Houston, performed clinical research in pediatric cardiology while at the University of Rochester, and was a research fellow in cardiac surgery at Harvard.

Geneseo's "Celebrating the Sciences" event will include a panels of distinguished Geneseo alumni, who will reflect on their careers during four separate discussions at 2:30 p.m. in Newton Hall. The panelists include:


Mark Gregor '82, manager in the division of environmental quality for the City of Rochester, N.Y.
Michael Robert Joynt '04, resident physician in pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Megan Mongiovi '04, veterinarian at the Lyons Vet Clinic, Lyons, N.Y.
David G. Reist '78, senior research fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
William Saltarelli '73, professor and director of the human anatomy laboratory at Central Michigan University
Charles Strickland '74, licensed real estate broker and owner of One Stop House Hunting
Jennifer Zubler, M.D. '91, volunteer physician at Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta


Erica Martin Bennett '97, product line marketing manager, paper coatings, The Dow Chemical Co.
Paul Dethlefsen '97, Environmental Scientist, Advent Group, Inc.
Michael Hampsey '76, professor of biochemistry, Rutgers University
Thomas Miller '72, chief operating officer/chief financial officer, Lake Country FracWater Specialists, LLC
Anthony Molloy '96, attorney, litigation associate, Patton Boggs LLP


Kenneth C. Eck '82, director of safety, environmental and educational services, Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies Inc.
Jerold Bastedo '69, Executive Director, Hamburg Natural History Society - Penn Dixie Site
James S. Gagliardi '77, senior vice president, Dune Energy Inc.
Donald James Geddes Jr. '88, managing geologist, American Water/Applied Water Management
Tony K. Meunier '70, scientist emeritus, USGS, International Programs
Andrea Adams Reynolds '96, Senior Geologist, Shell Exploration & Production Co.


Andrew Caffrey '00, General Manager Commercial Division, Rochester Precision Optics
Michael L. Genier '92, intellectual asset manager, Corning Inc.
Mark Nicholas Muller '91, director of the food and community fellows program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Tracy Potter '00, Physics Teacher, Nyack School District
Jack Schroeder '70, Computer Consultant, Instimation, Inc.
Jeff Sklaver '78, B767 Instructor Pilot, United Airlines
Daniel A. Krygowski '69, senior petrophysicist, The Discovery Group
Robyn MacBride '02, teacher, Greece Arcadia High School
Timothy Patrick Tobin '89, president and CEO, Entrepix Inc.
Joseph Weatherbee '02, patent attorney, Glenn Patent Group
David Williams '93, Engineering Manager, Liberty Pumps


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