Upstate physician, Oswego dean to address SUNY Oswego graduates

Two distinguished State University of New York educators will address SUNY Oswego’s graduates at the 152nd Commencement on Saturday, May 18.

Oswego Dean of Graduate Studies and Research David W. King will address the 9 a.m. ceremony for the School of Business and School of Education. Dr. Leslie Kohman, medical director of the new Upstate Cancer Center in Syracuse, will be the featured speaker at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

Both ceremonies will take place in the arena and convocation hall of SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center, with receptions following in the adjacent Activity Court. Admission is by ticket, with each graduation candidate receiving five for family and friends.

The ceremonies will be webcast live, and rebroadcast on selected Time Warner Cable stations. Transcripts of King’s and Kohman’s remarks will also be online following each ceremony.

Both Kohman and King have spent their careers at their respective SUNY institutions, touching the lives of thousands of students while advancing in stature and distinction in their fields.

National office

In addition to his duties overseeing graduate studies and research at Oswego, King is currently president of the National Professional Science Masters Association and director of the SUNY/Sloan Foundation Professional Science Masters Program for the State University system. He has promoted the growth of PSM degrees across the state, including at Oswego, which now offers them in chemistry and human-computer interaction while developing more.

David KingKing has been extensively involved in building partnerships between higher education institutions and regional business and industry leaders. At Oswego, these efforts have led to new academic programs, including several graduate certificate programs in the health services field. He collaborated with the college’s Division of Extended Learning on the development of the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse.

A member of Oswego’s faculty since 1966, King has been a professor of history, history department chair, associate dean and acting dean of arts and sciences, associate provost and interim provost, and chair of Faculty Assembly.

King studied at the University of Rochester, University of London and SUNY Stony Brook, where he earned a doctorate in modern European history. He is a past president of the New York State Association of European Historians.

Top cancer specialist

A professor of surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, Kohman joined the faculty there in 1985, specializing in general thoracic surgery, with a special interest in lung cancer. In 2004, she was named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor. 

Leslie KohmanKohman has been extensively involved in clinical investigations into the causes of and treatments for lung cancer. She continues an active clinical research program in thoracic malignancies. She speaks and writes often on the subjects of lung cancer, tobacco control, cancer prevention, cancer screening and clinical trials.

In 2010, Kohman was named medical director of the new Upstate Cancer Center, scheduled to open in 2014. She is director of the thoracic oncology program at University Hospital in Syracuse. She also serves on the American Cancer Society’s Eastern Division board.

Kohman has twice been elected to Best Doctors in America, and Good Housekeeping magazine has named her among the top cancer specialists for women.

She received her doctor of medicine degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She did her residency in general surgery at the Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa., and her residency in thoracic surgery at SUNY Upstate.

(Posted: Apr 25, 2013)

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