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Faculty and Staff

The Department of Medicine has over 200 physicians as full time faculty as well as over 1,000 physicians as voluntary faculty. With 140 residents, this is an impressive ratio of faculty to residents.
 

Saima Chaudhry, MD, MSHS, FACP
Residency Program Director
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine; UCLA School of Public Health
Dr. Chaudhry’s primary teaching responsibilities include inpatient ward attending rounds. She also leads the Evidence Based Medicine Teaching Course and Consultation Service and is a frequent participant in morning report, noon conference, intern report and program director rounds. Her research interests include evidence based medicine and continuous quality improvement in medical education. She serves on the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine Survey Committee and multiple hospital committees. Dr. Chaudhry won the Teacher of the Year Award in 2002-2003. 
Joanne Gottridge, MD, FACP
Division Chief-Division of General Internal Medicine, Senior Associate Chair for Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve
Teaching responsibilities include clinic precepting and participating in ambulatory conferences, morning report. Research interests include prevention and screening in primary care and compliance with evidence based guidelines for common general medicine conditions.
Kyle Katona, MD
Associate Residency Program Director
Medical School: SUNY Buffalo
Dr. Katona is one of six Associate Program Directors. He serves as a coordinator for morning report and the resident noon conference series. He is the director of the medical consultation service and serves as physician manager for various hospital wards. Dr. Katona also serves on the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. He won the Teacher of the Year Award in 2006-2007.
Sandy Balwan, MD, FACP
Residency Program Site Director- LIJ, Chair-Clinical Competency Committee,
Director-Medical Residency Clinic

Medical School: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Balwan is the Residency Program Site Director at LIJ. Her teaching responsibilities include both outpatient and attending rounds; she is primarily outpatient based. She is the Director of the Medicine Resident Clinic. Dr. Balwan participates in various conferences and organizes the clinic conference series. Her interests include resident education and evaluations and travel medicine She won the Teacher of the Year Award in 2005-2006.
Frank Cacace, MD, FACP
Associate Residency Program Director, Chair-Curriculum and Education Committee
Medical School: New York Medical College
Dr. Cacace has been a teaching attending in the internal medicine residency since 1997. He has participated in teaching evidenced based medicine, physical diagnosis and medical Spanish. He organizes a yearly “teach the resident to be a teacher” program and has taken institutional coursework in “Teach the Teacher” techniques.
Mark Stokes, MD, FACP
Division of General Internal Medicine
Medical School: SUNY Stony Brook
Dr. Stokes is a supervisor in the medicine residency continuity clinic. He is the facilitator of the procedure clinic and also participates in the Evidence Based Medicine Course.
Jason Ehrlich, MD
Associate Residency Program Director
Medical School: SUNY Buffalo
Dr. Ehrlich helps run the Evidence Based Medicine Course and Medical Consultation service. He is also active in the medicine residency continuity clinic. A favorite among the housestaff, he won the “Teacher of the Year” award in 2004.
David Rosenberg, MD, MPH, FACP
Section Head-Hospital Medicine
Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical School; Columbia University School of Public Health
Dr. Rosenberg’s primary teaching responsibilities include inpatient ward rounds. He has an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University. His current research interests include investigating novel approaches for improving VTE prevention in hospitalized patients; evaluating the effects of Hospitalist leadership on the function of inpatient services; and the management of seizures and epilepsy on inpatient services.
Karen Friedman, MD, FACP
Residency Program Site Director- North Shore, Co-Chair Clinical Competency Committee
Medical School: SUNY Downstate
A graduate of the NSUH residency program, Dr. Friedman is a popular ward attending. She recently finished serving as the clerkship director for the 3rd year Downstate students who rotate through North Shore for their Medical Clerkship. Dr. Friedman is the Residency Program Site Director at North Shore. Dr. Friedman leads daily physician discharge manager rounds, and is a frequent participant in noon conference and morning report.
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Hospitalist
Medical School: SUNY Stony Brook
Dr. Queri is the longest running hospitalist at NSUH. Dr. Queri works primarily at night as a “nocturnist” admitting patients with residents when on call.
Thwe Thwe Soe, DO
Hospitalist
Medical School: NYCOM
A recent graduate of our residency program, Dr. Soe participates as an inpatient ward attending and outpatient clinic preceptor.
Evan Loukas, DO
Hospitalist
Medical School: NYCOM
A recent graduate of our residency program, Dr. Loukas participates as an inpatient ward attending and outpatient clinic preceptor.
Mohsin Khan, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh
Dr. Khan’s teaching responsibilities include inpatient ward attending and outpatient clinic preceptor. He also serves as a physician manager on various hospital wards and supervises the PA service.
Sumathi Kemisetty, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Sri Venkateswara University
Dr. Kemisetti is one of the nocturnists in the group. As such, Dr. Kemisetti admits patients with the night float residents from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Lawrence Belletti, MD
Assistant Section Head-Hospitalist
Medical School: Georgetown Medical School
Dr. Belletti serves as the director for the e-sign out handoff system used by housestaff on the medical floors. Dr. Belletti also serves on the code committee and functions as a physician manager on various hospitalist floors. Dr. Belletti won the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007-2008.
David Almeleh, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: McGill University, Montreal
Teaching responsibilities include inpatient ward attending and occasional clinic precepting. Dr. Almeleh is a frequent participant in morning report and noon conferences. He also serves as physician manager for various patient floors and is involved in PA supervision.
Syed Ejaz Ahmad, MD
Hospitalist
Hospitalist Clerkship Director, SUNY Downstate Medical Students

