People in the News

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Karen B. Corbett

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP announced three new partners of the firm effective Jan. 1. Karen B. Corbett is a seasoned attorney with over 20 years of experience as a defense attorney, specializing in all areas of medical malpractice litigation and nursing home negligence. She represents major teaching hospitals, physicians and medical professionals in medical malpractice actions. Corbett also has extensive nursing home defense experience and podiatric malpractice experience. She has successfully defended a prominent dental school in New York, as well as dentists, oral surgeons, podiatrists, chiropractors and nurses. Corbett received her J.D. in 1996 from Brooklyn Law School and her Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University, where she graduated cum laude. Corbett is admitted to practice before the state courts of New York, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is also an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Aisling M. McAllister

Aisling M. McAllister is a counselor and litigator with the firm’s Employment & Labor practice group. She represents clients on employment related issues ranging from discrimination and harassment to violations of all state and federal wage and hour laws in a wide variety of industries including health care, hospitality, staffing, accounting and retail. McAllister successfully represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the New York state and New York City anti-discrimination agencies. She provides vigorous defense in federal and state courts in employment actions, and manages complex and often contentious discovery. McAllister received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Rutgers College in 1999 and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, with International Moot Court Honors, in 2008. McAllister is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In 2017, McAllister was selected to the Irish Legal 100’s Irish Rising Stars as published in the Irish Voice.

Samantha E. Shaw

Samantha E. Shaw focuses her practice on defending doctors, physician practice groups, and teaching hospitals and premiere academic medical centers in malpractice matters. Throughout her career at the firm, Shaw has been involved in all aspects of litigation defense, including motion practice, defending depositions and extensive courtroom experience. Shaw also assists with the associate training program at the firm and serves as a mentor to new associates. Shaw received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from New York University in 2006 and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2009. Shaw currently sits on Martin Clearwater & Bell’s Publication Committee. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP is one of the oldest and largest professional liability firms in New York, focusing on defense litigation. The firm has been recognized by Best Lawyers since inception as a Metropolitan Tier 1 — New York City “Best Law Firm”. The firm which has offices in Manhattan, Nassau County, Westchester County, Rochester, New York, Roseland, New Jersey and Stamford, Connecticut is recognized by both the bench and bar as a leader in defense areas, and has served the professional community for over 100 years. For more information contact Donna E. Edbril, Esq., Managing Partner through the firm’s website,

Sylvia A. Diaz, PhD, LMSW, ASAC

Sylvia A. Diaz, PhD, LMSW, ASAC, Executive Director of the Suffolk County Community College Foundation, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Mather Hospital.

Diaz oversees all operations of the Suffolk County Community College Foundation, including major, corporate and private donor gift acquisition and alumni relations. In her role, she works closely with the Suffolk County Community College president and all executive leadership to develop, build and manage relationships with both internal and external partners to achieve foundation mission goals and objectives.

She was previously director of development for the foundation and, earlier, regional vice president for the American Cancer Society, Suffolk County. She also is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Science Program in Human Services Leadership at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.

Diaz received her doctorate in Social Welfare and her Masters of Social Work degree from SUNY Stony Brook University. She has a certificate in Parish Social Ministry from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She was named Social Worker of the Year for 2016 by the National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers, and in 2015 received the Unidad Latina Leadership Award from the New York State Senate.

Diaz resides in Smithtown with her wife, Erma.


Mercy Medical Center has appointed Shan Ahmed, DO, MS, FACOEP, FACEP, CHCQM, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs. His extensive background and clinical expertise will help further Mercy’s overall strategic vision for leading-edge expertise, advanced technology and compassionate care.

Previously, Dr. Ahmed was the regional medical director and director of operations for Island Medical Management (IMM) in Hauppauge. IMM provides physician management and staffing services to more than 80 hospitals throughout the U.S. At IMM, Dr. Ahmed managed several emergency departments including those of St. Joseph Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, St. Catherine’s of Siena Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospital.

Dr. Ahmed earned his bachelor’s degree at SUNY Stony Brook and his doctorate at New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM). He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and was on staff there for several years as an attending physician and assistant residency director.

Dr. Ahmed’s teaching experience includes being part of the core faculty in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Good Samaritan. He also was on faculty at the NYITCOM. Dr. Ahmed has delivered many lectures at medical conventions locally and nationally. In addition, he served as chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee for many years for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.

Haichao Wang, PhD

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Professor Haichao Wang, PhD, received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to continue his search to identify different proteins associated with sepsis, which could lead to a targeted treatment for the condition. This is the fourth NIH grant since 2002 that Wang has received for sepsis research.

Wang and his team will be examining the levels of TTN and HMGB1 in mice to map the different ways TTN and HMGB1 are interacting to increase or reduce the inflammation related to sepsis.

John Lyddane

Dorf & Nelson LLP announced today that noted medical malpractice defense litigator John Lyddane has joined the firm as a partner. Lyddane will head up Dorf & Nelson’s Medical Malpractice Defense Group in New York. He joins from Martin Clearwater & Bell.

Lyddane has tried well over 250 cases to dismissal or verdict. His cases have included malpractice claims and product liability as well as general commercial litigation, usually with a highly technical factual component. He is also a widely published and frequent speaker on professional liability and risk management topics.

His wide-ranging roster of corporate clients has included hospitals, insurance carriers, product manufacturers, large residential landlords, municipalities and the state of New York. He also has represented numerous prominent individual defendants including physicians at teaching hospitals, other attorneys and engineers. Additionally, he has served as national claims counsel for two corporate suppliers of medical services.

Lyddane holds a J.D. from Syracuse University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Rochester.

Ona E. Bloom, PhD

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Associate Professor Ona E. Bloom, PhD, uncovered that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injuries. These findings, published online in the Journal of Neurotrauma, are a first step to understanding and developing better interventions for infections in people with spinal cord injury, which is the leading cause of death in these individuals.

South Nassau Communities Hospital recently appointed Rockville Centre pulmonologist Frank Coletta, MD, FCCP, Co-chair of its prestigious President’s Club. Comprised of more than 350 physicians, local business leaders, and South Nassau administrators, staff and board members, the President’s Club has been at the forefront of leadership and philanthropy at South Nassau. In addition to serving as its Medical Staff President and Co-Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Coletta holds numerous leadership positions at South Nassau including Co-director, Respiratory Care Department; Co-director, Center for Sleep Medicine and Board Member of its ACO. He also serves on the hospital’s Ethics Committee, Physicians Advisory Group, EMR Steering Committee, Trauma Committee, and Medical Board. He also has served as chair of the Critical Care Steering and Performance Improvement Committee. Dr. Coletta, who joined South Nassau’s medical staff in July 1996, is board-certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.