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"In the Company of Women" 9th Annual Celebration of Women

May 08, 2017

The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester in collaboration with the Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF) will hold the 9th annual In the Company of Women on Friday, May 12 at the DoubleTree in Tarrytown. This year’s honorees will include Dr. Jin Li, neurologist with Westchester Medical Center clinical associate professor of neurology at New York Medical College. The highly-acclaimed event will draw over 500 diverse and successful women (and a few good men!) from across Westchester County and beyond. Dr. Jin Li was selected as an honoree for being one of the trailblazers in the field of neurology and as such is a magnificent role model for young women. In addition to her duties as a neurologist, she finds time to maintain involvement in the Chinese American Society and the Huaxia Chinese School. In her everyday life and in her vocation, Dr. Li shows her “smarts” and sincerely deserves this award as “Health & Wellness Champion.”

NYMC faculty: Jin Li, M.D., Ph.D., clinical associate professor of neurology


OK, What the Heck Is Cluster Feeding?

May 08, 2017

Whether you’re a first-time mom or a seasoned pro, breastfeeding is a tough gig. Especially when the periods between feedings decrease and you feel like you’re nursing constantly…like every 15 minutes constantly. Here’s what you need to know about those out-of-the-ordinary (yet perfectly ordinary) cluster feedings. Newborns typically nurse every 2 to 3 hours, but sometimes they change their feeding patterns to more frequent guzzling (with a side of fussiness thrown in). Also known as bunch feeding, this can be super frustrating for moms who suddenly feel like they’re nursing all the time. “It seems to happen most often during the first few weeks of breastfeeding (because the milk supply may be more erratic) and then again around three months, but it can also occur later,” explains Jeffrey L. Brown, MD and clinical professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College. And while many moms experience cluster feedings in the evenings, it can also happen at any time of the day. Cluster feeding is totally normal, say experts. The reasons why this happens are unclear (it could be due to growth spurts, increasing mom’s milk supply or babies just wanting more attention), but there’s usually no need for parents to be concerned or to supplement with formula. Your baby is one smart (and adorable) cookie who instinctively knows how much milk she needs—listen to her and feed her as often as she wants. Dr. Brown weighs in: “Cluster feeding is a common occurrence. Medical warning signs would be if the baby appears ill, has a weak suck or cry, or is not gaining weight properly. These suggest that she may not be getting enough calories.” Got that? You’re doing nothing wrong, but speak to your pediatrician if you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms. 

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


I Experienced Menopause at Just 16 Years Old — But Can Freeze My Fertility

May 07, 2017

While other teens are planning for prom, Stephanie Gallagher is fighting a disease that threatens her future ability to have children. Thrown into premature menopause, Gallagher, 16, suffered an auto-immune disease in which antibodies attacked her ovaries. Doctors say she has lost more than half her egg follicles over the past few months. Dr. Kutluk Oktay removed two-thirds of the outer layer of Gallagher’s right ovary, where microscopic eggs are stored. The tissue will be cut into pieces and frozen until she’s an adult and ready to become a mom — and then transplanted back. “I’ve always loved kids. I definitely want to have kids when I’m older,” said Gallagher, who lives in Pompton Plains, NJ. A high-school junior, she plans to become a nurse or child psychologist. While ovarian tissue is frozen for women with cancer before they undergo chemotherapy, Gallagher’s surgery is a first for anyone in the midst of autoimmune ovarian failure, Oktay said. Normally, young women are diagnosed with the disease after all their eggs have been destroyed. “You never catch it when it’s happening because it happens really fast — in a matter of months,” said Oktay, who is also a New York Medical College professor and pioneered ovary-freezing and transplantation.

NYMC faculty: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, cell biology and anatomy, medicine  and pathology

New York Post

Striving for a Cure for Pediatric Cancers

May 06, 2017

According to the American Cancer Society, pediatric cancers are different than what normally develops in adults. They include Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL), and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Brain tumors and unique solid tumors such as Neuroblastoma, Wilms Tumor and sarcomas are also common.

"PCF has been instrumental in providing critical grant support over the past quarter of a century to help raise the cure rate in pediatric cancer from approximately 50-60 percent to 85-90 percent today," says Dr. Mitchell S. Cairo, professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy and New York Medical College and chief of pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.