Medical School: Darbhnga Medical College, India
Teaching responsibilities include inpatient ward attending and occasional clinic precepting. Dr. Ahmad is a frequent participant in morning report, noon conferences, and physician manager rounds. He also serves as a preceptor for simulation training for new housestaff. He was the recipient of the 2009 NSLIJ Teaching Physician of the Year award.
Lawrence Carter, MD, FACP
Chair-Quality Improvement, Division of General Internal Medicine
Medical School: Mt Sinai School of Medicine
Teaching responsibilities include the Practice-Based Learning/Continued Quality Improvement course for Outpatient Medicine, outpatient Residency Practice Precepting, and occasional inpatient teaching rounds. His research interests include continuous quality improvement in medical education.
Janet Zolli, MD, FACP
Section Head-Ambulatory, Division of General Internal Medicine; Co-Chair-Ambulatory Performance Improvement Group for NSUH and LIJ; Vice Chair-System Ambulatory Task Force
Medical School: SUNY Stony Brook
Dr. Zolli has been practicing with General Internal Medicine since 1995. Her main interest is treatment of diabetes and she is currently developing a diabetes database and a model for group diabetes visits. She has taught in the resident practice for years and has served as a ward attending. She is on numerous committees for both the hospital and the system as it relates to quality improvement.
Susan Hirsch, MD, FACP
Medical School: Cornell Medical College
Dr. Hirsch, along with Dr.Carter, pioneered the first team of hospitalists in 1995, before the wave swept the country. Until 2006, she was the Director of Employee Health Services for the health system, and provided health services to college students at C.W.Post College. Additionally, she developed the first course in "Consultative Medicine" in 1996 and continues to actively participate in hospital-based consultations with residents. Special interests include pre-operative medical clearance, as well as obesity and nutrition.
Jeanne Morley, MD
Site Director-Clinical Research
Medical School: Cornell Medical College
Dr Morley spearheads the clinical research conducted at the Irving Goldman Family Care center. She has served as Primary Investigator of several important national and international studies including STAR*D and ACCOMPLISH. Her areas of interest include hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and the treatment of depression in primary care.
Sumeet Kalra, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
A graduate of our residency program, Dr. Kalra participates as an inpatient ward attending and outpatient clinic preceptor.
Alex Makhnevich, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: SUNY at Syracuse
A recent graduate of our residency program, Dr. Makhnevich participates as an inpatient ward attending and outpatient clinic preceptor.
Ji Won Hong, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: New York Medical College
One of the newest additions to our hospital faculty and recent graduate of our residency program, Dr. Hong participates as an inpatient ward attending and outpatient clinic preceptor.
Sandy Cheung, DO
Hospitalist
Medical School: NYCOM
Another new addition to our hospital faculty and recent graduate of our residency program, Dr. Cheung is one of the nocturnists in the group. As such, Dr. Cheung admits patients with the night float residents from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Joseph Mattana, MD
Associate Chairman for Education and Career Development
Medical School: State University of New York at Brooklyn
Dr. Mattana is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, an Associate Chairman in the Department of Medicine, and the Chief of the Division of Kidney Diseases & Hypertension at LIJ. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, numerous abstracts and presentations.
Lori Katinas, MD
Associate Program Director
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and trained in palliative care, Dr. Katinas spent her first year doing geriatric and palliative consults on the wards. She now is an academic hospitalist and Instructor of Medicine. She is a co-director of
the communication course for residents and member of the diabetes microsystems and anticoagulation committee.
Amy Mastrangelo, MD
Medical School: University of Rochester
