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2017 Entrants

Bedell, JadeBedell, Jade

Jade Bedell received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a minor focus in Spanish language from Texas A&M University in College Station in 2013. Jade received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth in 2016. During her master’s program Jade worked at a Federally Qualified Health Center where she gained a passion for public health and working to achieve health equity for minority populations.   

Jade moved from Texas to begin the Doctor of Public Health program at NYMC in the fall of 2017.  She plans to focus her doctoral research on eliminating health disparities and improving access to health care for minority populations in the US. Jade is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  She is also an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Global Brigades. 


Fay, PatriciaFay, Patricia

Patricia Fay, PT, DPT, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Newark campus. She teaches courses in Critical Reasoning, Pathophysiology, Clinical Inquiry and Medical Screening for Physical Therapists. Dr. Fay received her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Boston University, a Master of Public Health from Hunter College, The City University of New York, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. In 2017, she began the Dr.P.H. program at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice. Her research interests include health disparities, risk factor identification and outcome assessment.

Clinically, she has practiced in a variety of settings in Boston, New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark. She has published in the areas of physical therapy clinical education and public health. Recent research efforts have included early mobilization in the intensive care unit, depression screening, and the demographics and risk factors for patients seen in an urban, underserved population within a specialized dental clinic. Prior work includes the development of a screening tool for the migrant worker population in southern New Jersey, and the impact of physical therapy overtime on length of stay in an urban acute care setting.

Khateeb, SalehKhateeb, Saleh

Saleh Khateeb, MD, MPH, began studies in the Doctor in the Public Health  program in Health Policy and Management New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice in the fall of 2017.  He is a Public Health Specialist at the Ministry of Health in Jeddah - Saudi Arabia, working as a medical supervisor since 2015 at the Quality and Patient Safety Department in the Public Health Administration. He is involved in the healthcare system reform program, which is currently taking place in Saudi Arabia as a part of the Saudi Government Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Programs, where he is focusing on assessing and evaluating the implementation of the Centralized Electronic Medical Record system at the level of the ministry of health.

Dr. Khateeb earned his Medical Degree in 2010 from Medical School at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah – Saudi Arabia, and earned his Master of Public Health - MPH, Healthcare Management and Policy Concentration in 2015, from Tufts Medical School, Boston – Massachusetts. His research interest is in the impact of the Centralized Electronic Medical Record on the quality, patient safety and the triple aim: Improve the Health of Populations; Improving the Patient Experience; and Reducing the per Capita Cost of Health Care.

Lamptey, CherylLamptey, Cheryl

Cheryl Lamptey received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University- Cook College and had an early passion for social justice, where she did fundraising for the university based NGO, Oxfam- Rutgers Chapter.  After completing her B.S. in Biotechnology in January 2008, she had early exposure to the pharmaceutical industry through internships at Bristol Myers Squibb and Johnson and Johnson.  In June 2009, she began her career at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals where she is currently working in Clinical Development focusing on ophthalmology drug development; in addition, she participates in community outreach events, such as “Day for Doing Good”. 

She received her MPH from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2014 studying obesity disparities in NYC and participated in an internship focusing on health equity research. Currently, she is a first year Dr.P.H. student at New York Medical College with research interests in financial inclusion and blockchain technology in emerging markets.

Mensah, EdmondMensah, Edmond

Edmond Mensah, began pursuing his Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) at New York Medical College in Fall, 2017. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He moved to the United States to pursue his Masters in Public Health at Emory University and concentrated in Health Policy and Management. He has been in his current position as the Director of Occupational Health Services at Westchester Medical Center Health Network since 2008.

In the long-term, he intends to expand his career in health and safety by applying policy and management solutions to people in minority communities and those in less developed countries. His interest is to help widen or increase access to care in such depressed communities. This is consistent with his professional bias of working with disparate constituents to harness data and other forms of information and insights to evolve innovative healthcare solutions.

