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Center Staff

Center Director

The Center is directed by Kenneth Knapp, Ph.D.

 Kenneth Knapp

Kenneth Knapp, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College, and director of the school’s Center for Long-Term C‌are. An economist who specializes in gerontology, Dr. Knapp’s current research interests include program evaluation of the health benefits of Taiji and Qigong, particularly in the context of workplace wellness programs; the implications for healthcare, family caregiving and long-term care of aging and longevity; and the health effects of “non-healthcare” sectors such as housing and labor markets. Dr. Knapp advises doctoral students and supervises dissertation research in the Dr.P.H. program, and teaches healthcare economics, health services research and other courses at New York Medical College. He was an original member of the interdisciplinary research team at the International Longevity Center, a nonprofit think-tank lead by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and geriatrician Robert N. Butler.  Click here for more information about Dr. Kenneth Knapp.

Research Scholars
The Center is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of Research Scholars involved in a wide variety of research and policy activities.
Adam Block, Ph.D. 

Adam E. Block, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of is a health economist with deep experience in the hospital, health plan and government sectors. He has research interests in how individuals make decisions in health care markets and his research activities focus on patient selection of hospitals, patient selection of insurance plans and diffusion of innovation in the market.

He worked developing contracting models for value based purchasing for a major hospital system and has worked extensively performing financial analysis and evaluation of medical management programs for a large Medicaid managed care plan. Dr. Block spent several years developing the legislation on the Affordable Care Act as an Economist at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation and subsequently wrote regulations and regulatory impact analyses for key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Block teaches health economics and guest lectures on all aspects of the U.S. Health care system. Dr. Block’s work experience gives him an intimate knowledge of the workings and development of the Affordable Care Act.

 Janet Dolot

Janet Dolot, PT, D.P.T., Dr.P.H., OCS, is assistant professor of clinical physical therapy in the Department of Physical Therapy within the School of Health Sciences and Practice of New York Medical College and a Research Scholar of the school’s Center for Long-Term Care. Her research interests include: access, barriers and outcomes of rehabilitation for older adults, identification of important factors impacting utilization of physical therapy by patients, and understanding the value of physical therapy for society and individuals. Dr. Dolot earned a Dr.P.H. in Health Care Policy and Management from New York Medical College. She earned both MSPT and DPT degrees from Simmons College. She is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. Click here for more information about Dr. Dolot.

Baturu Mboge  Baturu Mboge, Dr.P.H. is Senior Director of Care Management at Advance Care Alliance of New York (ACANY), a not-for-profit organization that offers comprehensive, person-centered care management services.  ACANY has signed affiliation agreements with more than 100 provider agencies who serve 25,000+ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in downstate New York. Previously, Dr. Mboge served as Independent Consultant/Broker for I/DD services in New York State, and was MSC program supervisor at the Westchester Institute for Human Development. A native of The Gambia, Dr. Mboge participated in many social research projects there and was a strong advocate for women and youth empowerment, good governance, and people-centered development with organizations such as the West African Rural Development Center, the Child Fund International, and the African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies. Dr. Mboge’s research interest include female genital mutilation/cutting, long-term support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, community-based organizations that offer services to vulnerable and underserved populations, and health system strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Development Studies and Sociology from the University of The Gambia; a Master of Public Administration in Emergency Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York; and a Masters of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy & Management from New York Medical College. 

Nicholas Mercado

Nicholas R. Mercado, DrPH, CHES, HEC-C is a clinical ethicist and program manager in Northwell Health's Division of Medical Ethics. He holds a dual faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, and Prevention at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Mercado is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Population Health in the School of Health Professions and Human Services and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

In his current position at Northwell Health, Dr. Mercado conducts clinical ethics consultations, sits on numerous hospital ethics committees, participates in scholarly research projects, and oversees medical ethics educational and clinical services. He serves as curriculum lead and instructor for the Zucker School of Medicine’s ethics and professionalism curriculum and teaches communication skills and public health to medical students. Dr. Mercado is a nationally recognized healthcare ethics consultant certified through the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.  His teaching interests include Healthcare and Medical Ethics, Healthcare Systems and Services, Health Informatics, Public and Population Health.  His research interests include Bioethics and Public Health, Aging, Long-Term Care, and Caregiving, Health Professions Education and Simulation.  Dr. Mercado holds his B.S. in Community Health from SUNY Potsdam, his Master of Public Health from Hofstra University, and his Doctor of Public Health from New York Medical College.

