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Touro College Dental Clinic Begins Accepting Appointments

December 04, 2017

Touro College of Dental Medicine’s dental clinic in Hawthorne is now accepting patient appointments. The 32,000-square-foot oral health facility at 19 Skyline Drive will begin treating patients in January 2018. “Opening an oral health care facility of this magnitude and quality will ensure access to care for underserved populations and others in the community who seek quality, low-cost dental care,” said Ronnie Myers, dean of Touro’s College of Dental Medicine.

NYMC Mentions: Alan Kadish, M.D., president, and Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean of TouroCDM

Westfair Online

CIRS Publishes Research on Healthcare in Region

December 04, 2017

Albert B. Lowenfels, M.D. headshotIn recent years, the countries of the Gulf have witnessed massive transformations in infrastructure, rapid economic growth, and significant population changes. But how has this impacted the healthcare provided in these nations has been discussed in a new publication by Georgetown University in Qatar’s premier research institute, the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). Critical Issues in Healthcare Policy and Politics in the Gulf Cooperation Council States is the first book to examine the challenges facing the healthcare sector in the Gulf region. The book was edited by NYMC Faculty Ravinder Mamtani, M.D., adjunct professor of family and community medicine and adjunct associate professor of medicine, and Albert B. Lowenfels, M.D., (pictured) professor emeritus of surgery.

The Peninsula Qatar's Daily Newspaper

New Blood Pressure Guidelines: The Numbers That Really Matter

December 04, 2017

William H. Frishman, M.D.'s headshotUnder the new guidelines, nearly half of all Americans will have high blood pressure. Under the old guidelines, only 1 in 3 American adults, or 33 percent of the population, were considered to have high blood pressure, which was defined as a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). The new guidelines define high blood pressure as 130/80 mmHg. These new guidelines, which appeared in an article published in November 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, were developed with nine other health professional organizations to hopefully more accurately identify those at risk for serious health issues. “One good thing about the new guidelines is that they remind people that high blood pressure is a major risk factor for premature heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, heart failure, and even dementia,” says William Frishman, MD, chair of medicine at New York Medical College and director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. “By following the new guidelines, we’ll see fewer negative health outcomes from high blood pressure.”

NYMC Faculty: William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacology


Everyday Health

Q&A: Expert Explores the Link Between Natural Disasters, Stress and Heart Disease

December 03, 2017
William H. Frishman, M.D.'s headshotBetween global hurricanes and the California wildfires, the number of natural disasters has been high in 2017. Recent research suggests a correlation between natural disasters and increased rates of MI. Cardiology Today recently discussed the link between natural disasters and cardiac health with William H. Frishman, MD, MPH, director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center and the Rosenthal Professor and chairman of the department of medicine at New York Medical College.
NYMC Faculty: William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacology



Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

December 01, 2017

Expanded Cardiology Offerings in Dutchess County (page 3)
Syed H.M. Naqvi, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine

The Westchester Warriors: Fighting for Pediatric Cancer Patients (page 4)
Pictured: Mitchell Cairo, M.D., center, professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology and cell biology and anatomy, associate chairman of the Department of Pediatrics

She Hasn’t Got Time for the Pain (page 8)
Yigal Samocha, M.D., clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery

Saved by Teamwork (page 10)
Justin G. Santarelli. M.D.. assistant professor of neurosurgery

Brotherly Love (page 12)
Robyn G. Matloff, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics
Gregory R. Veillette, M.D., assistant professor of surgery
Thomas Diflo, M.D., professor of surgery

Nourishing Newborns (page 16)
Boriana Parvez, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics
Shetal I. Shah, M.D., professor of pediatrics
Heather L. Brumberg, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics

A Grueling Workout Unmasked This Fitness Trainer’s Hidden Cardiac Condition (page 18)
Sei Iwai, M.D., professor of medicine

Just the Facts: Hand Hygiene (page 20)
Sheila M. Nolan, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics

Just the Facts: Are you a Compulsive Hoarder (page 21)
Alexander C. Lerman, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

Gum Disease Tied to Yet Another Deadly Illness

December 01, 2017

a closeup of someone's mouth white flossingAdd one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of esophageal cancer. The study tracked the oral health of 122,000 Americans for 10 years. It found that the presence of two types of bacteria linked with gum disease may hike the risk of the cancer. “What is not clear is whether the presence of these bacteria or the resultant periodontal disease is primarily responsible for the development of cancer,” said Dr. Anthony Starpoli, associate director of esophageal endotherapy at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Still, Starpoli believes specialists should “consider a proper evaluation of the oral cavity as well as the remainder of the digestive tract in the hope of early diagnosis of esophageal cancer.”

