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2009 Master Educators and Fellows


2009 Master Educators

Rand A. David, MD Departments of Medicine and Ambulatory Care Associate Professor of Medicine Director, Ambulatory Care and Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Rand David joined the Elmhurst Hospital Center community in 1997 as Director of Ambulatory Care. His chronic disease management focus helped diabetic, hypertensive, and anti-coagulation therapy patient populations achieve optimal health compared to those throughout the United States. The National Association of Public Hospitals recognized these efforts in 2004 by granting him the Accountability and Quality Improvement Award for creating the Anticoagulation Clinic at Elmhurst Hospital Center that eliminated patient admission for warfarin toxicity. He received the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President’s Award for Excellence, Leadership in Patient Care (2000), and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Physician Champion Award for outstanding performance and lasting contribution to the development of HHC’s Patient Registry (2007). Dr. David also serves as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Elmhurst Hospital Center. He has received several awards in recognition of his teaching excellence and in 2009 was named a Master Educator of the Institute for Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. David serves on a number of committees at Elmhurst Hospital and HHC. In particular, he has been a leader of city-wide HHC task forces on setting guidelines for care in diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol. Dr. David served as SecretaryTreasurer, Vice-President, and then President of Elmhurst Hospital’s Medical Board from 2000-2006, and continues to be a member of that Committee.

Helen M. Fernandez, MD, MPH Departments of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Associate Professor Geriatrics Fellowship Director Associate Director, Education Division in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Fernandez completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Saint Vincent's Medical Center in New York. She then completed her fellowship in Geriatrics, where she also served as a Chief Fellow, and a Masters of Public Health degree at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In 2002 and 2007, she received Geriatric Academic Career Awards. Her career interests include faculty development, evidence-based medicine, learner assessment, and medical education. Dr. Fernandez has presented Annual Updates in Geriatric Medicine at national and regional venues including the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She has presented on topics including geriatric models of care, career, and curriculum development at national and international meetings including the World Gerontology Conference, the ACP International Meeting and the International Association for Medical Education Annual Conference. She is a Course Director for the annual “Intensive Update with Board Review in Geriatric and Palliative Medicine”, in addition to the “Master Clinician-Educator Program in Geriatrics” and “Physician MiniFellowships: Geriatrics for Non-Geriatricians” programs. In 2010, she became a National Hispanic Medical Association Fellow and is working on policy recommendations for workforce diversity. In 2010, she received the Leo Tow Gold Humanism Award and was appointed as a HRSA Advisory Committee member by the Secretary of Health. In 2010, she was named a Master Educator of the Institute of Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In 2011, she served as chair of the IME Faculty Development and Primary Care Track Working Groups.

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2009 Master Educators

Scott L. Friedman, MD Department of Medicine, Liver Diseases Fishberg Professor of Medicine Chief of Liver Diseases Division Dean for Therapeutic Discovery

Dr. Friedman is Chief of Liver Diseases and Dean for Therapeutic Discovery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has performed pioneering research into the underlying causes of hepatic fibrosis. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel in 1995, and has mentored over 50 postdoctoral fellows and students. He was recognized with the Solomon Berson Award by the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai for his teaching skills in 2006. In 2003 Dr. Friedman won the International Hans Popper Award and in 2009 was President of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. In 2012 he was awarded the International Recognition Prize by the European Association for the Study of the Liver. Dr. Friedman is broadly recognized as a respected, clinician, educator, scientist, and academic leader.

Andy S. Jagoda, MD Department of Emergency Medicine Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Jagoda received his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1982, and completed his emergency medicine residency at the Georgetown/George Washington/MIEMMS joint program in 1985. He spent 9 years in the Navy after which he was faculty at the George Washington University, 1991 – 1992, the University of Florida, 1992 – 1995, and has been at Mount Sinai since 1995. Dr. Jagoda is nationally recognized for his involvement in emergency medicine education and for his work in the areas of neurologic emergencies. He has published extensively, and has co-edited nine books including the Saunders’ textbook Emergency Medicine; Good Housekeeping book of First Aid, and Mosby’s Neurologic Emergencies which is in its third edition. He is an editor for the 8th Edition of Rosen's Emergency Medicine. He has guest edited 4 issues of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. He is on the editorial board of many peer reviewed journals including the Annals of Emergency Medicine. He is the Editor-in-chief of the monthly publication Emergency Medicine Practice. He is the past-Chair of the ACEP Clinical Policies Committee, and the EMS Medical Director for the Brain Trauma Foundation. Dr. Jagoda is a member of the Executive Committee of the Brain Attack Coalition at the NINDS. He is on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Education and Research in Neurologic Emergencies. He is on the advisory boards for the Brain Trauma Foundation, for Major League Baseball's TBI Committee, and the NFL’s Players Association Concussion Subcommittee. Dr. Jagoda was inducted as a Master Educator into the Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education in 2009; received the 2011 Mount Sinai Alumni Association Achievement in Medical Education award; and in 2011 he was presented with the NYACEP Physician of the Year Award.

