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Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Offers Tips to Prevent Whooping Cough

August 18, 2017
  A number of cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, have been reported recently in areas of the Hudson Valley. Physicians at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), offer advice to Hudson Valley families to help prevent infection and keep their families safe.

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

A New Tool Could One Day Improve Lyme Disease Diagnosis

August 16, 2017

A new testing method can distinguish between early Lyme disease and a similar tick-borne illness, researchers report. The approach may one day lead to a reliable diagnostic test for Lyme, an illness that can be challenging to identify.

NYMC Faculty: Paul M. Arnaboldi, Ph.D., assistant professor microbiology and immunology

Science News

U.S. Antidepressant Use Jumps 65 Percent in 15 Years

August 15, 2017

The number of Americans who say they've taken an antidepressant over the past month rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, a new government survey finds. By 2014, about one in every eight Americans over the age of 12 reported recent antidepressant use, according to a report released Tuesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NYMC Faculty: Ami S. Baxi, M.D., instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Health Day

Trials and Tribulations

August 15, 2017

Reviewing malpractice cases as a medical expert was an unexpected consequence of testifying as a defendant. I and other physicians in our group practice had been named in a medical malpractice lawsuit. My testimony was required when the case went to trial. After the legal issues were resolved, our attorney suggested that my credentials and demeanor would make me a credible expert witness. Despite having initial reservations, I accepted her offer to review cases because participating in the process seemed preferable to passively accepting any future legal intrusions.

NYMC Faculty: Jeffrey L. Brown, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics

The JAMA Network

August Blues Are Like Sunday Blues, But for a Full Month

August 15, 2017
Generic NYMC in the News Logo   Some variation in mood and mental well-being from season to season is common, but to be diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, one must meet a number of very specific criteria. “In order to be diagnosed with a mood disorder, you have to have at least two weeks of pretty persistent symptoms that don’t really get better,” says Ferrando

NYMC Faculty: Stephen J. Ferrando, M.D., Har Esh Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Plenty of Action on Pre-Session Day of ADA 2017

August 14, 2017

How to be a Reviewer for JADA (4101) is taught by Dr. Michael Glick, professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and editor of JADA, and Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D., chair and professor in the department of epidemiology and community health at New York Medical College's School of Health Sciences and Practice. The course, which offers three hours of CE credit, will help participants evaluate the suitability of a submitted article to JADA. Participants will learn about the review process, how to assess the scientific merit of an article and the rationale for a decision to publish or reject a submission.

NYMC Faculty: Barbara Greenberg, M.Sc., Ph.D., professor and chair of epidemiology and community health


ADA News

CareMount Medical Welcomes Dr. Teresa Alasio as its Medical Director of Pathology

August 08, 2017
  CareMount Medical, the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in New York State, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Teresa Alasio as Medical Director of Pathology. Dr. Alasio will manage all efforts related to lab test procedures, quality management, safety, and consultation for CareMount Medical’s pathology department. She specializes in cytopathology and general anatomic pathology.

NYMC Faculty: Teresa Marie Alasio, M.D., adjunct assistant professor of pathology
White Plains Patch

New York Medical College Awarded $500,000 Federal Research Grant

August 02, 2017
Generic NYMC in the News Logo   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $503,938 grant for research at New York Medical College in Valhalla. The grant will support the work of Dr. Sachin Gupte, an associate professor of pharmacology, who studies vascular disease and heart failure.

NYMC Faculty: Sachin Gupte, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology
Westfair Online

A “Good Name” Matters Most

August 01, 2017
Journal News  

From the clinic to the C-suite, Edward Halperin, CEO of NYMC, holds fast to his core values: advancing the best medical care while staying mindful of “the other side of the stethoscope.” As a doctor with a keen sense of both history and humanity, Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, was familiar with New York Medical College long before he was approached in 2011 to serve as its chancellor and CEO. At the time, he was vice provost of the School of Medicine at University of Louisville, Kentucky, overseeing a period of rapid growth in research funding.

NYMC Leadership: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer and Rabbi Moshe Krupka, Executive Vice President, Touro College and University System

Westchester Magazine

Lowey Announces $500K in Federal Funds for NY Medical College

August 01, 2017
Journal News   “New York Medical College is a leading biomedical research institution, and these federal funds will help advance its groundbreaking research,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This funding will support research that improves our understanding of vascular disease and heart failure and stimulates the development of new treatments. I will continue my work as Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee to secure greater funding for medical research institutions, so that they can help Americans live longer, healthier lives.”

NYMC Faculty: Sachin Gupte, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology
NYMC Leadership: Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

Depression: How to Treat, Avoid Misdiagnosis

August 01, 2017
  Nearly 70% of people with bipolar disorder are initially misdiagnosed, which leads to incorrect prognosis and treatment, according to Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences for New York Medical College. Due to the misdiagnoses, 20% of primary care patients who may have depression symptoms are being treated with antidepressants used to treat bipolar disorders.

