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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

The $100 Tube of Toothpaste Is Here

September 24, 2019

TCDMAs with many beauty products in the world of luxury, it turns out that toothpaste isn’t really necessary. Sure, it can freshen breath and help whiten teeth, but the real benefits of brushing come from the bristles on a toothbrush and their ability to scrape and disrupt dental plaque that leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Along with flossing once a day—arguably the most important—brushing twice daily is crucial to preventing oral infections, according to the American Dental Association.

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College: Jessica Hilburg,D.D.S., clinical practice leader and associate professor of dental medicine


SCAI Shock Definition Tracks Well With Mortality in Cardiac ICU

September 24, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoA new cardiogenic shock classification scheme proposed by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) earlier this year is useful for predicting short-term mortality risk across risk categories in patients admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU), new data show.

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


9 Reasons You Have a Metallic Taste in Your Mouth: You have poor oral hygiene (Slide 3 of 9)

September 23, 2019

Touro College of Dental MedicinePoor oral hygiene could be the simple reason there is a metallic taste in your mouth, according to Isabel Garcia, DDS, a faculty member and practice leader at Touro College of Dental Medicine in Hawthorne, NY, where she oversees the clinical training of dental students. Not taking care of or cleaning your teeth could lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. According to Garcia, these beginning stages of gum disease could cause metal mouth. "Visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning keeps you updated on the state of your oral health while also allowing an opportunity for any suggestions on how to create and maintain better health habits that are specific to you," Garcia says. Now discover the 37 secrets your dentist won't tell you.

Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College News: Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., clinic practice leader and assistant professor of dental medicine


How higher education is tackling the opioid crisis in America: #4 Partnerships with public and private sectors

September 20, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoOver 130 Americans die from drug overdoses every day, the result of the country’s lethal love affair with prescription painkillers and an insidious money-making scheme purportedly orchestrated by its manufacturers.

New York Medical College 


Psych Congress 2019: Clinical Practice Will Meet the Headlines in San Diego

September 19, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoSAN DIEGO—Some 3,000 mental health professionals — psychiatrists, physician assistants, psychologists, and nurse practitioners, as well as primary care physicians — will gather here from October 3-6 for Psych Congress 2019 to receive a full download covering current approaches to management of mental health disorders, as well as an overview of emerging therapies.

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

Physician’s Weekly

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

September 18, 2019

Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s HospitalVarious articles: #TeamWMCHealth Will Go the Distance in 2019 New York City Marathon, A Smart Start, Behavioral Healthcare for All, WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute, Advanced Imaging Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Two Lives at Stake, Our Little Diva, 20 Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer, Just the Facts: How do I ensure my baby is sleeping safely?

NYMC Faculty News: Elizabeth Tilley, Ph.D., instructor of surgery, Rebekka J. Levis, D.O., assistant professor of pediatrics, Abraham S. Bartell, M.D., M.B.A., clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Barbara Gannon, M.D., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, Julio A. Panza, M.D., professor of medicine, Zvi Lefkovitz, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiology and professor of radiology, Rifat Latifi, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery and professor of surgery, Edward Lebovics, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Medicine and professor of medicine, Ramin Malekan, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, Tanya Dutta, M.D., M.A., clinical assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of radiology, Boriana Parvez, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, Elizabeth G. Zellner, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, Christine M. Pellegrino, M.D., clinical assistant professor of medicine, Jennifer F. Canter, M.D., M.P.H., professor of pediatrics

Advancing Care in the Hudson Valley

Getting into medical school: Q&A with an admissions officer

September 18, 2019

Karen MurrayWhether you’re hoping to become the first doctor in your family or you hail from a long line of physicians, navigating the path to medical school can be a daunting experience that takes years of preparation. Providing a peek inside the mind of an admissions officer, associate dean of admissions, Karen M. Murray, MD from New York Medical College answers questions about what the best applicants all have in common and how to avoid the most common medical school application mistakes.

