Week of November 7, 2022

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SOM Announces New Hires

The School of Medicine (SOM) is pleased to welcome Monica Glina, Ed.D., left, as assistant dean for faculty development, and Aleena Paul, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.Ed., assistant professor of family and community medicine and of pediatrics, as assistant clerkship director for family and community medicine and director of Phase 3 of the SOM M.D. curriculum. Read the full article on Dr. Glina and Dr. Paul.

NYMC Researchers Awarded $708,618 Grant From NIH to Study Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

Marvin Medow, Ph.D., right, professor of pediatrics and associate professor of physiology, and Julian Stewart, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, physiology and of medicine, have been awarded a $708,618 grant by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research to better understand the mechanisms that cause postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) in young women. Read the full article on the POTS research.


The Office of Human Resources Strives to Attract and Engage a Skilled and Diverse Workforce

Recruiting, onboarding, training, benefits administration, employee relations and compliance are all in a day’s work in the NYMC Office of Human Resources (HR). Regina Williams, SHRM-SCP, director of human resources, shares insight on how her team helps employees get the job done.


Julie S. Di Martino, Ph.D., newly appointed assistant professor of cell biology and anatomy, originates from the southwest region of France from Villeneuve Sur Lot. Dr. Di Martino received her college education at the University of Bordeaux, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology, a Master of Science in Genetics, and a Ph.D. in cell biology and pathophysiology. Read the full article on Dr. Di Martino.


Salomon Amar, D.D.S., Ph.D., right, vice president for research and professor of pharmacology and of pathology, microbiology and immunology at NYMC, senior vice president for research affairs, Touro University, and Mitchell S. Cairo, M.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology, and cell biology and anatomy, were speakers at the Fifth Annual NYC Builds Bio+ Life Science Symposium for Innovation and Development Symposium on November 1 in New York City. Dr. Amar spoke on the panel “Updates from the Incubators/Accelerators,” and Dr. Cairo was a panelist in the session, “The Science Driving Innovation and Commercialization Cell and Gene Therapy.”

Malik Bisserier, Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology and anatomy and of physiology, was selected to participate in the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, PRIDE-AGOLD program. The Colorado “Impact of Ancestry and gender in omics of lung diseases (AGOLD)” is one of the newest members of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) “Programs to Increase Diversity among individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). They provide faculty and resources at the highly ranked Pulmonary and Critical care and Bioinformatics and Personalized Medicine divisions at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. AGOLD aims to use precision medicine and omics technologies to unlock complex interactions between genes and pulmonary diseases and address existing disparities in the application and interpretation of omics data, as well as the impact of gender on interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary fibrosis. He participated in a two-week workshop at the Denver campus in August and the program will continue to offer grant opportunities, networking events, general mentorship and additional educational opportunities over the course of the next two years, such as the Personalized and Genomic Medicine Online Graduate Certificate Program. Dr. Boisselier was also named a K01 (Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award) grant recipient by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his project, “Role of SIN3a in the epigenetic regulation of the Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor Type 2 in pulmonary arterial hypertension.”. The five-year project aims to define the epigenetic mechanisms underlying the regulation of the Bone Morphogenetic Protein Type 2 Receptor in PAH and characterize the physiological consequences of epigenetic modifications in pulmonary vascular cells.

Padmini Murthy, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.Phil., CHES, second row center, professor of public health and global health director, was an invited speaker at the 2022 Global Health and Welfare Forum, on October 30 and 31, in Taipei, Tawain. The annual forum, organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare and Health Promotion Administration of Taiwan, convenes leaders from the worlds of research, policy, and practice to share ideas and experiences that address the greatest health and welfare challenges of the world.

Manogjna Prasad, M.D., a third-year resident in the internal medicine residency program at St. Michael’s Medical Center, in Newark, New Jersey, is a recipient of a 2023 David C. Leach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The award recognizes residents and fellows who have fostered innovation and improvement in their programs, advanced humanism in medicine, and increased efficiency and emphasis on educational outcomes.


