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June 19, 2017


Shalom Kalnicki, MD, Sujith Baliga, MD, and Madhur Garg, MD, at the Cancer Center Alumni and Friends Reception at ASCO.

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care had a remarkable presence at this year’s American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago, with more than 40 research abstracts accepted. Joseph Sparano, MD, Edward Wolin, MD, Eirwen Miller, MD, Jesus del Santa Anampa Mesias, MD, Peter Cole, MD, Jennifer Jorgensen, MD, and Sujith Baliga, MD, were all first authors on poster presentations that detailed some of the innovative research being conducted at our Cancer Center. Sanjay Goel, MD, and Balazs Halmos, MD, were co-authors in two oral abstracts on developmental therapeutics and immunotherapy, the leading topic of the conference. A highlight of the conference was the Cancer Center’s Annual Alumni and Friends Reception, where more than 50 members of our faculty and alumni came together to honor Rasim Gucalp, MD, for his leadership as the hematology/oncology fellowship program director for the past 14 years.

Rasim Gucalp, MD, (center right) with fellows and alumni.


The New York Hilton was the site of a gala marking Montefiore’s 64th Annual 25 Year Club Celebration on June 2. Montefiore’s exceptional level of care is made possible by our experienced associates, many of whom have dedicated their entire careers to our mission of providing excellent, compassionate care. Our 25 Year Club now boasts 4,098 members. Montefiore’s Human Resources Department awarded each of this year’s inductees a commemorative watch. The group then joined Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore, and Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Montefiore, for a photo. Thank you all for your many years of service and commitment!

Dr. Safyer (far left) and Dr. Ozuah (far right) with members of the 25 Year Club at the New York Hilton.



It’s time to recognize the hard work and dedication of our fellow associates by nominating candidates for Montefiore’s highest honor. The President’s Award nominees represent a cross-section of associates including direct caregivers, support staff and administrators. They embody Montefiore’s values of humanity, innovation, teamwork, diversity and equity.

To learn more and nominate an associate, visit presidentsaward beginning June 19. Deadline is July 7, 2017.



The boundaries of Montefiore doctor-patient conversations are expanding from the territory of “What’s the matter?” into the region of “What matters to you?” according to Damara Gutnick, MD, Medical Director, Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative (MHVC). On June 6, MHVC participated in the international What Matters To You Day, an initiative introduced by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 2012. “By asking patients about what is important to them and listening to what they say, we can learn from our patients and design care plans that incorporate their goals and priorities, which are more likely to be followed,” says Dr. Gutnick. “If we can show patients that we care and we’re aware, that builds stronger partnerships, and improves outcomes.” Dr. Gutnick hopes that every clinician will adopt this approach to uncover underlying factors that may interfere with a patient’s plan of care, and to identify essential support services that may be beneficial.

Discover more about this initiative and the Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative at


Katherine Di Palo, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP, Clinical Program Leader, Heart Failure Readmissions Reduction Program, Montefiore, and Ileana Piña, MD, MPH, Associate Chief, Academic Affairs, Montefiore, and Professor, Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, Einstein, conducted original research on Montefiore’s Patient Navigator Program, which was highlighted at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. Theirs was the only abstract accepted out of the 35 participating hospitals.

Raman Singhal, MD, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Wakefield, and Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, Einstein, has been awarded an Innovation grant from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine to study perceptions of social determinants of health among international medical graduates at Montefiore.

Alan J. Shapiro, MD, Senior Medical Director, Community Pediatric Programs, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy statement, “Detention of Immigrant Children.” The policy, published online in March and in the May 2017 edition of the journal Pediatrics, states that all children, regardless of immigration status, should be treated with dignity and respect. The policy calls for the end of detention of immigrant children and families seeking safe haven at the U.S. Southwest border. In addition, detained children should never be separated from their caretakers; they should receive quality healthcare while detained; and all immigrant children should have access to legal representation.


Autism Clinical Trials

The Autism and Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Program at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine is dedicated to finding new and improved treatment for children and adults living with autism.

We currently have opportunities for children and adults to take part in clinical trials for autism treatment.

For more information, contact Bonnie Taylor at or 718-920-2909.

Director: Eric Hollander, MD



A educational forum on 22q11.2 deletion syndrome for patients, families and healthcare professionals. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, June 22 | 6:00 PM
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Price Center – Room 451
1301 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York 10461

RSVP: Erica Kessler at



Join us as the New York Yankees play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and support the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Center for Children and Families at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Limited tickets start at $50 per person. Suite tickets starting at $350. First come, first served.

Tuesday, June 22, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Purchase tickets online at

Contact Megan L. Cerezo at or 718-920-2959 with questions.


Topic: Strategies to Manage Sugar and Salt
Drop in to this month’s Wellness Workshop to participate in an informative and experiential session on how to manage sugar and salt for a healthy lifestyle. The first 10 participants to register on the portal plus attend the workshop get a free gift! Successful completion and portal registration awards you three free raffle tickets in our Healthy Habits Raffle Campaign, where we’re raffling off six $1,000 prizes each quarter.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Noon – 1:00 PM
Moses Campus and Streaming Live on Zoom

In-Person: 3514 Dekalb Avenue, Conference Room
Online via Zoom: Register at:
T: 408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 812-624-328

Register to attend in-person at or register
for Zoom at