Montefiore Medical Group Leadership
The leadership team at Montefiore Medical Group (MMG) brings extraordinary levels of expertise and experience to our organization. MMG leadership upholds the highest standards of excellence and shows a dedication to the a model of care that addresses the needs of our patients in the the Bronx and Westchester County.
We invite you to get to know our executives and medical directors:
Andrew D. Racine, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Andrew D. Racine, MD, PhD, is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Montefiore Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is responsible for Quality and Safety, Medical Affairs, Graduate Medical Education, and the 22-site Montefiore Medical Group.
Dr. Racine joined Montefiore in 1992 as Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, where he was responsible for two large academic practices that include attending pediatricians as well as pediatric residents. Prior to this role, he served as Associate Director of Pediatrics at Jacobi Medical Center and as a faculty member in the Division of General Pediatrics at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.
On a national level, Dr. Racine has been active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), serving as Chairman of the Advocacy Committee and Vice President and President of Chapter 3, District II. He also serves on the National Committee on Child Health Financing of the AAP and has achieved national recognition for his work on the use of hospital data to measure the effects of policy changes on health outcomes. Dr. Racine has received numerous awards, including the Lewis M. Fraad Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Emily Fenichel Award for Leadership in the New York Zero to Three Field. He was inducted into the Leo M. Davidoff Society of Albert Einstein College of Medicine for excellence in teaching.
Dr. Racine completed his undergraduate education at Harvard and holds a combined doctorate in medicine and economics from New York University. He trained at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital and went on to join the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Jorge Rodriguez, MPA
Assistant Vice President
As Assistant Vice President, Jorge Rodriguez applies his knowledge and experience gained from a career in ambulatory and community healthcare to oversee Montefiore's wide range of MMG practices, including physician group practices, Federally Qualified Health Centers, community-based practices and academic teaching sites serving over 300,000 individuals throughout the Bronx.
He began his healthcare career in 1990 working at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, initially as a case manager for patients with AIDS, and later as program coordinator for the Ryan White program. In 1996, he joined the New York State Department of Health as Associate Director for Primary Care, working with regional community health centers and hospital ambulatory care departments to develop innovative comprehensive outpatient programs.
Rodriguez joined Montefiore Medical Center in 2001 as Administrative Director of the Designated AIDS Center, where he was responsible for inpatient, outpatient and special pharmacy services. During his tenure, he expanded the AIDS Center’s role in the community by developing prevention programs and sponsoring outreach events to increase public awareness and knowledge about HIV and AIDS. In 2005, he became Associate Director of Montefiore Medical Group, assuming responsibility for running the group’s largest academic primary care site, where he focused on improving access, practice redesign and the patient experience. In 2008, Mr. Rodriguez was appointed Director of Operations for MMG's academic and neighborhood practices.
Rodriguez holds an MPA from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. He currently serves on the board of the Community Health Care Association of New York State.
Maureen Warner, RN
Director of Operations - Group Practices
Maureen Warner joined Montefiore in 1995 as Manager for Health Promotion, responsible for the development of a nursing-led hypertension program for MMG. Four years later, she was promoted to Director of Clinical Services and Education, in charge of clinical services in the 22 primary care offices, 15 school-based health clinics and eight homeless shelters within the network.
In this position, she coordinated the development of the ambulatory nursing education curriculum to enhance support staff competency and improve the quality of care delivered, and she managed multiple successful Joint Commission accreditations.
In 2010, Warner was promoted to Director of Operations, responsible for fiscal, clinical and human resource management in 11 MMG non-teaching health centers and the development of three urgent care centers. Together with the management team, she is responsible for the implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, a unique model of care providing comprehensive, proactive and team-based care to all MMG patients.
Warner holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and a master’s degree in healthcare management from Mercy College. She also has a background in emergency department, intensive care unit and medical/surgical nursing and more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in acute care and ambulatory care settings.
Donald D. Raum, MD
Regional Medical Director - Group Practices
Donald D. Raum, MD, joined Montefiore in July 2000 as a primary care provider at Montefiore Medical Group's Bronx East site. He became a site Medical Director in 2002, and subsequently Regional Medical Director for 11 MMG sites. He currently serves on numerous operations and quality committees, and is responsible for the delivery of care by physicians at these sites in the Bronx and nearby Westchester County. Dr. Raum is also Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
Dr. Raum graduated from medical school at University of California, Los Angeles, where he was also an intern in internal medicine. He was a fellow in medicine at New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center; a fellow in rheumatology and immunology at the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School; and a fellow in hematology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Prior to joining Montefiore, Dr. Raum served as Assistant in Medicine, Instructor, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Beth Israel, Boston. His research interests at the Center for Blood Research in those years were in immunology, complement proteins, genetics, histocompatibility typing and diabetes.
Jonathan A. Swartz, MD
Regional Medical Director - Teaching Practices
Jonathan A. Swartz, MD, MBA, is Regional Medical Director for Montefiore Medical Group, where he oversees a network of 11 primary care practices performing 450,000 visits annually. He has had a clinical practice and leadership roles in underserved New York communities for over 25 years in the areas of practice management, residency education and managed care.
At Montefiore, Dr. Swartz championed diabetes improvement efforts at MMG over the past decade, culminating recently in a Bridges to Excellence Award for 122 MMG physicians. He recently led the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) pilot program at two MMG practices, and is now working with other MMG leadership to extend PCMH transformation across MMG.