In recognition of November being National Bladder Health Awareness Month, the Urology Interest Group offers the following tips for a healthy bladder:

1. Drink plenty of water: Drink six to eight cups of water each day and limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink.

2. Practice good bathroom habits: It's normal to go to the bathroom four to eight times a day and no more than twice a night. Take your time when urinating so that your bladder can empty to decrease the risk for a bladder infection. Holding in urine for extended time increases risk of a bladder infection, so make sure to take necessary bathroom breaks while working or studying.


Join us in welcoming our new employees at NYMC during the month of October:

  • Monica B. Glina, Ed.D., assistant dean for faculty development, Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Parmveer Kaushal, D.P.T., Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Scott Rivera, D.P.T., Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Victor F. Santamaria Gonzalez, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Nicholas R. Sheehan, D.P.T., Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
  • Julia Starace, Clinical Research Project Coordinator, Clinical Trials Unit
  • Corrine A. Zastenchik, Audio Visual Tech B, Department of Educational Media
  • Junyang Zhai, M.A., Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy

From the Office of Human Resources, November 1, 2022.


Thanksgiving Food Drive

Now through Thursday, November 17

The Willner Atrium and Lobby, MEC

The SOM Food Insecurity Medical Outreach Club is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive. Drop off non-perishable food items in the collection boxes in the Willner Atrium and Lobby, MEC. Donations will go to the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry.





Through November 17


Thanksgiving Food Drive

Tuesday, November 8

12:15 p.m.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

Wednesday, November 9

8:00 a.m.

Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds

8:30 a.m.

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

5:00 p.m.

Office of Student Mental Health and Wellness Seminar

Wednesday, November 16

8:30 a.m.

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

5:00 p.m.

Office of Student Mental Health and Wellness Seminar

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NYMC Leadership News

New York Medical College Honors Distinguished Faculty and Alumni at Annual Event

The River Journal - 10/28/2022

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and chief executive officer

Alan Kadish, M.D., president

Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., former vice chancellor for College-wide student affairs, and senior associate dean for student affairs (SOM), NYMC and now vice dean and professor of medicine, NYU Long Island School of Medicine

William H. Frishman, M.D., MACP, professor of medicine and pharmacology and chair emeritus in the Department of Medicine

Leonard J. Newman, M.D. ’70, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate professor of family and community medicine

James J. O’Brien, Ph.D., M.A., vice dean emeritus, School of Health Sciences and Practice and professor emeritus of public health

Ben C. Watson, Ph.D., vice dean emeritus, School of Health Sciences and Practice

Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D., professor emeritus of physiology

Vilma E. Bordonaro, M.B.A., chief of staff

Michael Crupain, M.D. ’06, M.P.H.

Bess J. Chazhur, M.S., chief development officer and executive director of alumni relations

Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka, M.S., executive vice president and university ombudsman, TU

NYMC Announces Admittance Agreement Between the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Medicine

River Journal - 11/3/2022

Marina K. Holz, Ph.D., dean of the GSBMS

Flu Season Is Going To Be Bad, People—Here’s How To Prep for It

Well+Good - 11/2/2022

Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president of government affairs

Faculty News

Overview and Prevalence of Insomnia

Psychiatric Times - 10/31/2022

Leslie L. Citrome, M.D., M.P.H., clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Why Zoom Can Be Good for Introverts

Psychology Today - 10/30/2022

Monica Galina, Ed.D., assistant dean for faculty development

Tua Tagovailoa and concussions: It's really time to rethink tackle football for kids

The Journal News - 10/28/2022

Mark S. Herceg, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor of public health 

COVID-19 Tied to Increased Risk for CV Events and Death

Medscape - 10/28/2022

Srihari S. Naidu, M.D., professor of medicine 

NYMC Resident News

ACGME Recognizes 2023 Graduate Medical Education Community Awardees

Morning Star - 11/1/2022

Manogjna Prasad, M.D., third-year resident in the NYMC Internal Medicine residency program at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, NJ

Alumni News

How the Free Black Community of Weeksville Rose in 19th-Century Brooklyn

Savings Places Preservation Magazine

Fall 2022

Susan Smith McKinney-Steward, M.D. ’1870 

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