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June 4, 2024
Northwell announces publication of The Aging Revolution: The History of Geriatric Health Care and What Really Matters to Older Adults
Authors: Michael J. Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health, Charles Kenney and Maria Torroella Carney, MD

Sanjana Nagraj, MBBS and Dr. Leonidas Palaiodimos, MD, FACP Published in Cardiology Clinics, 2/27/2024: Book Chapter: Patent Foramen Ovale and Decompression Illness: The Present and Future

John Hall, MD, FACP

John Hall, MD, FACP

Eric Last, MD, FACP

Eric Last, MD, FACP

Published in CLOSLER, June 2023:  Dad's End-of-Life Lessons

NYACP Residents Receive Awards

Peter Bhandari, MD

Peter Bhandari, MD

Lenox Hill Hospital-Northwell Health

Outstanding Categorical Intern of the Year

Dr. Kirat Randhawa

Kirat Randhawa, MD

Long Island Community Hospital

Resident of the Year

Dr. Kahled Elfert

Khaled Elfert, MD

St. Barnabas Hospital

Resident of the Year

Dr. Volpe is proud to announce the release of a reference to which he contributed as editor and author.

Dr. Sal Volpe

Health Informatics : Multidisciplinary Approaches for Current and Future Professionals
Fellow subject matter experts from the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP) include:

Dr. Jitendra Barmecha

Dr. Jitendra Barmecha

(Past President, NYACP)

Dr. Patricia Bomba

Dr. Patricia Bomba

Dr. Curtis Cole

Dr. Curtis L. Cole

(Chair, NYACP HIT Committee)

Dr. J Travis Gossey

Dr. J. Travis Gossey

Dr. Parag Mehta

Dr. Parag Mehta

(Past President, NYACP)

Health Informatics : Multidisciplinary Approaches for Current and Future Professionals was developed for those training in academic centers as well as for those already "out in the field." This book looks at how attorneys, behavioral health experts, business development experts, chief information officers, chief medical officers, chief nursing information officers, consumer advocates, cryptographic experts, futurists, geneticists, informaticists, managed care executives, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, public health professionals, software developers, systems security officers, and workforce experts are collaborating on a "team-based," IT-enabled approach to improve healthcare. A unique aspect of this book is that public healthcare emergencies such as health inequalities and pandemics are addressed by authors who not only have academic and administrative experience but have also provided frontline care during the recent Covid-19 pandemic "

Amazon Link

The publisher is offering a free downloadable copy of the chapter on the Value of Health IT.

Dr. Jitendra Barmecha

Jitendra Barmecha, MD, MPH, FACP awarded EFIM Fellowship, FEFIM

On Thursday, June 9, Dr. Jitendra Barmecha was presented the EFIM Fellowship at the 20th Annual European Congress of Internal Medicine in Malaga, Spain. The European Congress expressed appreciation to Dr. Barmecha for his involvement in EFIM Activities and future ACP collaboration with EFIM!

Dr. Raphael Rabinowitz

Raphael Rabinowitz, MD appointed to ACP's Coding and Payment Policy Subcommittee for 2022-23

Congratulations to Dr. Raphael Rabinowitz for his appointment to ACP's Coding and Payment Policy Subcommittee for 2022-23. Dr. Rabinowitz is a member of the Chapter's Early Career Physicians and Residents committees. The committees of ACP perform a vital role in the development of policies and programs that benefit the public, the profession of medicine, and our membership. Participation in committee activity provides a valuable opportunity both to serve and to have one's voice heard in ways that directly affect internal medicine and our patients. Committee appointments are approved by the Board of Regents each year, based on the Committee Appointments Subcommittee’s and Governance Committee's careful review of each committee's mission and the expertise available throughout the membership.

Dr. Neil Scheier Volunteer's Service in Medyka, Poland to Assist Ukrainian Refugees

Neil R. Scheier, MD, M.Econ, M. Fin, FACP

My daughter and I continue to debate as to who made the initial suggestion to go to Poland and volunteer in a Ukrainian refugee camp, but April 4th found us on Air France, escorting medical supplies collected via the efforts of University of Rochester physicians Alex Paciorkowski and Yuliya Snyder ( with intended first stop Warsaw for a drop off of the medical supplies, and then to the refugee camp.  What we saw and what we did will remain with us forever.

