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Helping Cancer Patients Navigate Clinical Trials

October 15, 2019

Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D.Clinical trials not only facilitate new drug development, but they can provide care to patients who desperately need more options, such as those with cancer. While trials may be listed online in readily accessible databases, such as those listed on clinicaltrials.govcancer.net and curesearch.org, it can be hard to know what to search for and how to make sense of the medical jargon of the listings. This creates a barrier between patients and clinical research. Not to mention that, unless their doctor is a researcher themselves, a doctor may not suggest clinical trials to their patients or even be fully aware of the clinical trials available.

NYMC Faculty News: Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, division of pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation, and professor of medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy


The 2019 Westchester Power 100

October 13, 2019

Robert AmlerThe recent measles outbreaks in Westchester and Rockland counties have shown the importance of disaster preparedness. An expert in this field, Robert Amler served as regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he controlled federal medical emergency funding, and has coordinated anthrax response teams at the Centers for Disease Control. Amler also served as an adviser to the U.S. surgeon general and Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

New York Medical College Leadership News: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, and professor of public health, pediatrics and environmental health science

City and State New York

Dental schools embrace Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program

October 11, 2019

Touro College of Dental MedicineNew York — At a young age, Leah Cik Roth left her Czechoslovakian home to become an apprentice basket maker and wig maker. She learned in 1941 that most of her community back home, including her father and nearly all her siblings, had been forced over the Polish border by Hungarian forces allied with the Nazis and executed by firing squads.

TCDM at New York Medical College: Shreya Jha and Nicole Zimmerman, TouroCDM students

ADA News

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

October 11, 2019

TCDMWhen Theresa Gucciardo-Perry discovered a cracked crown in her mouth in April, she dreaded the idea of going to a dentist to get it replaced. The Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., resident has undergone more than 18 root canal procedures; she also has five implants, with crowns on all but her front teeth. She hated the procedure in which trays of a gag-producing, putty-like substance were stuffed into her mouth to make impressions.

TCDM at New York Medical College Mentions: 

Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., M.S., dean of TouroCDM

Edward Farkas, D.D.S., vice dean for administrative affairs, TouroCDM

Barbara Jurim, D.D.S., clinical assistant professor of dental medicine and assistant director of digital dentistry 


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Touro College of Dental Medicine Partners With Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program

October 10, 2019

Touro College of Dental Medicine(Courtesy of Touro College) Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM), the nation’s newest dental school, established in 2016, recently launched a partnership with The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program, a public-private partnership that seeks to increase underserved Holocaust survivors’ access to oral care, thereby enhancing their overall quality of life. The program is jointly sponsored by Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of health care solutions to office-based dental and medical practitioners, and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity (AO), the oldest Jewish international dental and medical organization.

TCDM at New York Medical College: Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean of the TouroCDM and professor of dental medicine

Jewish Link

Pet of the Week: Harry the Hound

October 10, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoHarry went to New York Medical College on Tuesday for a program called 'Pet the Stress Away' for the students and faculty.

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25 Self-Care Tips to Help You Be the Best Version of You

October 09, 2019

BioIncThere’s a lot of scientific research around the benefits of disconnecting from time to time. Taking a break from social media, even for brief periods, can help lessen your anxieties, and stave off the loneliness that many feel when surfing their channels,” says Dr. Samant Virk, CEO and founder of MediSprout.

BioInc@NYMC News : Samant Virk, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of MediSprout, a BioInc client

Oprah Magazine

Dental training for special needs patients

October 09, 2019

TCDMDiagnosed with autism, Jesse was 5 when he found himself terrified to go to the dentist. But not because he needed a cavity filled, rather a regular checkup. Jesse and his parents wanted someone with a little more compassion. So after months of research, Jesse’s mom Karen found the right one.

TCDM at New York Medical College News

Fox 5 New York

Highlights from Psych Congress 2019 Posters

October 09, 2019

Leslie L. Citrome, M.D., M.P.H.SAN DIEGO — Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a common side-effect experienced by persons with schizophrenia who are treated with atypical antipsychotics — a side-effect that is stigmatizing and can result in non-adherence — but treatment with valbenazine can effectively control TD in some patients. 

NYMC Faculty News: Leslie L. Citrome, M.D., M.P.H., clinical professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences

Physician’s Weekly

Dr. Robert Ollar, Member Of Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force To Present At Lyme Disease Conference In New York

October 08, 2019

Dr. Robert OllarDr. Robert Ollar, consulting microbiologist and member of the Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force, will present “Neurologists Take Heed Lyme Neuroborreliosis Mimicry is Afoot” at the 4th annual Lyme Disease in the Era of Precision Medicine Conference on October 19 in New York City.

NYMC Faculty News: Robert A. Ollar, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of neurology

PA Environment Digest

9 Clear Signs You’re About to Faint

October 08, 2019

Julian M. Stewart, M.D., Ph.D., headshotFainting—also called syncope—occurs when the brain experiences a sudden decrease in blood or oxygen levels (or both) due to a drop in blood pressure and heart rate. Thirty-five percent of people will have at least one fainting episode in their lifetime, either due to abnormal heart rhythms, overheating, or other causes, according to Julian Stewart, MD, professor of pediatric cardiology at New York Medical College in Hawthorne, New York. And feeling faint can happen to both children and adults. Know these symptoms of fainting and take the proper precautions to avoid injury and ensure that a one-time fainting spell doesn’t turn into a true medical emergency.

