; Annual Meeting Speaker Highlights - New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians

Annual Meeting Speaker Highlights

Meet Your Faculty:


Marc Adler,  MD, FACP
Session: MACRA Update

Dr. Adler received a Medical Degree from the State University of New York at Syracuse and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital. He received an MBA from the Mount-Sinai School of Medicine/Baruch College Executive Program in Healthcare Administration. A Diplomate of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Hospice/Palliative Care Medicine, he is also certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

As Associate Chief Medical Officer, Physician Director of Value Based Purchasing, and Senior Physician Advisor, he supports the effective integration of clinical activities and assists in hospital-wide goals and initiatives. He chairs both the Institutional Utilization Review and Continuum of Care Committees and is charged with regulatory interpretation, oversight, and variance resolution for government regulations including State requirements and the Medicare 2- Midnight Rule. He has served as a liaison between clinicians and the Hospital in matters relating to length of stay and appropriate utilization and adjudicates commercial and government insurance appeals on behalf of the Hospital.

Integrating the needs of clinicians, educators, and patients to achieve best practices and efficient high quality care, Dr. Adler has helped facilitate observation care services, measures to achieve appropriate length of stay, clinical documentation initiatives, quality pilots, and ICD-10 physician education. He has lectured locally and nationally and has been interviewed by several publications on healthcare topics affecting hospitals and providers.

Prior to his current roles, Dr. Adler served as Chief of the Hospitalist Program successfully increasing its referral base and creating safety and quality safeguards to ensure uniformity and patient risk reduction. He also provided medical care to local active and retired military service personnel. Devoted to medical education, he continues to serve as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and actively practices hospital-based medicine.

Louis Aledort, MD, MACP
Session: Leadership in Medicine

Dr. Aledort earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System. He then went on to do his fellowship in Hematology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Aledort joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1966 and was former Dean for Faculty and Hospital Affairs. Dr. Aledort has been the Mary Weinfeld Professor of Clinical Research in Hemophilia since 1993.

In his over 40 years in medicine, Dr. Aledort has published numerous papers and clinical trials. Presently, Dr. Aledort is researching clotting disorders, bleeding disorders, von Willebrand's disease and hemophilia. He has served as consultant to the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, and the House Ways & Means Committee. Dr. Aledort has chaired and/or been a member of the practice committees of the American Society of Hematology and American College of Physicians. He has written more than 300 articles on several aspects of bleeding and clotting disorders. Emphasis has been on the supply availability and affordability of blood products. He has been involved in developing health-care programs and their underwriting in developing nations.
Dr. Aledort had numerous awards and honors. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Aledort has been awarded "Educator of the Year" and  Laureate Award Winner by the NY Chapter ACP

Daniel Barchi, Group Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Plenary Session: The Technology of Healthcare - Artificial Intelligence

Daniel Barchi is SVP and CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the largest healthcare providers in the US and the university hospital of Columbia and Cornell.  He leads 2,000 technology, pharmacy, informatics, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine specialists who deliver the tools, data, and medicine that physicians and nurses use to deliver acute care and manage population health. 

Daniel previously led healthcare technology as CIO at Yale and earlier as CIO of the Carilion Health System.  He was President of the Carilion Biomedical Institute and Director of Technology for MCI WorldCom.  Daniel graduated from Annapolis, began his career as a U.S. Naval officer at sea, and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for leadership and the Southeast Asia Service Medal for Iraq operations in the Red Sea.


Cindy Bredefeld, DO, FACE
Update in Lipid Management

Dr. Cindy Bredefeld, NYUWinthrop Attending Physician, specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Her clinical focus is the treatment and management of diabetes mellitus and lipid disorders. She works closely with a comprehensive team to offer the newest in medical and technologic advances. Dr. Bredefeld is Board Certified in Endocrinology as well as Lipidology.
Her post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in Endocrinology at Winthrop University Hospital. She also completed a residency and served as the Chief Medical Resident at Winthrop where she was appointed Clinical Instructor of Stony Brook School of Medicine. She will also serve as teaching faculty for the NYU long Island School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury.
Dr. Bredefeld sits on numerous committees and has promoted safety and quality initiatives in diabetes management including the Joint Commission Disease Specific Care Certification for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Management. Dr. Bredefeld has presented at local and international professional meetings and is the director of diabetes clinical research trials at NYUWinthrop.

