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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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The Medical Society of the State of New York has announced the election results from its Annual House of Delegates Meeting in Tarrytown on April 22.

Charles Rothberg, MD, board-certified ophthalmologist, took office as President.

Thomas J. Madejski, MD, board-certified internist, took office as President-Elect.

Arthur C. Fougner, MD, board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, was elected Vice President.

Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, was re-elected as Treasurer.

Frank Dowling, MD, board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, took office as Secretary.

Kira A. Geraci-Ciardullo, MD, MPH, a Westchester allergist, took office as Speaker.

Internist William Latreille, MD, took office as Vice Speaker.

Mark J. Adams, MD, MBA, FACR, board-certified radiologist, took office as Assistant Treasurer.

Sana Bloch, MD, FAAN, board-certified neurologist, took office as Assistant Secretary.



Cindy Grines, MD

Northwell Health recently announced that Cindy Grines, MD, one of the nation’s preeminent cardiologists, has joined Northwell Health. She was also appointed Chair of Cardiology at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Previously, Dr. Grines was vice president of academic and clinical affairs at Detroit Medical Center’s Heart Hospital. Before joining the Detroit hospital in 2011, Dr. Grines was vice chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where she spent two decades.

Dr. Grines received her medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus and completed her internship and residency at the same university. She completed her fellowship in cardiology from the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She is a member of numerous professional societies and is on the executive committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the scientific session program committee for the American College of Cardiology and is the Chair for Women in Innovations.



Kyung (Kyungwha) Park, RN

Kyung (Kyungwha) Park, RN, a nurse educator of perioperative services with Northwell Health, was elected President of the Korean Nurses Association in April. The New York-based organization was formed in 1981 and helps build awareness within the Korean nursing community through networking and support. Park has been involved with the association for 10 years. Many of its members are also Northwell employees.

Park, who joined Northwell in 2004, has been a nurse educator of perioperative services at Syosset Hospital for the past four years. She teaches medical and nursing staff about pre-, intra- and post-surgical practices.

Park grew up in Andong, a city on the Nakdong River in South Korea. She originally wanted to be a teacher, but changed her career path when her mother suggested a vocation in the medical field. She received her nursing license in South Korea. When Park moved to the United States with her husband in 1989, she earned her master’s degree in nursing. She worked as an operating room nurse for another healthcare system, giving her nearly 30 years of experience in the field.



Reza Ghavamian, MD

Reza Ghavamian, MD, has been appointed Regional Director of Urology in Suffolk County for Northwell Health and Professor of Urology at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

This new position is part of a larger effort by Northwell Health to increase its urologic and urologic cancer services in Suffolk County. Dr. Ghavamian will be based at Northwell Health Physician Partners at Huntington, located at 284 Pulaski Road in Greenlawn.

Before joining Northwell Health, Dr. Ghavamian, a urologic oncologist, was director of the multidisciplinary urologic oncology program at Montefiore Medical Center and professor of clinical urology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Ghavamian is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and completed his training in urologic and transplantation surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He subsequently completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.



(L–R) Boston University School of Medicine Dean Karen Antman, MD; Rick Catrambone, MD; Kevin J. Tracey, MD; and Boston University School of Medicine Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs Jean Ramsey, MD

Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research President and CEO Kevin J. Tracey, MD, is the recipient of Boston University School of Medicine’s Alumni Award. The award was presented during a ceremony May 5 at Boston University.

First presented in 1954, the Alumni Awards are the highest, and one of the oldest, honors that Boston University School of Medicine presents its alumni. The award is presented to a graduate in recognition of outstanding and widely recognized achievement, particularly to someone who exemplifies the standards and objectives of the School of Medicine through personal conduct, professional accomplishments and community service. Distinct preference is given to one whose achievements have a significant impact to the medical field on a national and global scale.

Dr. Tracey was honored for his work in immunology and neuroscience, which includes identifying the inflammatory reflex — the basis for the emerging field of bioelectronic medicine.

Researchers at the Feinstein Institute are taking Dr. Tracey’s findings and continuing to learn the language of the body’s neural signals to develop devices that can monitor and treat disease and injury without the use of drugs.



(L–R) Seeth Vivek, NYSPA’s President, Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD; and Saeed Ahmed, MD

Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, NuHealth/NUMC’s President/CEO, announced that Saeed Ahmed, MD, a resident in the department of psychiatry and behavioral health at Nassau University Medical Center, had been invited to participate in the New York State Psychiatric Association scholarly poster contest. Dr. Ahmed, who presented his scientific poster along with residents from New York state, became one of 12 finalists and was awarded the third prize in the competition.

Any APA resident fellow member who is a resident or a fellow in an approved program in New York state was eligible to submit an abstract for a poster. The competition was held March 25, 2017, at the NYSPS spring meeting at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel. Residents had to be available for poster display and discussion of their research. Winners were announced during the Council meeting and presented with an award and a certificate of participation.



Jim Murry

Catholic Health Services (CHS) has appointed Jim Murry Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Murry’s extensive experience in the healthcare field and solid track record as an information technology leader will serve him well as he oversees CHS’s information technology services.

Prior to joining CHS, Murry served as CIO for Stony Brook Medicine. Before that, he held CIO/senior-level positions with the University of California, Irvine’s School of Medicine, City of Hope National Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente.

Murry earned his bachelor’s of science in computer science from the University of California, Irvine. He has been a board member of State HIE (RHIO) and DSRIP programs in both California and New York.



CHS’s President and CEO Alan D. Guerci, MD (right), presented the Living the Mission Award to Patchogue resident Constance Stack.

Catholic Health Services (CHS) presented its Living the Mission Award to Constance Stack for exemplifying the CHS mission values of respect, justice, integrity and excellence. Nominated for her outstanding qualities, Stack was recently honored at CHS’s Melville office.

A member of the New York State Association for Medical Staff Services, Stack joined CHS’s physician credentialing team in 2015, after having worked for a neurosurgeon for eight years. With loved ones who have been afflicted with pulmonary hypertension (PH), the Patchogue resident is deeply involved with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. She and her husband do all they can to help raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed condition, including raising funds through auto racing events and sponsored walks, with proceeds donated to advance PH research.