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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

HHS Senior's Science Research Published in Medical Journal

November 10, 2017
Sarina Iraj headshot   Harrison High School Science Research student Sarina Iraj can add another highlight to her college application – published author. Sarina's contribution to the study entitled "The French Paradox Revisited: Cardioprotection via Hormesis, Red Wine, and Resveratrol" has been published in the Handbook of Nutrition in Heart Health, Human Health Handbooks, Wageningen Academy.

NYMC Faculty: Sarina Iraj, was mentored by Frances L. Hannan, Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology and anatomy and otolaryngology, and Barbara Doonan, Ph.D., research fellow in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy in the STAR (Summer Trainees in Academic Research) Program in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

Acid reflux? Try going vegetarian

November 10, 2017
a plate of Mediterranean food - wrap and a cup of soup   A new study looked at close to 200 patients at one medical center who had been diagnosed with laryngopharyngeal reflux. It’s a condition where stomach acids habitually back up into the throat, and it’s distinct from the much better-known gastroesophageal reflux disease—or what most people call heartburn. People with laryngopharyngeal reflux usually don’t have heartburn, explained Dr. Craig Zalvan, the lead researcher on the new study.

NYMC Faculty: Craig H. Zalvan, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology
Health Beat

7 Reasons Your Heart Attack Risk Is Highest in the Winter

November 08, 2017
A man shoveling snow   It’s bad enough that any physical activity leaves your heart pounding, but adding new tasks into the mix raises your risk even more. For example, you don’t need to worry about shoveling show during the summer, but the chore puts an extra strain on your body. Your heart is already working overtime to keep you toasty while you shovel, and the strain of lifting heavy snow makes it pump even harder, says William Frishman, MD, MACP, director of medicine at Westchester Medical Center and chairman of the medicine department at New York Medical College. Adding to the risk, it might be harder to recognize what’s happening. “They think their chest hurts because they’re shoveling—the muscle aches because they’re shoveling—and they keep going,” says Dr. Frishman. Keep your heart safe by paying a kid in your neighborhood to shovel your driveway. Kids’ hearts aren’t as susceptible to heart disease, so the extra work won’t put them at risk, says Dr. Frishman. If you do have to deal with your own shoveling, take breaks, especially if you experience, chest pain, shortness of breath, or sweating. 

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

Running brings life, first place finishes to nonverbal twins with autism

November 08, 2017
twins Alex and Jamie Schneider, 27, with a severe form of autism run a marathon   Research from Achilles International and New York Medical College shows that being active seems to provide great benefits to those with autism.

They saw statistically significant improvements in endurance, social awareness, cognition, communication, and motivation, and fewer restrictive and repetitive behaviors among those who ran and walked for 20 minutes twice per week… The research shows what exercise also reduces: aggression, self injury, and motor stereotypies, which describes the repetitive behaviors—body rocking and hand flapping—that some people with autism engage in. 

IDDSI—Next Steps, Tools & Tips for Smooth Implementation

November 07, 2017
  Conservative estimates suggest more than 560 million people worldwide live with swallowing disorders—dysphagia. Many of those people eat specially prepared foods and liquids that are safer and easier to swallow. In recent years, a number of countries developed standardized terminology for texture-modified foods and thickened liquids to improve care and safety. However, the various published national standards only added to the confusion globally, mainly because of their varied terminology, labels, number and levels of food texture, and liquid thickness. Patient safety is affected as a result.

NYMC Faculty: Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, associate professor of speech-language pathology and director of the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology
The Asha Leader Glob

St. Joseph's Launches New Brand Around Exciting Change and Development

November 06, 2017
  New brand updates every component of the St. Joseph’s organization – while emphasizing the unique culture driven by an incredibly passionate team of people. PATERSON, NJ, NOVEMBER 6, 2017 - St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, one of New Jersey’s leading hospital and healthcare services networks, today launched a new branding initiative that includes new names, a new logo and a new tagline. “As we transition to expanded levels of interactions and methods of care, the new brand represents the many exciting changes taking place across our organization,” says Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Health. “Every aspect of St. Joseph’s is advancing into a new era of healthcare delivery, and the new logo and new names better reflect our expansion and growth as an integrated network of world-class care.”

