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2017 Heritage Provider Network Healthcare Innovation Awards Announces 25 Finalists

May 02, 2017

Heritage Provider Network (HPN), in partnership with Crain’s Custom Studio – a division of Crain’s New York Business – will honor the 25 finalists of the second Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards on Monday, May 22nd, for transforming access to and quality of affordable healthcare in the New York metropolitan area.

The exclusive celebratory luncheon will unveil the five winners of this year’s awards: Heritage Innovation in Healthcare Delivery AwardHeritage Healthcare Leadership Award; Heritage Healthcare Organizational Leadership Award; Heritage Innovators in Healthcare Awards; and Heritage Research Investigators in Translational Medicine Award. Heritage Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Award goes to Nora V. Bergasa, MD, MACP, FAASLD, AGAF, Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College; Chief of Medicine, NYC Health+Hospitals/Metropolitan

NYMC Faculty: Nora Bergasa, M.D., professor of medicine

Business Wire

Panel on Academic Stress

May 01, 2017

A panel discussion focusing on academic stress, anxiety, competition and staying level-headed in the high-stakes high school environment will be held at the Scarsdale Public Library on Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. Registration is required at the library website, scarsdalelibrary.org or by calling 914-722-1302. The panel will discuss research and offer tools that parents and their children can use.

Panel Member includes: Suzanne Braniecki Matteo, Ph.D. - NYS licensed psychologist with specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology, she conducts neuropsychological evaluations at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and is an assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry & behavioral sciences at New York Medical College.

NYMC faculty: Suzanne Braniecki Matteo, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry & behavioral sciences

Scarsdale 10583

Katonah Doctor Treats Symptoms With Medical Marijuana

May 01, 2017

You don’t have to wait long during late-night TV for some comedian to take shots at the idea of people using marijuana for medical purposes. Dr. Lynn Parodneck, whose private practice in Mt. Kisco is now offering marijuana consultations, has no problem joining in lightheartedly. “The jokes are funny,” she freely admits.  But she hasn’t taken up this endeavor to be part of a national punch line. The closure of St Vincent’s in Manhattan gave her cause to leave behind her gynecological practice and shift to helping people who are suffering. 

“Medical marijuana means you can make somebody feel better, and that’s what the Compassionate Care Act is about,” says Parodneck. “You have people who have not had positive solutions so this gives them a better quality of life.”

NYMC Alumni: Lynn Parodneck, M.D. ’84

Townvibe Bedford

CDF 25th Anniversary Celebration

May 01, 2017

Children’s Dream Foundation’s 25 years of supporting pediatric emergency health care in the Hudson Valley will honor Dr. Frank N. Medici, Pediatrician and Healthcare Executive. Our 2017 Medical Service Award will be given to Dr. J. Anthony SanFilippo, Attending Pediatric Surgeon, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.

NYMC Faculty: 
Frank Medici, M.D., former clinical professor of pediatrics
J. Anthony SanFilippo, M.D., professor of surgery and associate professor of pediatrics

 

Westchester Magazine

Deadly Superbug Threat

April 28, 2017

"The primary risk is to the hospitalized patient who has tubes, who has catheters, central lines, things that allow the fungus to get into the body," said NYMC Vice President for Government Affairs and NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice & Institute of Public Health Dean Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A. on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.

NYMC Mention: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir

Edward Halperin, M.D., M.A. Will Be Keynote Speaker for Commencement; Halperin and Three Others to Receive Honorary Degrees

April 27, 2017

At its commencement for the Class of 2017 on Thursday May 25, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine will grant 96 Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degrees to its graduates as well as four honorary degrees. The ceremony will take place at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. NYCPM NEWS New York College of Podiatric Medicine

The keynote speaker will be Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of New York Medical College. Dr. Halperin will receive the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, and address the graduates, their guests, and the NYCPM Board of Trustees. The three additional honorees -- Benjamin B. Choi, Esq., of The Choi Law Group, LLC and a Trustee of NYCPM; Stuart Salles, Esq., of The Law Office of Stuart Salles and legal consultant; and Ross E. Taubman, DPM, President and Chief Medical Officer of the PICA Group -- will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa at the ceremony. Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA is Chancellor and CEO of New York Medical College, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics, and History, and Provost for Biomedical Affairs of the Touro College and University System. Dr. Halperin’s medical specialty is the care of children with cancer who require radiation therapy. He is the author and/or editor of seven editions of the textbook Pediatric Radiation Oncology, four editions of the textbook Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology, and over 210 articles in the peer-reviewed literature on the subjects of childhood cancer, brain tumors, radiation-induced immunosuppression, and the history of racial, religious, and gender discrimination in health professions education.