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2009 Master Educators

Reena Karani, MD, MHPE Departments of Medical Education, Geriatrics, and Medicine Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Curricular Affairs Director, Institute for Medical Education Associate Professor

Dr. Karani completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and her fellowship, chief fellowship and research fellowship in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also received a Master of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and career interests include performance based learner evaluation and psychometrics of various evaluation methods. Dr. Karani is deeply involved in educating learners at all levels. Currently she oversees the education program leading up to the MD degree at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She serves as faculty and is on the steering committee of Harvard University’s Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions. In addition, she is a founding Co-Director of the Harvard Program for Postgraduate Trainees. She is Chair of the Education Committee for the Society of General Internal Medicine, a member of the Education Committee for the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and Chairs the Medical Education Research Review Committee for AGS. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications focused on medical education and has served as a mentor to innumerable students, residents, fellows, and faculty. Dr. Karani’s honors include the Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the Presidential Award in Medical Education from AGS, the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence Scholar, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education from SGIM, and Master Educator from the Institute of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai.

Adam Levine, MD Department of Anesthesiology Professor of Anesthesiology, Otolaryngology, Structural and Chemical Biology Vice Chair of Education Program Director, Residency Training Program Program Director, ASSA Endorsed HELPS Simulation Program Dr. Levine is a 1989 graduate from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and after completing his internal medicine internship and anesthesiology residency at Mount Sinai in 1993; Dr. Levine stayed on staff in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Levine was named program director for the Anesthesiology residency-training program in 1996. Dr. Levine’s clinical expertise is in Anesthesia for Otolaryngologic Surgery. He is the lead editor of the textbook “Anesthesiology and Otolaryngology”. Academically, Dr. Levine is recognized as an expert in Simulation-Based Education and Assessment and has given regional and national lectures on the subject. Dr. Levine has completed the textbook, “The Comprehensive Textbook of Healthcare Simulation”, a definitive reference on health care simulation. Published by Springer, the text is a 50-chapter, multidisciplinary international authored work by a who’s who in health care simulation. Dr. Levine developed a program using simulation for competence assessment and retraining for independent institutions and state licensing boards. In 2005 Dr. Levine was a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) workgroup on simulation and is currently an editor of the ASA Editorial Board on Simulation Education that oversees the ASA simulation endorsement program. Dr. Levine is also a site visitor for the Society in Simulation Healthcare accreditation program. Dr. Levine is the program director of the ASA endorsed HELPS (Human Emulation, Education, and Evaluation Lab for Patient Safety and Professional Study) Center Program, and has been conducting courses to satisfy MOCA ® Part IV requirements for ABA re-certification.

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2009 Master Educators

Thomas P. Naidich, MD Department of Radiology Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery Irving and Dorothy Regenstreif Research Professor of Neuroscience Director, Neuroradiology Director, Neuroradiology Fellowship Training Program Vice Chair, Radiology for Academic Affairs Dr. Naidich earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Chemistry, his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, his internship in Straight Medicine at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, and his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center. Additionally, he completed an NIH Fellowship in Radiology at NYU. Dr. Naidich joined the faculty at Mount Sinai in 1998 and is presently the Vice-Chair of Radiology for Academic Affairs, the Irving and Dorothy Regenstreif Research Professor of Neurosciences (Neuroimaging) and the Director of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Training Program. Before coming to Mount Sinai, Dr. Naidich held academic appointments at NYU School of Medicine (1973-1975), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1975-1977), Washington University School of Medicine (1978-1980), Northwestern University Medical School (1982-1988), and the University of Miami School of Medicine (1988-1998).

Bret P. Nelson, MD, RDMS, FACEP Department of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Director, Emergency Ultrasound Division Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

Bret Nelson, MD, RDMS, FACEP, is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Ultrasound at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has lectured on ultrasound throughout the world and is chief editor of the ultrasound education website, www.SinaiEM.us. He is coauthor of the Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound as well as the Emergency Medicine Oral Board Review Illustrated (Cambridge University Press). A member of several ultrasound organizations, he serves as vice-chair of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s Emergency and Critical Care Community of Practice, and the WINFOCUS Board of Directors. He is on the national faculty of the American College of Chest Physicians' ultrasonography course and The Difficult Airway Course. He is a recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians' National Faculty Teaching Award.

Dr. Naidich has earned numerous awards in his field, including the Outstanding Contributions in Research Award from the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology, a lifetime achievement award. He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching with many awards and is a four-time winner of the Best Teacher of the Year Award given by the Department of Neurology at Mount Sinai. Having published extensively, Dr. Naidich has held many editorial positions and presently is on the Editorial Board of Neuroradiology. He also reviews Neuroradiology for Brain, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, and the American Journal of Neuroradiology.

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2009 Master Educators

Ronald Rieder, MD Department of Psychiatry Vice Chair for Education Professor of Psychiatry Director, Residency Training in Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Ronald Rieder is Professor of Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Education and Director of Residency Training in the Department of Psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Rieder joined the Mount Sinai faculty in 2007 after serving as Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry at Columbia University since 1979. His undergraduate and medical studies were at Harvard, and his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein. He is a past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, and recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Vestermark Award for Psychiatric Education.

