2022 NYACP Annual Scientific Meeting Faculty

Elise Belilos, MD
Specialty Panel Update: Rheumatology

Dr. Elise Belilos is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Section Head, Rheumatology in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at NYU Langone Hospital Long Island in Mineola, NY. Dr. Belilos is the  Program Director for the Rheumatology Fellowship Program at NYU Langone Hospital Long Island in Mineola, NY.

Dr. Belilos is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine.  Dr. Belilos is course director for Musculoskeletal, Rheumatology and Dermatology Multi-System at  NYU Long Island School of Medicine. Dr. Belilos received her MD from Stony Brook and Residency/Fellowship from Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY.

Zijian Chen, MD
Plenary: Post-Acute COVID Syndrome

Medical Director of the Center for Post-COVID Care, and Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Bone Disease), Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai sets a new standard for Post-COVID Care and Research. Long after the initial wave of COVID-19 cases in New York City  had subsided, many patients were still experiencing damaging after effects. Mount Sinai created the nation's first Center for Post-COVID Care, led by Dr. Chen, providing personalized, multispecialty care and collecting vital clinical data. 

Zijian Chen, MD, received his medical training at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He started his internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center and then served as a post-doctorate research fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While there, he specialized in in-vivo glucose clamp procedures and insulin secretion mechanics. Dr. Chen then completed his fellowship in Endocrinology at Beth Israel Medical Center, graduating in 2014.
Dr. Chen, who is also Medical Director of Mount Sinai Union Square, helped launch the Center for Post-COVID Care at the site in May 2020. And he still maintains his practice as an endocrinologist, treating patients with diabetes and a range of thyroid disorders.

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Sandy Dorcelus, MD, FACOG
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel - Transgender Medicine for Internists

Dr. Dorcelus is Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Long Island School of Medicine and Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, NYU Long Island School of Medicine. Dr. Dorcelus is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her Fellowship and Boston Medical Center and attended Residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Dorcelus is a Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG).


Kerry Esquitin, MD, FACC, FASE, FACP, RPVI
Addressing Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Panel: What are the Traditional and Novel Markers of Cardiovasular Risk

Kerry A. Esquitin, MD, FACC, FASE, FACP, RPVI is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center with clinical expertise in general cardiology and cardiovascular imaging.  Her academic work is dedicated to medical education.  Dr. Esquitin is the Director of the Advanced Echocardiography Fellowship Program at CUIMC.  She is an Associate Program Director of both the Cardiology Fellowship and Internal Medicine Residency Programs.  At the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Esquitin is Section Director of Cardiology in The Body…in Health and Disease course.  

Dr. Esquitin’s clinical expertise in general cardiology includes management of hypertension, cholesterol disorders, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, heart failure and other cardiomyopathies.  Dr. Esquitin provides comprehensive, individualized care to each of her patients and places an emphasis on nutrition and fitness as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.  At the medical center, Dr. Esquitin is an attending in the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Laboratory.  She is highly skilled in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), stress echocardiography, 3D imaging, and vascular ultrasound.  

Dr. Esquitin completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University and was recognized as a Graduate with Distinction.  She earned her medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed her residency training at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she received the Eileen Gong Weiner Award for Compassionate Care.  Dr. Esquitin pursued her fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Beth Israel Medical Center, followed by advanced training in echocardiography at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.   

Dr. Esquitin holds leadership roles in the American College of Physicians (ACP): at the national level, she sits on the Internal Medicine Scientific Planning Committee to develop the cardiology content for the ACP Annual Meetings (2021, 2023).  Regionally, she is an active member of the Education Committee for the New York chapter of the ACP.  Dr. Esquitin has been invited to national and regional conferences hosted by the American College of Physicians and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation to speak on topics related to cardiovascular disease.  As a highly regarded medical educator, Dr. Esquitin was awarded Teacher of the Year in the Division of Cardiology in 2016 and she is recognized as a Ewig Clinical Scholar in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Anjori Bhatia Dunbar, MD
Addressing Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Panel: What is the Approach to Primary Prevention of CVD in Diabetic Patients?

Anjori Bhatia Dunbar, MD is an Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and a clinical cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital. She serves as Associate Program Director of the Preventive Cardiology Fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital. Her clinical focus is on preventive cardiology and women's heart disease, and she is a board-certified clinical lipidologist. 

Dr. Dunbar graduated from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and her cardiovascular disease fellowship at Tufts Medical Center. She received further training in Advanced Echocardiography at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Dunbar is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glasgow-Rubin Award for Academic Achievement from the American Medical Women's Association and the American Heart Association's Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography and Clinical Lipidology.

Daniel Jamorabo, MD
Update in Cancer Screening Panel

Dr. Jamorabo is Assistant Professor Of Medicine, Divisioin of Gartroenteroloyg and Hepatology, Stony Brook University Hospital.

Dr. Jamorabo completed his undergraduate studies in 2008 with a degree in Chemistry cum laude from Williams College. He was selected as a Fulbright Scholar through the United States Department of State to investigate heroin addiction and rehabilitation resources in Coast Province, Kenya from 2009 to 2010. He then began his medical studies at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he graduated in 2014.