NYMC faculty: Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy

The Journal News

Striving for a Cure for Pediatric Cancers

May 06, 2017

It is one of the worst pronouncements a person can hear from a doctor — that  you’ve got cancer — now imagine that diagnosis is for a child. "PCF has been instrumental in providing critical grant support over the past quarter of a century to help raise the cure rate in pediatric cancer from approximately 50-60 percent to 85-90 percent today," says Dr. Mitchell S. Cairo, Chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Maria Fareri. The group has raised more than $500,000 towards research for hospitals that include Maria Fareri, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer at NYU Langone Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Feinstein Institute of Medical Research Northwell Health and University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cairo describes PCF as instrumental in providing millions of dollars in critical grant support to raise the cure rate. "Major accomplishments over the past 40 years have occurred in pediatric(cancers)," says Cairo. ALL, NHL, HL, Wilms Tumor among others." He cites emotional support for family members as another important factor in the process.

NYMC Faculty: Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy

USA Today

Westchester Biotech Project To Focus On Building Community, Collaborations

May 04, 2017

The Westchester Biotech Project, launched this spring, will try to bring together the various facets — education centers, private business and government — of Westchester’s biotech industry to help boost research. In doing so, its organizers say it can build on momentum already propelling the local biotech sector forward.

 “There are a lot of things happening at once, said Joanne Gere, executive director of the Westchester Biotech Project. “You have the billion-dollar-plus investment at North 60 and a really nice cohort of universities such as New York Medical College, and companies like IBM, Regeneron and other smaller companies.” 

Gere said the group is working now to identify challenges in the county’s research community and develop programs around them. New York Medical College, through its BioInc@NYMC life sciences incubator, is a partner in the project, as is the Westchester County Association.

Westfair Online

Ross School First to Visit Anatomy Lab at New York Medical College

May 04, 2017

Last week Ross School students became the first group of high schoolers allowed to visit the Alumni Gross Anatomy Laboratory at New York Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest and largest health sciences colleges. The lab, which serves hundreds of medical students annually, provided Ross ninth graders with an object lesson in human anatomy. The day began with a presentation by Laboratory Manager Roger Bender, who offered students an overview of the facility, its procedures, and the specimen donation process. Afterward, he guided students through explorations of the dissected specimens and allowed them time to sketch what they observed.

NYMC Mention: Roger Bender, instructor of cell biology and anatomy

Ross School

Jimmy Kimmel's Tearful Healthcare Plea Hits Close To Home

May 02, 2017

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's Monday monologue was still being aired across the cable spectrum Tuesday, not because it was so hilariously funny but because it was so emotionally raw. Departing from his usual schtick, Kimmel struggled through tears as he told the audience about the birth of his son, Billy, less than two weeks ago. The baby was born with a heart murmur and shortly after entering the world began to turn purple. Emergency surgery saved the boy. In his tearful speech Monday night, Kimmel thanked everyone involved -- the nurse who first noticed his son turning purple, the staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital and pediatric cardiologist and an NYMC alumn, Dr. Evan Zhan, who performed the life-saving surgery.

NYMC Alumn: Evan Zahn, M.D. ’86


2017 Heritage Provider Network Healthcare Innovation Awards Announces 25 Finalists

May 02, 2017

Heritage Provider Network (HPN), in partnership with Crain’s Custom Studio – a division of Crain’s New York Business – will honor the 25 finalists of the second Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards on Monday, May 22nd, for transforming access to and quality of affordable healthcare in the New York metropolitan area.

The exclusive celebratory luncheon will unveil the five winners of this year’s awards: Heritage Innovation in Healthcare Delivery AwardHeritage Healthcare Leadership Award; Heritage Healthcare Organizational Leadership Award; Heritage Innovators in Healthcare Awards; and Heritage Research Investigators in Translational Medicine Award. Heritage Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Award goes to Nora V. Bergasa, MD, MACP, FAASLD, AGAF, Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College; Chief of Medicine, NYC Health+Hospitals/Metropolitan

NYMC Faculty: Nora Bergasa, M.D., professor of medicine

Business Wire

MU Medical Researchers Advance In Metabolic Syndrome Research

May 02, 2017

Researchers at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine say they have successfully demonstrated that a particular peptide, or compound consisting of two or more amino acids linked in a chain, may be useful in combating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis. The peptide, known as pNaKtide, is designed to block the oxidant-amplifying function of the body's cellular sodium-potassium pump. The peptide's potential effects on experimental nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis were published in the March 15 edition of "Scientific Reports," an online journal from the publishers of Nature.