My daughter Rachel Kaplan currently serves as the Executive Director of Hillel at the University of Cincinnati; in 'retirement' I work part-time as a practicing physician for the University of Rochester, with the remainder of my 'usual' week filled with activity as Board President of the Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance.  For both of us comfortable jobs, comfortable lives, and neither of us with any prior relationship or interaction with either Poland or Ukraine.  However, like many, inflamed at the horror of the Russian invasion and the evident lives disrupted.  Which somehow led to the refugee camp at Medyka, Poland

Warsaw itself is a major city.  Although we were there only a few hours, it's big and its streets and buildings remind one of Boston;  it has a modern flavor amidst older buildings, fifteen story steel and glass structures side-by-side with three story brick boxes.  After our medical supply drop off we immediately began our trip to the border, a four hour drive through farmland, villages with cobblestone streets and colorful houses, and one lane highways that somehow allow for the passage of cars going in opposite direction from each other.

Medyka itself is a town of no more than 2000, a church, a cemetery, a market -- and a border crossing which until this past February was on no one's map.  As I write this, the Polish News reports 27,000 people crossing within the past 24 hours, 11,000 of whom crossed on foot.  To date over 4 million refugees.

We hooked up with Sauveteurs Sans Frontieres (SSF), an Israeli group more commonly known as Rescuers Without Borders.  In the week prior to our trip I had sent a slew of emails to anyone and everyone I could think of, searching for volunteer opportunities; both Rachel and I thought it best to join an established group as opposed to "just showing up".  Watching a news report with an on the street interview from Lublin I recorded the name of a business in the background; they, too, received an email and lo and behold responded -- with a contact, who then led me to another contact, and another, and thus to the Israeli group.

The refugee 'camp' at Medyka is approximately 30 tents arranged along a pathway leading to a makeshift bus depot -- from where the refugees are taken to either a local school or indoor shopping plaza now acting as overnight accommodation.  The initial tent complex provides basic needs -- food, dry clothing, a sim card, a place to sit -- all free, all provided by non-profits, religious organizations, government affiliated groups, concerned businesses .  SSF is the first tent at the border itself, one physician and one nurse per 8 hour shift providing 24/7 medical help to those amongst the 11,000 walkers requiring care.  The tent is heated by a small wood burring stove (yay for my Cub Scout years!) , the supplies are all donated and, yes, sometimes you have exactly what you need and sometimes you make do -- a half filled water bottle laid on its side with a hole cut in top for medicine insertion effectively serves as a nebulizer that provides aerosolized medication. 

I had wondered in advance just what medical issues I would see.  What I neglected to wonder about was how I was going to communicate with patients speaking languages that I don't (half of Ukraine are Russian speakers, half speak Ukrainian), and would I recognize the medicines they take.  The answer to the first:  volunteer Russian and Ukrainian interpreters from around the world roaming the camp.  The answer to the second: Google Translate. 

What I did see ran the gamut from known diabetic patients without insulin for a week to high blood pressure patients without medications, to burns and wounds, to babies crying because their diapers had not been changed in over a day, to painful feet and backs, to stomach ailments, to acute gall bladder issues, to chest pain in the elderly, to children with runny noses and sore throats -- the entire gamut of medical ails.   In a population that had just walked for days to get to Medyka -- and who were totally appreciative of any and every gesture of help

Behind the medical tent is a larger tent for women and children, offering a warm place to sit (Medyka's weather mimics Rochester of March, rainy and 30's to 40's), a cot to nap on, dry clothing, diapers for babies, food for all.  If necessary one can stay overnight in this tent, continuing the journey in the morning.  The border itself closes at midnight, but already initiated processing continues, and thus people continue their entry into Poland until about 3 in the morning.   The flow starts again at sunrise. There is a distance of about 1/8 mile between the actual border crossing and the official Poland border, a paved path surrounded by a high fence.  Thus standing at the entry to the medical tent I could watch refugee families complete their journey.  What struck me most was the confidence in their walk; whether carrying child in their arms or using 2 canes to walk, they had arrived.

What I cannot in any way convey in this writing is the extraordinary stress of people forced to leave their homes with their lives packed in a single suitcase.  Yet, amidst the expected stress reactions of crying and tears and pain and anger, one could also sense a belief that this was all temporary, that ultimately they would return home.  It may be months, it may be years, they may be heading to a country whose language they don't speak, but there exists amongst so many the firm belief that Ukraine is their homeland and return they will. 

They were all very appreciative that we were there.

