People in the News

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) announces that the following physicians have joined their network of healthcare professionals.


Shabeer Dar, MD

Shabeer Dar, MD, has practiced in the United States, as well as overseas. He received his bachelor’s degree of medicine and surgery from the University of Kashmir. He completed a residency in otorhinolaryngology and a Rotary Internship for Internal Medicine Surgery at SMHS Hospital in India. Dr. Dar worked as an assistant surgeon for the Government Hospitals in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir and was also appointed as a Demonstrator for the Department of Biochemistry at the Government Medical Colleges in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

In the U.S., Dr. Dar completed his fellowship in medical oncology at Northshore University Hospital and received other fellowship training at Interfaith Medical Center. He completed his residency at Wyckoff Heights Hospital.


Lynn Ratner, MD

Lynn Ratner, MD, is an American Board of Internal Medicine-certified medical oncologist and has been practicing for the past 46 years. He serves as an Educational Coordinator of Medical Oncology at Lennox Hill Hospital and as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Neoplastic Diseases at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Ratner is a member of many prominent medical organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Physicians and New York Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Ratner has 22 recent publications, including “Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Breast Cancer,” “Epidermic Erythema Infectiosum in Adjuntas” and “Complications of Smallpox Vaccination: Surveillance During an Island–Wide Program in Puerto Rico.”


Leno Thomas, MD

Leno Thomas, MD, completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, McKeesport Hospital, and her subspecialty training in hematology-oncology at the University of Maryland. During her residency, she was named Intern of the Year and Resident Researcher of the Year. Among her scholarly activities, Dr. Thomas has had multiple medical articles featured in the American Journal of HematologyThe International Journal of Cancer Therapy and OncologyThe Journal of Thoracic Oncology and The Journal of Clinical Oncology.

In addition to her experience at Hudson Valley Medical Center, Dr. Thomas chaired the Tumor Board and Cancer Committee and structured a working committee at St. Mary’s Hospital in Illinois. She also served as Medical Director of Oncology for three years at Redington Fairview General Hospital in Maine.



Peter Scaminaci, MBA, MS

Mercy Medical Center has named Peter Scaminaci, MBA, MS, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Scaminaci will oversee hospital operations, including day-to-day administrative and budgetary initiatives.

He has more than 20 years of experience providing successful leadership in finance management, strategic corporate planning and operations management. He comes to Mercy from St. Joseph Hospital, where he currently serves as EVP and CAO and will remain in that role. Both hospitals are members of Catholic Health Services.

Scaminaci holds two master’s degrees from St. Joseph’s College: a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science with a focus on healthcare management. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s College. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Healthcare Radiology Administrators.



Jeannine Nonaillada, PhD

Occupational therapist Jeannine Nonaillada, PhD, Assistant Dean of Curriculum & Faculty Development at NYU Winthrop Hospital, has been chosen for the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows for 2019. Dr. Nonaillada is one of 17 individuals to receive this honor for 2019. She is being recognized for her clinical excellence and visionary leadership in gerontology and will be honored at an award ceremony in April.

Dr. Nonaillada holds an advanced master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University as well as a PhD in social work: aging from Fordham University. She began her clinical career as an occupational therapist in 2001, followed by positions at two area medical centers before joining NYU Winthrop in 2016. In her current role at NYU Winthrop, Dr. Nonaillada combines her passion for teaching effective clinical education with promoting scholarly advancement of healthcare providers in the hospital setting.

The author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, Dr. Nonaillada has been invited to speak to various clinical audiences on topics pertaining to occupational therapy, fall prevention and the geriatric population. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Educational Research Association, Gerontology Professionals of Long Island and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association, among others.



Stacey E. Rosen, MD

Stacey E. Rosen, MD, Vice President for the Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health and Professor of Cardiology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, was honored with the Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award at the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) 2018 Scientific Session in Chicago.

Sponsored by the AHA’s Council on Clinical Cardiology, the award recognizes individuals who have an outstanding record of effectively mentoring female cardiologists and underscores the importance of mentoring in the professional development of women.

This year, Dr. Rosen co-authored the book Heart Smart for Women, Six S.T.E.P.S. in Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living, which empowers women of all ages with a comprehensive program for heart-healthy living.

Dr. Rosen is a graduate of the six-year medical program at Boston University School of Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and AHA.



Virginia Peragallo- Dittko, RN, BC-ADM

NYU Winthrop Hospital announces that Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at NYU Winthrop Hospital, has been chosen for one of the nursing profession’s highest honors — induction into the American Academy of Nursing’s 2018 Class of Fellows. Peragallo-Dittko is one of only 195 distinguished nurse leaders from across the globe to be selected for this elite group.

Peragallo-Dittko is a highly respected nurse of 40 years. In leading the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at NYU Winthrop Hospital as Executive Director, Peragallo-Dittko works with nearly every specialty of the Hospital. She is a longtime proponent of educating not only the public but also the medical community about diabetes and prediabetes. In addition, she has demonstrated national leadership in forming policy and practice in diabetes prevention, management and education, and has been the recipient of several large grants for her work, including funding by the National Institutes of Health.

Peragallo-Dittko has served as the author and Editor-in-Chief of a landmark textbook, and she was the first Associate Editor of The Diabetes Educator journal. In addition, she holds the prestigious distinction of being the only recipient of both the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes by the American Diabetes Association and Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators — two elite national awards.


Middletown Medical has announced the appointment of endocrinologist Padma Raghavan Pillai, MD, to its growing team at the Brookside Avenue office located in Chester, New York.

Dr. Pillai earned her medical degree from the Academy of Medical Sciences in India and completed her residency in internal medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. She completed her endocrinology fellowship at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York.

She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Thyroid Association.


Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Professor David Eidelberg, MD, won the fourth annual Bachmann-Strauss Prize for Excellence in Dystonia Research. Dr. Eidelberg received an unrestricted $100,000 grant for his use of innovative brain-imaging techniques and computational algorithms to better understand the pathophysiology of this disorder and its treatment. Michael J. Fox and Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), presented the prize at an MJFF event in New York City.

Presented as part of the partnership between the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation and MJFF, the Bachmann-Strauss Prize broadens public awareness and recognizes key scientific discoveries in dystonia. The prize honors dystonia researchers for key scientific discoveries and provides incentive for the next generation of investigators to continue forging paths toward cures.