Stephen Salton, MD, PhD Department of Neuroscience Professor of Neuroscience and Geriatrics Co-Director, Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Dr. Stephen R. Salton attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude honors in Biochemistry. He completed the MD/PhD program at NYU and following an internship and residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital, conducted postdoctoral research in molecular neuroendocrinology at Columbia University. Dr. Salton has received a number of academic/scientific honors including MSTP, Pfizer Post-Doctoral and Scholar, Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences, Irma T. Hirschl-Monique Weill-Caulier Career Scientist, and NARSAD van Ameringen Investigator Awards. He has held faculty positions at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1989 and is currently a tenured Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Geriatrics. Dr. Salton has published widely in molecular neurobiology with a particular focus on the mechanisms mediating neurotrophic growth factor regulation of neural development and nervous system function, impacting the understanding of depression, body weight control, and neuropathic pain. In addition to training pre- and postdoctoral students, Dr. Salton has served on the University of Miyazaki’s Committee to Evaluate “GP (good practice) for Graduate Students” in Japan. A member of Mount Sinai’s MSTP Admissions Committee, MSTP Steering Committee, Graduate School Steering Committee, IME, and former Chair of the Graduate School Curriculum Committee (2008-2012), Dr. Salton has been Co-Director responsible for overseeing the administration and operation of the Neuroscience Training Area within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences since 2000. Dr. Salton guided the development of the current neuroscience curriculum, and authored the application securing Mount Sinai’s Neuroscience PhD-granting program that was approved in 2007 by NYU and the NY State Department of Education, providing a firm foundation for graduate student education in Neuroscience. Dr. Salton is the PI and Co-PI of Mount Sinai’s Neuroscience Training Program and Training Program in Mental Health Research, respectively.

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2009 Master Educators

Barry S. Rosenstein, PhD Department of Radiation Oncology Professor of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Rosenstein’s main educational activity is teaching an 18-month (70-hour) course in radiation biology for radiation oncology and medical physics residents. In addition to the residents from Mount Sinai, the radiation oncology and medical physics residents from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NYU School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and North Shore-LIJ all attend his course given at Mount Sinai. As such, he is responsible for teaching roughly 10 percent of the radiation oncology residents in the United States and helping them to prepare to take the examination in Radiation Biology administered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) that is required for certification as a radiation oncologist. In addition, he teaches radiation biology to the medical physicists from these institutions so that they meet the requirements established by the ABR for certification in medical physics. He also teaches radiation biology to the radiology residents from Mount Sinai. He serves as a member of both the Biology and Safety Committees of the American Board of Radiology. Previously, he chaired the Radiation Biology Teaching and Curriculum Committee of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (2005-2012) and during this period also served as the Editor-in-Chief for creation of the annual Radiation and Cancer Biology Practice Examination and Study Guide.

Rainier P. Soriano, MD The Brookdale Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine Associate Professor Director, Medical Student Education Co-Director, Curriculum Director, Educational Technology

Dr. Soriano received his MD from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, trained in Internal Medicine at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey and completed his fellowship in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Soriano's interests include student teaching skills development, clinical skills training ,and e-learning. Dr. Soriano serves as the Co-Director of the Curriculum along with Dr. David Bechhofer and is also the Director of Educational Technology at Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Soriano is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Medical Education.

The goal of his research program is to identify the genetic markers that can serve as the basis for personalized radiotherapy in which cancer management is formulated so that it optimizes the treatment plan for each patient based upon their genetic background.

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2009 Fellows

Daniel S. Caplivski, MD Department of Infectious Diseases Associate Professor Co-course Director, Medical Microbiology Director, Travel Medicine Program

Dr. Daniel Caplivski is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn Sinai School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he specializes in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Mount Sinai and attended the Gorgas Course in Tropical Medicine in Peru. He is a course director for the medical microbiology course and clinical director of the travel medicine program at Mount Sinai. Dr. Caplivski is the author of two books published by Oxford University Press: "HIV and Comorbidities" and "Consultations in Infectious Diseases: A Case-based Approach to Diagnosis and Management."

Katherine T. Chen, MD, MPH Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, and Medical Education Associate Professor, Medical Education Vice Chair of Education, Career Development, and Mentorship in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science

Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Career Development, and Mentorship in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education. She has an MD from Harvard Medical School and an MPH from Columbia University. She trained in Ob-Gyn at the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals in Boston. She has clinical expertise and research endeavors in infectious diseases in Ob-Gyn. Dr Chen is the recipient of many teaching awards over her career: Outstanding Teacher of Ob-Gyn at Harvard Medical School, the American College of Ob-Gyn / Council on Resident Education in Ob-Gyn National Faculty Award at Columbia University, and the following accolades at Mount Sinai: the Outstanding Clinical Attending Faculty Award, Association of Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award, Institute of Medical Education Excellence in Teaching Award, and Commencement Oath Reader. Among her many duties, her favorite administrative role is directing the third-year medical student clerkship in Ob-Gyn.

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2009 Fellows

Stephen E. Goldstone, MD Department of Surgery Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery

Dr. Stephen E. Goldstone, MD is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He attended the State University of NY at Albany, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He completed a surgery residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center and served as Chief Resident for the last two years of his residency. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and has a surgical practice in New York City. Dr. Goldstone has spoken at conferences around the world and has done extensive research on human papillomavirus (HPV). His work has been published in many prestigious medical journals. He has developed a surgical technique to treat anal HPV dysplasia and is currently involved in testing both prevention and treatment procedures for HPV. He is a member of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium. Dr. Goldstone is an expert on gay men’s health and authored the best-selling book The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex -- A Medical Handbook for Men. He is Past-President of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Alumni Board of Governors. He resides in New York City with his partner and two sons.

