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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


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.


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


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

Itchy Skin During Pregnancy Should Not Be Ignored

April 13, 2017

Women should monitor their baby’s movements twice a day, and if they notice movement slowing down, they should contact their provider immediately. Although monitoring and medication are advised, Dr. Jonathan Mays, director of maternal-fetal medicine at Metropolitan Hospital Center/New York Medical College in New York City — who has been tracking data for 10 years and has the largest database of patients with ICP in the country — said “whether it changes the outcome is the question.”

NYMC Faculty: Jonathan K. Mays, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology

Fox News

A Celebration of Diversity in the Workplace

April 13, 2017

Merry Mourouzis, who came to the U.S. from Indonesia and has Chinese ancestry, recalled for her White Plains audience an amusing instance of her culture’s language imported to a doctor’s office here. Mourouzis, payroll manager at Hiscox Inc. in White Plains who led the insurance company’s creation of an automated online system for its employee stock purchase program that now is used in 11 countries, was being honored with the Visionary Award at the inaugural Celebrating Diversity in Business event presented by the Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals.

Lindsay Farrell, winner of the Most Socially Conscious Award, is president and CEO of The Open Door Family Medical Centers headquartered in Ossining. “I got lucky,” she said, when discovering in the early 1980s the nonprofit organization serving low-income residents with improved access to health services. Leading Open Door for 19 years after working 12 years there as operations director and director of development, Farrell said her life and work are in alignment. “It allows you to do your best work and to be a complete person,” she said.

NYMC Faculty: Lindsay C. Farrell, M.B.A., instructor of family and community medicine

Westfair Online

Healthy Screen Time? Yes, Please!

April 10, 2017

If your kids prefer video games to bike rides, you're not alone: Less than half of kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. But you can actually use that love of screens to fit in more fitness, says Michael Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics of the NYMC School of Medicine, chief of pediatric cardiology at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., and American Heart Association spokesperson. Try these:

  • GoNoodle.com
    The site has more than 250 three- to five minute videos - from hip-hop dance routines to giggle-inducing animated shorts - designed to encourage jumping, stretching, running in place, and more.
    Free; ages 5 and up

  • Sworkit Kids
    This app lets your child choose a category (strength, agility, flexibility and balance, or custom) and how long he wants to work out, then follow along as kids demonstrate exercises.
    Free, Android and iOS; ages 5 and up

  • Cosmickids.com
    Kids are guided on pretend adventures - to the moon, to a fair - all while ingeniously moving through 10- to 30-minute yoga routines. Chill out afterward by watching a five-minute mindfulness or relaxation video.
    Free; ages 3 to 8

  • NFL PLAY 60
    In this app - which was developed by the American Heart Association and the NFL - kids run and jump along with their avatars, racing across the country visiting all 32 NFL cities.
    Free, Android and iOS; ages 7 and up 

NYMC Faculty: Michael H. Gewitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics

The State

Phyllis Harrison-Ross Obituary

April 08, 2017

Psychiatrist who advocated for mental health services for underserved populations in the USA. Born on Aug 14, 1936, in Detroit, MI, USA, she died from lung cancer on Jan 16, 2017, in New York City, NY, USA, aged 80 years. She received the American Psychiatric Association's Solomon Carter Fuller Award in 2004 for her work to improve mental health for minorities. Harrison-Ross was a trustee of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and, at the time of her death, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at the New York Medical College. 

NYMC Faculty: Phyllis Harrison-Ross, M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, served on the faculty of School of Medicine for more than 25 years.

The Lancet

Westchester Ready to Lead in Bioscience: View

April 06, 2017

It is hard to imagine a more powerful economic message than the one sent last Monday night when the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted unanimously to approve a 99-year lease of 60 acres of county-owned land adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla that will allow the creation of the $2.1 billion Westchester BioScience & Technology Center. This shining example of bipartisanship sent a resounding message: Westchester stands ready to build on the burgeoning bioscience cluster that has already taken root and to take a leadership role regionally and nationally in the high tech, high-growth life and bio sciences arena.

The Journal News

New York Medical College Announces Long-Term Agreement with Westchester Medical Center

April 06, 2017

New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center have reached a multiyear academic affiliation agreement, the medical college’s chancellor and CEO Dr. Edward C. Halperin announced in an alumni email Wednesday. New York Medical College, which is part of the Touro College and University System, has partnered with Westchester Medical College on short-term agreements that had to be renewed every few months for 14 years before yesterday’s deal, according to the letter. Halperin said he has sought to rectify that situation with a long-term deal since he arrived at the college in 2012.

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

Westfair Online

County Executive Astorino, Board Chairman Kaplowitz Announce Historic Agreement for Biotech Center

April 06, 2017

Working closely with the private-sector and in a bi-partisan manner, County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz today announced that Westchester County is moving forward with plans to build a major bioscience and technology center on vacant land next to the Westchester Medical Center.


We Want A Federal Budget Where The Trade-Offs Support Life, Not Death

April 05, 2017

When I entered college, I took a course in introductory economics. Human wants are unlimited, I learned, but resources are limited. Therefore, we have to make choices about what we spend money on. That, I was told, was what economics was all about — how we make choices and allocate resources. My economics textbook illustrated the point by quoting from Nazi Germany’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels who said: “We can do without butter, but, despite all our love of peace, not without arms. One cannot shoot with butter, but with guns.” It was about trade-offs, my professor taught us. There is a trade-off between a nation’s investment in military and civilian goods. In simplistic terms, a nation has to choose between buying guns (invest in the military) or butter (invest in civilian goods). It is, of course, not that simple but as a 17- year-old, I got the point. A government budget has to balance priorities.