NYMC Mention: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

NYCPM News

A Special Report: For Many With Autism, Running is A Sport That Fits

April 26, 2017

As opportunities for training and racing grow, runners and their families are seeing results they never anticipated. Research is beginning to confirm some of the things the family has noticed. At the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy’s Section on Pediatrics 2016 Annual Conference last November, researchers from Achilles International and New York Medical College presented the promising results from one of the largest studies on autism and running to date.

NYMC Faculty: Referring to research done by Susan L. Ronan, P.T., D.P.T., P.C.S., assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and Janet P. Dolot, P.T., D.P.T., Dr.P.H., OCS, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy

Runner's World

For Girls With Turner Syndrome, Experimental Fertility Preservation May Offer The Hope Of A Baby Of Their Own

April 26, 2017

Fertility preservation techniques pioneered in young cancer patients may someday allow some women with Turner syndrome to give birth to their own children, without relying on donated eggs....

This means that fertility preservation can’t be a wait-and-see issue, according to Kutluk Oktay, MD, PhD, a fertility specialist on the leading edge of this issue in the United States. “We have to be proactive,” said Dr. Oktay, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York Medical College, Valhalla. “If we wait until girls are 12 or 13 to address this, a majority will have totally depleted their ovarian reserve by then. They will have no option other than an egg donor or adoption. We are suggesting that they should be screened as soon as they are diagnosed, and if they and their parents wish it, something should be done before it’s too late.” Dr. Oktay is also the founder of fertilitypreservation.org , which specializes in advanced fertility treatments for cancer patients. He is one of a handful of physicians in the United States who advocate early oocyte harvesting in peripubertal girls and ovarian tissue harvesting in prepubertal girls with Turner syndrome. Last year, in conjunction with the Turner Syndrome Foundation, he and his colleagues published a set of guidelines for preserving fertility in these patients.

NYMC Faculty: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, cell biology and anatomy, medicine  and pathology

PR360

What is a Fidget Spinner?

April 25, 2017

Just when you thought that you could beat your kids at bottle flipping, they're already on to the next fad. Introducing the fidget spinner. Kids young and not so young have now gotten more fidgety. This finger flicking gadget has been spinning off store shelves, according to Samantha, the sales clerk from modern news on the upper east side. She says the store can't keep them on the shelf. So what exactly is a fidget spinner? It's a three-pronged gadget made of plastic and steel that spins around a bearing. Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, says that the fidget spinner can be more than just a toy for kids with ADHD. "Studies have consistently showed that kids with ADHD need almost a distraction to be able to focus on what they're doing," he says. "Meaning that their brain will selectively focus on the task at hand if there's something else that child is playing with." Dr. Lorber says that the fidget spinner helps with the child's focus. "What's most appealing to children is that once they start using it they find that they're doing a better job on their schoolwork," he says. You can personalize your spinner with different color wheels and even pick up a few to go along with your emoji mood. Kids have even found a way to compete with their fidgets. They set them down to spin them and the competition is to see whose will spin the longest.

NYMC Faculty: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Fox 5

VNSW Foundation to Recognize Leaders for Visionary Work in Health Care at Spring Benefit Gala May 10

April 25, 2017

With healthcare reform at the top of the nation’s agenda, this year’s VNSW Foundation Spring Benefit Gala Honorees have undertaken initiatives that provide greater access to high quality, affordable care; bring lasting improvement to population health; and help to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders to tackle pressing issues. For her outstanding healthcare leadership, legislative achievements, and advocacy for a healthy society, Congresswoman Nita Lowey will receive the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. VNSW will also honor healthcare innovator Dr. Amy Ansehl with its Community Leadership Award, for her tremendous contributions in advancing public health and for her dedicated service to the organization over the past several years. They will receive the awards at the organization’s 19th Annual Spring Benefit Gala, to be held Wednesday, May 10 at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison. Michael Gargiulo, Anchor at NBC 4 New York, will serve as emcee for the sixth year in a row.

