People in the News

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Catholic Health Services (CHS) has named Scott Orstad Vice President of Marketing. He will focus on brand development, enhancing digital strategy, market research and planning and strategic direction for promotion and advertising.


Scott Orstad, VP of Marketing, CHS

Before joining CHS, Orstad was Director of Marketing at Nuvance Health, a seven-hospital system with locations in western Connecticut and New York’s Hudson Valley. He led rebranding efforts and directed a comprehensive marketing program for the health system and clinical service lines.

With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing, Orstad has also held marketing positions at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in White Plains, and Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT.

A resident of Stamford, Orstad has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut.


Ardeshir (Art) Rastinehad, DO, has been named Vice Chair of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital and System Director of Prostate Cancer at Northwell Health. He has also joined Northwell Health’s Cancer Institute, one of the largest cancer programs in the New York metropolitan area, which offers nationally recognized prostate cancer experts and other leading oncology specialists in 25 medical areas.


Ardeshir (Art) Rastinehad, DO, Vice Chair of Urology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Dr. Rastinehad specializes in the surgical management of prostate, kidney, adrenal and testicular cancer.

Dr. Rastinehad returns to Northwell after serving as Director of Focal Therapy and Interventional Urologic Oncology and Associate Professor of Urology at Mount Sinai for the past five years. Prior to that, he was Director of Interventional Urologic Oncology at North Shore-LIJ’s (now Northwell’s) Smith Institute for Urology and Assistant Professor of Urology and Radiology at what is now the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

After earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Dr. Rastinehad received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in urology at the Smith Institute for Urology. Dr. Rastinehad then pursued a fellowship in accelerated interventional and vascular radiology at the North Shore-LIJ Health System followed by a fellowship in urologic oncology and image guided urology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).



Suman Reejsinghani, MD

New York Health is proud to announce that board-certified neurologist Suman Reejsinghani, MD, will be joining its team of dedicated physicians. Dr. Reejsinghani will be practicing at 108-37 71st Ave, Suite 2, Forest Hills.

After completing his residency in neurology at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, Dr. Reejsinghani continued with his fellowship in EEG and EMG at SUNY Downstate University in Brooklyn. He began his practice in 1988 with Queens-Long Island Medical Group. Dr. Reejsinghani is “excited to bring his expertise to an up-and-coming and successful group with multiple specialties.”


Mercy Medical Center has named Baraa Allaf, MD, Section Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM). Dr. Baraa is double board certified in obstetrics/gynecology and MFM. He specializes in caring for mothers who experience high-risk pregnancies.


Baraa Allaf, MD

Dr. Allaf joins Mercy from NYU Winthrop Hospital where he served as an MFM physician. He also held a position as Associate Clinical Professor in obstetrics/gynecology at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.

Dr. Allaf earned his medical degree at the University of Aleppo and completed his residency at The State University of New York at Buffalo. He also completed fellowships at Stony Brook University Hospital and NY Winthrop Hospital. He is a recipient of several awards, including the Haluk Caglar, M.D. Award for Excellence in Gynecologic Oncology from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


Susan Maltser, DO, has been appointed Glen Cove Hospital’s Rehabilitation Medicine Department Chair.


Susan Maltser, DO

Dr. Maltser, Vice Chair of Northwell Health’s physical medicine and rehabilitation, specializes in treating cancer patients who require rehabilitation services, including those with lymphedema, post-mastectomy pain and shoulder pain. She is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at New York University School of Medicine and her internship at Long Beach Medical Center. In addition to her role at Glen Cove Hospital, Dr. Maltser is an Assistant Professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Both Glen Cove Hospital’s inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs have received a national ranking in the 90th percentile for overall care and the likelihood to recommend, according to Press Ganey survey results.



Felipe Castorena, MD

Phelps Hospitalist Felipe Castorena, MD, has been recognized for his volunteer work in underserved communities with the Humanitarian Award at the Northwell Health Hospitalist Medicine Academic Summit. He was nominated by fellow hospitalist Falguni Kalra, MD, and was selected as the award recipient by the Northwell Health service line. Dr. Castorena, of Manhattan, traveled to the Dominican Republic with the Dr. Almanzar Foundation. The Foundation helps the underserved by providing medical care ranging from vaccine administration to medical check-ups and surgeries.

Dr. Castorena obtained his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico as well as through a pre-internship at New York Medical College at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island. He completed his internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Queens Hospital Center and joined Phelps in 2017.


Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP (MCB) is pleased to announce the promotion of four talented attorneys to the team of partners. Each has demonstrated outstanding legal skill and dedication to their clients.

Michael F. Bastone joined MCB in 2014 and is a resident in the firm’s White Plains office. He focuses his practice on the defense of medical malpractice, dental malpractice and product liability matters, defending client physicians, dentists, medical groups, hospitals and healthcare systems. Bastone is a member of the firm’s Publications Committee and frequently publishes in the firm’s newsletter, Defense Practice Update, as well as MD News. Bastone has prior experience handling mass tort and multidistrict litigation involving complex products liability matters, along with malpractice defense work. Bastone received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from Fordham Law School. He has an advanced graduate certificate in pharmaceutical and medical device law and compliance from Seton Hall University Law School.

Jayne L. Brayer joined MCB as Of Counsel in 2016 in the firm’s White Plains Office. Brayer has more than 27 years of medical malpractice experience, including extensive trial experience. Brayer focuses her practice on the defense of medical malpractice, dental malpractice and product liability matters, defending client physicians, dentists, medical groups, hospitals and healthcare systems. Brayer began her legal career as a Bronx Assistant District Attorney and has worked both in-house and in law firms. Prior to returning to MCB, Brayer was a field litigation attorney at Liberty Mutual. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College for approximately 20 years, teaching Constitutional Law, Introduction to Rules of Evidence and other undergraduate prelaw and paralegal studies courses. Brayer obtained her J.D. from Pace University School of Law, and her B.A. from Temple University.

Conrad A. Chayes, Jr. joined the firm in 2018 in the New York City office. Chayes is an accomplished attorney with extensive experience; he defends client physicians, hospitals, healthcare delivery systems and premier academic medical centers in medical malpractice matters. He has experience handling a full caseload of medical, dental, hospital and nursing home malpractice defense actions, as well as healthcare, large residential and municipal facilities and entities in general liability matters. He also has experience defending medical and dental practitioners in licensing and disciplinary matters before the New York Office of Professional Medical Conduct and of the Office of Professional Discipline. Chayes received his B.S. from Siena College and his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. While at Siena College, Chayes clerked for a top-ranked law firm in London.

Elizabeth Sandonato joined the firm as Of Counsel in 2017 in the firm’s Long Island Office. She is a highly accomplished civil litigation attorney specializing in medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and general negligence law for more than 16 years. An experienced strategist with an exceptional ability to identify case issues, strategize defense and obtain successful and pragmatic outcomes, Sandonato successfully brings matters to resolution through mediations and settlements and has a very high summary judgment motion success rate. She has obtained multiple defense verdicts in various counties in New York throughout her career, and has argued in the appellate division. Sandonato brings risk management experience from the client’s perspective to the MCB team. Sandonato received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and her B.A. from Binghamton University.