Russell Corker, P.C.
Session: Avoid Medical Liability Lawsuits

Russell Corker is a 1974 graduate of Boston University School of Law who began his carrier as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County. In 1977, he became a medical malpractice defense attorney, and in 1980 switched sides and began representing plaintiff's in medical cases.
He is a medical malpractice lawyer with more than four decades of experience in the courtroom. He has a taught trial practice, medicine, principles of persuasion, courtroom technology, and a host of other subjects to thousands of lawyers over 40 years. Mr. Corker has received a number of awards during his career such as Best Lawyers in New York, New York Metro Super Lawyers, the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell, and Ten Leaders in Civil Trial Practice in Long Island.
He is a member  of the New York State  Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Executive Committee. He has written numerous articles concerning medical malpractice litigation as well as a chapter in the book entitled Medical Malpractice in New York. He continues to lecture to the legal and medical professions and is an active member of the legal community.Dr. Joshua Brody is an Assistant Professor in Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Director of the Lymphoma Immunotherapy Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his MD from State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine and his BA in molecular and cellular biology from Harvard University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and his fellowship in Medical Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. With clinical focus in chronic lymphoid leukemia, cutaneous lymphomas, follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders, his lab at Mount Sinai focuses on basic and applied tumor immunology. 

Russell Corker is a 1974 graduate of Boston University School of Law who began his carrier as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County. In 1977, he became a medical malpractice defense attorney, and in 1980 switched sides and began representing plaintiff's in medical cases.
He is a medical malpractice lawyer with more than four decades of experience in the courtroom. He has a taught trial practice, medicine, principles of persuasion, courtroom technology, and a host of other subjects to thousands of lawyers over 40 years. Mr. Corker has received a number of awards during his career such as Best Lawyers in New York, New York Metro Super Lawyers, the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell, and Ten Leaders in Civil Trial Practice in Long Island.
He is a member  of the New York State  Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Executive Committee. He has written numerous articles concerning medical malpractice litigation as well as a chapter in the book entitled Medical Malpractice in New York. He continues to lecture to the legal and medical professions and is an active member of the legal community.

Kevin Curley, MD, FACP
Session: Musculoskeletal Diagnosis Utilizing History and Physical Examination: Focus on spine

Kevin Curley, MD is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Following residency he completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital/University of Pennsylvania Health System. While there he was involved in the medical care of various high school, college and professional teams including the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Flyers.

Dr. Curley is assistant professor at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He completed the prestigious SUNY Stony Brook leadership in medical education fellowship, and acts as site director for the introduction to clinical medicine course at NYU Winthrop. Dr. Curley practices general internal medicine and sports medicine at NYU Winthrop. He also is a certified medical acupuncturist at NYU Winthrop. Dr. Curley has been part of the division of General internal medicine at Winthrop University hospital since 2006 and he is also medical director for the physical therapy department. Dr. Curley serves as medical director for the Adelphi University student health service and acts as a consultant for Adelphi University Athletics as well as many local high schools.

Dr. Curley is also involved in research in sports medicine, concussion management and acupuncture as related to human performance. He has been an invited speaker at both local and national meetings

Ralph Della Ratta, MD, FACP
Session: Musculoskeletal Diagnosis Utilizing History and Physical Examination: Focus on spine

Ralph K. Della Ratta, MD is a graduate of the City College of New York and SUNY Upstate Medical College. After completing Internal Medicine training at SUNY Stony Brook and serving as Chief Medical Resident, he completed the Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at Michigan State University.

Dr. Della Ratta is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. He has instructed medical students since 1989 and served as Director of the 3rd Year Medicine Clerkship. Currently, he is the Practice of Medicine course director in the newly founded NYU Long Island School of Medicine. He is a recipient of the Residency Attending Teacher of the Year Award and has been awarded the Medical School Excellence in Teaching Award twice. In 2000, he received the Aesculapius Award in Recognition of Outstanding Teaching from SUNY Stony Brook and was inducted into Stony Brook’s AOA chapter in 2015. He received the NYACP Laureate Award in 2008.

Dr. Della Ratta has been a General Internal Medicine physician in the Department of Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital since 1989. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine.

Andrew Dunn, MD, MACP
Session: Direct Oral Anticoagulants: Pearls and Pitfalls

Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) can be used to improve outcomes for patients with a variety of thromboembolic disorders, including VTE, atrial fibrillation, and coronary artery disease. This session will present the data comparing these agents to other medications and describe their limitations so clinicians can incorporate their use into their practice for appropriate indications and patients.