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

Kevin MD

Alvin I. Goodman, M.D.

April 04, 2017

Nephrologist, distinguished Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, passed away on March 29, 2017. Dr. Goodman is survived by his wife of 60 years and five children: Nadine Goodman, Derek Goodman, Danielle Sayet, Leslie Monieson, and Reva Cotter, as well as 14 grandchildren, and one great- grandchild.

NYMC Mention: Alvin I. Goodman, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine

New York Times

2Do This Week, April 2-8: Cultural Events Around Pittsburgh

April 02, 2017

Dublin born Dr. David Kronn. will speak about his photography collection at 6:30 p.m. in the Ace Ho­tel Ball­room, 120 S. Whit­field St., East Liberty (free and public). He is an amateur photographer and chief of med­i­cal ge­net­ics at Westchester Med­i­cal Center and as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of pa­thol­ogy and pe­di­at­rics at New York Med­i­cal Col­lege, Val­halla, N.Y. His collection is a prom­ised gift to the Ir­ish Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Dub­lin. The talk is part of the an­nual Speaker Ser­ies of the PGH Photo Fair, which will be held April 29-30 at Car­ne­gie Mu­seum of Art in Oakland.

NYMC Faculty: David F. Kronn, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and pathology

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Health Care Concerns in the Hudson Valley

April 02, 2017

NY Medical College chancellor and CEO talks good, bad and the changes that are needed

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

FiOS 1

Modern Reproductive Technology: Medicine or Eugenics

April 02, 2017

New Scientist, a weekly international magazine, reported that a team of American scientists had produced the first three-parent baby through genetic engineering and in vitro fertilization. The scientists did their work in Mexico because the revolutionary technology using the DNA of three individuals to produce the baby is not legal in the United States. Some are greeting this latest break-through with great enthusiasm as a way to stop certain diseases. Others are expressing their grave concerns about the morality of such technology. 

Furthermore, altering embryos to be born free of disease is one step away from “designer babies.” In this case, parents have their future child altered before birth so that the child has the characteristics that the parents themselves want. Each technological advance of this kind brings us closer to Huxley’s Brave New World. As Stuart Newman, New York Medical College Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, has remarked, “The attempt to improve future people is not medicine… but a new form of eugenics.”

NYMC Faculty: Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and medicine


Allergy Season Begins

April 01, 2017

Spring has sprung! Flowers are starting to bloom, temperatures are rising and birds are chirping. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, “Ah, spring,” might soon turn into “Ah-choo, spring!” Seasonal allergies, sometimes called hay fever, are allergy symptoms that happen during certain times of the year, usually when outdoor plants release their spores. Trees, grasses and weeds are all releasing pollen into the air. These spores and pollen can cause congestion, cough and sneezing in people with seasonal allergies. If you are one of the over 30 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, we at AFC Urgent Care Yorktown have some tips that will help you stop sneezing this allergy season.

NYMC Faculty: Rajesh Gupta, M.D., clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine

The Examiner

Autism Spectrum Disorder

April 01, 2017

They say timing is everything, and that’s especially true when it comes to identifying and treating Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This neurodevelopmental condition characterized by a broad variety, or “spectrum,” of presentations, including delays in communication and social interaction and atypical behaviors is often accompanied by general developmental delays. ASD affects one in 68 children, according to the latest estimates. With the right therapies, at the right time, every child can learn and grow, and move toward being the best he or she can be.

NYMC Faculty: Patricia O. Towle, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences and pediatrics
Westchester Family

AMWA Leaders at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

March 31, 2017

AMWA leaders joined leaders of the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) delegation to the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held March 12-24, 2017. The CSW opened with Consultation day and keynote address by Dr. Mabel Blanco, Woman of Distinction Awardee and poetry readings by acclaimed poet Rupi Kaur. The MWIA session, Women Doctors:  Economic Empowerment and Social Determinants of Health featured presentation by leaders from Nigeria, Canada, the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Academy Award Winning Actress Patricia Arquette and Olympic Gold Medalist and Fifa World Cup Champion Abby Wambach delivered empowering speeches at the launch of the UN Women Equal Pay Platform of Champions to help end the gender pay gap.

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


NYMC Professors Active Outside the Classroom

March 31, 2017

For professors at New York Medical College, there’s more to advancing the art, science and practice of medicine than just classroom teaching. 

Marie T. Ascher, the Lillian Hetrick Huber endowed director of the Health Sciences Library and assistant professor of family and community medicine, was elected to serve as a director of the Medical Library Association for a three-year term.

John T. Fallon III, chairman of the department of pathology and professor of medicine, received the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in San Antonio. Fallon also gave a presentation on myocarditis, a condition in which there is inflammation of the heart muscle. It often is caused by viral, bacterial or fungal infections.

Michael Nesheiwat, distinguished visiting professor in the School of Health Sciences and Practice (SHSP), who also happens to be the health commissioner of Putnam County, got together with 45 field staff members of the Putnam County Department of Health to pose for a special photo marking the agency’s 50th anniversary. Several of the staff members are SHSP alumni.

NYMC Faculty:

John T. Fallon III, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and medicine
Marie T. Ascher, Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director Health Sciences Library
Michael J. Nesheiwa, M.D., distinguished visiting professor of School of Health Sciences and Practice
Taliya Farooq, M.D., instructor of pathology
Faisal Saeed, M.D., instructor of pathology
Humayun K. Islam, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of clinical pathology and clinical medicine
Minghao Zhong, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of clinical pathology
Esther Chaewon Yoon, M.D., instructor of pathology
Supriya S. Jain, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and radiology

Westfair Online