People in the News

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Anantha Ramanathan, MD

Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, NuHealth/NUMC’s President/CEO, announced that Anantha Ramanathan, MD, board-certified vascular surgeon, has joined the Department of Surgery at the Nassau University Medical Center. His responsibilities will include performing vascular surgeries and rotating through the vascular outpatient practices at NUMC.

Dr. Ramanathan obtained his MBBS degree from the University of Colombo. He completed his post graduate training in general and vascular surgery in Sri Lanka during that country’s civil war, thus obtaining extensive experience in vascular trauma. He won the prestigious P.R. Anthonis Gold Medal. He was a senior resident in that country’s first renal transplant program, being in charge of dialysis access as that stage. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed an ACGME-accredited, two-year fellowship in vascular surgery at SUNY in Buffalo, NY. During this period, he won the Peter B. Samuels prize at the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, in Orlando, FL, in 2007.

Dr. Ramanathan has published many articles in the field of vascular surgery, and in particular, dialysis access surgery. Dr. Ramanathan is also a prolific writer. He won prizes from the western New York branch of the American College of Surgeons twice during his fellowship.



Stacy L. Podlasek, BSN, RN, SCRN, CCRN-K

Stacy L. Podlasek, BSN, RN, SCRN, CCRN-K, has joined the nursing team at Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH). In her new role at ELIH as Medical Surgical Nurse Manager, Ms. Podlasek is responsible for coordinating all aspects of nursing care on the 32-bed Medical Surgical Unit and the 5-bed Intensive Care Unit.

Ms. Podlasek brings over 19 years of nursing experience to ELIH. Prior to joining the nursing management team at ELIH, Ms. Podlasek was a stroke performance improvement coordinator at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital. Her professional certifications include Stroke Certified Registered Nurse from the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing, Critical Certified Registered Nurse by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American Heart Association Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Ms. Podlasek holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Urbana Regional Campus. Her professional memberships include the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the National Association for Healthcare Quality.


Two of the New York metro area’s leaders in real estate and hospitality, Anthony Ponte and Butch Yamali, have been appointed to the Board of Directors of South Nassau Communities Hospital.

Mr. Ponte is a partner of Ponte Equities, Inc., a New York-based real-estate management and investment firm with extensive holdings in New York City and expanded holdings throughout the United States. Mr. Ponte is the past president of the Atlantic Beach Estates Association and past president of the La Salle Military Academy Alumni Association.

President of the Dover Group in Freeport, Mr. Yamali, a lifelong resident of Nassau County, is a entrepreneur in the Long Island catering and restaurant industry. Mr. Yamali also served on the board of the American Red Cross and Pronto of Long Island. He is the past president of the Merrick Union Free School District Board and an Honorary Chief of the Island Park Fire Department, his hometown fire department.

The members of South Nassau’s board of directors are volunteers who lend their professional, private-sector expertise and experience to provide oversight and input into the hospital’s operations. There are currently 20 board members, all of whom actively help raise money to fund hospital projects and also serve on various board committees that provide strategic insight and review of hospital functions, such as finance, building and development.



Arturo Camacho, MD

Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, NuHealth/NUMC’s President/CEO, announced that Arturo Camacho, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, has joined the Department of Surgery at the Nassau University Medical Center.

Dr. Camacho earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with honors (AOA) and his doctorate in neurophysiology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and received epilepsy training from the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic. He is the full-time neurosurgeon at NUMC. He will cover the outpatient practices, the operating rooms, consults and will have some on-call responsibilities. He is also the designated neurosurgery liaison for NUMC’s trauma program.



Joseph Milano, MD

Joseph Milano, MD, Medical Director of Northwell Health’s House Calls program, was named House Call Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) at the group’s annual meeting last month in Rosemont, IL.

The AAHCM House Call Physician of the Year recognizes one home care physician nationwide who provides the highest quality of services and innovative programs and who demonstrates excellent and continued dedication to the field of home care medicine.

Dr. Milano has headed Northwell’s House Calls program since 2014. He provides direct care and supervises a multidisciplinary staff to deliver health care to vulnerable and frail elderly patients in their homes in Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as Queens.

Before joining Northwell’s House Calls, Dr. Milano was chief of palliative medicine at Huntington Hospital from 2010-2014. He also worked in the psychiatry and substance abuse field at Holliswood Hospital in Queens and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

Board-certified in palliative and hospice care and internal medicine, Dr. Milano earned his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical Center and a fellowship in palliative medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. In 2015, Dr. Milano was named an under-40 inspirational leader in hospice and palliative medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

Dr. Milano is a member of the AAHPM, the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, and serves as eastern regional chairman for Northwell Health’s Palliative Committee.


Northwell Health has appointed veteran finance executives Richard Miller and Michele Cusack to lead business strategy and finance operations for the $11 billion clinical, academic and research enterprise.

Mr. Miller has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Business Strategy Officer while Ms. Cusack will manage finance operations as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Miller will oversee revenue optimization, financial strategies that match our organizational strategies and commercial investments. Ms. Cusack will be responsible for all financial reporting, financial planning, budgeting for the entire health system and treasury services, as well as internal auditing.

They succeed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Shapiro, who is retiring after 17 years in the post and more than three decades of service to the health system.

Mr. Miller was CFO for NYU Hospitals Center prior to joining Northwell in 2008. He has risen to become deputy CFO of business strategy and senior vice president overseeing value-based payment arrangements, contracting and business development strategies, payer relations and contract negotiations. He will remain chair of the Northwell Health Plans Holding Company. He received a BBA from Bernard Baruch College and earned an MBA from the Stern School of Business of New York University.

Ms. Cusack, a certified public accountant who has been part of the health system since 1996, was promoted last year to deputy CFO and senior vice president of finance. She has managed corporate financial reporting, budgeting, cash management and tax management, as well as the planning, development and implementation of our financial policies, strategies and operational standards. She holds a BBA and MBA from Hofstra University, serves as an administrator on the Northwell Board of Trustees’ finance and audit committees, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business.