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March 13, 2017

MONTEFIORE RESEARCHER CELEBRATED FOR CAREER MARKED BY INNOVATION

Parviz Lalezari, MD, receives the Tibor Greenwalt Memorial Award, October 2016

In October 2016, Parviz Lalezari, MD, Director, Neurological Surgery Research Laboratory, Montefiore, and Clinical Professor of Pathology and Neurological Surgery, Einstein, was honored by the American Association of Blood Banks with the Tibor Greenwalt Memorial Award and Lectureship for his contributions to transfusion medicine and immunology. A pillar of the Montefiore community since 1957, Dr. Lalezari was the first to identify neutrophil-specific antigens, a component of white blood cells that can cause severe adverse blood transfusion reactions.

"IT IS AN HONOR KNOWING THAT MY RESEARCH HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE INCREASED SAFETY OF BLOOD TRANSFUSION AND DIAGNOSIS OF BLOOD DISEASES."

—Parviz Lalezari, MD

He discovered these antigens are responsible for neonatal neutropenia, or a low white blood cell count that affects and endangers 0.9 percent of all newborn infants. Additionally, he showed that these antigens are the targets of auto-antibodies in autoimmune neutropenias in children and adults.

During his long tenure at Montefiore, Dr. Lalezari was responsible for founding the Montefiore Blood Bank and the tissue typing laboratory. He was among the organizers of Montefiore’s transplantation program, and over 20 years ago established The Young Investigators Symposia for Montefiore and Einstein. He is currently engaged in research into Alzheimer’s disease and innovative cancer treatments. Dr. Lalezari’s lecture on neutrophil-specific antigens will be published in the September 2017 issue of Transfusion.

MONTEFIORE PHYSICIAN APPRECIATION DAY

We join the entire nation in celebrating Physician Appreciation Day on March 30, when we will express our deep gratitude and respect. Montefiore physicians dedicate their energies to the greater good and further Montefiore’s mission, vision and values.

“Montefiore doctors are exceptional—incredibly committed to the population we serve. They work tirelessly every day to make Montefiore the remarkable place it is. Physician Appreciation Day is our opportunity to say thank you for their extraordinary efforts,” says Jeffrey M. Weiss, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Montefiore.

Be part of the celebration! Do you know a physician who goes the extra mile for patients? Do you have physician colleagues who extend themselves in a special way to mentor and teach staff members? All associates are invited to submit a note of thanks by March 17 to a Montefiore physician, in honor of Physician Appreciation Day. Have a photo? Share that too! Notes and photos will be displayed during special Physician Day events throughout the health system on March 30.

Visit www.montefiore.org/physician-appreciation to share your note by March 17.

VERY SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT MONTEFIORE

Children’s Hospital at Montefiore was recently honored by the entire New York State Legislature. The occasion was the Special Proclamation from the New York State Senate and Assembly recognizing the successful surgical separation of the McDonald twins, who were joined at the head. Accepting this honor on behalf of the Montefiore team were James T. Goodrich, MD, and Oren Tepper, MD, along with Steven M. Safyer, MD, President and CEO. Nicole McDonald, mother of twins Jadon and Anais, also traveled to Albany for the occasion.

Visit www.montefiore.org/newsroom to find out more.


NEWS

NEW FACES

SURGERY

Sheldon Feldman, MD
Chief, Division of Breast Surgery &
Breast Surgical Oncology
Director, Breast Cancer Services
Professor, Surgery

Lawrence B.
Draper, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Renee Huang, MD
Colorectal Surgery

Wei Li, MD, MPH, RPVI, RVT
Vascular Surgery

Jorge Alejandro Conejero, MD
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Joseph T.
Vazzana, MD

Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery

UROLOGY

Healthy Women Needed to Help Prevent HIV

CLINICAL RESEARCH

Doctors at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center are looking for healthy women ages 18–45 to test a vaginal ring that could help prevent the spread of HIV.

Purpose of the study:
To see if using a placebo vaginal ring or a vaginal ring containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) every day for 12 weeks is safe. TDF is a drug used to treat and prevent HIV.

Your part in the study:

  • 9–10 study visits over four months
  • Blood draws, pelvic exams, biopsies and questionnaires
  • Reimbursement
  • Subjects must currently be on birth control and cannot be pregnant, breastfeeding, or have HIV

For more information call or text Jenny at 347-835-7842 or email microbicide@einstein.yu.edu.

TUNE YOUR BIKE FOR A SMOOTH RIDE

The Montefiore Engineering Department has installed a bicycle repair station on the Moses Campus. Located near the 210th Street exit of the parking garage, next to the attendant booth, the station features all the tools necessary to tune up any bike, and an air pump to keep those tires inflated. Use of the repair station is FREE of charge. Paul Ammirato, Director, Engineering, Montefiore, led the development of the new repair station, in hopes of encouraging associates to ride their bikes to work, enjoying the health benefits and reducing Montefiore’s environmental impact.

EVENTS

LAVENDER & GUIDED IMAGERY WORKSHOP – MOSES

Tuesday, March 21 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
TLC 3, Montefiore Hospital, Moses Campus
Led by Jeanne Kenney, RN

Take a break from your busy day to settle into a relaxed rhythm with deep breathing techniques, imagery, and mindfulness. Enjoy the sounds of gentle music and learn simple techniques that you can use on your own.

Register at HealingArts@montefiore.org


COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: INFORMATIONAL BOOTH

Giveaways and nutrition demonstrations.

Thursday, March 23 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tower Two, 1250 Waters Place, Bronx
Hutchinson Campus

No registration needed. Open to all.