Board certified in internal medicine and palliative care, Dr. Mastrangelo is a hospitalist involved not only in teaching and caring for inpatients but also in task forces for pain management and sickle cell disease management. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and member of both the Residency recruitment committee and residency evaluation Committee. Dr. Mastrangelo received her MD degree from the University of Rochester and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the Yale-New Haven Primary Care Internal Medicine Program.
Manjula Dhayalana, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine
Dr. Dhayalana has recently joined the hospitalist group caring mostly for patients on the attending-directed service.
Sailaja Gulipelli, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Osmanie Medical College, India
Dr. Gulipelli has been at LIJ for two years caring for inpatient on the medicine service and teaching housestaff during rounds.
Aarti Gupta, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Sawai Maan Singh Medical College
Dr. Gupta completed medical school at the Sawai Maan Singh Medical College in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India and completed her medical residency at New York Downtown Hospital NYC. Dr. Gupta became Board Certified in 2007 after which she joined the staff of LIJ. Dr. Gupta is a member of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.
Michael Hakimi, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, California
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Corey Karlin, MD
Associate Section Head Hospitalist Services
Medical School: Stonybrook University School of Medicine
Dr. Karlin has been at LIJ for four years actively teaching housestaff during rounds while caring for hospitalized patients at LIJ. She also spends a great deal of time involved in hospital administration and quality improvement. Additionally, she is trained in clinical Microsystems and applies it to a hospital-based system. Dr. Karlin is an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
Malvina Khozina, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Lublin Medical Academy, Poland
Dr. Khozina is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an academic hospitalist on the wards of LIJ. She participates in the residency evaluation committee and M&M chart review with residents.
Davinder Kumar, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Christian Medical College, India
Dr. Kumar is a new addition to the hospitalist team and conducts rounds and cares for patients on the inpatient medical ward. He is a member of the Microsystems Committee and the Residency Evaluation Committee.
Katherine Lerner, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Finch University
Dr. Lerner is an academic hospitalist. She has been active on the residency evaluation committee, the residency selection committee, the sickle cell task force and the pharmacy & therapeutics committee.
Shiva Shamtoub, DO
Hospitalist
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Shamtoub has been at LIJ for three years caring for inpatient on the medicine service and teaching housestaff during rounds.
Deyun Yang, MD, PhD
Hospitalist
Medical School: MD: Jinzhou Medical College, China; PhD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
Dr. Yang is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and academic hospitalist. He earned the Teacher of the Year 2009 and participates In the Quality Assurance Committee and the Residency Evaluation Committee. Dr. Yang is board certified in both Internal medicine and palliative care.
Nancy Zeitoun, MD
Administrative Hospitalist
Medical School: Ross University
Dr. Zeitoun, trained in medicine-pediatrics, has been an academic hospitalistBharathi Reddy, MD for two years. She maintains both patient care and administrative roles in the Department of Medicine. Last year, she became a co-director of the communication course for residents.
Bharathi Reddy, MD
Nocturnist
Medical School: S.V. Medical College, India
Dr. Reddy is a new addition to the nocturnist division. She comes to us after her training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Previously, she worked in an internal medicine group practice in Queens.
Ruchika Harisingani, MD
Hospitalist
Medical School: Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative care, Dr. Harisingani has been conducting rounds on the wards as a hospitalist with housestaff for four years. She is currently completing a clinical quality fellowship sponsored by the Greater New York Hospital Association and is an Assitant Professor of Medicine.

 

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