Volume 5 Number 5-6, May-June 2018
NYCPM's 107th Graduation Celebrates High-Achieving Class of 2018
At the 107th commencement of NYCPM, 85 members of the Class of 2018 proudly accepted their diplomas, signed the Book of Physicians, took the Hippocratic Oath en masse and marched out of Alice Tully Hall as new doctors of podiatric medicine.
   The class that had achieved 100% pass rate on Part II of the APMLE Boards and 100% residency matches in the first round smiled broadly throughout the proceedings; keynote speaker and deputy board chairman Rock G. Positano, DPM ('88), MSc, MPH, DSc, called the class "the best trained, highly educated ... More text and photos      

    2018 graduates recited the Hippocratic Oath en masse after receiving their diplomas.   
Maj. Gen. William F. Ward, Jr., AUS (Ret.),
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NYCPM Dies;  Highly Decorated Korean War Vet Was 89
Maj. Gen. William F. Ward, Jr., A.U.S. (Ret.), (1928 - 2018), who had retired as Chairman from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine Board of Trustees in May 2018, died on June 21. 
    He had been elected to NYCPM's Board on September 26, 2000 as a Trustee.  He was elected Chairman of the Board July 2006; was elected Vice Chairman July 2008; and elected Chairman July 2014. General Ward was also Chairman of the Trustees of Podia Insurance, Ltd., an insurance company wholly owned by NYCPM.
    General Ward is a 1950 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy commissioned in ... Read more 

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NYCPM Faculty
Matrona Giakoumis, DPM ('10)
Instructor, Department of Surgery

Matrona Giakoumis, DPM ('10) completed her undergraduate studies at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus in 2004,with a bachelor's degree in natural sciences with a minor in the visual arts.
   Her pre-med classes were held at the university's Bronx campus. She began to study podiatric medicine at NYCPM in 2006; in the two-year interval, she worked with the American Red Cross as an emergency services responder.
   After graduating from NYCPM, ... Read more
First Poster Day Celebrates Research, Collaboration and Accomplishment

The posters displayed in the Bruce Frankel Conference Center on June 11 seemed to number far more than 19 -- they formed an impressive, room-filling circle of information and illustration on this first-ever Poster Day.
   According to Eileen Chusid, PhD, the faculty submitted a list of topics from which students in this class selected (thus choosing both topic and faculty member). Each 2019 student joined a research group and spent time investigating a research project; the posters are the result ...  Read more
Dr. Mark H. Swartz Named First Lecture Professor at Hospital in China
Mark H. Swartz, MD, Professor of Medicine and Vice President, Medical and Professional Affairs of NYCPM, visited Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, in Changsha, China (in Hunan Province), where he was appointed First Lecture Professor of the hospital in a ceremony on April 24. 
Appointment Ceremony installing Mark H. Swartz, M.D. (center) as First Lecture Professor at Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in Changsha, China.

   At the ceremony, Dr. Swartz outlined his teaching plan for the three-year appointment, pledging to teach diagnostics and train teachers for the hospital from a new perspective.
   During his week at the hospital ...  Read more
Randy E. Cohen, DPM, Retires After 40 Years 
"I thought I had the perfect job." That's how Randy E. Cohen, DPM,
Professor of Radiology and Director, Radiology Section, describes the position he's held at NYCPM for 40 years. Dr. Cohen graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (now Temple) in 1977, spent a year in a surgical residency at Coney Island Hospital, then spent a year at NYCPM in a radiology fellowship ... and never left. "It's the one job I wanted," he says. "I got to do what I wanted for 40 years."
    When Dr. Cohen started teaching at NYCPM, he basically dealt with X-rays and ... Read more
New NYSPMA President Paul Liswood, DPM ('93), Founds Family Fund Scholarship
In early June, Paul Liswood, DPM was elected the new NYSPMA President. Shortly thereafter, he made an initial contribution to NYCPM that established the new Liswood Family Fund scholarship, which will be granted annually. Dr. Paul Liswood, who has been in private practice for over 25 years, is the son and grandson of graduates from NYCPM. His grandfather, Irving Liswood, DPM ...  Read more
NIH research and NYCPM's Student Wellness Partner Up
NYCPM's Professor in Pre-Clinical Sciences, Peter Barbosa, PhD, and his collaborator from Mount Sinai, Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, recently completed a two-year NIH-sponsored research project exploring mindfulness in persons living with HIV. After the project was completed, the yoga mats used in the study needed a new home, and Barbosa and Weiss decided to donate them to NYCPM's new student club, the Wellness Club. Michelle Pham, Class of 2021, is not only a club member but also a yoga instructor and has been facilitating yoga sessions for students. The aim of the club will be to promote healthy living, both mentally and physically, by appealing to a large number of students with different approaches to wellness and health.