NYMC Faculty: Amy Ansehl, D.N.P., FNP- BC, assistant dean, associate professor of public health practice and executive director of the Partnership for a Healthy Population

Patch.com

WMC Physician Group Adds Orthopedic Specialists

April 24, 2017

Westchester Medical Center’s Advanced Physician Services P.C. has added an orthopedic service line to its specialty physician group. Westchester Medical Center officials in Valhalla announced last week that University Orthopaedics physicians joined the regional health care system’s newly formed APS Advanced Orthopaedics. APS Advanced Orthopaedics services include surgical and nonsurgical treatments for sports medicine, hand and upper extremity, joint replacement, spine and trauma needs. WMCHealth’s Advanced Orthopaedics will operate at 19 Bradhurst Ave. in Hawthorne and 200 Westage Business Center, Suite 115, in Fishkill. The practice also has satellite offices at Chelsea Piers Stamford and in Middletown. Dr. David Asprinio, director of orthopaedic surgery at Westchester Medical Center, will be joined on the Advanced Orthopaedics team by Dr. Damon DelBello; Dr. John Galeno; Dr. Andrew Grose; Dr. Howard Luks; Dr. Richard Magill; Dr. Jeremy Mangion; Dr. Yigal Samocha and Dr. Daniel Zelazny.

NYMC Faculty:
Andrew W. Grose, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Howard J. Luks, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Daniel Zelazny, M.D.,  assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Jeremy Mangion, M.D., instructor of orthopaedic surgery
John Galeno, M.D., assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery
David E. Asprinio, M.D., professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Richard Magill, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Damon DelBello, M.D., assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery

Westfair Online

Westchester Warriors Hockey Fundraising A Skate For Kids With Cancer

April 21, 2017

It was supposed to be one team with a mission far more important than winning games. That was two teams ago. By next year, the Westchester Warriors ice hockey program will expand from three to six teams. So many want to play. And to give. Saturday night the Westchester Warriors’ 2004, 2005 and 2006 teams will play kids from the Doritos Selects Hockey Club at EJ Murray Skating Center in Yonkers. At the end, what’s on the scoreboard will be secondary to how much money is raised through a silent auction of things ranging from skating instruction and signed hockey memorabilia (Alex Ovechkin, Pat LaFontaine, Ryan McDonagh and the New York Islanders) to an Elizabeth Arden Swedish massage and makeover, to Botox treatments and William Sonoma cooking classes, to a Pottery Barn kids room makeover, a night at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains, a party at Funcraft, as well as clothing gift certificates.

Two former patients, Jack Pastor of Rye Brook and Ryan Gilchrist of Crestwood, and Dr. Mitchell Cairo, professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College and Fareri’s chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, will participate in a ceremonial puck drop. It’s be a lot of work but Panchame isn’t complaining. Noting he’d received a photo from Fareri of 50 pediatric cancer patients with a poster reading, “Thank you, Warriors,” he said, “That made everything worth fighting for.”

NYMC Faculty: Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy

 

The Journal News

Westchester Declares "Healthy Teen Brain Day"

April 21, 2017

In an effort to educate teenagers about the perils of marijuana use and its negative effects on brain development, Westchester County leaders on Thursday joined dozens of students, community advocates, health professionals and members of the Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth for an event celebrating young people who choose to abstain from the drug.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued guidelines for parents and physicians that include telling teens that marijuana is not a benign drug. It can cause abnormal brain development and impact memory, concentration and executive functioning skills,” according to Marcia J. Nackenson, M.D., clinical associate professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College and interim chief of adolescent medicine at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, which is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

NYMC Faculty: Marcia J. Nackenson, M.D., clinical associate professor of pediatrics

Westchestergov.com

Astorino Renews Commitment Not To Raise Taxes

April 20, 2017

In his 2017 State of the County Address, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino on Thursday highlighted how Westchester is strong and growing stronger with safer streets, more people working, a greener environment and active economic development -- all while keeping property taxes flat. Astorino and the Board of Legislators worked together to shepherd a proposed $1.2 billion Westchester Bio-Science and Technology Center. Earlier this month, the county board approved a lease with Fareri Associates on 60-acres of county owned property at the Grasslands campus in Mount Pleasant that is poised to position Westchester as one of the world’s great innovation hubs – right alongside Cambridge, Mass., the Research Triangle in North Carolina, and Silicon Valley. When finished, the new center will feature more than two million square feet of biotechnology and research facilities, alongside space for medical offices, shopping, a hotel and a Children’s Living Science Center. The benefits of the North 60 project are that it will generate $9 million in estimated new real estate taxes; $7 million in estimated new annual rent to Westchester County and 12,000 jobs. It’s adjacent to highways, close to mass transit, has access to the most educated workforce in the nation and is near world-class medical and pharmaceutical institutions like Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College and Regeneron.