Dr. Jamorabo completed his internal medicine internship at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in 2015 and residency at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson in 2017. He went on to do his fellowship in gastroenterology at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in 2017 before joining the Department of Medicine faculty at Stony Brook Medicine in 2020.

Dr. Jamorabo specializes in general gastroenterology as well as in pre-transplant hepatology. His research interests include sex and racial inequities within medicine, and quality improvement in medical training and interventions. He is an active member of several national gastroenterology associations and is an active reviewer for several journals.

Susan Lee, MD, FACP
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel: Women in Medicine

Dr. Susan Lee is Governor for the Long Island Region of NYACP and a medical educator at RSOM SUNY Stony Brook where she is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. Dr. Lee is an internist at Stony Brook Primary Care where she is the Medical Director of their Patient Centered Medical Home and lead physician for Ambulatory QI.  Dr. Lee attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine and received her post-doctoral training at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Lee was involved with the NYACP/Costs of Care Early Adopter Program and has been involved on a national level as a QI champion/physician leader for ACP's Improving Immunization Rates with ACP Advance. She was selected to serve on National ACP's Immunization Committee and the Patient and Interprofessional Partnership Committee.  Her other areas of professional interest and expertise include Team Based Primary Care, PCMH, WIM, DEI, medical mentorship, and physician wellness. Dr. Lee was awarded the NYACP Laureate Award in 2021! 

Howard Lippes, MD, FACP
Specialty Panel Update: Endocrinology

Dr.  Howard Lippes is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science at the University at Buffalo. NY.  

Dr. Lippes earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lippes completed his residency training at SUNY Buffalo Internal Medicine program. He completed his Endocrine Fellowship training at Yale University in 1983 . Dr. Lippes is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.

Dr. Howard Lippes practices at R & B Medical Group in Buffalo. Dr. Lippes served as Buffalo District Councilor for the NYACP from 2006-2009.

Luis Marcos, MD
Lyme Disease Updates

Dr. Luis Marcos is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Global Health Institute & Tropical Medicine, Renaissance School of Medicine

Luis A. Marcos, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Stony Brook Medicine. Dr. Marcos is a clinical researcher on tick-borne diseases for Suffolk County, the county with the highest absolute number of Lyme and Babesia cases, among other tick-borne diseases. Dr. Marcos is the Principal Investigator of a clinical trial of Lyme disease and with Babesia. Dr. Marcos' goal is to study Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.   A complete list of Dr. Marco's  published work can be found here.

Naveed Masani, MD, FACP, NYACP Education Committee Chair
Rapid Fire Specialty Panel - Moderator

Addressing Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Panel - Updated Guidelines in Hypertension

Naveed Masani, MD, FACP is Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Stonybrook and is Attending Nephrologist, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at  NYU Langone Hospital Long Island.

Dr. Masani serves as Co-Chair for the NYU Langone Hospital Long Island, Department of Medicine’s Quality Improvement Committee since 2010. Dr. Masani is currently Medical Director for the Outpatient Dialysis Unit at NYU Langone Hospital Long Island 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.

Michael Nead, MD, PhD, FCCP
Update in Cancer Screening Panel: Lung Cancer

Dr. Michael Nead, MD, PhD, FCCP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Nead did his undergraduate training at Dartmouth College, completed his MD-PhD at the University of Rochester, and completed his formal training with a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital.  

Dr. Nead has been on faculty at the University of Rochester since 2006, where he serves as Clinical Director for his division.  He is a Diplomate of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, and is the Medical Director of Interventional Pulmonology at URMC.  Dr. Nead has served in numerous leadership roles in the New York State Thoracic Society, including as president from 2019-2021.  He has been interested in lung cancer screening for nearly a decade, and is a member of the URMC Lung Cancer Screening Executive Committee.  His research interests revolve around lung cancer screening and biomarkers, and optimizing bronchoscopic procedures.  Dr. Nead has received numerous awards and written multiple journal articles. 

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, FACP
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel - Health Equity, Research and Mentorship

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH is the inaugural and founding director of the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity (IEHE) at NYU Langone Health. He is the Dr. Adolph & Margaret Berger Professor of Medicine and Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine; and a leading NIH-funded scientist in health equity research. Dr. Ogedegbe has led numerous NIH-funded studies for cardiovascular disease risk reduction with a focus on developing and evaluating clinic-community linkage models of care to address inequities in health outcomes.

Dr. Ogedegbe is a member of the National Academy of Medicine; the United States Prevention Services Task Force (USPSTF); and a Fellow of many scientific organizations, including the American Heart Association, American College of Physicians and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine. 

After obtaining his MD degree in Ukraine, Dr. Ogedegbe completed his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology at Cornell University, during which received his MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to his current position, he was a faculty member at both Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Anush Patel, MD, FACP
Update in Cancer Screening Panel - Moderator

Dr. Anush Patel is Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Hematology & Oncology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. Dr. Patel is Director of the Anticoagulation Clinic and Director of the Low Dose Lung Cancer Screening Program at Bassett Medical Center. Dr. Patel is past president of the medical staff and he is also co-chair for the Retention and Engagement Committee and Co-Chairman for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee at Basset Medical Center.

