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June 5, 2017


Montefiore Einstein Center for Innovation in Simulation (MECIS) provides a dynamic, multidisciplinary training environment where healthcare providers strengthen their skills and learn new techniques. Led by Center Director Marvin Fried, MD, Chairman, Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, MECIS is an integral part of many departments’ research and education initiatives.

Last year, learners participated in simulations relating to Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Interventional Radiology, and Emergency Medicine, among others. In just six months, MECIS had more than 450 participants from departments across the health system participating in simulations.

Residents participate in simulations.

MECIS sees continued growth in 2017, with Emily Kaplan joining the team as Clinical Director in May. She’ll work with Merona Hollingsworth, Simulation Coordinator, to expand the MECIS offering. The ORL faculty is developing simulation curriculum on airway management in collaboration with multiple departments. Otolaryngology boot camps for internal and external learners are currently in planning, as is a plan to develop standard protocols using Sigma, an innovative software application developed by Evan Garfein, MD, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Marc Gibber, MD, Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, and Reza Yassari, MD, Neurological Surgery. Participants use this software to review the simulation before, during and after training sessions, a process that includes group discussion and critiques. This will support objective data analysis to accompany video analysis in the post-simulation debrief, informing future simulations and research, and furnishing a more complete training experience.

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Last year’s winners pictured with Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore (far right) are, from left: Elizabeth Colao, RN, Patient Care Coordinator, Nursing/10S; Boateng Ohende-Adjei, MRI Technologist, Radiology; Belinda Ostrowsky, MD, Director, Healthcare Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, and Christos Trivlis, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition.

Chances are you work side-by-side with someone who embodies Montefiore’s highest values of teamwork, humanity, diversity, innovation and equity. He or she is a colleague who has been at Montefiore for at least five years; the one who brings and shares the best of themselves every day. Please nominate this person for the President’s Award—the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Nominees represent a cross-section of associates including direct caregivers, support staff and administrators.

Watch for more information as we near the June 19 launch date of the nomination period.



For more than 30 years, Children's Hospital at Montefiore's (CHAM) Child Abuse Program has been on the front lines evaluating, treating and preventing child abuse and neglect, while minimizing trauma and maximizing safety. As the newly named The J.E. and Z.B. Butler Center for Children and Families at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, the commitment to family-centered care is affirmed, while the focus on treatment and prevention is enhanced.

The Center provides a safe space for children and families to heal, with evidence-based therapies for children and their families. Medical and behavioral health teams work collaboratively to provide diagnostic evaluations and treatments and a full array of mental health services with particular emphasis on trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. The behavioral team also offers a special group treatment program for school age children with problematic sexual behaviors and their caregivers.

"Over the years, we have become known for our compassionate approach to caring for children who have endured traumatizing experiences," says the Center's acting director Lynn Hamberg, LMSW, MEd. "Together with our community partners, we strive to improve the quality of lives of children and their families through our family focused approach and state-of-the-art interventions."

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Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine, received the 2017 Heritage Healthcare Organizational Leadership Award. The Heritage Provider Network and a division of Crain’s New York Business 2017 Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards recognize trailblazers transforming access to, and quality of, affordable healthcare in the New York metropolitan area.

Colleen Blye, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, was honored by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of its 150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know 2017.

Kamilah A. Dowling, DNP, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) was named a 2017 Rising Star by the Business Council of Westchester and was selected as one of its “40 under 40,” honoring the best and brightest of Westchester’s young professionals.

Sheldon Feldman, MD, Chief, Breast Surgery and Breast Surgical Oncology, Montefiore, and Professor, Clinical Surgery, serves as the 2016-2017 president of The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS). He recently delivered the Presidential Address, “The Road Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities,” at the recent 2017 ASBrS Annual Meeting.

Shalom Kalnicki, MD, Chairman and Professor, Radiation Oncology, Montefiore and Einstein, has been selected as the medical honoree for the American Cancer Society’s 12th Annual Financial Services Cares Gala, to be held on June 22. This gala honors the late Eugene O’Kelly, former chairman and CEO of KPMG, who passed away from cancer in 2005. Each year, his peers in the financial services industry commemorate his legacy by honoring a prominent, philanthropic leader with the Eugene D. O’Kelly Award. Dr. Kalnicki will receive the 2017 Eugene D. O’Kelly Award, in recognition of his research and career in radiation oncology that has proven to be an incredible asset to the cancer community and to patients in the region.

Gigi Madore, MD, Director, Emergency Medicine, Montefiore New Rochelle, was named Physician of the Year by the Westchester EMS Council on May 18.

