People in the News

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Carol A. Gomes, MS, FACHE, CPHQ, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH), announced Stony Brook University Interim President, Michael Bernstein, PhD and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD. Gomes has been serving as Chief Operating Officer for SBUH for the past six years and recently took on additional responsibilities as Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Carol A. Gomes, MS, FACHE, CPHQ, appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stony Brook University Hospital

As CEO, Gomes is responsible for Long Island’s premier academic medical center and Suffolk County’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Regional Perinatal Center. With 624 beds, Stony Brook Medicine completed its largest expansion project in 2019 when it opened the Medical and Research Translation (MART) building and Stony Brook University Cancer Center, and the 225,000-square-foot, 150-bed Hospital Pavilion, which includes the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

It was also under Gomes’ leadership that SBUH planned for expansion of its operating rooms and radiology suite, continued the integration of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital into the Stony Brook Medicine Hospital System, led award-winning sustainability efforts, and achieved the hospital’s recent recognition by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for commitment to quality of care and outstanding clinical outcomes, amongst many other honors.

David Rivadeneira, MD, MBA, has been appointed director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Huntington, which has an ongoing commitment to expand access to top-quality, comprehensive cancer care in the region. For the last seven years, Dr. Rivadeneira has led surgical services and colorectal surgery at Huntington Hospital.

David Rivadeneira, MD, MBA

Recognized as a leader in colon and rectal surgery and for his advanced skills in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Rivadeneira has a major interest in laparoscopic and other minimally invasive procedures including advanced robotic procedures for the treatment of colon and rectal diseases, including cancer. He is a professor of surgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, and a masters of business administration degree from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. He completed his surgical residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, Department of Surgery and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he served as chief resident. In addition, he spent two years as a National Institutes of Health-funded research oncology fellow at Cornell University School of Medicine studying cancer immunology. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, in Burlington, MA.

Arun Swaminath, MD, has been named chief of the division of gastroenterology (GI) at Lenox Hill Hospital. He will also continue to serve as director of the inflammatory bowel disease program (IBD), a position he has held since 2013. In his new role, Dr. Swaminath will provide oversight and strategy for the full range of services of the hospital’s gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition programs. He will also work closely with the departments of medicine and surgery to develop and deepen multidisciplinary programs in GI oncology, GI motility, advanced therapeutic endoscopy, integrative gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.

Arun Swaminath, MD

After concluding his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Dr. Swaminath obtained his medical degree from the University of California–San Diego School of Medicine, where he also pursued his internship, residency and gastroenterology fellowship. He went on to complete another specialized fellowship in IBD research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine before joining the staff at NYP/CUMC. He later completed additional coursework in epidemiology and population health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

The Northwell Health Cancer Institute has recruited four nationally-known experts to strengthen its cancer care management, research and oncology surgery.

Catherine Alfano PhD, will serve at the Cancer Institute’s new vice president of cancer care management and research; Stacy Sanchez, DNP, RN, will assume the role of chief nursing officer; Joseph Herman, MD, will become vice chair of clinical informatics for radiation medicine and director of clinical research integration for the cancer institute; and Martin Karpeh, Jr., MD has been named director of surgical oncology for Northwell’s eastern region and chair of the department of surgery at Huntington Hospital.

Dr. Alfano, who joined the Cancer Institute on June 1, will lead and develop an integrated, high-quality cancer survivorship program for Northwell. It will focus on patients’ long-term health and well-being from initial diagnosis to monitoring patients and coordinating comprehensive care with a goal of optimizing outcomes. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in psychology from the University of Memphis, TN. She completed her post-doctoral research fellowship from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and National Cancer Institute-funded Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program, as well as a clinical fellowship in psycho-oncology also at the University of Washington.

Dr. Sanchez will oversee operational performance, fiscal strategy and the consistency of nursing practice throughout all the oncology sites at Northwell, beginning June 15. With nearly 30 years of experience, she has demonstrated success in designing, planning and implementing complex solutions focused on patient and employee satisfaction while ensuring nursing care is delivered in a scientific framework at the highest level. Dr. Sanchez earned her doctor of nursing practice from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ and master of business administration from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY.

Dr. Herman’s leadership will be critical to advancing Northwell’s clinical and translational cancer research and his expertise will fortify our strong radiation medicine program once he assumes his role on July 1. He received his medical degree and masters in epidemiology and preventive medicine from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, MD, and completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. He also holds a master’s in health care management from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business in Baltimore.

Dr. Karpeh, specializes in the surgical management of gastrointestinal cancers. Overseeing surgical oncology for Northwell’s Eastern Region on Long Island, he will direct programs at Huntington Hospital, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and Peconic Bay Medical Center. Dr. Karpeh joined Northwell at the end of April to help colleagues during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Karpeh earned his doctor of medicine from Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University; and completed his residency in general surgery from University Pennsylvania and his fellowship in surgical oncology from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Tara Narula, MD, associate director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Disease Center at Lenox Hill Hospital and assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, has been named senior medical correspondent for CBS News after serving as a CBS This Morning contributor for the past six years. She will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms and will also continue to provide outpatient cardiovascular care at Lenox Hill.

Tara Narula, MD

Dr. Narula, who is board certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and internal medicine, joined Lenox Hill as an attending cardiologist in 2010. She served as director of the cardiology PCU and director of the cardiology consult service. In 2012, she took on the role of associate director of the cardiac care unit and in 2018 was appointed associate director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Disease program.

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 from USC Keck School of Medicine, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha society honors. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Harvard University/Brigham and Women’s Hospital and her fellowship training in cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Joshua Potter, DO, a resident at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, has joined the Shelter Island Meeting House Lane Medical Practice under Francis Yoo, DO, and will be providing in-person as well as telehealth appointments.

Joshua Potter, DO

Dr. Potter specializes in Integrated Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. He received his medical degree from the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Telehealth medicine provides a personal consultation in the privacy of the patient’s home via a mobile phone, tablet or IPad, or computer and allows for remote patient monitoring, online follow-ups, or medication refills, etc.