People in the News

Monday, January 6, 2020

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP is proud to congratulate the following senior partners for being recognized as “Best Lawyers” in the 2020 New York City edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The partners were recognized in the following fields:

  • Senior Partner Peter T. Crean: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants
  • Senior Partner Kenneth R. Larywon: Health Care Law
  • Senior Partner Michael A. Sonkin: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants
  • Senior Partner Bruce G. Habian: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants
  • Senior Partner Anthony M. Sola: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law–Defendants
  • Senior Partner Sean F.X. Dugan: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants


In addition, Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP congratulates Senior Partner Peter T. Crean on his recognition by Best Lawyers as 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants–New York City. All recognitions are published in the Dec. 6, 2019 issues of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.


Alexandros D. Zouzias, MD, and Xavier P.J. Gaudin, DO, both neurosurgeons specializing in spine surgery, have joined Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC).


Alexandros D. Zouzias, MD

Dr. Zouzias is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He was named Chief Neurosurgical Resident of both University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital during his final year of residency. Dr. Zouzias then went on to complete a complex and minimally invasive spine surgery fellowship at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining NSPC, he was an attending neurosurgeon and Chief of Spine Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.


Xavier P.J. Gaudin, DO

Dr. Gaudin received his medical degree from the University of Pikeville–Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he completed his internship and residency in neurological surgery at Ohio University COM/Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Gaudin was appointed Chief Resident and a clinical instructor during his final year of residency. He received additional training in minimally invasive, complex spinal deformity and scoliosis surgery at The Orthopedic Foundation in New Albany, Ohio.



Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO of New York Cancer & Blood Specialists and Co‑Founder and CEO of Flatiron Health Nat Turner

The non-profit New York Cancer Foundation honored Co-Founder and CEO of Flatiron Health Nat Turner during the inaugural Raising Hope Gala on Long Island for his organization’s efforts to improve the lives of cancer patients. This newly established gala seeks to raise funds for cancer patients experiencing extreme financial stresses.

The New York Cancer Foundation was established in 2014 by Jeff Vacirca, MD, who acts as Board President. The Foundation provides cancer patients grants to alleviate their everyday financial burdens, covering expenses such as mortgage payments, transportation and utilities, to name just a few. The New York Cancer & Blood Specialists’ physicians and staff contribute to the Foundation, which has helped hundreds of patients. Turner’s company, Flatiron, is dedicated to improving the quality of care through shared technology.



Tony Abraham, DO, MPA

New York Imaging Specialists is pleased to welcome Tony Abraham, DO, MPA, an esteemed board-certified nuclear radiologist, to the team.

During his career, Dr. Abraham has held key positions in the field of nuclear medicine at the regional and national levels of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. After graduating from New York University, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Dr. Abraham completed an internship at Westchester Medical Center. After finishing his residency in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital/NYU School of Medicine, he completed a nuclear medicine residency where he served as Chief Resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Abraham completed his PET/CT and nuclear oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.



John Goncalves, MD

Southside Hospital has appointed John Goncalves, MD, as Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery. In addition to this role in the Southside Heart & Lung program, Dr. Goncalves will also serve as the newly created Northwell Health System Director of Endovascular Cardiovascular Surgery.

Prior to joining Southside Hospital, Dr. Goncalves was the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he was also the Director of Aortic Surgery and the Surgical Director of the Transcatheter Valve Program. He served as an attending cardiac surgeon at Winthrop University Hospital. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College and completed his general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.



Elida Gardilla and Lourdes Rosenwasser of Mount Sinai South Nassau earn honor

UMF Corporation announced the recipients of the company’s 10th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence award. Elida Gardilla, Environmental Service Aide, and Lourdes Rosenwasser, Environmental Service Aide, both of Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, are this year’s recipients of the award.

Throughout her ten years working in the 12-room Mount Sinai South Nassau critical care unit (CCU), Gardella has been one of the hospital’s top performers in an extremely delicate unit. With daily cleaning, she ensures the CCU is disinfected to the highest standards. She also performs daily terminal and steam cleaning, and does her own floor care. Her ATP (adenosine triphosphate) testing results—which are used to verify cleanliness of hospital surfaces—consistently are stellar.

Rosenwasser has worked in Mount Sinai South Nassau intensive care unit since 2012, performing highly effective daily cleaning as well as terminal cleaning and steam cleaning. Her ATP results are great, and she maintains an excellent floor care routine in the 10-room unit.



John A. Pohlman, CPA

Hospital and healthcare industry finance expert John A. Pohlman, CPA, has been named Senior Vice President and CFO of Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, New York.

As Senior Vice President and CFO, Pohlman will be responsible for the overall financial management of the hospital and will manage its financial reporting and related internal controls. He will also direct the organization’s financial planning related to growth, financing and associated issues and will coordinate all relationships with auditors, third-party reimbursement agents, managed care companies, investment bankers and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

A 1995 graduate of Fordham University, Bronx, New York, with a Bachelor of Science in accounting, Pohlman earned an MBA in business management from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, in 2006. He is an active member of public accounting and healthcare management associations, including the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Pohlman is a resident of Dix Hills, New York.



Herbert Pardes, Lesley Stahl, Nancy Wexler and Alice Wexler

Nancy Wexler, President of the Hereditary Disease Foundation, received the prestigious 2019 Double Helix Medal from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for her extraordinary work leading to the discovery of the location of the gene that causes Huntington’s disease. Boomer Esiason, former NFL quarterback, was the second recipient for his tireless work raising awareness of cystic fibrosis.



Rohan Arora, MD, elected American Heart Association Fellow

Rohan Arora, MD, Director of Stroke at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, one of the world’s most eminent organizations of cardiovascular and stroke professionals. This prestigious fellowship recognizes physicians, scientists and healthcare professionals who have made a major contribution to the field of cerebrovascular diseases. This year, Dr. Arora is the only Northwell Health physician to be awarded this recognition.



Joseph Manopella, MBA

Joseph Manopella, MBA, has been named Executive Director of Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, a division of Lenox Hill Hospital. For the past two years, Manopella has managed nearly $70 million in capital projects while expanding clinical services and enhancing the quality of patient care. In his new role, he will continue to provide leadership, operational oversight and strategic planning for the world-renowned ambulatory facility equipped with 17 state-of-the-art operating rooms and six specialized outpatient practices.

Manopella earned his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University and his MBA in healthcare administration from Baruch College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has served on the board of the Stony Brook University Alumni Association since 2014 and is a member of the Energeia Partnership, a program that brings together Long Island leaders to strategize new approaches to regional issues.