Week of February 16, 2016
SHSP Capstone Project Gets Published
What started as a joint capstone project for students in the health policy and management program and environmental health sciences program became a published paper in the International Journal of Sustainability Education, (Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.21-36). The paper, On the Road to a Green New York Medical College , was based on the spring 2014 capstone project and became the catalyst for GreenNYMC, a campus-wide sustainability and environmental protection effort. The project identified seven common elements in successful sustainability programs: program logo, collaboration, single stream recycling, prominent signage and guidelines, education and training, a designated sustainability coordinator, and tracking and metrics, as well as evaluating the school's readiness for the initiative. After graduation in May 2014, new alumni Babita Burathoki, M.P.H. '14, Jannat Gill, M.P.H. '14, and Alyssa Joseph, M.P.H. '14, continued to work on the project and write the manuscript. The paper was also selected for presentation at the Eleventh International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Copenhagen, Denmark in January 2015.

"As part of my ongoing commitment to our students and the school, I encourage our students to submit and present their research. For me, it is extremely rewarding to see our students make a mark in the field of public health, since after all, we are training the next generation of public health leaders," said first author Denise C. Tahara, Ph.D., associate professor of public health practice and director of M.P.H. studies in the Department of Health Policy and Management, who served as one of the faculty advisors for the capstone project.   

February is American Heart Month

Show your support for American Heart Month and participate in the NYMC photo contest. Share your photo on social media with the hashtag #HeartNYMC. The photo with the most "likes" will win a NYMC blanket and mug. Contest ends at midnight on February 29.

Luis Montes, M.S., is Named Senior Director of Information Technology Services

Luis Montes, M.S., has been named senior director of information technology services, overseeing educational media, telephony, infrastructure, program management, systems and applications. He is responsible for the development and use of information technologies, resources and services that align with and enhance the mission of NYMC.  He assumed the position on February 15 after serving as interim director since August 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Montes served as IT director of systems and applications. He reports to Michael Rogovin, vice president of operations, and has a dotted line reporting relationship to Frank Steen, vice president of technology at Touro College and University System. Mr. Montes holds M.S. degrees in telecommunications and networks and in computer science and a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in computer science. Mr. Montes has been with NYMC for 15 years.

Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., fourth from left, professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy, and WMC Health hosted a symposium, "Diagnosis and Management of Common Childhood Neurological Problems: A Guide for Pediatricians," on January 9. The symposium provided an overview of the neurological problems encountered in outpatient, urgent care and emergency room settings with emphases on presentation, evaluation, current and novel treatment approaches and return to normalcy. The faculty included, from left: Wendy Silver, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics; conference planner Connie Leonick, R.N., M.S.N., CPNP; Michael Tobias, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery; Monica McHenry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, associate professor of speech-language pathology; Ronald I. Jacobson, M.D., clinical associate professor of pediatrics; Suzanne Braniecki Matteo, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Nathan E. Millard, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics; and Michael S. Tenner, M.D., professor of radiology.


Zvi G. Loewy, Ph.D., adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology, who is also professor and chair of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences at Touro College of Pharmacy, was the invited keynote speaker at the International Dental Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 29. His seminar "Edentulism and its Impact on Systemic Health" presented research on the relationship between the microbial flora in the oral cavity and its correlation with the incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Dr. Loewy's laboratory has demonstrated that there is a relationship between tooth loss and the incidence of COPD and that edentulous patients are at a statistically greater risk for COPD as compared to dentate individuals. In collaboration with colleagues at UCLA, Dr. Lowey's laboratory has developed novel surface chemistries that can modulate the distribution of microbes in biofilms. Respiratory pathogens are selectively killed and replaced by commensal microbes.


Luis F. Riquelme, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP, BCS-S, associate professor of clinical speech-language pathology, was a guest on blog talk radio, Voice Aerobics, hosted by Mary Spremulli. He discussed "We're Talking About Dysphagia, including: Effects of DBS on Swallowing in PD."

New York Medical College Leadership News:

WHO Urges Women To Cover Up, Have Safe Sex In Zika Areas
WWNT-AM Talk Radio - 2/11/2016
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs


Microcephaly: Causes & Symptoms
Live Science - 2/11/2016
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs

WWNT-AM Talk Radio - 2/11/2016
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs
Los Angeles Times - 2/9/2016
Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs
Faculty News:

WAMC Northeast Radio - 2/11/2016
Debra Bessen, Ph.D.,professor of microbiology and immunology
Marvin Medow , Ph.D., professor of pediatrics
Mid-Hudson News - 2/11/2016
Debra Bessen, Ph.D.,professor of microbiology and immunology
Marvin Medow , Ph.D., professor of pediatrics
HamletHub - 2/6/2016
Gary P. Wormser, M.D., professor of medicine, chief of Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chairman of Department of Medicine

Scientists warn of Asian tiger mosquito link to Zika

The Journal News - 2/6/2016
Thomas J. Daniels, Ph.D., research assistant professor of family & community medicine

Tuesday, February 16
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds
11:00 a.m.
Ph.D. Student Research Colloquium
12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17
Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds 
8:00 a.m.
Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology Seminar 
8:00 a.m.
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds 
9:00 a.m.
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds 
11:30 a.m.
Department of Pathology Research Seminar  1:00 p.m.
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Seminar 
2:00 p.m.
Department of Neurology Grand Rounds
4:00 p.m.
Fitness Center Ribbon Cutting Event  5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 19
Department of Pharmacology Seminar 
11:00 a.m.

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Gold Humanism
Honor Society 

Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care

February 15-19



The Dr. Edward F. and
Mrs. Anna M. Asprinio
Fitness Center
Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, February 17 
5:00 p.m.

19 Skyline Drive
Ground Floor

Light refreshments and
tours of the facility


Movie Night

People Will Talk
A 1951 film starring Cary
Grant and Jeanne Crain

Monday,  February 22
  5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Chouake Audi torium

5:00 p.m.
Light Glatt Kosher Dinner

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion


Meet the Doctors
Lecture Series

Teenage Alcohol and Marijuana Use: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Headed?
Wednesday, February 24
7:00 p.m.

Mount Pleasant
Public Library
350 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570


Marcia Nackenson, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
of Pediatrics
Division of Adolescent Medicine

   Colleen Griffin Wagner
Steering Committee Member, Pleasantville STRONG;
Trustee, Village of Pleasantville


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