 Luis F. Riquelme Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is an Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology, School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. and Director of the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. He completed his M.S. at Columbia University and his Ph.D. at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He teaches courses in dysphagia, management of medical patients, professional issues and ethics, and co-teaches modules in diagnostic methods. He also developed and teaches the diagnostic practicum rotation at New York Methodist Hospital. He has authored articles on swallowing disorders (dysphagia), multiculturalism, cultural competence, leadership and quality improvement. He teaches, conducts research and runs an active clinical program. His clinical and research interests focus on pill swallowing, changes in swallow physiology secondary to aging or specific neurological etiologies and on the impact of diet recommendations on pulmonary status and overall quality of life. He has presented locally, nationally and internationally, and has been on several local and national boards and committees. At present, he is Chair of the American Board of Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders; Past Chair of the NY State Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. He is Past Chair of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Multicultural Issues Board and Past President of the New York State Speech-Language- Hearing Association (NYSSLHA). Dr. Riquelme is also a co-founder of the Hispanic Caucus for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (1992). He became an ASHA Fellow in 2009 and in 2006 he received ASHA’s Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs. In 2001 he received NYSSLHA’s Distinguished Service Award. Click here for more information about Dr. Riquelme.
 Susan L. Ronan Susan L. Ronan, PT, D.P.T., PCS,  is a physical therapist and board certified pediatric clinical specialist and assistant professor at New York Medical College in the School of Health Sciences and Practice’s Department of Physical Therapy and a Research Scholar of the school’s Center for Long-Term Care. She has worked with children in variety of settings including the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric ICU, inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation, early intervention, preschool and home care. Her research interests have been in facial reanimation, muscle tone interventions, parent educational materials, balance fitness and wellness programs for children with developmental conditions, including autism and typically developing children. She has presented at national conferences and published in peer reviewed journals. Click here for more information about Dr. Ronan.
Denise Serrano Eanelli 

Denise Serrano Eanelli, DrPH, is an adjunct professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College and a Research Scholar of the school’s Center for Long-Term Care. Dr. Serrano-Eanelli has over 30 years of experience in the fields of fitness, clinical nutrition and clinical research. Her previous employment included Director of Fitness Programs, Clinical Registered Dietitian in private practice and hospital settings,  Clinical Project Manager working for CRO’s and pharma, Manager of Palliative Care in a New York based hospital and consumer health research.  Dr. Serrano-Eanelli’s education includes an MS in Human Nutrition (University of New Haven, West Haven, CT), MPH in Public Health (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH), and DrPH in Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College. Dr. Serrano-Eanelli’s doctorate dissertation topic was titled “Shared Medical Decision Making and Advance Care Planning Using eMOLST in New York State”, for which she was awarded the “Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award”.

 Vadim Tantsyura Vadim Tantsyura, Dr.P.H., is a Lecturer in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College and a Research Scholar of the school’s Center for Long-Term Care. a Clinical Data Scientist with over 15 years of experience in all phases of drug development. His therapeutic experience includes oncology, ophthalmology, cardio-vascular, pain management, diabetes, rheumatology, inflammatory diseases, Alzheimer, pediatric autism and ADHD. His previous employment included Director of Data Management responsibilities at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and now at Target Health, Inc. In particular, Dr. Tantsyura led data management efforts to receive FDA approval for the first Regeneron drug, ARCALYST® and led data management efforts through mid-phase 3 of the development for the multi-billion AMD drug EYLEA®. Dr. Tantsyura’s education includes BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Computer Engineering (Kiev State University, Ukraine), MA in International Development Economics (Yale University), MS in Biostatistics and DrPH in Health Policy and Management at New York Medical College. His doctorate dissertation topic was “Impact of Study Size on Data Quality in Regulated Clinical Research: Analysis of Probabilities of Erroneous Regulatory Decisions in the Presence of Data Errors.” Click here for more information about Dr. Tantsyura.

Current Research Assistants

Jay Ayar

Jay Ayar is a General Dental Surgeon from India. He received his dental degree from Gujarat University, India in 2011. Dr. Ayar participated in rural dental outreach and a faculty research project during his internship provided him a true hands-on experience in community dentistry. After finishing dental school, he joined a private dental practice as an associate dental surgeon at Ahmedabad City. Besides serving urban patients, he invested his time in providing dental care to the underserved population of rural parts of India. Providing complimentary dental treatment to poor and underserved people, and bringing back smiles to their faces, in his role as a dentist, was truly rewarding.