Lauren Malone, Director, Public Relations and Marketing, Nyack Hospital, was named among the “Top Hospital Marketers of the Year” for 2017 by DTC Perspectives, a leading healthcare marketing publisher. The Top Hospital Marketers of the Year Awards recognize extraordinary hospital marketers who drive innovation, lead great creative and work toward better branding for their hospital, health system or facility.

Robert A. Michler, MD, Samuel I. Belkin Endowed Chair, Surgeon-in-Chief, Chairman and Professor, Surgery and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, and Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, received the Vladimir I. Burakovsky Prize “For outstanding personal contributions to the development of cardiovascular surgery” at the opening ceremony of the XXI Annual Russian Cardiovascular Surgery meeting of the Russian Federation of the Ministry of Health. Dr. Burakovsky is considered the father of Russian cardiovascular surgery and this prize honors his memory.

Norman Otsuka, MD, Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Professor, Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery and Clinical Pediatrics, Einstein, serves as Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Orthopaedics. He, along with Brian Shaw, MD, Chief, Pediatric Surgery at Memorial Hospital for Children and Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Vice Chair of AAP Section on Orthopaedics, accepted the Young Member Involvement award on behalf of the Section on Orthopaedics (SOOr), which offers multiple programs for young members, including mentorship, opportunities to attend the national conference and scholarships for young members to accompany senior members on mission trips to educate local clinicians. This recognition is one of the highest awarded by AAP leadership.


The newly renovated Farrand Building at Montefiore's Wakefield Campus was unveiled on May 15 at a ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO; Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, PhD, Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Bruce Schwartz, MD, Deputy Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Matthew Schneider, MD, Clinical Director, Wakefield Campus, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. They were joined by Montefiore clinicians, administrators and staff at the facility, which houses the Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic and the following programs: the Wakefield Child Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic; Wakefield Recovery Center and the Wakefield Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. At the ribbon cutting, Dr. Alpert expressed his excitement for the opportunities that the new space provides: "I am filled with pride to know the Wakefield Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic will be a place of hope, a place of support, and place of expert understanding."

From left: Jennifer Serrano, Financial Services Administrator, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Wakefield Division; Bruce Schwartz, MD, Deputy Chairman, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Steven M. Safyer, President and CEO; Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, PhD, Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Philip Ozuah, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Sabrina Mueller, LCSW, Director, Clinical and Business Affairs, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Wakefield Division, and Matthew Schneider, MD, Clinical Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Wakefield Division.

ON JUNE 25 2017

Join fellow associates and friends on Sunday, June 25 as we again represent Montefiore's longstanding commitment to the LGBTQ community through a strong showing at the New York City Pride March. We are proud to have been the only New York City hospital to have a float at last year's Pride March, one of the world's largest LGBTQ celebrations.

Montefiore’s participation in the 2016 march strengthened collaborations between several of our clinical programs working on various LGBTQ health issues, and the event united Montefiore associates and Einstein medical students in a common purpose, demonstrating our commitment to doing more for the LGBTQ community. Last year, we also were named a 2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality after participating in the Human Rights Campaign’s Health Equality Index, which we look forward to promoting to New York City residents this Pride season!

So mark your calendars and join us for an even bigger showing at this year's Pride March! Contact Justin Toro at for more information.

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Are You Suffering from Major Depressive Disorder?

The Anxiety and Depression Research Program at Montefiore is dedicated to finding new and improved treatment options for adults 18–75 years of age suffering from major depressive disorder.

Call 718-920-2933 or email to learn about our current clinical trial opportunities. Clinical study treatment is provided at no cost.



Montefiore hosts its 19th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner benefitting Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). The tournament takes place at one of Golf Digest’s Top 100 courses— Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Sponsored by HiTouch Business Services, LLC and Affiliate Atlantic, Tomorrow’s Office.

Monday, June 12 (Morning and afternoon tee times available.)
Morning tee time: 8:00 AM | Afternoon tee time: 1:30 PM
Registration: 6:30 AM

Contact Maeve MacKenzie at 718-920-5689 or


Join the Department of Medicine as it hosts a special Grand Rounds honoring Milford Fulop, MD, Einstein’s longest serving full-term faculty member. The event’s speaker is Brad Berk, MD, PhD, who is renowned for his special insight into the quality of care in modern medicine, both as a quadriplegic patient and as the University of Rochester’s Director of Neurorestoration Institute.

Thursday, June 15 | 12:15–1:15 PM
Cherkasky Auditorium, Moses Campus