Dr. Dunn received his medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine. He performed his internship and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and stayed on as faculty after completion. He is currently professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine for the Mount Sinai Health System. His research interests are in anticoagulation and thrombosis, most specifically in venous thromboembolism, atrial fibrillation, and the perioperative management of warfarin.  Dr. Dunn has collaborated and led national studies in this field, including a multicenter North American study on the perioperative management of oral anticoagulation. He lectures nationally on various topics in anticoagulation and has written numerous journal articles, including perioperative bridging therapy, outpatient treatment of deep vein thrombosis, and the prevention of venous thromboembolism for medical inpatients.  His work has been published in the American Journal of MedicineArchives of Internal MedicineJournal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, and NEJM.  In addition, Dr. Dunn is a co-author of the American College of Chest Physician’s guidelines on anticoagulation and thrombosis.  Dr. Dunn is a Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP), and is immediate past Chair of ACP’s Board of Regents.

Pat Hale, MD, FACP

Board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Clinical Informaticcs with extensive experience in all areas including physician practice and academic medical center implementations. Special interest in usability and medication safety. Experience includes data management, CPOE, clinical documentation, patient safety and clinical decision Support, language processing and artificial intelligence and human factors engineering combined with cognitive computing to improve system usability.

Dr. Hale is Chair of CONCERT committee  - Health Information Management Society, Past Chair of ACP's Informatics Committee, and Associate Medical Director for Informatics at Albany Medical center. Dr. Hale is currently an independent consultant in Clinical Informatics.

Viren Kaul, MD FACP
Session: Leadership in Medicine

Viren is a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician at Crouse Health and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His clinical interests include airway management, pleural diseases, ILDs and pulmonary hypertension.

Dr. Kaul has published and actively researches application of technology and social media for enhancement of patient centered care as well as medical education. Dr. Kaul recently received his FACP from the American College of Physicians and is an active member for the NY Chapter. Dr. Kaul is Vice Chair of the Residents committee and participates on the Education and Member Engagement Committees. Dr. Kaul has produced and spoke on several webinars and education sessions for the NY Chapter ACP.

When not at work, he loves spending time outdoors with his family, especially, his wife Lauren and two pups: Shae and Gordon.


Stanislaw Klek, MD
Session: Managing Osteoporosis

Stanislaw P. Klek joined NYU Winthrop Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in August 2016.  Following the completion of high school, he attended Poznan University of Medical Science's six year MD program, graduating in 2009.  He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital, after which he was selected to serve as Chief Medical Resident.  Dr. Klek stayed on at NYU Winthrop Hospital to complete his fellowship training in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism. 

Dr. Klek is actively engaged in the education of students, residents and fellows on the hospital treatment of hyperglycemia and DKA management via simulation training.  He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Endocrine, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship Program, is a member of the Mortality & Morbidity Committee as well as a mentor to Stony Brook medical students in their Learning Communities.

Dr. Klek's clinical and research interests include the treatment of diabetes, where he is studying the effectiveness of NYU Winthrop’s Hospital Wide Hypoglycemia Protocol.

Qi Liu, MD
Session: The Evolving Role of Aspirin in Primary Cardiovascular Prevention

For decades, aspirin has been widely prescribed for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.  However, several recent large-scale randomized clinical trials have called into question the overall benefit of aspirin and led to a recent change in guidelines from the American College of Cardiology.  In this session, we will review prior and contemporary studies on aspirin in primary cardiovascular prevention and discuss the current guidelines to help clinicians make informed and individualized decisions regarding the use of aspirin in their patients.

Qi Liu, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center.  He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis.  He subsequently pursued a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center, followed by an additional year of advanced training in echocardiography at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Liu specializes in cardiovascular imaging, with expertise in transthoracic, transesophageal, and interventional echocardiography, stress testing, and nuclear cardiology.  His primary clinical interests are in valvular heart disease and medical education.  He also serves as a clinical cardiologist on the inpatient and consultative cardiology services.