Shaikh, AsifShaikh, Asif

Dr. Asif Shaikh is a physician researcher with over twelve years standing interest in the care of respiratory diseases, especially COPD, Asthma and IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis). He recently co-authored three abstracts which received GOLD RIBBON Awards at the American Managed Care Pharmacy Congress (AMCP, Dallas 2017). The abstracts were,  "Assessment In a Real-World Setting of the Effect of Inhaled Steroid-Based Triple Therapy Versus the Combination of Tiotropium and Olodaterol on Reducing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations: AIRWISE study design", "Healthcare resource utilization, costs, and exacerbation rates in patients with COPD stratified by GOLD airflow limitation classification in a US commercially insured population" and "Spirometry Evaluation to Assess Performance of a Claims-Based Predictive Model that Identifies Patients Likely to Have Undiagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease". Additionally, another abstract, "Real-world treatment patterns among newly diagnosed COPD patients according to GOLD airflow limitation severity classification in a US commercially insured / Medicare Advantage population" was accepted for "Oral Presentation" at the American College of Chest Physicians Congress (ACCP/CHEST), Toronto, Canada 2017.

Dr. Shaikh is the medical lead for "AIRWISE" and MURDOCK COPD" study. AIRWISE is the world's largest ever pragmatic clinical trial, designed to test a medication's effectiveness in routine clinical practice settings (3200 patients). MURDOCK COPD Study is a prospective observational study aimed at achieving a better understanding of COPD progression in 850 patients. In the past few years, he has authored over 10 abstracts/posters. One of his publication is on a prospective cluster-randomized study published in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Volume 2012:7 Pages 437-445. He is working on four additional manuscripts to be published soon.

Dr. Shaikh engages with Health Insurance Industry's Clinical Research wing, academia and is currently focused on generating real world evidence data for COPD pharmacotherapy. He works as Senior Director in the Department of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

Watson, KerryWatson, Kerry

Kerry Watson graduated with a Master of Public Health from the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College in 2017, with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.  She earned her undergraduate degree at New York University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts as a Sociology major, Music minor and completed pre-medical requirements.  She was on the Dean’s List from Spring 2004 to Summer 2005. Currently, Ms. Watson is receiving training at the Westchester Institute for Human Development for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities. Funded by the Maternal Health Bureau, this training focuses upon developing leaders on behalf of children with special healthcare needs and their families, across advocacy, policy, administration, and research competencies which are anchored upon a foundation of family-centered practice, cultural competency, life-course perspective, interdisciplinary approach, and evidence-based practice.

Ms. Watson was also a pioneer of two community philanthropy and empowerment leadership roles through the Starbucks Coffee Company, from 2011-2012. As the Philanthropic Liaison, she was entrusted with seeking, establishing, and building community outreach initiatives between her local Starbucks and the community it served. Through this role, Kerry made the store a designated food donation drop for low-income children in the city by collaborating with the Center for Food Action, and created a designated volunteer team of employees who contributed time and effort to servicing the local hospital. As the director of Creative Arts Night, Kerry established a monthly showcase using the Starbucks store for music, spoken-word, live painting, and other artistic performances by community members.  She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ms. Watson’s professional aspiration is the application of the public health perspective to administration and research for the optimal transformation of pediatric healthcare services into family-centered pediatric medical homes, with special interest in application to pediatric gastroenterology. She gained preliminary experience in this field through her Master’s practicum at NYU Winthrop Hospital, where she constructed an operations improvement template for NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition to improve operations effects on patient care.

Xenakis, JasonXenakis, Jason

Jason Xenakis is a native New Yorker. He graduated magna cum laude from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in 2010. At Marist he majored in philosophy, completed pre-medical requirements, and tutored part-time. Dr. Xenakis completed his MD at New York Medical College in 2015 where he participated in clinical rotations in many healthcare systems throughout the Tri-state area including the Veterans Administration, Westchester Medical Center, Mount Sinai, and Yale-New Haven Hospital. During his medical education he took a year off to work full time for IBM engaging in rapid Electronic Medical Record research as part of the Watson Health Project.

Jason graduated from the Master of Public Health program at New York Medical College in 2017. His concentration within this program was health policy and management and he held an officer position in the Student Healthcare Executives Club. Jason is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was awarded the Healthcare Leaders of New York Achievement Award of Distinction Scholarship.  He is currently enrolled in his first year in the Doctor of Public Health program at New York Medical College.

Jason Xenakis is employed by the Westchester Institute for Human Development. He is the Patient Centered Medical Home Project Manager where he leads the operational transformation of Adult Health Services which provides a multitude of outpatient medical services to patients with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability. In addition to these administrative duties he also engages in population health research. Recently, he collaborated on a cross sectional survey study investigating the utilization of assistive technology and social media, as well as computer and phone ownership in the practices adult population. Moving forward, he aims to conduct patient centered medical home research at his place of work with the unique population he serves.