NYMC Affiliate: St. Joseph's Health
The Paramus Post

Innovation Needed to Fight Opioid Crisis

November 03, 2017
  Most people become addicted after taking opioids prescribed by doctors and dentists to treat pain, panelists noted. Health care providers need to develop alternative ways to treat pain, said panelist Holly Boisen, a registered nurse and systems project manager at Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin. For example, massage has proven to be an effective alternative pain treatment for some patients, she said. Providing music has also been helpful in mitigating the pain of some patients, added Dr. Mark Rosenberg

NYMC Faculty: Mark S. Rosenberg, D.O., assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine
U.S. News and World Reprots

Human Rights Institute for Middle School Student Leaders: Nov. 14 & 16

November 03, 2017
  The Human Rights Institute for Middle School Student Leaders is intended to further the mission of The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center by laying the foundations to encourage students to become Upstanders rather than bystanders. Seventh grade students from invited middle schools will be attending the Third Annual Middle School Institute on November 14-15, 2017 at New York Medical College. A keynote presentation establishes the focus of the program: the importance of confronting prejudice and discrimination. Small group workshops examine the two central themes through activities and discussions. Then, students in their own school groups with their teacher meet to develop two activities to use in their school reflecting the themes of Respecting the Individual and How to Be an Upstander.
The Inside Press

The Top 5 Reasons Millennials Can Be Optimistic

November 03, 2017
a group of four students walking out of 40 Sunshine Cottage Road  

We live in an age when terror lurks, disasters seem to be pervasive and people posting on social media would have us believe the world is ending or going mad. And yet, as we gear up for Thanksgiving, it is appropriate to focus on the good in our lives and why millennials and others have so many reasons to be optimistic, even as a tumultuous 2017 winds down. This article lists Dr. Kadish's top 5 reasons. 

NYMC Mention: Alan Kadish, M.D., president

Huff Post

Honoring a World-Renowned Expert

November 02, 2017
  World experts in tick-borne diseases from as far away as Slovenia gathered at New York Medical College in Valhalla on Oct. 18 to exchange the latest scientific information and honored a peer, Ira Schwartz. He is stepping down from his role as chairman of the college’s department of microbiology and immunology.

NYMC Faculty: Ira Schwartz, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and professor of medicine and biochemistry and molecular biology
Westfair Online

An Astronomer’s View of Street Lighting

November 01, 2017
  When the Northridge earthquake cut power in Los Angeles in January 1994, the Griffith Observatory received phone calls from concerned citizens asking about a mysterious cloud overhead that they had never seen before. The Milky Way, our galaxy, had probably not been visible from downtown LA for half a century.

It’s estimated that more than two-thirds of the people in the world cannot see the Milky Way from their homes. We light up our environment for safety, to allow us to move about at night, and to decorate our homes and businesses. But this light is also obliterating the stars–a source of inspiration and information for diverse cultures across the centuries.

NYMC Faculty: Lawrence L. Faltz, M.D., clinical professor of medicine
Federated Conservationists of Westchester County

CABG Patients’ Outcomes Diverge Based on Insurance Status

November 01, 2017
  “It would be disingenuous to deny that health care disparities are part of the fabric of contemporary life in our country, as the gap between the poor and the wealthy has developed into a chasm,” said Kathryn E. McGoldrick, MD, professor and chair emeritus of anesthesiology, New York Medical College, in Valhalla. “Clearly, the social determinants of health are real and not easily mitigated,” she told Anesthesiology News.

NYMC Faculty: Kathryn E. McGoldrick, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and former chair of the Department of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology News

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