Dr. Patel is Board Certified in Medical Oncology,  Hematology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Patel was District President and is currently Councilor for the Hudson Valley Capital District of the New York Chapter ACP. Dr. Patel had numerous publications, book chapters and abstracts.

Lawrence Phillips, MD, MACP
Addressing Cardiovascular Risk Reduction-Moderator

Lawrence Phillips, MD, MACP is an Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Assistant Clinical Director for Strategic Affairs in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology. Dr. Phillips is the Medical Director of the Cardiology Faculty Group Practice and the Director of Nuclear Cardiology at New York University Langone Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Phillips serves as Associate Director of the Training Program for Cardiovascular Diseases. His clinical cardiology interests include cardiovascular risk assessment, noninvasive cardiac imaging, valvular heart disease and coronary artery disease. Dr. Phillips is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Phillips has been an active member of the ACP for almost 20 years, having served as the President of the New York Chapter in 2018-2019 and Governor for the Manhattan/Bronx Region from 2015-2018.  Dr. Phillips was the national Chair of the Council of Associates as well as a member of the National Council of Young Physicians. Dr. Phillips won the NY Chapter ACP Laureate Award in 2012. 

Moro Salifu, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel Moderator

Dr. Moro Salifu is a tenured Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. He is also the Edwin C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Endowed Chair in Nephrology and Transplantation. For his exemplary contributions in science and in leadership, Dr. Salifu was recognized as Master of the American College of Physicians in 2018 in the Annual ACP Convocation ceremony in New Orleans.  

Following completion of medical school in Turkey, Dr. Salifu came to Downstate for his residency and never left. He completed fellowships in nephrology and transplant nephrology at Downstate and interventional nephrology fellowship at Emory University, following which he joined the faculty at Downstate. While a resident and fellow at Downstate, Dr. Salifu won 6 house staff research abstract competition awards as well as a 3-time finalist at the NYACP Associate Poster competitions.  

Dr. Salifu is known for his outstanding research, and clinical and administrative skills. He has two additional masters-level degrees, one in public health from Downstate and the other in business administration, from George Washington University. He is highly respected within SUNY Downstate as well as in the national and international nephrology community. He is a productive investigator whose research interests include vascular biology, chronic kidney disease progression, and kidney transplant outcomes. His  work in vascular biology has resulted in the discovery of peptides inhibitors of the F11 receptor on platelets, endothelial and smooth muscle cells and now holds a patent on inhibitors of F11 receptor, with therapeutic implications for the treatment of thrombosis, atherosclerosis and smooth muscle disorders such as pulmonary hypertension and dialysis vascular access dysfunction.

He is the recipient of numerous grants, including being the principal investigator of a multi-million dollar award from the National Institutes of Health to advance the work of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center is a community-academic-government partnership to reduce health disparities through innovative community-engaged research and education.

Dr. Salifu is the recipient of numerous awards, including best educator of the year, Best Doctor US News and World Report, Castle Connelly Top Doctor, Worldwide Registry of Executives and Professionals, Kings of Kings County, just to name a few. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals nationally and internationally. He is also a member and journal reviewer for nephrology and transplant societies and has served on many local and national professional committees. He is the past president of the New York Society of Nephrology for the 2013-14 academic year. Dr. Salifu has recently been awarded the  2022 NYACP Laureate Award!

Nirav Shah, MD, MACP
Keynote Plenary Session: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, is Senior Scholar at Stanford University’s School of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer of Olea.Health. He is a leader in digital health and innovation, care transformation, patient safety and quality, and the strategies required to transition to high value, patient-centered care. Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Shah is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Medicine, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Shah’s expertise spans health and healthcare as an Advisor to the CDC Director, as Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and as an independent director of public and private companies and foundations. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, and as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. 

Dr. Shah is a Master of the American College of Physicians and NY Chapter ACP Laureate Award winner in 2013

Michelle Shayne, MD, FACP
Update in Cancer Screening Panel: Breast Cancer Guidelines

Michelle Shayne, MD, FACP is Professor of Medicine and Oncology in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Wilmot Cancer Institute of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Shayne received her medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, internship and residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and fellowship training at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Shayne's clinical and research interests include mitigating toxicity of cancer treatment in older patients, and cancer survivorship. She is the Co-Director of the Judy DiMarzo Survivorship Program at the Wilmot Cancer Institute.



Bishnu Sapkota, MD, FACG
Specialty Panel Update: Gastroenterology

Dr. Bishnu Sapkota is a Gastroenterologist at Syracuse VA Gastroenterology, Veteran's Administration Hospital, (Upstate University Hospital) in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Sapkota specializes in biliary and pancreatic disease, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopoic mucosal resection. Dr. Sapkota completed his residency at Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn in 2008, he completed his Fellowship at New York Methodist Hospital, 2011, Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Sapkota is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.

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