People in the News

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

On Feb. 10, South Nassau Communities Hospital dedicated the hospital’s medical library in honor of Harbhajan Singh, MD. Dr. Singh was joined by his family, (L–R: son Charnjit Singh, MD, wife Naginder, and son Sarbjit), friends, fellow physicians, hospital staff and board members, all of whom recognized and celebrated his 52-year career as a pulmonologist. Dr. Singh, now retired, spent more than 30 years at South Nassau.

On Friday, Feb. 10, at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York, family, friends, physicians, hospital staff and board members joined together to celebrate the naming and dedication of the hospital’s medical library in honor of Harbhajan Singh, MD.

Dr. Singh joined South Nassau in 1977. During his more than 30 years at South Nassau, Dr. Singh held staff appointments as president of the medical staff, chief of pulmonary medicine, director of the Respiratory Therapy Department, and chair of the Respiratory Therapy Committee, among many others.

A native of India, Dr. Singh began his career in medicine upon graduating from Amritsar Medical College in 1963, working as an internist in New Delhi. In 1968, he migrated to the United States and completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine. He was board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and sleep medicine.

The Harbhajan Singh, MD Medical Library offers a collection of books and print and online journals, as well as access to clinical databases. The library’s mission is to meet the ongoing information needs of physicians and other clinical staff in support of patient care, teaching, learning and research.



Tara Martinez, DO

Tara Martinez, DO, has been named Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. Dr. Martinez is a board-certified general surgeon and obtained her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her surgical residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-SOM.

Dr. Martinez completed a fellowship in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery at the University of Texas, Houston. Her credentialing includes robotic colon and rectal procedures as well as minimally invasive surgery for treatment of colon and rectal diseases, including single-incision laparoscopy.

Dr. Martinez is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons as well as the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. She is on committees for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, as well as the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. Dr. Martinez has co-authored numerous papers published in peer-reviewed journals and has given numerous talks and presentations at national conventions.



Raymond Coffman, RT, RCIS

Raymond Coffman, RT, RCIS, has been named Director of Cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Most recently, Coffman worked as the Cardiology Service Line coordinator at Good Samaritan since 2013. During that time, he helped launch an elective PCI program, new hybrid lab, and cryo and carto left side ablations. He started at Good Samaritan in 1996 as a radiology technologist. Coffman is working on an MBA in Healthcare Administration at Keller Graduate School of Management. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue and his Associate’s in Applied Sciences at Nassau Community College.



Fred A. Lado, MD, PhD

Fred A. Lado, MD, PhD, has been appointed Regional Director of Epilepsy for Northwell Health’s Central and Eastern regions.

After graduating from the NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Lado completed his medicine internship at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, neurology residency at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, and fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Dr. Lado also received a Master’s degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in physiology from the Sackler Institute at NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Lado served as an attending neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center for 17 years and achieved the academic rank of Professor of Clinical Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.



Robert M. Galler, DO, MPH

Robert M. Galler, DO, MPH, has been appointed Director of Neurosurgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center and Neurosurgical Spine for Northwell Health’s Eastern Region.

Dr. Galler served as director of spine surgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center from 2004–2015. He spent the past year as a consulting surgeon at Maine Spine Surgery in Portland.

After graduating from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine with honors as a neuroscience fellow, Dr. Galler completed his residency in neurosurgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. He then did two fellowships in complex spinal neurosurgery and minimally invasive spinal neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and the University of Tennessee in Memphis, respectively. Most recently, Dr. Galler also received a Master’s degree in healthcare policy and administration at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in Manhattan.



Morisa Marin, MD

Morisa Marin, MD, has been named Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.

Dr. Marin is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center.

The Setauket resident has been an integral member of the medical staff community at St. Catherine of Siena and has more than 22 years of practice experience. She was the recipient of the Patient’s Choice Award (2014–2015), named Top Doctor in 2014 and has received Compassionate Doctor Recognition Awards since 2014.



David Purow, MD

David Purow, MD, has been appointed Chair of Medicine at Huntington Hospital.

Dr. Purow was previously chief of internal medicine at the hospital. He has been an attending physician at Huntington Hospital since 2003.

Dr. Purow is a graduate of Duke University’s School of Medicine and completed his residency and his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.



Thomas Graham, MD

Preeminent hand surgeon, healthcare executive, inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Graham, MD, has joined Northwell Health and will serve as Northwell’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships.

Dr. Graham previously served as the Cleveland Clinic’s first chief innovation officer, as well as vice-chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He also was the chief of the congressionally designated Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore and served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Graham graduated from Williams College. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, followed by a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Graham completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand Center and underwent training in elbow surgery at Mayo Clinic. He also completed a two-year Executive Management Program in Healthcare Administration, jointly sponsored by Cleveland Clinic and the Weatherhead School of Business of Case Western Reserve University.



Jeffrey V. Ravetch, MD, PhD

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research announced that Jeffrey V. Ravetch, MD, PhD, the Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Professor and head of the Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology at The Rockefeller University, is the recipient of the fifth annual Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine. The Ross Prize is awarded through the Feinstein Institute Press’ peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Molecular Medicine. The prize, which includes a $50,000 award, will be formally presented to Dr. Ravetch on June 5 at The New York Academy of Sciences in Manhattan.

The Ross Prize is made possible by the generosity of Feinstein Institute board members Robin and Jack Ross. It is awarded annually by Molecular Medicine to scientists who have made a demonstrable impact in the understanding of human diseases pathogenesis and/or treatment, and who hold significant promise for making even greater contributions to the general field of molecular medicine.