NYMC Faculty: Anthony A Starpoli, M.D., adjunct assistant professor of medicine

The Health Cast

Kittleson Joins Medical College

December 01, 2017

Mark J. Kittleson. Ph.D. headshotMark J. Kittleson, has joined the faculty of New York Medical College’s School of Health Sciences and Practice as professor and chair of the newly realigned Department of Public Health. The department covers areas of study, including behavioral health sciences, biostatistics, emergency preparedness, environmental health science, epidemiology, global health, health care administration, health education, health policy and management, and industrial hygiene.

NYMC Faculty: Mark J. Kittleson, Ph.D., professor and chair of Department of Public Health 


Westfair Online

Touro College Of Dental Medicine Opens New State-Of-The-Art Dental Health Facility

November 30, 2017

ADA Touro AnnouncementA brand-new 32,000-square-foot oral-health facility opened in Hawthorne, NY. The facility will be known as Touro Dental Health, the educational training facility of the Touro College of Dental Medicine (TouroCDM) at New York Medical College. “Touro College of Dental Medicine has had an outstanding start. We are thrilled to be opening the state-of-the-art facility which will serve as the advanced educational training platform for our students as they immerse themselves in clinical dentistry,” said Alan Kadish, MD, president of Touro College and University System. “The opening of Touro Dental Health is an important milestone for both the school and the community.” Located on the campus of New York Medical College, in an iconic steel-and-glass building at 19 Skyline Drive in Hawthorne, NY, this former IBM Research facility has been transformed into a modern dental-treatment center that will educate the students and bring comprehensive, affordable care to the residents of the lower Hudson Valley, Westchester County, and the metropolitan New York City area.

NYMC Mentions: Alan Kadish, M.D., president, Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean of TouroCDM, and Edward Farkas, D.D.S., vice dean for administrative affairs, TouroCDM

5 Towns Jewish Times

Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Featured on Cover of Hudson Valley Magazine)

November 30, 2017

Manoj T. Abraham, MD, FACS headshotAs a dual board-certified ENT and facial plastic surgeon, Manoj T. Abraham, MD, FACS, focuses on the form, as well as the function of ears and noses. An honors graduate of Cornell University Medical College, he completed residency at NYU Medical Center, and completed fellowship training at UCLA and Santa Barbara. With current practices in Poughkeepsie, Westchester County, and New York City, Dr. Abraham is associate director of otolaryngology at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

NYMC Faculty: Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., F.A.C.S., clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology


Hudson Valley Magazine

Members Appointed to New Tick-Borne Disease Working Group

November 28, 2017

Gary Wormser, M.D. headshotThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the appointment of 14 members to the new Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. The Working Group will hold its inaugural public meetings on Dec. 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Working Group was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to improve federal coordination of efforts related to tick-borne diseases. Members will review all HHS efforts related to tick-borne diseases to provide expertise and help ensure interagency coordination and minimize overlap, examine research priorities and identify unmet needs. The Working Group expects to issue its first report to the HHS Secretary and Congress by December 2018.

NYMC Faculty: Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine

Infection Control Today Online

What’s the Impact of the New Guidelines for High Blood Pressure?

November 28, 2017

William H. Frishman, M.D.'s headshotThe new guidelines will give more people an official diagnosis of hypertension, which could increase prescriptions and healthcare costs. “The guidelines emphasize the fundamental and critical nature of physical activity and nutrition for both prevention and treatment for hypertension,” Dr. William H. Frishman, director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center and chairman of the Department of Medicine at New York Medical College of Touro College and University, told Healthline.William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacology

NYMC Faculty: William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacology


How a Goodness Breath Flow Changed All from Good to Excellent

November 27, 2017

Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., headshotHEALING POWER OF BREATH: Everybody from yoga world knows the significance of breathing practice on a human body and its health benefits, as many controlled studies show. For example – Ujaji Breathing – Oceanic Breath: This classic pranayama practice, known for its soft, soothing sound similar to breaking ocean waves, can further enhance the relaxation response of slow breathing, says Patricia Gerbarg, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath. Her theory is that the vibrations in the larynx stimulate sensory receptors that signal the vagus nerve to induce a calming effect.

NYMC Faculty: Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Living Harmony

Katonah Doctor Honored For Global Health Efforts

November 27, 2017

Rifat Latifi, M.D. headshotWhile many physicians travel around the globe to treat patients in underdeveloped nations, few like Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, Director of the Department Surgery and Chief of Trauma and General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), can say they are responsible for bringing advanced medicine to those countries in a more permanent form. Dr. Latifi was recently honored by the Westchester County Business Journal with a Doctors of Distinction award in the No Land Too Far category, recognizing his efforts to bring advanced medicine to people around the world.