NYMC Faculty News: Julian Stewart, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine and physiology

The Healthy

FDA awards $15 million to fund trials of treatments for rare diseases

October 08, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoThe FDA awarded 12 grants worth more than $15 million to fund clinical trials of medical products intended to treat patients with rare diseases. The grants were awarded through the Orphan Products Clinical Trials Grants Program, a Congress-funded initiative that promotes clinical development of drugs, biologics, medical devices and medical foods for the treatment of rare diseases.

New York Medical College News


An Invitation To Learn: Dr. Jeremy Sugarman, NY Medical College Commencement

October 07, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoDr. Sugarman gives a speech rich with advice by sharing three life experience stories. These are very unique ethical situations that can serve to provide helpful guidance to freshly anointed doctors when they face similar dilemmas or challenges down the line. 

New York Medical College News

The Medical Commencement Archive

Before Choosing an Antipsychotic, Know the NNT and the NNH

October 06, 2019

Leslie L. Citrome, M.D., M.P.H.SAN DIEGO — Sorting through the myriad number of antipsychotic medications in the schizophrenia armamentarium is a daunting prospect for any clinician, but two readily available tools can help: number needed to treat, and number needed to harm. 

NYMC Faculty News: Leslie L. Citrome, M.D., M.P.H., clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences


Physician’s Weekly

Women in Wellness: “My mission is to teach women and girls about the health benefits of Yoga” With Dr. Padmini Murthy of New York Medical College

October 06, 2019

Padmini MurthyAs a speaker and executive member of the yoga day committee formed by a group of US members of NGOs affiliated with the United Nations, I speak to women about the importance of Yoga. I have authored articles on yoga and wellbeing and described the tremendous beneficial role played by yoga in improving one’s health and well being. I think in my own small way I am trying to educate people about the importance of wellness for women. This is a ripple effect as it will be passed on by those who hear about it from me or other colleagues.

NYMC Faculty News: Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.Phil., CHES, professor of public health and global health director and clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine

Authority Magazine

In-Hospital Mortality Hasn’t Budged Despite Changes in MCS for Cardiogenic Shock

October 04, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoSAN FRANCISCO, CA—That newer forms of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) are on the rise and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) therapy is on the decline won’t come as a surprise to anyone watching trends in cardiogenic shock care. Less intuitively, though, the mortality rate has stayed stubbornly high despite these shifts, according to an analysis of US data on more than 400,000 patients treated between 2012 and 2015.

NYMC Faculty News: Srihari S. Naidu, M.D., professor of medicine


Be Wary of P Values: Ask About Effect Size

October 04, 2019

Leslie L. Citrome, M.D., M.P.H.We can measure effect size by the number of points improved on a rating scale, but that is difficult to interpret. Is a 4-point average improvement important? Hard to tell! Better off using a metric such as Number Needed to Treat (NNT) which can answer the question: "How many patients do you need to treat with one agent versus the other before expecting to encounter one additional responder?"

NYMC Faculty News: Leslie L. Citrome, M.D., M.P.H., clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Psychiatric Times

Foster Finds Focus Through Running

October 03, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoA 2016 study by Achilles International and the New York Medical College found kids with autism who ran or walked 20 minutes twice per week significantly improved in social awareness, communication and repetitive behaviors. Foster obviously takes the running volume and his efficiency to another level.

New York Medical College News


Pulmonary Embolism: What Duane Chapman’s Dangerous Condition Is &How It’s Treated: Docs Explain

September 30, 2019

Tanya DuttaDuane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Chapman, 66, is facing some serious health issues. Only weeks after losing his wife Beth, 51, to cancer, the bounty hunter was hospitalized on Sept. 14 for a “heart emergency,” leading to his diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism. But what exactly is the condition, and how does it start? “A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that forms in the large veins, usually of the legs, although sometimes the arms, breaks off and travels into the blood vessels of the lungs,” Dr. Tanya Dutta, Director of Echocardiography at Westchester Medical Center explains to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “As the blood vessels become smaller, the clot eventually becomes lodged and obstructs blood flow. Once blood flow is obstructed, delivery of oxygen to the body decreases.”

NYMC Faculty News: Tanya Dutta, M.D., M.A., clinical assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of radiology



Hollywood Life

Doctors of Distinction: Saluting Westchester’s top physicians

September 27, 2019

Marina Kaufman Holz, Ph.D. headshotPraise for accomplishments of the past and expressions of hope for the future in medicine were the dominant sentiments when Westfair Communications Inc. held its sixth annual Westchester Doctors of Distinction event on Sept. 24 at the Surf Club on the Sound in New Rochelle. Individuals who have influenced health care or medical science in Westchester were honored with a variety of 2019 awards.

NYMC Leadership News: 

Marina K. Holz, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences and professor of cell biology and anatomy

Michael H. Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics and vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for government affairs, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice, and professor of public health, pediatrics and environmental health science

Sherlita Amler, M.D., M.S., clinical associate professor of pediatrics, adjunct professor of public health and senior fellow for Center for Disaster Medicine

Jennifer A. Lindelof, School of Medicine Class of 2020

Westfair Communications

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