Braden Hexom, MD Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education Assistant Professor Clerkship Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship Associate Medical Director, Libertas Center for Human Rights

Dr. Hexom is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he was chief resident. Dr. Hexom was inducted as a Fellow in the Institute for Medical Education in 2009. Currently, he is the director of the fourth-year medical student clerkship in Emergency Medicine. His interests include undergraduate and graduate medical education, medical simulation, and international emergency medicine. Dr. Hexom serves as the Associate Medical Director for the Libertas Center for Human Rights, a comprehensive treatment program for survivors of torture sponsored by the Emergency Department at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Since 2005, he has been instrumental in the creation and development of a full time, patientcentered, federally funded clinic dedicated to the care of torture survivors and asylum seekers. His international involvement includes programs in Liberia, Honduras, and Haiti. In Liberia, Dr. Hexom has collaborated with a broad coalition of Emergency Physicians to support emergency care, post-conflict health sector development, and the creation of an emergency medicine curriculum for Liberian and U.S. house staff. He is a former Legislative Affairs Director for the American Medical Student Association.

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2009 Fellows

Larry Kleinman, MD, MPH, FAAP Departments of Health Evidence & Policy and Pediatrics Associate Professor Vice Chair for Research and Education, Health Evidence & Policy

Lawrence C. Kleinman, MD, MPH, FAAP is a pediatrician and award-winning health services researcher. An accomplished educator, Dr. Kleinman currently directs Mount Sinai’s T32 NRSA Fellowship in Primary Care Research and codirects Mount Sinai’s yearlong Clinical Translational Research Seminar. He previously helped create and lead a similar T32 Fellowship at Harvard. He was the inaugural Director of the Institutional KL2 program, and co-Directed of the Masters and PhD programs in Clinical Research at Mount Sinai. Dr. Kleinman developed, directed, and taught a unique course on the intersection of law and public health at the Harvard School of Public Health, twice receiving Letters of Commendation. He has a Bachelor’s in History from Rutgers University, MD from Wake Forest, and MPH from UCLA, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He completed pediatrics residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kleinman directs the Mount Sinai Collaboration for Advancing Pediatric Quality Measures (CAPQuaM, an AHRQ-CMS Center of Excellence in the federal Pediatric Quality Measures Program). A national leader in measuring and improving quality of health care and an accomplished research methodologist, his publications include landmark papers on both the quality of pediatric care, and on data analytical methods. An entrepreneur who has returned to academics, Dr. Kleinman was the first to present an integrated conceptual framework for measuring the quality of children’s health care and early advocate for academic work in the field. His paper assessing the health of the homeless in Los Angeles was awarded Article of the Year by Academy Health.

Stephen Krieger, MD Department of Neurology Assistant Professor, Neurology Director, Neurology Residency Program

Stephen Krieger, MD, joined The Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS as a fellow in multiple sclerosis after completing his Neurology residency training at Mount Sinai. He was the recipient of a 2006 American Academy of Neurology Scholarship and received a Sylvia Lawry Fellowship in clinical research from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College, and received his MD degree from Yale University. Dr. Krieger has a clinical practice at the CGDC for MS, and is participating in several MS clinical trials. He has written review articles on and lectures nationally about MS with an emphasis on emerging therapies. In addition to his clinical work, he has an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is Director of the Neurology Residency Training program. He has also served as director of the Brain and Behavior seminar series for the medical school. Dr. Krieger is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) who awarded him an A.B. Baker teaching recognition award in 2010. He was named a Fellow of the Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education in 2010, and received the IME’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and the Department of Neurology Award for Resident Mentorship in 2012.

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2009 Fellows Murray A. Meltzer, MD Department of Ophthalmology Professor, Ophthalmology Director, Ophthalmic and Reconstructive Surgery

A professor of Ophthalmology and the Director of Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Surgery, Murray A. Meltzer is internationally known for pioneering significant surgical and microsurgery procedures in reconstruction of the eye, including use of CO2 laser for tumor excision and immunotherapy for tumor treatment, tear duct transplantation, and advancements in the use of adjustable sutures for ptosis surgery. Dr. Meltzer specializes in cosmetic eye surgery, surgery for tearing, thyroid eye problems, tumors, trauma, and eyelid reconstruction. In addition to faculty practice and teaching, he has participated in surgical missions abroad. After completing his residency in Ophthalmology at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Meltzer was awarded a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, England. Research was conducted at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England. Additionally, Dr. Meltzer completed a cornea microsurgery fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. He was Co-Chief of the Oculoplastics Clinic at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital from 1980-1993, and is an Attending Surgeon at Elmhurst General Hospital. He is a graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Meltzer has authored over 30 publications and three textbooks in his fields of expertise. A respected surgeon and teacher, he has been honored nine times with the Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and has trained many fellows in the field of oculoplastic surgery. Dr. Meltzer is the recipient of the Richard C. Troutman Master Teacher Award from SUNY Downstate Medical College, the J. Eugene Chalfin Memorial Lecture Award, and the Glorney Raisbeck Fellowship Award from the New York Academy of Medicine. He has been the recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctors of New York Metro Area Award for many years.