Pictured from left to right are Thomas Ehlers (2019, club co-founder), Rahim Lakhani (2020), Michelle Pham (2021), Kwame N. Doh (2020), Jay Emlen, DPM (Class of 2018, club co-founder) and Peter Barbosa, PhD (Club Faculty Advisor). 
IPC Students Create Spanish Guide as Fundraiser for Medical Mission
To raise funds for their late June medical mission to the Dominican Republic, members of the International Podiatry Club (IPC) created a literally pocket-sized Spanish Podiatric Medicine Pocket Guide (2018). Meant to fit into a lab-coat pocket, the diminutive booklet translates basic vocabulary, then addresses common medical terms and common diabetic foot terms, before translating questions that are meant to start conversations in Spanish with patients (and not take the place of a formal translator).

In the photo, are Spanish Guide creators and IPCers, left to right, Jennifer Chow, Kawsar Ibrahim, Thi Pham, Ronika Kaur and Jose Grullon. 
Sara Stachura Receives ABPM Graduate Merit Award

Sara Stachura, valedictorian of the Class of 2018, was awarded the American Board of Podiatric Medicine's (ABPM) Graduate Merit Award, recognizing her excellence in podiatric medicine and podiatric orthopedics. She also received a check for $2,000. Below, David George, DPM ('72) (right), presented the award to Dr. Stachura with Michael J. Trepal, DPM ('81), NYCPM VP of Academic Affairs and Dean (left).
Alumni News
Dr. George ('72) Appointed to Municipal Board of Health
David George, DPM ('72) has been appointed to the Leonia, NJ Board of Health by that city's mayor to a full three-year term. He is a past

president of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. At NYCPM, he is currently an
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medical Science at NYCPM, but has been a full Professor of Podiatric Medicine, Director of Off-Campus Education, Direc-...  Read more
Dr. Israel Goldstein ('80) Presents Check to NYCPM

In May, Israel Goldstein, DPM ('80) visited NYCPM to present his annual contribution to his named scholarship fund. In the photo above, Joel Sturm, COO (left) and President and CEO Louis L. Levine (right) accept a check from Dr. Goldstein (center).
CPME Re-elects Dr. Trepal ('81) Chair
At a recent meeting of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME)  Michael Trepal, DPM , and
Kieran Mahan, DPM, were re-elected as chair and vice-chair, respectively.Dr. Trepal is Vice 

President for 
Academic Affairs and Dean, and Professor of Surgical Sciences at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Mahan is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and a tenured professor in the Department of Podiatric Surgery at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. 
Dr. Maurais ('08) Certified in Surgery

Stephanie Maurais, DPM ('08), Clinical Instructor in Radiology and Medical Sciences, recently received Board certification in Surgery from ABFAS (American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery).
Dr. Gelman ('10) Named Health Commissioner
Irina Gelman, DPM ('10), MPH , PhDc has been named Orange County's next Commissioner of Health.  Dr. Gelman completed her residency at Coney Island Hospital in 2014. She earned her Masters of 

Public Health in 2012 from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Gelman is currently working on her PhD at Walden University, with a concentration on community health. Dr. Gelman's dissertation will focus on telehealth initiatives in rural areas. Source: PM News
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