Volume 6, Number 4 - April 2019
Graduation 2019 News
Assemblymember Rodriguez Will Be Keynote Speaker for Commencement; 
Rodriguez and Moran to Receive Honorary Degrees
At the Class of 2019 Commencement ceremony on May 21 at Alice Tully Hall, the keynote address will be delivered by New York State
Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez, BA, MBAHe was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2010, and represents New York's 68 th  Assembly District, NYCPM's, which includes East Harlem, Central Harlem, and parts of the Upper East Side in Manhattan. He has helped champion legislation in Albany that would be of great benefit to FCNY and put it on equal footing with other academic-affiliated patient centers including SUNY Optometry and NYU Dental. He will  also receive  the ... Read More
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Judith Quintana, BS, MPA
Assistant Dean
Clinical Clerkships and Affiliations

Assistant Dean Judith Quintana is totally invested in ensuring that NYCPM's students succeed. It's not just her job, it's her passion.
   Her evolution began with a BS in biology/premed at Fordham University, which launched her into a career in the field of healthcare administration for the next 20 years. After working at Columbia-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical Center, she joined Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and there worked under Mark Swartz, MD (NYCPM's Medical Director), helping ...
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Peter Barbosa, PhD, Departs
Michael J. Trepal, DPM, VP of Academic Affairs and Dean, announced in mid-April the departure of Peter Barbosa, PhD, Professor in Pre-Clinical Sciences, at the end of the month. A member of the faculty since August 2011, Dr. Barbosa "was an educator, mentor, student, advocate, researcher and faculty leader here," he said. Dr. Barbosa has accepted a position at Catholic University in his native Puerto Rico, close to his family. "He will be sorely missed," said Dr. Trepal.
New Agreement Signed Between NYCPM and Polish University
In early April, Michael J. Trepal, DPM, FACFAS Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, and Tomasz Grodzicki, Vice-Rector and Dorota Kłys, Deputy Bursar of Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland, signed a Direct Cultural and Scientific Cooperation Agreement. The agreement "tightens" the scientific cooperation between the two institutions, aiming to develop and maintain cooperation in the fields of podiatry and physical therapy.
   The cooperation will include an exchange of clerkships in the summer of 2019, in which 2-3 students from each institution will undertake two- to four-weeks of clinical training at the other. The agreement might also include an exchange of faculty; joint research projects; meetings, seminars and courses on subjects to be determined; exchange of information and scientific publications; and development of cooperation between the institutions' libraries.

NYCPM and Jagiellonian University Medical College signed a new cooperation agreement in April. Malgorzata Kulesa-Mrowiecka, PhD, (center in photo)Vice Director of The Institute of Physiotherapy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, brought the signed agreement to NYCPM for its signature. Witnessing the signing were, left to right: Dean Michael J. Trepal, DPM, who signed for NYCPM; President and CEO Louis L. Levine; COO Joel Sturm; Dr. Kulesa-Mrowiecka; Dean of Pre-Clinical Sciences and Director of Institutional Research Dr. Eileen D. Chusid; Associate Professor in Pre-Clinical Sciences Dr. Fortunato Battaglia, and Professor and Chair, Department of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Ronald Soave (who will assume the position of Dean of Clinical Education on July 1).
NYCPM at Superbones
Superbones Superwounds East was a podiatric conference for podiatric surgeons, residents and students held in Teaneck, NJ April 5-7. NYCPM faculty were among the presenters.

At the conference were, left to right, Arthur Gudeon, DPM ('60), David H. George, DPM ('72), and Stanley Kalish, DPM ('71).
Upcoming Community Events
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9am - 1pm , National Alliance for Mental Health Walk, South Street Seaport Promenade, lower Manhattan. Services needed for walkers. Students will provide foot screenings and information.
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11am - 2pm , Polo Grounds Cornerstone Community Center, 3005 8 th Avenue, New York City 10039. Many workshops, classes and screenings. Students will provide foot screenings and information.
Alumni News
Dr. Michael Cassano (1984) Dies
PM News reported the passing of Michael Cassano, DPM ('84), on April 12. According to Gary Stones, DPM ('84), Cassano was a longtime member of the Nassau County Podiatric Medical Association, as is his wife, Dr. Maryann Alongi.
Student News
Thi Pham (2019) Places 2nd in
APMWA Writing Contest
Thi Pham's (Class of 2019) entry, "Cut the Bread, Not the Bone: Emphasis on Nutrition Education for Both Patient and Provider," placed second in the American Podiatric Medical Writers Association's 33 rd Annual Student Writing Competition.
   Her paper is about the importance of educating both patients and providers. Educating patients, especially those with diabetes, about the foods they eat and how those foods impact their health and everyday life -- while maintaining sensitivity to cultural preferences -- is as valuable ... Read more
Dr. Russell Volpe Among US Podiatrists to Lecture in Spain
In early April, Russell G. Volpe, DPM ('83), Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics, joined several other US podiatrists and medical specialists who lectured at the 3rd International Seminar on Foot Pathology in Zaragoza, Spain. Dr. Volpe lectured about "Clinical Criteria for the Treatment of Asymptomatic Flatfoot in Children," and "Transverse Plane Foot and Leg Deformities in Children - Diagnosis and Management." He also participated in panel discussions about pediatric podiatry with US podiatrists and Spanish podologists.
At the 3rd 
International Seminar on Foot Pathology in Zaragoza, Spain were, left to right: Russell G. Volpe, DPM; Thomas G. McPoil, PT, PhD (Colorado); Kevin Kirby, DPM (California), and Rafael Navarro, President of the College of Podologists of Aragon, Spain, which sponsored the seminar.
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Positano Co-Authors Text about MS  

Deputy Board Chairman  , has co-authored Multiple Sclerosis for the Non-Neurologist , a text published by Wolters Kluwer. Multiple Sclerosis for the Non-Neurologist is an up-to-date resource for physicians, residents, fellows and others who care for patients with MS. It contains authoritative information on all aspects of MS, including monitoring requirements, potential risks and adverse events of various therapies and possible drug interactions and contraindications of medications. Dr. Positano is Director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Source: PM News
Students in Action at Community Events

Don't Walk By (photo above)  was a month-long series of events in February organized by the Rescue Alliance, and served homeless people met on the streets and on subways and invited back to a host site to receive a meal, clothing and other supplies, medical care and additional services. NYCPM students, with faculty supervision, provided foot screenings, also offering humanitarian support to the many homeless and less fortunate . They also distributed information at these events. They are not only screening for pathology, but also offering humanitarian support to the many homeless and less fortunate they see there.

On Saturday, March 30, students represented FCNY and NYCPM at Health First's Community Health Screening at Claremont Neighborhood Center in the Bronx (photo above). The NYCPM students, with faculty supervision, performed foot screenings and distributed information.
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