Westchestergov.com

WCA Partners With Westchester Biotech Project for Upcoming Projects

April 19, 2017

The Westchester County Association (WCA) announced today its Community Partnership with the Westchester Biotech Project (WBP), a consortium dedicated to stimulating knowledge-sharing and collaboration among researchers, engineers, and data scientists from companies and institutions across the region. Ongoing programs will launch this spring, leading to the Innovation in Research Symposium on October 26 at New York Medical College. The Westchester Biotech Project reflects ongoing discussions between WCA member Michael Welling, Head of the Life Sciences Group at Meridian Risk Management, and Joanne Gere of BioPharma Research Initiatives. BioInc@New York Medical College is also a Community Partner.

Patch.com

VNSW Foundation Gala Honorees Recognized

April 18, 2017

With healthcare reform at the top of the nation’s agenda, this year’s VNSW Foundation Spring Benefit Gala Honorees have undertaken initiatives that provide greater access to high quality, affordable care; bring lasting improvement to population health; and help to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders to tackle pressing issues. For her outstanding healthcare leadership, legislative achievements, and advocacy for a healthy society, Congresswoman Nita Lowey will receive the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. VNSW will also honor healthcare innovator Dr. Amy Ansehl with its Community Leadership Award, for her tremendous contributions in advancing public health and for her dedicated service to the organization over the past several years. They will receive the awards at the organization’s 19th Annual Spring Benefit Gala, to be held Wednesday, May 10 at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison. Michael Gargiulo, Anchor at NBC 4 New York, will serve as emcee for the sixth year in a row.

NYMC Faculty: Amy Ansehl, D.N.P., FNP- BC, assistant dean, associate professor of public health practice and executive director of the Partnership for a Healthy Population

Patch.com

Prince Harry's Journey Shows Grief Can Be a Long Road

April 18, 2017

Britain's Prince Harry's two-decade struggle to deal with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, is sadly all too common for children who suddenly face the loss of a parent, mental health experts say. Children who fail to process their grief following a tragic loss tend to be haunted by it for years and even decades, said Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. "The way he describes handling it, which is really initially not doing anything about it, having some problems, and then family pushing him to get help is quite a common pattern with many people who experience that kind of loss," Lorber said. "It's not at all surprising for me."

NYMC Faculty: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

HealthDay News

Stamford Hospital's Spring MED ED: The Surgical Series Sports Orthopedics

April 17, 2017

Spring promotes thoughts of new beginnings, and that can mean a renewed focus on one's health. Join New Canaan Library and Stamford Hospital for Med Ed Spring 2017, featuring top physicians from Stamford Hospital exploring some common health issues and the prevention of them through healthy living and surgical solutions, if necessary. The five-part series will target a different health issue at each lecture; please register for each online at newcanaanlibrary.org. All lectures will be held in the Adrian Lamb Room. On Tuesday, April 28 at 2 pm Dr. Corrine Van Beekand Dr. Rudolph Taddonio will present an informative discussion on the prevention, management, and care of back and shoulder injuries in the adult population.

NYMC Faculty: Rudolph Taddonio, M.D. ’71, clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery, clinical professor of neurosurgery

HamletHub.com

Lowey Announces $82,000 In National Institutes Of Health Funds For New York Medical College

April 17, 2017

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced an $82,000 National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) grant for New York Medical College to research complications in patients with kidney disease. “By supporting research into the most challenging medical mysteries, we will save lives,” said Lowey. “These federal funds for New York Medical College are a great example of why we should be investing more money in biomedical research, not less. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health to develop new treatments and cures that will improve health outcomes.”

NYMC Faculty: 
Charles B. Hathaway, Ph.D., assistant dean for research administration, director of Office of Research Administration and assistant professor of cell biology and anatomy
Marta Christov, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine

Congresswoman Nita Lowey

Meet the NYC Actors Who Role-Play as Cancer Patients to Help Train Medical Students

April 17, 2017

Erin Cronican has sensitive feet—she tells the medical students this every time they try to test her Babinski reflex to make sure her nerves are working correctly. But without fail, they dig the edge of the reflex hammer into her foot like they’ve been trained, and they hurt her. “They are almost always mortified that they hurt somebody,” Cronican said, laughing. “But it’s the way they’ve been taught.” Cronican, an actor who founded the Actor’s Enterprise, regularly receives tests like the Babinski reflex during one of her side jobs as a standardized patient in various medical schools in New York City. This type of work is not a new concept—it’s been around since the 1960s, but over the past 10 years, it has been adopted as a standard requirement for most medical programs.

Although each program is focused on the communication aspect, they all have their own unique spin on standardized patient work. For instance, Mt. Sinai’s Ichan School of Medicine has the Art and Science of Medicine program. At New York Medical College, they call it human simulation.

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