Ruben E. Olmedo, MD Department of Emergency Medicine Assistant Clinical Professor Director, Division of Toxicology Director, Customer Service and Wellness

Stephen Krieger, MD, joined The Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for MS as a fellow in multiple sclerosis after completing his Neurology residency training at Mount Sinai. He was the recipient of a 2006 American Academy of Neurology Scholarship and received a Sylvia Lawry Fellowship in clinical research from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College, and received his MD degree from Yale University. Dr. Krieger has a clinical practice at the CGDC for MS, and is participating in several MS clinical trials. He has written review articles on and lectures nationally about MS with an emphasis on emerging therapies. In addition to his clinical work, he has an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is Director of the Neurology Residency Training program. He has also served as director of the Brain and Behavior seminar series for the medical school. Dr. Krieger is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) who awarded him an A.B. Baker teaching recognition award in 2010. He was named a Fellow of the Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education in 2010, and received the IME’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and the Department of Neurology Award for Resident Mentorship in 2012.

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2009 Fellows

Roberto Posada, MD Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Education Associate Professor Co-Director, Medical Microbiology Course Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Faculty Advisor, Office of Student Affairs Director, Pediatric/Young Adult HIV Program Dr. Roberto Posada came to Mount Sinai in 2001 as the Director of the Pediatric HIV Program, a position that he still holds, soon after completing training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Dr. Posada sees inpatient pediatric infectious disease consults. In addition to HIV, his clinical interests include infections in immunocompromised children. He has been invited to give presentations and has authored or co-authored original research and review articles on these topics. Soon after his recruitment he assumed leadership of the fellowship training program in pediatric infectious diseases. Graduates of the program currently hold academic and clinical positions, as well as leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Since his recruitment he also became progressively more involved in the medical microbiology course (then Pathogenesis and Mechanisms of Host Defense). In 2007 he became co-director of the course and has co-led a significant revision to the course learning objectives and curriculum, including a greater emphasis on case-based learning and clinical manifestations of disease, and a successful integration with antimicrobial therapy which was formerly taught in the pharmacology course.

Christopher Strother, MD, FAAP Department of Emergency Medicine Assistant Professor Director, Undergraduate Simulation Program Director, Emergency Department Simulation Education

Dr. Strother is an Assistant Professor and pediatric emergency physician in The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He is the Director of Undergraduate Simulation for the School of Medicine and Director of Simulation Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine. As a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, Dr. Strother was awarded an Innovations in Teaching Award from the Institute for Medical Education in 2009 and received status as a fellow of that Institute the same year. Dr. Strother is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has held leadership positions in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as the past Chair of the Special Interest Group for Emergency Medicine and in the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine as an executive committee member of the Simulation Academy. Dr. Strother completed his fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and residency in pediatrics at the Long Island Jewish Schneider Children’s Hospital. Dr. Strother’s academic interests include adult learning and teaching, curriculum development, and patient safety.

In 2010 Dr. Posada became a faculty advisor with the office of Student Affairs and as such has guided dozens of students from the time they start first year through their residency application process, providing academic, career, and personal advising.

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2009 Fellows

Adam E. Vella, MD, FAAP Department of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medical Education Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Adam Vella, MD, FAAP graduated from medical school at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1997 and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Columbia's Babies and Children’s Hospital in 2000. After completing a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, he returned to New York to practice academic Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2003. He is currently Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Vella became the Fellowship Director of the PEM training program in 2006. In addition to his clinical and academic responsibilities, Dr. Vella has been active in the American Academy of Pediatrics for over 10 years. Dr. Vella was involved in writing the next edition of Tintinalli's textbook of Emergency Medicine as well as the next edition of a board review book for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine board exam.

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2010 Master Educators and Fellows


2010 Master Educators

Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD Departments of Surgery and Health Evidence and Policy Professor of Surgery Professor of Health Evidence and Policy

A graduate of Union College, Dr. Aufses received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He received his surgical training at the Presbyterian Hospital and The Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a Past-President of the American College of Gastroenterology, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and the New York Surgical Society. He has served as a Governor and Vice-president of the American College of Surgeons, and as a Vice-president of the American Surgical Association and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the 92nd Street Y for over 35 years. On September 1, 1996, Dr. Aufses retired from the Chairmanship of the Department of Surgery of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, a position he held for 22 years. He is currently Professor of Surgery and Professor of Health Evidence and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Aufses has received many honors including the Jacobi Medallion of the Alumni Association (1979), the Alexander Richman Award for Humanism in Medicine (1992), the Committee of 1000 Achievement Award (1992), and was the holder of Mount Sinai’s Gold Headed Cane (1982-1996). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Lambda Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha for more than 20 years and was its Councilor from 1995 to 2002. He has received excellence in teaching awards from the School and from his residents and a Special Recognition Award from the Department of Nursing. In May 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the School. Dr. Aufses practiced General Surgery for more than 40 years in New York City. He has published more than 250 papers and book chapters. His major clinical and research interests have been in inflammatory bowel disease and surgical education. In 2002, he and Ms. Barbara Niss, Mount Sinai’s Archivist, published This House of Noble Deeds: The Mount Sinai Hospital, 1852-2002 a history of The Mount Sinai Hospital, focusing on the accomplishments of the staff since its origin as The Jews’ Hospital. A companion volumeTeaching Tomorrow’s Medicine Today: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 1963-2003. It details the formation and development of the School during its first 40 years.

