People in the News

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP is proud to announce that 11 partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Super Lawyers listing. Eight partners have been selected to Super Lawyers and three partners have been selected to the Rising Stars listing by Super Lawyers.

For more than 10 years, Bruce G. HabianAnthony M. SolaErik J. KapnerJeffrey A. ShorSean F.X. DuganPeter T. Crean and Kenneth R. Larywon have been selected for inclusion in New York Metro Super Lawyers under the primary practice area of Medical Malpractice Defense. Gregory J. Radomisli has been selected for inclusion since 2010.

The partners have also been selected for inclusion in a variety of other practice areas, including:

  • Personal Injury–Medical Malpractice Defense: Bruce G. Habian, Anthony M. Sola, Erik J. Kapner, Jeff L. Lawton, Sean F.X. Dugan, Jeffrey A. Shor, Peter T. Crean, Kenneth R. Larywon and Gregory J. Radomisli
  • Health Care: Anthony M. Sola, Peter T. Crean, Kenneth R. Larywon
  • Personal Injury–Products: Bruce G. Habian, Anthony M. Sola and Erik J. Kapner
  • Civil Rights: Gregory J. Radomisli
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense: Gregory J. Radomisli
  • Personal Injury–General: Defense: Jeffrey A. Shor
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Sean F.X. Dugan

Partners Ryan T. Cox and Francesca L. Mountain were included for the third year in 2019 New York Metro Rising Stars listing in the area of Personal Injury: Medical Malpractice: Defense. Ryan T. Cox is also included in the listing for Labor & Employment: Employer.

The firm congratulates Partner Samantha E. Shaw, who was selected this year for inclusion to 2019 New York Metro Rising Stars in the area of Personal Injury–Medical Malpractice: Defense.

Jared Dunkin, MD

New York Imaging Specialists is proud to announce that Jared Dunkin, MD, will be joining its team of dedicated radiologists. He is board-certified in neuroradiology.

Dr. Dunkin started his career at NY Imaging Specialists because of the treatment he received at NY Cancer & Blood Specialists. “As a former patient, I have seen first-hand the care they give to their patients,” Dr. Dunkin says. “Their care and compassion inspired me to provide the same care I received from them. I pledge to treat each patient like my own family.”

Dr. Dunkin was inspired to study medicine from his siblings. “Medicine runs in my family,” Dr. Dunkin says. “My brother is a physician and my sister is a nurse. Seeing them pursue their passion inspired me to pursue mine, too.”

Dr. Dunkin earned his medical degree and completed his internship and diagnostic radiological residency at SUNY Stony Brook. He finished his neuroradiology fellowship at Yale University’s Department of Radiology.

Prior to coming to NY Imaging Specialists, Dr. Dunkin served as the Program Director for John T. Mather Memorial Hospital’s radiology department and was appointed as an Assistant Professor at SUNY Stony Brook Hospital.

For seven years, Edna K. Kapenhas, MD, Director of Breast Surgery and Medical Director of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, has been bringing healthcare specialists to the Dominican Republic to provide breast cancer screening, diagnosis and surgical treatment to those in need. This February, her team includes 26 medical professionals including radiologists, anesthesiologists, sonographers, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nurse assistants and a second breast surgeon, all of whom who have volunteered their services to the International Breast Cancer Surgical Mission of Southampton, which was founded by Dr. Kapenhas in 2012 as part of the Island Impact Ministries.

A Masquerade Ball fundraiser was held in Southampton to help underwrite the cost of the program. All proceeds will help fund surgeries, anesthesia, overnight hospital stays, biopsies, pathology costs, medications, supplies, chemotherapy and other medical expenses. The team would also be grateful for the donation of new or gently used wigs or prosthetic items, which are being collected at The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center in Stony Brook Southampton Hospital through February 6.

Island Impact Ministries is a U.S-registered, 501(c) nonprofit organization established in 2003 and dedicated to providing much-needed medical, educational, spiritual and construction assistance to the people of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Image of 2019 team (L–R): Meriz Yliana Guzman Cabrera, patient navigator (Island Impact employee); Edna Kapenhas, MD, breast surgeon; patient; Christina Wolchok, DO, surgical resident; and Michael Valdes
Photo courtesy of Edna Kapenhas, MD.

Charles (Chuck) Vanek named CAO of Maryhaven Center of Hope

Catholic Health Services has named Charles (Chuck) Vanek Chief Administrative Officer of Maryhaven Center of Hope. Most recently serving as Maryhaven’s Chief Operating Officer, Vanek has been an integral part of the Maryhaven community for more than 30 years. He first joined Maryhaven in 1989 as Program Supervisor for the Children’s Residential School. In the years that followed, the Coram resident has held key positions including Director of Community-Based Services and Assistant Vice President of Program Services, Educational and Residential.

Located in Port Jefferson, Maryhaven’s vision is to improve, enrich and respect the lives of people with special needs. The highly trained staff works to advance each person to their highest potential by encouraging all aspects of growth with a commitment to creating opportunities and delivering quality services throughout life’s journey.

As CAO, Vanek says he will work to further enhance Maryhaven’s Foundation and fundraising efforts with the goal of broadening the scope of Maryhaven in the community. Also, he plans to maintain his focus on developing ways to further strengthen staff retention.

Vanek has a master’s degree in healthcare management and policy from New York University and a bachelor’s in behavioral sciences from New York Institute of Technology. He succeeds Lewis Grossman, who recently retired after more than 46 years at Maryhaven.

New York Health is proud to announce that Jay B. Adlersberg, MD, a rheumatologist and internist, has joined their team. Dr. Adlersberg has 45 years of experience treating the most severe forms of arthritis and joint disease. His main interests are rheumatoid arthritis, the arthritis of psoriasis, back pain and autoimmune disorders. His expertise is in the use of biologic drugs to treat severe arthritis. He serves on the board of the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Adlersberg is already known to millions of Tri-State residents as the nightly medical reporter for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News, a job he did for 30 years while continuing to practice medicine.

Dr. Adlersberg was educated at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated junior year Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the nation’s oldest medical school and one of its most prestigious. He completed a coveted residency at the country’s most respected city hospital and training ground for clinical medicine, the Bellevue Hospital Center of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. Dr. Adlersberg did his fellowship in rheumatology and immunology as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Irvington House Institute of NYU Medical Center under the guidance of the late Edward C. Franklin, MD, a world-renowned immunologist and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Amishi Desai, MD

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists is proud to welcome Amishi Desai, MD, to its team. Dr. Desai is board-certified in hematology and oncology, as well as internal medicine. As such, she covers a full scope of services, while also maintaining a particular interest in lung cancer. In addition, she has done extensive research in venous thromboembolic disease and the use of novel oral anticoagulants. Dr. Desai will be working at 72 East Main Street in Babylon and 1500 Route 112, Building #4 in Port Jefferson Station.

Dr. Desai earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from JK Medical College and Research Center. She then completed her residency and fellowship at Winthrop-University Hospital. Here she was awarded a first prize in a research trial involving Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and conventional anticoagulants in the use of newly diagnosed venous thromboembolism.

Dr. Desai is fluent in Hindi and enjoys practicing the Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam. She adores spending time with her family and became inspired to pursue a career in medicine when a relative was stricken with cancer.

“At first it made me angry, frustrated and sad. It did, however, further pique my interest in finding a cure for cancer,” Dr. Desai says. “This led me to medicine, and eventually to pursue oncology.”