NYMC Mention: Nader G. Abraham, Ph.D., professor of medicine and pharmacology

The Herald-Dispatch

Panel on Academic Stress

May 01, 2017

A panel discussion focusing on academic stress, anxiety, competition and staying level-headed in the high-stakes high school environment will be held at the Scarsdale Public Library on Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. Registration is required at the library website, scarsdalelibrary.org or by calling 914-722-1302. The panel will discuss research and offer tools that parents and their children can use.

Panel Member includes: Suzanne Braniecki Matteo, Ph.D. - NYS licensed psychologist with specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology, she conducts neuropsychological evaluations at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and is an assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry & behavioral sciences at New York Medical College.

NYMC faculty: Suzanne Braniecki Matteo, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry & behavioral sciences

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CDF 25th Anniversary Celebration

May 01, 2017

Children’s Dream Foundation’s 25 years of supporting pediatric emergency health care in the Hudson Valley will honor Dr. Frank N. Medici, Pediatrician and Healthcare Executive. Our 2017 Medical Service Award will be given to Dr. J. Anthony SanFilippo, Attending Pediatric Surgeon, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital.

NYMC Faculty: 
Frank Medici, M.D., former clinical professor of pediatrics
J. Anthony SanFilippo, M.D., professor of surgery and associate professor of pediatrics


Westchester Magazine

Katonah Doctor Treats Symptoms With Medical Marijuana

May 01, 2017

You don’t have to wait long during late-night TV for some comedian to take shots at the idea of people using marijuana for medical purposes. Dr. Lynn Parodneck, whose private practice in Mt. Kisco is now offering marijuana consultations, has no problem joining in lightheartedly. “The jokes are funny,” she freely admits.  But she hasn’t taken up this endeavor to be part of a national punch line. The closure of St Vincent’s in Manhattan gave her cause to leave behind her gynecological practice and shift to helping people who are suffering. 

“Medical marijuana means you can make somebody feel better, and that’s what the Compassionate Care Act is about,” says Parodneck. “You have people who have not had positive solutions so this gives them a better quality of life.”

NYMC Alumni: Lynn Parodneck, M.D. ’84

Townvibe Bedford

Deadly Superbug Threat

April 28, 2017

"The primary risk is to the hospitalized patient who has tubes, who has catheters, central lines, things that allow the fungus to get into the body," said NYMC Vice President for Government Affairs and NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice & Institute of Public Health Dean Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A. on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.

NYMC Mention: Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir

Edward Halperin, M.D., M.A. Will Be Keynote Speaker for Commencement; Halperin and Three Others to Receive Honorary Degrees

April 27, 2017

At its commencement for the Class of 2017 on Thursday May 25, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine will grant 96 Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degrees to its graduates as well as four honorary degrees. The ceremony will take place at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. NYCPM NEWS New York College of Podiatric Medicine

The keynote speaker will be Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA, Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of New York Medical College. Dr. Halperin will receive the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, and address the graduates, their guests, and the NYCPM Board of Trustees. The three additional honorees -- Benjamin B. Choi, Esq., of The Choi Law Group, LLC and a Trustee of NYCPM; Stuart Salles, Esq., of The Law Office of Stuart Salles and legal consultant; and Ross E. Taubman, DPM, President and Chief Medical Officer of the PICA Group -- will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa at the ceremony. Edward C. Halperin, MD, MA is Chancellor and CEO of New York Medical College, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics, and History, and Provost for Biomedical Affairs of the Touro College and University System. Dr. Halperin’s medical specialty is the care of children with cancer who require radiation therapy. He is the author and/or editor of seven editions of the textbook Pediatric Radiation Oncology, four editions of the textbook Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology, and over 210 articles in the peer-reviewed literature on the subjects of childhood cancer, brain tumors, radiation-induced immunosuppression, and the history of racial, religious, and gender discrimination in health professions education.

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


A Special Report: For Many With Autism, Running is A Sport That Fits

April 26, 2017

As opportunities for training and racing grow, runners and their families are seeing results they never anticipated. Research is beginning to confirm some of the things the family has noticed. At the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy’s Section on Pediatrics 2016 Annual Conference last November, researchers from Achilles International and New York Medical College presented the promising results from one of the largest studies on autism and running to date.

