People in the News

Monday, July 29, 2019

Christi Kim, MD

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists announces the appointment of Christi Kim, MD, to the Clinical Practice Committee of the Society of Gynecological Oncology (SGO). The SGO is a premier nonprofit organization advancing the research and education of gynecologic cancers. The Committee addresses multidisciplinary management issues impacting the care of women with these pressing issues.

Dr. Kim has been practicing gynecologic oncology the past nine years, caring for hundreds of patients amid great advances.

“It is a rapidly evolving and challenging field,” Dr. Kim says. “In recent years, there were many exciting clinical trials, some changing the paradigm of daily practice. We take care of many patients with advanced gynecologic cancers who were deemed ‘terminal’ in the not-so-distant past. However, with recent advances in our field, many women today are living their lives with much-improved quality and a greater life expectancy, much akin to those with other chronic illnesses that are well-maintained. This improvement makes it extremely gratifying to work as an oncologist, taking care of patients and guiding them and their family through the difficult journey of fighting cancer.”

Dr. Kim earned her medical degree from St. George’s University. She completed both her chief residency and fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook University Hospital.



Anthony Ardito, MD, Vice President of the Primary Care Service Line

Catholic Health Services (CHS) named Anthony Ardito, MD, Vice President of the Primary Care Service Line. In this new role, Dr. Ardito will oversee the system’s owned primary care practices and will focus on growth, quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.

Dr. Ardito comes to CHS from ProHEALTH Care, where he was one of the original founding providers and served as Chief Medical Officer. During this time, ProHEALTH’s ACO was ranked one of the top three ACOs in the country in quality and cost savings. Also, Dr. Ardito was Chair of ProHEALTH’s Department of Medicine, where he developed quality and utilization protocols designed to improve care and reduce costs in primary care and the other medical subspecialties.

Dr. Ardito earned his medical degree from George Washington University, and he completed his medical residency at North Shore University Hospital. He resides in Huntington.



Northwell Health President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Dowling

Northwell Health President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Dowling has been named to the Top CEOs in 2019 list by the job and recruiting site Glassdoor, which compiled voluntary employee feedback from thousands of companies to rank America’s 100 best leaders.

Dowling joined Northwell in 1995 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer after 12 years in New York state government, overseeing health and human services in the administration of former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, including serving as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services. In 2002, he was named President and CEO of Northwell, which has since grown to become a clinical, academic and research enterprise that includes 23 hospitals, more than 750 outpatient facilities, medical and nursing schools, a nationally recognized research institute — Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research — and more than 69,000 employees, the state’s largest private-sector workforce.



Alan D. Garely, MD, FACOG, FACS

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) announces that Alan D. Garely, MD, FACOG, FACS, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at South Nassau and Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, will serve as a subspecialty board examiner for ABOG’s Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery certification. ABOG is the certifying body for 45,000 diplomates in the United States and Canada and oversees a continuous Maintenance of Certification process.

Dr. Garely also serves as a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is active in its accredited fellowship program. A highly regarded international lecturer and author, Dr. Garely is a member of numerous professional societies and also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Urogynecologic Society. Prior to being named South Nassau’s Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in October 2012, Dr. Garely was the Director of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as well as South Nassau. Dr. Garely completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York. His fellowship training was completed at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York/University of Connecticut and Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans.



Susan Spencer, Editor-in-Chief of Woman’s Day magazine, presents Tara Narula, MD, with the Excellence in Media Award.

Tara Narula, MD, cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and CBS News medical contributor, was recently honored with the Excellence in Media Award by WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease at the organization’s 2019 Wenger Awards ceremony in Washington. The patient-centered organization, which works to raise awareness of cardiovascular issues in women, recognized Dr. Narula for her health advocacy work in television.

Drawing on her medical background, Dr. Narula has helped garner attention and support for women’s cardiovascular issues, which often go unrecognized, misdiagnosed or untreated. In addition to reporting weekly on CBS This Morning’s Morning Rounds, Dr. Narula contributes to CBS Evening NewsCBS Sunday MorningO, The Oprah Magazine and CBS Radio.

After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in economics and biology, Dr. Narula founded her own small business, Sun Juice Inc. She went on to earn her medical degree at USC Keck School of Medicine, which she completed with Alpha Omega Alpha Society honors. Dr. Narula pursued her residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University and her fellowship training in cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center before joining Lenox Hill Hospital in 2010.



Surgical oncologist Rajiv Datta, MD, was presented with a Long Island Business News Achievement in Health Care Award.

Surgical oncologist Rajiv Datta, MD, was recently presented a Long Island Business News Achievement in Health Care Award for his tireless contributions to ensure the well-being of the Long Island community.

Dr. Datta is Chair of the Department of Surgery and Medical Director of the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital and has the distinction of holding three fellowships, as a fellow of the International College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Datta is also a member of the editorial board of International Surgery, the official journal of the International College of Surgeons, and served as President of the Nassau County Surgical Society in 2009.

A graduate of Grant Medical College in Bombay, India, Dr. Datta has trained at some of the most prestigious surgical oncology and head and neck surgery programs in the world, including Tata Memorial Hospital, the largest cancer center in Asia, and the UK’s Royal College of Surgeons. Following his stay at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Datta continued his training with a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This was followed by an opportunity for a dual fellowship in head and neck oncology and surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.



Charles H. Thorne, MD

Charles H. Thorne, MD, Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, has been elected President of The Aesthetic Society at the organization’s annual meeting in New Orleans. The Aesthetic Society is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to education, safety and ethics in aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.

Dr. Thorne will spearhead a team that will focus on numerous significant endeavors, including enhancing aesthetic education programs for members and the public, completing the Society’s rebranding initiative and overseeing robust data collection efforts that would set the organization apart as a front-runner in aesthetic medicine research.

After earning an undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, Dr. Thorne joined the Peace Corps and taught science in Ghana, West Africa, for two years. Upon his return to the U.S., he enrolled at UCLA School of Medicine, where he spent an additional year pursuing a fellowship in pathology and performing research in immunology before he received his medical degree.