People in the News

Friday, September 27, 2019

Matthew Witten, PhD, Chief Physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of CyberKnife Radiosurgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital, is appointed to the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board.

Matthew Witten, PhD, Chief Physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of CyberKnife Radiosurgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital, has been appointed to the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board.

Witten, who received his undergraduate degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University, was invited to serve on this prestigious board for demonstrating a strong commitment to the Krieger School’s mission of creating knowledge through research and scholarship, and educating students through immersion in a collaborative process.

In addition to his roles at NYU Winthrop Hospital, where he has served as a vital member of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery leadership team since 2005, Witten was recently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics at Hofstra University. His current research focuses on the use of computational intelligence and evolutionary methods to solve problems in radiation therapy. He has presented his original research on CyberKnife treatment planning optimization at many international meetings. He regularly serves on the technical review committee for conferences on computational intelligence led by IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.

Witten is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and is board-certified in the subspecialty of therapeutic radiologic physics. He earned a PhD from Columbia University in applied physics, with a concentration in medical physics. He also received two master’s degrees from Columbia University in applied physics and completed his clinical training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Witten is a member of the Radiosurgery Society, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, American Brachytherapy Society and IEEE.



The Northwell Health Cancer Institute has appointed Noah D. Kauff, MD, Chief of Cancer Genetics for the health system.

The Northwell Health Cancer Institute has appointed Noah D. Kauff, MD, Chief of Cancer Genetics for the health system. He joined the Cancer Institute on Aug. 14.

Dr. Kauff, a gynecologist and geneticist, has specialized in cancer genetics for 20 years. Prior to joining Northwell, he served as Director of Clinical Cancer Genetics at Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, North Carolina, part of Duke University Health System. From 2006–2015, Dr. Kauff directed the Ovarian Cancer Screening and Prevention program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in Manhattan. He also was an attending physician for MSK’s Clinical Genetics and Gynecology Services.

In his role at the Northwell Cancer Institute, Dr. Kauff will provide leadership, strategy and management of cancer genetics, incorporating clinical care, research and education across the health system’s cancer centers. Dr. Kauff also will help integrate cutting-edge understanding of the molecular basis of individual cancers to provide more targeted therapy to Northwell’s oncology patients as well as better characterize cancer risks and methods to reduce these risks in patients with a family history of cancer. Dr. Kauff also will be appointed Professor of OB/GYN at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Dr. Kauff received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency at New York Medical College and his fellowship in clinical genetics from MSK/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is a Fellow of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of several medical organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, among others.



Neil Foley joins NYCBS as a Physician Liaison.

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) welcomes Neil Foley, a talented and experienced pharmaceutical representative, to its city team. Foley will bring over 21 years of experience and pharmaceutical expertise. He will work out of NYCBS’ Bronx, Manhattan and Queens locations.

As a trusted source in the medical community for physicians and medical professionals, Foley has truly unmatched experience. He served as a top-tier anti-psychosis representative for over 20 years, promoting growth and sales for several pharmaceutical companies, such as Sunovion and AstraZeneca, which included increasing profit margins.

Foley has been a Councilman for the Town of Brookhaven for five years, addressing and solving multiple issues concerning the community.

His main task has been to treat physicians and patients as his own family.

“I’m excited to join an organization that strives every day to better people’s lives,” Foley says. “To work for this organization is an incredible opportunity.”

He will work alongside NYCBS’ Tina Toulon, spouse of Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, as they continue to grow NYCBS’ practice.

Foley holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the College of Misericordia.


Jeremy Mutschler is appointed Senior Marketing Director of NYCBS.

NYCBS also welcomes Jeremy Mutschler, an experienced marketing expert, as its Senior Director of Marketing. Mutschler will oversee NYCBS’ activities in marketing, advertising, promotions, events and public relations.

As Senior Marketing Director, he will optimize NYCBS’ marketing campaigns by developing a multitier approach of integrated campaigns to further promote our unique level of patient care and expand our reach throughout Long Island and New York.

Mutschler’s marketing experience is truly unmatched as the founder of Promotion Associates Inc. and managing partner for more than 20 years. In addition, he served as Director of Operations for International Student Exchange, a nonprofit organization that places high school students from more than 40 countries around the world with volunteer host families throughout the United States.

Mutschler earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. John’s University and an MBA with a concentration in marketing management from Dowling College. Additionally, he taught marketing and advertising as an Adjunct Professor.



Tracy Thorn, RN

Ricardo Cruz, MD

John Tamberlane, co‑founder and Vice Chairman, Signature Bank

Signature Bank co-founder and Vice Chairman John Tamberlane will be the honoree of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s 2019 Soirée Under the Stars gala to be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at The Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor, New York.

The hospital also will honor Ricardo “Eric” Cruz, MD, Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Tracy Thorn, RN, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, who will be presented with the hospital’s Mary Pearson and Cupola awards, respectively. The Mary Pearson Award, named in honor of the hospital’s founding administrator, is presented annually to an individual for extraordinary effort and individual contributions that significantly advance the hospital’s commitment to the community. The Cupola Award, established in 2015, honors a deserving hospital employee who goes above and beyond his or her duties and lives by the hospital mission to promote excellence in health care.

Funds raised at the Soirée will support the hospital’s Emergency Department expansion that will nearly double the size of the Oceanside Emergency Department, which was built to serve 35,000 patient visits annually. The renovation and expansion — which are already underway — will accommodate the more than 80,000 patient visits expected each year and establish dedicated treatment areas for pediatric and behavioral health patients.



Tina Toulon joins NYCBS as a Physician Liaison.

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) welcomes Tina Toulon, an accomplished expert in sales and relationship-building, as a Physician Liaison to its Long Island team. Toulon will be responsible for NYCBS’ Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Toulon holds skills in collaborative selling and account management, with a focus on health care and insurance. She will focus on building relationships with referring physicians, as well as educating healthcare professionals about the mission of NYCBS, and will be one of two physician liaisons for its practice. Toulon is the spouse of Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, a two-time cancer survivor.

“I bring enthusiasm, a longtime background in relationship-building and sales, fresh ideas on how to tackle challenges, and dedication to both NYCBS and the people in our community,” Toulon says.

She previously served as Account Director at Epsilon Data Solutions, managing the Healthcare and Financial Services market. She also was President and founder of The Catamount Group, spearheading the profitable marketing agency into an innovative multichannel provider. In addition, Toulon served as Vice President of Sales of eWayDirect and LSC/LSC Digital, acting as a key catalyst in building successful marketing campaigns for its clients.