NYMC Faculty: Rifat Latifi, M.D., professor of surgery

Bedford Patch

Open Enrollment: 7 Ways Trump’s Actions Could Impact Uninsured Rate

November 26, 2017
  Shortening the enrollment period: The open-enrollment period was reduced from three months to 45 days. It begins November 1 and ends December 15. “The shorter enrollment period could reduce enrollees’ abilities to optimize their plan selection or make a plan selection because this takes time and research,” says Adam E. Block, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management, School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. “In the past, many enrollees signed up during the December holidays. They will no longer have this opportunity unless they reside in one of the few states that has extended the enrollment period.”

NYMC Faculty: Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy and management
Managed Healthcare

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill Raises $100,000 to Benefit College-Bound Students at The 12th Annual Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne Gala

November 24, 2017

Camille A. Clare, M.D., M.P.H. '11 headshotGolden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill held its 12th Annual Excellence Awards Gala on Nov. 10, 2017. More than 300 attendees - among them leaders in business, nonprofit, education, and other fields. The eight community leaders who were honored at the event were recognized for their selflessness, ingenuity and commitment to their communities. One of the honorees is Dr. Camille A. Clare, Champion of Education Award, who has received numerous awards for excellence in medical student teaching, and is a dedicated clinician, researcher and educator with a particular focus on healthcare disparities in the Caribbean and African diaspora.

NYMC Faculty: Camille A. Clare, M.D., M.P.H. '11, associate dean of diversity and inclusion in the School of Medicine and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology


10 Lifesaving Lessons From a Cardiac Pioneer

November 20, 2017
A picture of a heart and stethoscope   Coronary heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of Americans, but cardiology pioneer Dr. William Frishman predicts that one day few, if any, people will die from heart attack. “I foresee that in the near future, heart attack will disappear as a cause of death in the U.S., thanks to the use of statin drugs and more powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs that are becoming available,” Frishman tells Newsmax Health. When Frishman began practicing cardiology more than 45 years ago, little could be done to save heart attack patients. “We could just give them oxygen and hope they pulled through,” recalls Frishman.

NYMC Faculty: William H. Frishman, M.D., the Barbara and William Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of pharmacology
Newsmax Health

Turn To Tara: Valhalla Scientist Crafts Burn Cure

November 14, 2017
Diane Heck, Ph.D. in her laboratory   A Valhalla scientist is being credited with making a breakthrough discovery – one that could reverse the effect of one of the most dangerous weapons on the planet. A few years ago, Diane Hack, a scientist from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, responded to an ad in a journal offering grants to research a cure for mustard gas burns.

NYMC Faculty: Diane E. Heck, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science and associate dean for research in the School of Health Sciences and Practice
News 12 Westchester

Obituary: Saverio Bentivegna, M.D., FACS

November 13, 2017
Saverio Bentivegna, M.D. ’50 headshot   NYMC Mention: Saverio Bentivegna, M.D. ’50, professor emeritus of surgery. He was associate dean of the Fifth Pathway Program and the Pre-Internship Program and served as president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association from 1975 to 1977. 

Dr. Saverio S. "Sal" Bentivegna (Dr. B) passed away peacefully at age 90 on November 9th, 2017. Born October 5th 1927 to Pietro and Guiseppina Bentivegna who were Italian immigrants, he was raised in Brooklyn, and attended Boys High and St. Johns College. He spent his first year of Medical School at Boston University. His transfer to and graduation from New York Medical College in 1950 was a turning point in his career. A medical internship and General Surgery residency at Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital in NYC prepared him for a two years in the Army Medical Corp as a Captain from 1957-1959.

7 people, organizations making news: Heart failure program at Good Samaritan Hospital

November 13, 2017
A group of seven medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital   Heart failure program specialists include: Alan L. Gass, M.D., FACC is medical director of cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at the WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute; Gregg Lanier, M.D., FACC, director of pulmonary hypertension and the associate director of heart failure, as well as the director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center; Chhaya Aggarwal Gupta, M.D., FACC; Avi Levine, M.D.; Kathleen Brown MSN, ANP-BC, is a board certified adult nurse practitioner in critical care.

NYMC Faculty: Alan Gass, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Gregg M. Lanier, M.D., assistant professor of medicine
The Journal News

Trump’s ‘Insidious’ Disrespect for the Rule of Law

November 12, 2017
President Donald Trump with First Lady Milania Trump  

Our system of government was designed with a set of checks and balances to guard against having too much power concentrated in the hands of any one person, including the president. But Mr. Trump has run his businesses as a dictator who can never be challenged. He cannot accept that he is not authorized to turn our government into a dictatorship. He is jealous of dictators in other countries (Vladimir Putin) whom he admires and longs to emulate. He is not capable of accepting limitations on his power. Why? To do so would conflict with his narcissistic need to be seen as all good, all powerful, always right and impervious to any challenge. 

NYMC Faculty: Harvey M. Berman, M.D., clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

The New York Times