Naveed Masani, MD, FACP
Session: Evidence-Based Management of  Hypertension in 2019

Naveed Masani, MD, FACP is Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Stonybrook and is Attending Nephrologist, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Winthrop University Hospital.
Dr. Masani serves as Co-Chair for the Winthrop University Hospital Department of Medicine’s Quality Improvement Committee since 2010. Dr. Masani is currently Medical Director for the Outpatient Dialysis Unit at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola and is Acting Medical Director for Dialysis Unit at Glen Gariff Rehabilitation Facility since 2011. Dr. Masani is Board Certified in both ABIM Nephrology and ABIM Internal Medicine. Dr. Masani has written several publications and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of multiple other organizations.

Dr. Masani earned his Medical Degree from State University of NY at Stony Brook, and completed his residency and fellowship at NYU Winthrop. Dr. Masani won the NYACP Laureate Award in 2015 and is Chair of the NYACP’s Education Committee.

Al Mercado, Esq.
Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann
Final Plenary Session: Avoiding Medical Liability Lawsuits

Al Anthony Mercado is the Managing Attorney of the Downstate Region for Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Mr. Mercado practices in the fields of professional liability, premises liability, insurance litigation, and healthcare law.

Mr. Mercado litigates cases in both the New York state and federal courts involving professional malpractice, general negligence, contractual issues, and insurance coverage. He has successfully litigated insurance coverage cases at the trial and appellate level, and has prepared and successfully argued appeals in various appellate courts in New York State, including motions to the Court of Appeals.

As a counselor-at-law, Mr. Mercado regularly provides risk management advice to physicians, dentists, hospitals, and medical organizations throughout New York State on various risk management topics. In doing so, Mr. Mercado provides practical guidance on many medical-legal and regulatory issues.

Mr. Mercado has presented lectures to various organizations and medical societies, including the Richmond County Medical Society, the Myanmar American Medical Education Society, the Nassau County Dental Society, the New York State Dental Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the MLMIC Insurance Company, as well as numerous hospitals throughout the New York metropolitan area. Moreover, he was featured with ophthalmologist John Lombardo, MD, in a highly rated risk management module on the medical-legal issues surrounding LASIK procedures. Similarly, Mr. Mercado has authored and published articles on various legal and risk management topics.

Mr. Mercado is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Eastern District of the State of New York (1993). He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, 1989) and Hofstra University School of Law (1992). Mr. Mercado is a member of the New York State Bar Association as well as the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Ashutossh Naaraayan MD FACP is an assistant professor in Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY. Dr Naaraayan graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and obtained his residency training from Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital. He is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents as well as runs the program for database based research at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital.

Dr Naaraayan obtained hands-on training in bedside ultrasonography from the American College of Chest Physicians. Point-of-Care Ultrasonography (POCUS) has been his focus for more than a year. He is the Director of the Point-of-Care Ultrasonography program at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital. He is also the content provider for online lung ultrasonography modules and live lectures for American College of Physicians POCUS workshops. Dr Naaraayan is an invited expert faculty for hands-on training in the Live Ultrasound Courses for Physicians organized by the ACP.


Connie Newman, MD, FACP
Women's Health: Diabetes and Cardiac Problems
Resident Session: Burnout/Physician Wellness

Connie B. Newman, MD is an endocrinologist and physician-scientist and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford, UK. Dr. Newman is a nationally respected leader in the field of hypercholesterolemia and other lipid disorders, and a committed advocate for women’s rights and access to reproductive healthcare. She is the Chair of an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline on the management of high cholesterol, and Chair of the writing group for the American Heart Association’s Scientific Statement on the safety of statins. She is also Chair of the Endocrine Society’s Special Programs Committee, and a Consultant to the Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the FDA.

Born and raised in Passaic, N.J., Dr. Newman decided to pursue a medical career at a time when few women were physicians. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1974, as a Durant Scholar, Trustee Scholar, and member of Phi Beta Kappa, and from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1978. After completing internal medicine training at Beth Israel Hospital, New York, NY and a Fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she joined the full time faculty of NYU School of Medicine in 1984. Her research focuses on the safety of statins, which are taken by 25 million people in the U.S. She has published and lectured on statin safety and/or statin intolerance for many years. She is a member of the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration and co-authored the paper evaluating cancer in 27 trials, with 175,000 patients. She also was a member of the Steering Committee of CARDS, a landmark clinical trial that demonstrated that stains reduce heart attack and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Newman serves on the Leadership Council and Global Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and was elected to the National Medical Committee in 2012. On the local level, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey.