NYMC Faculty: Karen M. Murray, M.D. ’99, associate dean for admissions for the School of Medicine, and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology


Westchester Medical Center’s Ambulatory Pavilion: A New Era in Outpatient Care for the Hudson Valley (page 6)

September 12, 2019

Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s HospitalLocated adjacent to Westchester Medical Center at 100 Woods Road in Valhalla, the Ambulatory Care Pavilion opened earlier this year. The eight-story Ambulatory Car Pavilion is the crown jewel of $230 million, 280,000-square-foot expansion project on the Westchester Medical Center campus, which includes 260,000 square feet for the Ambulatory Care Pavilion and the addition of 20,000 square feet of private inpatient rooms to Westchester Medical Center's main tower. 


Affiliate News:
Edward Lebovics, M.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Medicine and the Sarah C. Upham Professor of Gastroenterology

Thomas Diflo, M.D., professor of surgery

Peter J. Panzica, M.D., chair and associate professor of anesthesiology

Rifat Latifi, M.D., chair and professor of the Department of Surgery

Julio A. Panza, M.D., professor of medicine 

Zvi Lefkovitz, M.D., chair and professor of the Department of Radiology

MD News

Transitions: Appointments, resignations, retirements, awards, deaths

September 11, 2019

Lisa TronzanoLisa Tronzano, assistant director of human resources at New York Medical College, has been named director of human resources.

NYMC Employee News: Lisa Tronzano, director of human resources

The Chronicle of Higher Education

How Apple is using its watch to push deeper into health care

September 11, 2019

Adam BlockThe World Health Organization, American Heart Association and National Institute of Health are among those who are contributing to the tech giant’s push to expand into health research, touted by Apple executives as the largest effort of its kind.

NYMC Faculty News: Adam E. Block, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health in the Division of Health Policy and Management

Yahoo Finance

SCAI SHOCK to focus on diagnosis, treatment, systems issues in cardiogenic shock

September 06, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoThe second annual SCAI SHOCK meeting, organized by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, aims to offer information to help clinicians better diagnose and treat cardiogenic shock, and to promote the establishment of institutional and regional shock teams for better care, according to its program co-chair.

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


9 Reasons You Should Never Ignore a Swollen Uvula, According to Doctors

September 05, 2019

Craig ZalvanWhen it feels like there’s something lodged in the back of your throat, you might check things out in the mirror—only to discover your uvula (aka, that dangly thing in the back of your mouth) is a lot bigger than usual. Uh, now what?

NYMC Faculty News: Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., clinical professor of otolaryngology


Sapience Therapeutics Builds Clinical Team with Appointment of Alice Bexon, MD, as Chief Medical Officer

September 04, 2019

BioIncSapience Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of peptide therapeutics to address difficult to treat oncology indications, today announced the appointment of Alice S. Bexon, MD, as the company’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Bexon will guide the advancement of Sapience’s C/EBPβ antagonist, ST101, into the clinic for the treatment of advanced solid tumors and hematologic malignancies, and manage the strategy, direction, and execution of the company’s overall clinical drug development efforts. In addition to Dr. Bexon, the company also announced the hiring of Sara Musalli-Lee to the role of Director, Clinical Operations and Program Management. 

BioInc@NYMC News: Sapience Therapeutics Inc., a client of BioInc@NYMC

Health Technology Net

Sports Round-Up Sept. 7

September 03, 2019

Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D.For the ninth straight year, St. John’s University, Jamaica, will host a Dribble for the Cure event, Sept. 21. The school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will partner with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

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 Tablet

Teenagers Battle Back From Life-Threatening Cases of the Flu

August 26, 2019

Generic NYMC in the News LogoDr. Sheila Nolan, section chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, said while these episodes for otherwise healthy teenagers are uncommon, it does happen. The pediatric mortality rate typically claims 100 to 200 children a year in the United States.

NYMC Faculty news: Sheila M. Nolan, M.D. assistance professor of pediatrics

The Examiner

Touro Dental Health opens wide with expansion at Valhalla campus

August 24, 2019

TCDMThe clinic’s location on the campus of New York Medical College in Valhalla recently was expanded by 6,800 square feet to accommodate an additional 28 dental chairs. It now covers 38,000 square feet with a total of 109 dental chairs.

TCDM Faculty News: Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean and professor of dental medicine