NYMC Faculty: Referring to research done by Susan L. Ronan, P.T., D.P.T., P.C.S., assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and Janet P. Dolot, P.T., D.P.T., Dr.P.H., OCS, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy

Runner's World

For Girls With Turner Syndrome, Experimental Fertility Preservation May Offer The Hope Of A Baby Of Their Own

April 26, 2017

Fertility preservation techniques pioneered in young cancer patients may someday allow some women with Turner syndrome to give birth to their own children, without relying on donated eggs....

This means that fertility preservation can’t be a wait-and-see issue, according to Kutluk Oktay, MD, PhD, a fertility specialist on the leading edge of this issue in the United States. “We have to be proactive,” said Dr. Oktay, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York Medical College, Valhalla. “If we wait until girls are 12 or 13 to address this, a majority will have totally depleted their ovarian reserve by then. They will have no option other than an egg donor or adoption. We are suggesting that they should be screened as soon as they are diagnosed, and if they and their parents wish it, something should be done before it’s too late.” Dr. Oktay is also the founder of fertilitypreservation.org , which specializes in advanced fertility treatments for cancer patients. He is one of a handful of physicians in the United States who advocate early oocyte harvesting in peripubertal girls and ovarian tissue harvesting in prepubertal girls with Turner syndrome. Last year, in conjunction with the Turner Syndrome Foundation, he and his colleagues published a set of guidelines for preserving fertility in these patients.

NYMC Faculty: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, cell biology and anatomy, medicine  and pathology


What is a Fidget Spinner?

April 25, 2017

Just when you thought that you could beat your kids at bottle flipping, they're already on to the next fad. Introducing the fidget spinner. Kids young and not so young have now gotten more fidgety. This finger flicking gadget has been spinning off store shelves, according to Samantha, the sales clerk from modern news on the upper east side. She says the store can't keep them on the shelf. So what exactly is a fidget spinner? It's a three-pronged gadget made of plastic and steel that spins around a bearing. Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, says that the fidget spinner can be more than just a toy for kids with ADHD. "Studies have consistently showed that kids with ADHD need almost a distraction to be able to focus on what they're doing," he says. "Meaning that their brain will selectively focus on the task at hand if there's something else that child is playing with." Dr. Lorber says that the fidget spinner helps with the child's focus. "What's most appealing to children is that once they start using it they find that they're doing a better job on their schoolwork," he says. You can personalize your spinner with different color wheels and even pick up a few to go along with your emoji mood. Kids have even found a way to compete with their fidgets. They set them down to spin them and the competition is to see whose will spin the longest.

NYMC Faculty: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Fox 5

VNSW Foundation to Recognize Leaders for Visionary Work in Health Care at Spring Benefit Gala May 10

April 25, 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


WMC Physician Group Adds Orthopedic Specialists

April 24, 2017

Westchester Medical Center’s Advanced Physician Services P.C. has added an orthopedic service line to its specialty physician group. Westchester Medical Center officials in Valhalla announced last week that University Orthopaedics physicians joined the regional health care system’s newly formed APS Advanced Orthopaedics. APS Advanced Orthopaedics services include surgical and nonsurgical treatments for sports medicine, hand and upper extremity, joint replacement, spine and trauma needs. WMCHealth’s Advanced Orthopaedics will operate at 19 Bradhurst Ave. in Hawthorne and 200 Westage Business Center, Suite 115, in Fishkill. The practice also has satellite offices at Chelsea Piers Stamford and in Middletown. Dr. David Asprinio, director of orthopaedic surgery at Westchester Medical Center, will be joined on the Advanced Orthopaedics team by Dr. Damon DelBello; Dr. John Galeno; Dr. Andrew Grose; Dr. Howard Luks; Dr. Richard Magill; Dr. Jeremy Mangion; Dr. Yigal Samocha and Dr. Daniel Zelazny.

NYMC Faculty:
Andrew W. Grose, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Howard J. Luks, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Daniel Zelazny, M.D.,  assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Jeremy Mangion, M.D., instructor of orthopaedic surgery
John Galeno, M.D., assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery
David E. Asprinio, M.D., professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Richard Magill, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery
Damon DelBello, M.D., assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery

Westfair Online

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