Dedicated to helping other women pursue a medical career, Dr. Newman mentors pre-medical and medical students, and young physicians through the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), Wellesley College, NYU, and Weill Cornell Medicine. In 2011, she founded the Wellesley Women in Medicine Group, a network of 900 women, including pre-medical and medical students, and physicians of all ages, that participate in online conversations on topics such as medical training, career paths, work-life balance, and gender discrimination.

Within AMWA, Dr Newman is a member of the Board of Directors, and co-chairs several committees including the Preventive Medicine Task Force, the American Women’s Hospitals Service (AWHS), and the Fellowship Committee. She is an advocate for access to healthcare, reproductive rights, gender equity, research that includes female subjects, and ending violence against women and discrimination whether it is based on race, religion, gender, sexual identification, socioeconomic status, body habitus, or any other characteristic.

Kelly  Ramsey, MD, FACP
Session: Medical Marijuana

Kelly S. Ramsey, MD graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH in 2003, and from the School of Graduate Studies with an MA in Bioethics in 2004. She finished her residency in Social Internal Medicine from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NYC in 2006 after completing one year at the University Hospitals Health Systems affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. She also has an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and a BSFS in International Politics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Dr. Ramsey came to HRHCare in 2011 after serving as the Medical Director of the Wellness Center at Port Morris in the Division of Substance Abuse at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and as an attending Physician in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.

With a specialty in HIV care, Dr. Ramsey provides expert advice to the New York State DOH AIDS Institute by serving as:

• Co-Chair of the Quality of Care Advisory Committee (QAC)
• HIV Clinical Guidelines Program’s Steering Committee (affiliated with Johns Hopkins University)
• Member of the Committee for the Care of Substance Users with HIV Infections
• Chair of the QAC Substance Use Indicators Subcommittee
• Member of the QAC Pharmacy Subcommittee
• Member of the QAC Deaf and Hard of Hearing Subcommittee
• Member of the QAC General Indicators Subcommittee

Dr. Ramsey also serves on the following General Internal Medicine committees in New York:

• Member of the Ethics Committee of the NY American College of Physicians (NYACP) Chapter
• Member of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee of the NY American College of Physicians (NYACP) Chapter

Previously, Dr. Ramsey had served as a member of the Bioethics Committee at Montefiore Medical Center from 2007-2011 and of the NYS DOH AIDS Institute’s Substance Use Learning Network from 2009-2011. She is a National Health Service Corps scholarship and loan repayment recipient and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish, and conversant in French. Dr. Ramsey is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in New York State.


Moro Salifu, MD, MACP.

Session: Population Health

 Dr. Moro Salifu is Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Salifu came to SUNY Downstate after medical school in Turkey to pursue residency training in internal medicine. After internship, Dr. Salifu rapidly excelled as resident in medicine, subsequently meriting him fellowships in kidney diseases, kidney transplantation and interventional nephrology, for which he graduated as a stellar scholar in all three subspecialties. While in residency and Fellowship training, Dr. Salifu won annual awards in the basic science category in the Department of Medicine for six consecutive years as well as four consecutive awards from the American College of Physicians. After fellowship training, Dr. Salifu was retained by SUNY Downstate as Assistant Professor in 2001. He rapidly rose through the ranks to Associate Professor and Professor within 7 years, a milestone that is credited to his outstanding original research contributions, clinical acumen and medical education. In about the same time, Dr. Salifu, earned two masters degrees in public health and healthcare business administration respectively. He has directed the nephrology fellowship training program since 2001 and in 2008 assumed the roles of Chief of Nephrology and Director of the Transplant Program, roles that were crucial to the restructuring of the kidney dialysis and transplant programs at Downstate. He is a recipient of many grants and has published extensively. He is a member and journal reviewer for many nephrology and transplant societies and has served in many local and national professional committees. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Salifu's research interest are CKD disease progression, vascular biology and kidney transplant outcomes


Michael Schoppmann,Esq.
Partner at Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann LLP

Mr. Schoppmann is regarded nationally for devoting his career to the defense of healthcare professionals in complex medical malpractice actions and in actions brought by state licensing authorities, federal healthcare agencies (e.g., the Office of Inspector General, Medicare, Medicaid, DEA, OSHA), hospital review boards (credentialing and disciplinary), billing/coding/fraud investigative units (both public and private), and in the myriad forms of complex healthcare litigation involving physicians and medical practices. Mr. Schoppmann has successfully defended physicians in actions involving state medical boards, Medicare fraud, fraud and abuse, hospital discipline, RAC audits, Medicare audits, OIG fraud, healthcare fraud, medical billing audits, and health plan billing audits.