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2010 Master Educators David B. Sachar, MD, FACP, MACG, FACP Departments of Medicine and Gastroenterology Clinical Professor of Medicine Director Emeritus, Dr. Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology

David Sachar was the first Dr. Burrill B. Crohn Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai from 1992-1999, when he also held the positions of vice chairman of the Department of Medicine (1991-99) and Director of the Dr. Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center (1983-99). He is now Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director Emeritus of the GI Division. After completing his medical residency at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his GI Fellowship at The Mount Sinai Hospital, he went on to become a specialist in inflammatory bowel disease, a field in which he has over 260 publications. He is also the first American to have been elected Chairman of the International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. From 2005-2008, he served as Chairman of the GI Advisory Panel of the FDA. His teaching activities have earned him the 1996 Distinguished Educator Award of the AGA, the 2005 Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award of the ACG for “an entire career of service to patients and fellow practitioners,” and a dozen other national and international awards, including International State-of-the Art Lectures in more than 20 countries.

David C. Thomas, MD, MS, MHPE Departments of Medicine, Medical Education, and Rehabilitation Medicine Professor of Medicine, Medical Education, and Rehabilitation Medicine Vice Chair for Education Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education Dr. Thomas is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Education and Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is double boarded in Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Thomas completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City and his residency in Rehabilitation Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Additionally, Dr. Thomas has a Master of Science (MS) in Public Health from Tufts University in Boston. In 2012 he completed his Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Thomas’ clinical interest is in the primary care of vulnerable populations, specifically people with disabilities and the older patient, in addition to the musculoskeletal problems seen in primary care. His education scholarship has focused on the assessment of medical students and residents. Dr. Thomas’s recent scholarship looks at the training of Internal Medicine residents in the care of patients with chronic illness in the ambulatory setting using focus groups and qualitative methods. He co-founded the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP) in 2004. He is currently the Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Medicine and Associate Dean for CME for the medical school.

At Mount Sinai, Dr. Sachar has received the 1975 and 1978 Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching, the 1984 annual Distinguished Teacher Award of the Department of Medicine, the 1987 Solomon A. Berson Award as the department's outstanding physician and teacher, the Jacobi Medallion for outstanding contributions to medicine in 1994, the Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Humanism in Medicine in 1996, membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and in 1997 the "Gold-Headed Cane," Mount Sinai's highest award for the physician “best exemplifying the ideals of the profession.” 17


2010 Master Educators

Scott D. Weingart, MD, FCCM Department of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Medical Education Director, Division of ED Critical Care

Dr. Weingart received his medical degree and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He then went on to a fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He is currently an attending in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, an Associate Professor and the Director of ED Critical Care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has received numerous teaching awards and is recognized as a Master Educator by Mount Sinai’s Institute of Medical Education. He is best known for his podcast on ED Critical Care called the EMCrit Podcast; it currently is downloaded more than 180,000 times per month.

Karen Zier, PhD Departments of Medicine and Medical Education Professor, Medicine (Clinical Immunology) and Medical Education Associate Dean, Medical Student Research

Dr. Karen Zier is Professor of Medicine (Clinical Immunology), Medical Education, and Microbiology and the Associate Dean for Medical Student Research. She is a translational researcher in cancer immunology. a medical educator, and directs the medical school Basic and Clinical Immunology course. Dr. Zier is the author of over 70 publications in immunology and medical education. Dr. Zier has created rigorous and innovative scholarly programs for students that involve mentors in all departments. The programs include the Summer Scholars Program, between years one and two; PRISM (Patient Research in Science and Medicine), a summer program supported by the MSSM CTSA grant; the Scholarly Year program, which allows students to spend a year conducting a scholarly project or earning a second degree; PORTAL (Patient-Oriented Research, Training, and Leadership), a five-year MD/Master of Science in Clinical Research program; and INSPIRE (Individual Scholarly Project and Independent Research Experience) in year four. These programs enable students to develop critical thinking skills and to become life-long learners. Dr. Zier has served on scientific study sections for the NIH; the State of California Breast Cancer Research Program; and the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. She is a member of the AAMC Scholarly Concentrations group and has served in leadership positions within the group. In 2009 she received a gubernatorial appointment to the New York State Health Research Science Board.

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Linda V. DeCherrie, MD Departments of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Associate Professor Director, Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program Director, Internal Medicine-Primary Care Program

Dr. DeCherrie graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a major in History and Philosophy of Science focusing on medical ethics. She then stayed at the University of Chicago for medical school graduating in 1999. Dr. DeCherrie completed her internal medicine residency in primary care at Boston University and was also a Chief Resident. She moved to New York for her fellowship in Geriatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she also was the Chief Fellow. She received a certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Montefiore Medical Center and New York University in 2005. Dr. DeCherrie is the Co-Chair for the Metropolitan Area Consortium on House Call Medicine and on the American Academy of House Call Physicians Annual Meeting planning committee and public policy committee. She is the Primary Care Residency Program Director at Mount Sinai and the Director of the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, the largest academic home based primary care program in the country. Dr. DeCherrie’s interests include resident education in geriatrics and home care, residency education in primary care, and transitions of care.

