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Alumni Success

Caitlyn Sanstead '08

St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,
Chicago Medical School

Caitlyn Sanstead

While at Iona, I was a member of the Honors Program and double majored in chemistry and biology. Additionally, I had the opportunity to participate in research analyzing ozone in the middle atmosphere of Mars. I have since gone on to graduate from Chicago Medical School and completed my Pediatric Residency at the University of Minnesota as well. More recently, I graduated from Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and am now pursuing a Ph.D. at the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  My current research focuses on epigenetic reprogramming of human CD8 T cells and will have applications for adoptive cell immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer. I plan to be a translational physician in the field of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy where I can both care for patients as well as continue my research investigating strategies to optimize T-cell therapies. These accomplishments stem from the education I received at Iona. The strong scientific knowledge base provided by the faculty, programs and resources at Iona created the ideal foundation for a career in medicine. 


Loredana Calce '16

Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine

Loredana Calce

For four years, I have been driven by my passion for dentistry. I could not have pursued this goal without the help of Iona’s devoted faculty. They taught me to go beyond the textbooks and to dig deeper into learning about the latest innovations in my chosen field. Because of this, I graduated with an immense wealth of knowledge that has led to my success in dental school. In addition to the supportive faculty, Iona College offered resources that helped me excel, including volunteer opportunities at local hospitals, tutoring sessions, and special lectures covering topics such as taking the DAT and the process of applying to dental school. Iona College had a tremendous impact on my future, and I am so thankful to be a part of the Gael Community.


Samantha Glusker '16

University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Dental Medicine, Dentistry

Samantha Glusker

Throughout my time at Iona, I was provided with countless opportunities for professional and personal growth. I founded a club for Iona’s pre-healthcare students, engaged in countless volunteer opportunities, served on my sorority’s executive board and even went on a mission trip to Zambia. The support I received from Iona’s faculty as well as my fellow classmates was incredible. My professors were always there to help me succeed, whether I needed assistance studying, a little guidance or a letter of recommendation. I credit my experience at Iona for helping me prepare for a career in dentistry.


Colleges Iona Alumni Attend

The following is a partial list of professional schools that Iona alumni have attended in the past:

Medical School:

  • Albert Einstein School of Medicine
  • Chicago Medical School
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Penn State College of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ)
  • St. George University School of Medicine
  • SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
  • Stony Brook University (SUNY) School of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • University of Texas (San Antonio) Long School of Medicine
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Weill-Cornell School of Medicine
  • Yale University School of Medicine

Dental School:

  • Boston University School of Dental Medicine
  • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  • Howard University College of Dentistry
  • Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • Stony Brook University (SUNY) School of Dental Medicine
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine

Veterinary, Optometry, Podiatry, and Pharmacy:

  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Indiana University School of Optometry
  • New England College of Optometry
  • Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Midwestern University School of Podiatric Medicine
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • St. Joseph’s College of Pharmacy

Physician’s Assistant:

  • Arcadia University Physician’s Assistant Program
  • Cornell University Physician’s Assistant Program
  • LeMoyne College Physician’s Assistant Program
  • Mercy College Physician’s Assistant Program
  • Stony Brook University (SUNY) Physician’s Assistant Program
  • Touro University Physician’s Assistant Program

Physical Therapy:

  • Columbia University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Hunter College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • New York Medical College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Sacred Heart University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Stony Brook University (SUNY) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  • Washington University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program