Dr. Ayar completed a Master of Public Health from Monroe College, New Rochelle, New York in April 2019 with the honor in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement. He hopes to contribute to oral health globally and aspires to be a leader in Government or International Health Organization to develop effective, innovative, and affordable solutions to health issues.


 Past Research Assistants and Student Volunteers

 Marvin Gunter Marvin Gunter is a Public Health Communication Strategist with over 20 years’ experience in the provision of technical support to Caribbean government and allied civil society organizations in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and programs that advance universal access to integrated sexual and reproductive health services for young people and minorities.  Before joining the DrPH program at New York Medical College, Mr. Gunter managed the portfolio of Regional Program Specialist for the United Nations Population Fund’s sub-regional office for the Caribbean based in Kingston, Jamaica, which covers 22 English- and Dutch-speaking territories in the Caribbean.  Prior to this, he served as National Director of Youth and HIV with the Jamaica Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross.  Mr. Gunter earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MPH from the University of Technology, as well as a master’s degree (with distinction) in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change from the Caribbean Institute for Media and Communications at the University of the West Indies.  Marvin hails from Manchester, Jamaica and is the first of four children for his parents.g 
 Ed Hassan Ed Hassan is a Doctor of Public Health candidate in Health Policy and Management in the Department of Public Health.   Mr. Hassan plans to focus his doctoral research on obesity and hypertension in the aging population and is interested in eliminating health disparities and improving access to care for the aging population in the US.  As a public health researcher and practitioner, Mr. Hassan designed and carried out a project in Mississippi to monitor, measure and treat diabetes and obesity among older community residents.  He has co-authored several research papers on the topic of obesity and developed projects for the purpose of the prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries sustained military personnel. Mr. Hassan’s passion is to promote health equity in clinical public health programs while living a fulfilling and rewarding life dedicated to helping individuals enjoy a better quality of life.  Mr. Hassan earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Biological Sciences from Harvard University and a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology and Clinical Studies from the School of Medicine at Boston University.g
Jade Bedell

Jade Bedell, M.H.A. is a Health Policy & Management Doctor of Public Health candidate. Jade moved from Texas to begin the Doctor of Public Health program at NYMC in the fall of 2017 and has been a CLTC Research Assistant since the spring of 2018.  She plans to focus her doctoral research on eliminating health disparities and improving access to health care for minority populations in the US.  Jade holds a B.A. in Biology with a minor focus in Spanish language from Texas A&M University; and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. During her master’s program Jade worked at a Federally Qualified Health Center where she gained a passion for public health and working to achieve health equity for minority populations.  At the Center for Long Term Care, Jade assists professors with research and Center events.

Julian Lee Julian Lee, Dr.P.H. is a graduate of the Doctor of Public Health - Health Policy and Management program in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Her doctoral internship was in clinical trial data management at Target Health Inc., a full-service contract research organization. Julian’s main research interests have been in long-term care, data management, and health communication. Previously, she was a member of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Graduate Assistant at the School of Health Sciences and Practice, Office of Admissions. At the Center for Long-Term Care, she assists professors and doctoral students with administrative and research work as a Research Assistant.
 Adesola Akinyemi

Adesola Akinyemi is a Master in Public Health - Health Policy and Management student at the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. He is President of Student Healthcare Executives, StuHE, and Graduate Assistant for the Department of Health Policy and Management. His prior experiences have been in community medical outreach and various community development programs. At the Center for Long-Term Care, he assists professors and doctoral students with administrative and research work as a Research Assistant.

 Betsy Chacko Betsy Chacko is a Master in Public Health - Health Policy and Management candidate. She currently works as regional risk management and quality improvement consultant for long term care facilities across the state of New York, and has previously held director-level roles throughout the health care industry.  She is a Registered Nurse and holds a B.S. from Pace University. For the 2016-2017 academic year, she conducted her graduate level practicum at the Center for Long Term Care, focusing on studies related to obesity and weight management in community based seniors.  She continues to be a volunteer administrative and research assistant at the Center.
 Constance Constance Bowens works as an advocate on behalf of people with disabilities to support adequate allocation of resources to enable full community inclusion and prevention of institutionalization or re-institutionalization for those for whom institutional care is unnecessary and or undesirable. She is interested in exploring the financing of home and community based services to further these goals as well as exploration of potential barriers to such financing and wider resource allocation issues. To that end she enrolled in New York Medical College's doctoral program in the Fall of 2016 due to the focus of its program on the understanding the social determinants of health, Center for Long term Care Research & Policy as well as SHSP's focus on practice improvement.