Joanne Hojsak, MD Department of Pediatrics Associate Professor of Pediatrics Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Director, Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Course Co-Director, The Art and Science of Medicine

Joanne Hojsak, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a board-certified pediatric intensivist at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hojsak is the medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine since 2006. During this time, the PICU has provided superb quaternary care for critical pediatric patients, and been relocated to a state-of-the-art facility named the Alice Gottesman Bayer Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Hojsak is also director of the Pediatric Pain Team, which she initiated in 2002. After completing the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program in 2010, Dr. Hojsak studied methods to improve inpatient pediatric pain management. The Pediatric Pain Quality Initiative was started with the mission of empowering patients and families to discuss and participate in their pain management and to develop a more efficient mechanism to receive treatment for pain. This team combined with the Pediatric Palliative Care group in 2011 and is under the directorship of Dr. Hojsak. Dr. Hojsak has published and presented her anti-pain initiatives at national pediatric meetings and continues to study methods of improving inpatient pediatric pain control. In 2003, Dr. Hojsak became a faculty member for the Art and Science of Medicine (ASM) I, a year-long course for first-year medical students, designed to prepare them for patient encounters throughout their careers. In July 2009 she was appointed Course Director for ASM I. Presently, she is Co-Director of the Art and Science of Medicine, a course that will span the two preclinical years of medical education. Dr. Hojsak is active in pediatric resident education and lectures on a variety of critical care topics, as well as pediatric pain control. She is the Medical Director of PALS education at Mount Sinai and is responsible for training all pediatric residents, fellows, and attendings in pediatric resuscitation techniques. Throughout her career, Dr. Hojsak has been granted several teaching awards, including the 2004 IME “Excellence in Teaching” award. 19


2010 Fellows

Denise Nassisi, MD, FACEP Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medicine Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medicine Associate Clinical Director, ED Director, Geriatric ED Director, ED Performance Improvement Denise Nassisi, MD, FACEP is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is the Associate Clinical Director of the Emergency Department (ED) in charge of Performance Improvement, the Director of the Geriatric ED and Director of the ED Clinical Trials Program. Dr. Nassisi received a BS in biochemistry from Binghamton University and her MD from SUNY Stony Brook, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She is double-boarded in Emergency Medicine and Medicine, she trained at Jacobi Hospital and The Mount Sinai Hospital. She has served on many key committees for the School of Medicine, the Hospital and nationally, including the National Board of Medical Examiners United States Medical Licensing Exam panels, reviewer for the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program, New York American College of Emergency Physicians Research Committee, the New York County Elder Fatality Review Team, the Mount Sinai IRB, the Mount Sinai Laboratory Committee of the Medical Board, and the Mount Sinai CME committee. Dr. Nassisi has made significant contributions clinically through her work on treatment guidelines for infectious disease emergencies, delirium guidelines, and hemorrhagic stroke. She has successfully completed numerous industry-sponsored clinical trials. She is currently working on numerous initiatives to improve geriatric emergency care and is a key member of the team for “GEDI WISE: Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations in care through Workforce, Informatics, and Structural Enhancements”, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Care Innovations Grant to provide clinical, workforce, and informatics enhancements to geriatric

Jonathan A. Ripp, MD, MPH Department of Medicine Associate Professor Associate Director, Global Health Center Director, Global Health Track in MPH Program Director, Division of General Medicine Grand Rounds

Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH is Associate Director of the Icahn School of Medicine's Global Health Center, which is dedicated to improving the health of underserved communities worldwide through training and education of future leaders in Global Health practice and research. Dr. Ripp is the Global Health Track Advisor for Mount Sinai’s Master of Public Health Program. In this capacity he advises all Mount Sinai public health students pursuing public health degrees through the Global Health track. He co-developed the Global Health training curriculum that all Mount Sinai students and residents are required to take prior to participating in Global Health field work. In these roles, he has worked and mentored trainees in assessing the health needs of disadvantaged populations in rural Brazil and Ethiopia, in establishing health education programs in Native American communities in North Dakota and immigrant populations along the US-Mexico border. He spearheaded and coordinated several service-based missions in response to the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Dr. Ripp has published on his experience in Global Health education and serves on the Consortium of Universities in Global Health’s Education committee. He also helped establish the Global Health subgroup for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Ripp is Co-Director of the Department of Medicine’s Advancing Idealism in Medicine Initiative where he oversees a curriculum dedicated to the promotion of humanism and idealism in medicine. Dr. Ripp’s primary research interest is in resident physician burnout and well-being on which he has published and lectured widely. Presently he serves as principal investigator of a multi-center survey study looking at the predictors and consequences of job burnout on resident physicians.