Dr. Swartz completed his medical schooling at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is board certified in family medicine and holds a master's in business administration from the Physician Executive MBA Program of the University of Tennessee. He has worked as a clinician and leader for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, NY, and the Institute for Urban Family Health.
Dr. Swartz was the founding Medical Director of the Bronx Health Plan (now Affinity Health Plan) and returned to Montefiore in 2000 as Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine before taking on his current MMG role in 2006.
Director of Finance
Michael Brandsdorfer is Director of Finance for Montefiore Medical Group, overseeing the financial reporting and management of its more than 20 outpatient sites and over 800,000 annual visits.
Prior to joining Montefiore in 2012, he spent five years as the Finance Director of a Federally Qualified Health Center in Brooklyn and six years as a member of the HealthCare Group at RSM McGladrey/Goldstein Golub Kessler, LLP.
Mr. Brandsdorfer received his BS in accounting from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in 2001 and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 2003. In 2009, he received the Jeffrey T. Latman Award for excellence in fiscal management from the Community Health Care Association of New York State.
Rahil Briggs, PsyD
Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services
Rahil Briggs, PsyD, joined us in 2005 as Director and founder of the Healthy Steps Program at Montefiore, a program that has expanded to multiple MMG sites to help to ensure that parents and their babies get started on the right track. Three years later, in 2008, Dr. Briggs was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2013, she was named Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services and tasked with spearheading the formation of the most comprehensive integrated behavioral health system in the nation, developing innovative behavioral health programs for our pediatric and adolescent population while continuing to expand Healthy Steps to other sites.
Dr. Briggs's work concentrates on bringing together mental health specialists with primary care pediatrics, to focus on prevention, early childhood mental health and development, and parent-child relationships.
A Duke University graduate, Dr. Briggs completed her doctoral work at New York University. She has published numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters, and she is widely quoted in popular publications.
Noel C. Brown, MD
Director of Performance Improvement
Noel C. Brown, MD, is Director of Performance Improvement at Montefiore Medical Group and currently practices at Montefiore Medical Group – Grand Concourse.
As Director of Performance Improvement for MMG, Dr. Brown oversees all clinical quality improvement and patient services initiatives. He also leads a team of data analysts who work closely with MMG physicians and practices to develop dashboards and other analytics to drive performance improvement.
Dr. Brown received his medical degree at Albany College of Medicine and completed his residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. He completed his fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center and is board certified in family medicine.
Sabine Nicoleau, MS
Director of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Initiatives
Sabine Nicoleau leads the strategic, operational and technical components of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Initiative within MMG. The overarching goal of the PCMH Initiative is to provide comprehensive, proactive and team-based care to all MMG patients. As Director of the PCMH Initiative, Nicoleau collaborates with Montefiore senior leadership to determine implementation strategy and rollout plans, to set quality and patient experience goals, and to ensure that MMG meets PCMH recognition criteria that are set by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Nicoleau leads a team of change management coaches who work closely with MMG practices to facilitate culture change, improve systems and redesign workflows with the aim of transforming the delivery of care, improving quality and enhancing the patient experience.
Nicoleau – who holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in health policy and management—joined Montefiore in 2009 as a Project Director for the MMG Ryan White program. She has a strong background in healthcare consulting, operations and performance improvement, gained with organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Director of Finance - Reimbursement and Data Analysis
Lisa Stumpo serves as Chief Revenue and Reimbursement Officer of Montefiore Medical Group and Montefiore Wakefield Ambulatory Care Center.
Stumpo is responsible for the oversight, reporting and analysis of all MMG reimbursement activities, including revenue cycle, business planning and physician compensation.
She has over 20 years of experience with various healthcare institutions with a focus on revenue cycle, coding and compliance, billing, collections and accounts receivable management and data analysis and reporting activities.
Her career began at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1991, where she worked in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology and the Physician Billing Department. She joined Montefiore in 1997 with progression as Billing Supervisor, Trainer and Manager of Physician Compensation. Her career moved forward as she joined the Weill Cornell Physician Organization in 2000, where she was Professional Billing Administrator followed by Assistant Director of Billing Operations. She re-joined Montefiore in June 2006 as Director of Revenue Cycle Initiatives.
Stumpo attended Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences and New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Maureen Vachna, RN, MSN
Director of Nursing
Maureen Vachna, RN, has served as Director of Nursing for Montefiore Medical Group since May 2012. She has over 30 years of nursing leadership experience. Prior to joining MMG, she was the Nursing Site Director of Medical Patient Care Centers & Services at the Wakefield Campus. In her current role, Ms. Vachna is responsible for the nursing clinical oversight of the Patient-Centered Medical Home and provides technical, educational and consultative support to all nursing staff.
Ms. Vachna received her BSN from Mercy College and her MSN in nursing administration from the College of New Rochelle. She also has certification as a Nurse Executive and Pediatric Nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Brian Wong, MD, MBA
Director of Adult Behavioral Health Services
Brian Wong, MD, MBA, joined Montefiore Medical Group in 2013 as Director of Adult Behavioral Services. In this role, he oversees implementation and service expansion of a comprehensive integrated behavioral health system across all MMG sites. Dr. Wong also provides direct patient care at MMG’s Family Health Center.
Dr. Wong received his undergraduate degree in biology summa cum laude from Temple University’s combined degree BA/MD program. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in addition to his MBA in Healthcare Management from Temple’s Fox School of Business. He completed a residency in psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Wong is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Wong has worked in research at Harvard Medical School and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program. He has also presented work at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Before joining Montefiore, Dr. Wong worked in private practice in Manhattan.