NYACP Past President Honored

Douglas DeLong, MD, MACP

Douglas DeLong, MD, MACP

Member Publications and Interviews

Paula Lester, MD, FACP

Paula Lester, MD, FACP

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Geriatrician, NYU Winthrop Hospital NYU Langone

Published in JAMDA, March 2022:  Interdisciplinary Protocol for Surgery in Older Persons: Development and Implementation 

Interviewed for a March 17, 2020
AARP article: Practical Tips for Caregivers Concerned About Coronavirus 

AARP Healthy Living - Dr. Lester (Roslyn, NY) shares her experience in a recent article entitled
"Feeling Younger Could Help you Live Longer - How old you feel may be more important than your age"

Jitendra Barmecha, MD, FACP

Jitendra Barmecha, MD, FACP

COVID-19 Vaccines: Myths and Misconceptions
CUNY TV Special


Joseph Fins, MD, MACP

Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, FRCP

Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he also serves as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry 

Published in the Health Law Journal of the New York State Bar Association on June 1, 2020.
Read the full article:

  John Maese, MD, MACPDonna Seminara, MD, MACPZeel Shah, MDAnita Szerszen, MD, FACP

John Maese, MD, MACP
Donna Seminara, MD, FACP
Zeel Shah, MD

Anita Szerszen MD, FACP

Published in the American Journal of Medical Quality (2020).
     “What a Difference a Disaster Makes: The Telehealth Revolution in the Age of COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Joseph Wayne, MD, MACP

Joseph Wayne, MD, MACP

Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics Clerkship Director Internal Medicine Associate Program Director Internal Medicine

Joseph Wayne, an internal medicine physician at Albany Med and professor of medicine and pediatrics at Albany Medical College, has been selected as a fellow of Royal College of Physicians of London. Fellowship at the college is a prestigious honor that recognizes’ physicians ongoing contributions to the profession. Dr. Wayne is also a Master of the American College of Physicians.

Karen Friedman, MD FACP

Karen Friedman, MD, MS, FACP

Residency Program Director , Vice Chair for Education,
Associate Professor of Medicine -Donald and Barbara
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Interviewed on April 2, 2020
for a Today Show piece describing life on the front lines of coronavirus battle

Inderpal Chhabra, MD, FACP

Inderpal Chhabra, MD, FACP

Lefferts Medical Associates, PC
Inderpal Chhabra, MD, FACP, Founder/Owner

Interviewed for an April 6, 2020
Crain’s New York Business article:  As Covid-19 Keeps Patients Away, Small Medical Practices Turn to Telemedicine  (article pending permission)

July 9, 2020: New York Times Article: Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge

Niket Sonpal, MD, FACP

Niket Sonpal, MD, FACP

Associate Program Director - Internal Medicine Residency, Brookdale Medical Center

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Co-author of Master the Boards Step 2 and Step 3

Interviewed on March 19, 2020  with WPLG Local 10 in Miami on GI symptoms of COVID19 and 
interviewed on April 6, 2020 on the The Joe Piscopo Show

Dr. Sonpal (Brooklyn, NY) shares his medical expertise on "6 foods guaranteed to make you gassy, according to a gastroenterologist"

Maria Torroella Carney, MD, FACP named to Crain's Most Notable Women in Healthcare

Maria Carney, MD, FACP

Maria Torroella Carney, MD, FACP

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Carney who was named one of Crain's 2019 Most Notable Women in Healthcare

Crain's stated that "honorees include exceptional clinical and administrative leaders, entrepreneurs, health care providers, physicians and scientists".  Dr. Carney is the Medical Director for Post-Acute Services and Chief of the Geriatric Division at Northwell Health.   

NYACP Geriatrics Task Force Publishes Paper

Congratulations NYACP Gertiatrics Task Force on the publication of your article entitled "The Looming Geriatrician Shortage:  Ramifications and Solutions" with SAGE Publishing and Journal of Aging and Health!  The Chapter extends it sincere thanks and appreciation to the following Task Force members for their hard work, contributions, dedication and determination:

  • Paula E. Lester, MD, FACP, CMD - Author and Task Force Chair
  • T. S. Dharmarajan, MD, MACP, AGSF, FRCP(E) - Author and Task Force Member
  • Eleanor Weinstein, MD, FACP - Author and Task Force Member
  • Leslie Algase, MD, FACP - Task Force Member
  • Sharon Brangman, MD, FACP - Task Force Member
  • Tina Dobsevage, MD, FACP - Task Force Member
  • Daniel King, MD, FACP - Task Force Member
  • John Maese, MD, MACP - Task Force Member
  • Ida Messana, MD, FACP - Task Force Member
  • Donna Seminara, MD, MACP - Task Force Member
  • Anita Szerszen, MD, FACP - Task Force Member
  • Pooja P. Vyas, DO - Task Force Member

Last updated 7.26.2023

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