Mr. Schoppmann has served as a faculty member of the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management, Executive Program in Healthcare Delivery Management, and the University of Rochester Simon School of Graduate Studies, Executive Program in Healthcare Delivery Management. He is a past two-term chairman of the State Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section and has served as the featured speaker to national, state, and county medical societies and organizations throughout the country.

Mr. Schoppmann, who has been honored by the Richmond County Medical Society, the Westchester County Medical Society, and the Erie County Medical Society, is also the recipient of two professional service awards in recognition of a career devoted to serving and defending medical professionals. He is a sustaining member of the New York State Bar Association, which is an elite group comprising 1 percent of the New York State Bar membership of 74,000.

Sonia Tolani, MD
Session: Women's Health: Cardiovascular Issues in Pregnancy

Dr.Tolani is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Women's Heart Center at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Tolani received her medical degree with honors from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her internship, medical residency and her fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. As part of her cardiology fellowship, Dr. Tolani spent several years studying the interplay of cholesterol and inflammation and how this interaction impacts atherosclerosis. Her research has been published in core journals including Atherosclerosis, Journal of Clinical Investigation and Journal of Immunology.

Dr. Tolani is part of the ColumbiaDoctors Hypertension Center and she is the co-Director of the Columbia Women's Heart Center, a unique program focusing on providing state of the art treatment and preventative care to women of all ages. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Tolani is also working on developing digital tools to better educate health care providers about heart disease in women and to improve heart disease awareness in women globally. 

Dr. Tolani's areas of expertise include consultative cardiology, preventative medicine and women's heart disease including the treatment of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Echocardiography

Mone Zaidi, MD, MACP

Session: Repurposing Old Medicines for New Uses

The cataloguing of human mutations, the use of genetically engineered mouse models to recapitulate human disease, and the accelerated evolution of the genomic sciences has made a major impact on how basic laboratory research is translated into bedside medicine.  However, even with rapid new insights into disease pathophysiology and the unmasking of drug targets, the time taken from discovery through development to drug can be exceptionally protracted and expensive.  Using a genomics toolkit, together with standard wet and dry bench technologies, it has become possible to find new uses for established drugs.  Here, I will present our work, as an interdisciplinary collaborative effort, in which we have attempted to repurpose the most commonly utilized class of drugs for osteoporosis and the skeletal metastases – the bisphosphonates – for the primary treatment of certain cancers that are driven by the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) family, including non-small cell lung cancer, breast cancer, colon and gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Mone Zaidi graduated in medicine from King George’s Medical College, India, and trained clinically at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, under the tutelage of Professor Iain MacIntyre, FRS, who discovered calcitonin.  After obtaining a PhD and MD from the University of London, Dr. Zaidi held appointments as Lecturer at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Senior Lecturer and Consultant at St. George’s Hospital Medical School for over 8 years.  In 1999, he was recruited to Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York as Professor of Medicine and Founding Director of The Mount Sinai Bone Program.  Zaidi has made groundbreaking discoveries on the mechanisms of skeletal homeostasis in health and its dysregulation in common and rare diseases.  These studies, spanning over 30 years, included the first description of calcium sensing in the osteoclast and the discovery that locally released nitric oxide acts to suppress bone cells.  In 2003, Zaidi’s group published the first evidence for a pituitary–bone axis of medical significance, a breakthrough in physiology in which pituitary hormones could affect the skeleton directly.  In a recent groundbreaking paper in Nature, he found that inhibiting FSH not only increased bone mass, but also reduced body fat–in essence, laying a firm foundation for a single anti-FSH agent to treat both osteoporosis and obesity.  This corpus of work was selected by Nature Medicine as one of eight “Notable Advances” in biomedicine for 2017, and was editorialized widely in the scientific and lay press, including New York Times.  Constituting a total of over 409 publications in quality journals, including Cell, Nature and PNAS, Zaidi’s research has been funded continuously by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  He has been bestowed upon by many honors, such as his election to the Association of American Physicians, the Interurban Clinical Club (established by Sir William Osler in 1905) of which he is President, the Practitioners’ Society (the oldest medical society in the U.S.) and the Association of Professors of Medicine.  Zaidi was made Master of the American College of Physicians, received the Harrington Scholar–Innovator Award, and is recipient of three honorary doctorates.

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