NYMC Faculty: Leslie Citrome, M.D., M.P.H., clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences
Managed Healthcare Executive

Getting An Abortion In Alabama Is Hard. The Opioid Crisis Is Making It Even Harder

July 27, 2017
  Opioids relieve pain by bonding to the body’s mu receptors, blocking them and thus their ability to convey pain. “The body isn’t dumb,” says Dr. Nitin Sekhri, a pain management specialist at Westchester Medical Center. “Once you start to block a receptor, it just makes more. So your body ends up with more pain receptors, and the pain relief treatment stops working.”

NYMC Faculty: Nitin Sekhri, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology


Huffington Post

40 Secrets Your Surgeon Won't Tell You

July 27, 2017
Surgeons have our lives in their hands, but most of us know more about the people who cut our hair than the doctors who cut our bodies. Here are insider tips on how to become a smarter, healthier patient.
NYMC Faculty: Howard J. Luks, M.D. '91, M.S. '90, assistant professor of orthopedic surger


Reader's Digest

It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther

July 26, 2017

Dr. Gary Wormser, founder of the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center at New York Medical College, said the most worrisome tick-borne contagion he sees is babesiosis, which can cause malaria-like symptoms and require hospitalization. A few of his patients have died from it; several required intensive care.

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

Healthcare Purchasing News Online

Sinus Sufferers Spend Billions of Dollars a Year to Stop Sniffling

July 25, 2017

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I wasn’t suffering alone. Almost 30 million Americans are diagnosed with sinusitis each year, which accounts for around 12% of the adult population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. – with 50 million suffering from them – and cost Americans $18 billion a year in co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses for doctor visits and allergy medication, plus over-the-counter drugs. “Most people regard sinusitis as a relatively trivial illness and don’t understand when people suffer as much as they do,” said Wellington Tichenor, an associate professor of medicine at New York Medical College.

Faculty Member: Wellington S. Tichenor, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine


Why Intense Workouts Lead to Life-Threatening Kidney Condition

July 25, 2017

Although any type of extreme exercise can lead to the condition, the popularity of Spinning is what concerns Dr. Maureen Brogan, associate professor of medicine at New York Medical College, nephrologist at Westchester Medical Center and the lead author of the study. "I mean, Spinning, you burn 600 calories in an hour, and you lose up to a liter an hour of sweat," Brogan said. "Six hundred calories is like running six miles. So if you're not conditioned, you wouldn't just run six miles."

NYMC Faculty: Maureen E. Brogan, M.D., associate professor of medicine


Dr. Ronnie Myers Named Dean of Touro College of Dental Medicine

July 25, 2017

Dr. Ronnie Myers has been appointed dean of Touro College of Dental Medicine in Valhalla. Dr. Myers has previous experience as a dean for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Myers has also been a consultant to the Commission of Dental Accreditation, a member and chair of the New York State Board of Dentistry, and chair member of the American Dental Education Association section on clinic administration. The new dean plans to develop “a unique educational and clinical program that incorporates many aspects of primary health care into the oral health care environment,” among other plans. Myers succeeds Dr. Jay Goldsmith, who has been named dean emeritus. 

TCDM Leadership: Ronnie Myers, D.D.S., dean of the Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College

Westchester Magazine

NYC Health + Hospitals Names Assistant VP for Palliative Care: 3 Things to Know

July 25, 2017

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NYC Health + Hospitals named Fay Rim, MD, senior assistant vice president for palliative care, effective July 31. Here are three things to know about Dr. Rim. 1. In her new role at NYC Health + Hospitals, Dr. Rim will have responsibility over "designing and implementing strategies to support a population-based approach to meeting palliative care needs throughout" the organization, according to the public health system. 2. Dr. Rim has worked for NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan for roughly six years. Most recently, she served as chief of pain medicine and palliative care and program director of the hospital's Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship. 3. At present, she is assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Valhalla, N.Y.-based New York Medical College.

Becker’s Hospital Review

It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther

July 24, 2017

Dr. Gary Wormser, founder of the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center at New York Medical College, said the most worrisome tick-borne contagion he sees is babesiosis, which can cause malaria-like symptoms and require hospitalization. A few of his patients have died from it; several required intensive care. Before 2001, babesiosis was not found in Westchester, N.Y. But Westchester Medical Center has diagnosed at least 21 cases in the past year. A study of babesiosis in Wisconsin found a 26-fold increase in the number of cases between 2001 to 2003, and 2012 to 2015.

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

The New York Times

WIHD Receives $376,826 Grant for New Dental Van

July 19, 2017

Faculty in the News

The Westchester Institute for Human Development, one of 67 university-affiliated centers in the nation dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through education, service, and research, announced on Wednesday it was awarded a $376,826 grant from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program to replace a van which brings dental services directly to people with developmental disabilities.

“The Westchester Institute for Human Development is thrilled to have received this grant to replace our nearly-obsolete mobile dental clinic which serves individuals with severe disabilities who have significant barriers to proper and regular access to dental care. By replacing our aged mobile dental clinic, we hope to be able to serve up to 30 more individuals per week, provide more consistent and reliable scheduling of visits, and better meet the complex dental care needs of this population,” said Dr. Susan Fox, President and CEO of WIHD.

NYMC Faculty: Susan W. Fox, Ph.D., associate professor of health policy and management and director of the Center on Disability and Health


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