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2010 Fellows

Birte Wistinghausen, MD Department of Pediatrics Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Birte Wistinghausen is the Clinical Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Assistant Professor of Hematology/Oncology at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Wistinghausen earned her medical degree at Christian-Albrecht Universitat of Kiel in 1993. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Margaret Karpatkin discovering a novel mutation causing factor IX deficiency, she completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology and received her first faculty appointment at New York University School of Medicine. As Clinical Director of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Wistinghausen specializes in diagnosing and treating pediatric patients with leukemia, lymphoma, Langerhans cell histiocytosis and pediatric solid tumors as well as selected benign hematological problems of childhood such as ITP, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and hematological complications of solid organ transplantation. Dr. Wistinghausen’s research interests focus on clinical and translational research in nonHodgkin lymphoma and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD). She currently serves as the institutional principal investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group and is a member of the NHL committee of the Children’s Oncology Committee where she has been appointed to spearhead the clinical research for B-lymphoblastic lymphoma in childhood and to develop a new national clinical and translational research protocol for the treatment of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease with cellular based therapies. Dr. Wistinghausen has published articles about factor XI deficiency, hematological complications of solid organ transplantation, HLH and PTLD.

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2013 Master Educators

Silvana Riggio, MD Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology Director, Consultation Liaison Services Site Director, Psychosomatic Fellowship Director, NFL Neurological Care Program

Dr. Riggio is residency-trained in Neurology from Georgetown University; fellowship-trained in electrophysiology at Johns Hopkins and clinical epilepsy at the Medical College of Pennsylvania; and residency-trained in Psychiatry at Cornell Weill. She came to the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai as an Associate Professor 1998, and was promoted to Professor in 2009. She initially served as clinical faculty for the MSMC inpatient service before moving to the James J. Peters VAMC to coordinate the Schizophrenia Treatment and Research (STAR) Program. In 2006 Dr. Riggio undertook directing the Consultation Liaison Service at the James J. Peters VAMC, in 2010 she established the NFL Neurological Care Program at Mount Sinai and in 2012 she began her responsibilities as the Site Director of the combined Psychosomatic Fellowship, Mount Sinai/James J. Peters VAMC in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Riggio has authored 35 peer reviewed publications and 20 book chapters: She has authored one book and edited eight. She has edited two issues of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. Nationally she has worked on a number of task forces dedicated to the diagnosis and management of traumatic brain injury and is a recognized authority in this area. In 2006 she received an Institute of Medicine Teaching excellence award. In 2012, the IME designated Dr. Riggio a Master Educator and in 2013 she became a Master Clinician making her the first faculty member at Mount Sinai to be awarded both titles.

Shubhika Srivastava, MBBS Department of Pediatrics Associate Professor of Pediatrics Director, Fellowship Training Program Director, Echocardiography Laboratory

Dr. Srivastava started her career in pediatrics in 1993 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, UMDNJ, New Jersey. Her interest in teaching and mentoring was initiated as a chief resident in 1997. In 2000, she completed her fellowship training in Cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital and in 2004 became the coordinator of the fellowship training program. She successfully achieved ACGME accreditation for the program in 2006 and in 2012. She was promoted to Associate Professor Pediatrics and Director of the Fellowship Program in 2008. As president of the New York Pediatric Echocardiography Society from 20072011, Dr. Srivastava promoted clinical education, research, and mentoring at a regional level. There she organized regional and national CME meetings and mentored her colleagues in assuming similar roles while developing their educational and research portfolios. On a national level, Dr. Srivastava was appointed as Secretary to the Society of Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors in 2010 and will be assuming the role of president in 2013. She developed a website and discussion forum to allow exchange of knowledge and resources for fellows in training and pediatric cardiology fellowship directors. In the capacity of its vice president, Dr. Srivastava organized workshops for fellows at the American Academy of Pediatrics focused on career development and is the co-chair for the committee on developing Guidelines for training in Non Invasive Imaging in Pediatric Cardiology. Her continued mentorship of medical students, interns, residents, fellows, junior attending ,and sonographers in clinical research and in career development has resulted in numerous abstract presentations at scientific meetings, publications, and book chapters. 23


2013 Master Educators

James J. Strain, MD Department of Psychiatry Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. James J. Strain graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Botany, following his father's footsteps. He attended Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, took his psychiatric residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, and a fellowship in psychiatric research developing a rat model for electroconvulsive therapy, after winning the Menninger Award for outstanding research accomplished by a resident in the United States. Dr. Strain moved to New York City to enter the NY Psychoanalytic Institute for analytic training. He was on the Institute of Medicine panel as the only psychiatrist to develop the handbook on how to develop guidelines in medicine. He developed the first computerized medical record for medical and psychiatric comorbidity, received three contracts from NIMH to develop the models of mental health training for primary care, received the first National Cancer Institute grant to study the compliance of physicians in random control trials, was the third Earl of Litchfield Visiting Professor at Oxford University, and won the Hackett Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the highest award in C-L psychiatry. He has been active in the stress-related disorders in the development of DSM-IV and DSM-5. Dr. Strain has trained over 120 fellows in consultation/liaison psychiatry, has over 500 publications, has given 760 national and international lectures, has brought in over 13 million dollars for his programs at Montefiore and Mount Sinai, and has visited 204 countries on his medical odysseys. He is married to Dr. Gladys Witt Strain, Associate Professor of Nutrition in Surgery at Weill Cornell School of Medicine. Their three sons are doctors; two surgeons, one radiologist, but no psychiatrists. He is currently working on the hypothesis that depression is a systemic and not just a mental disorder.

Peter Taub, MD, FAACS, FAAP Department of Surgery Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Dentistry

Peter J. Taub, MD, FACS, FAAP, was born and raised in New York City. He attended The Dalton School (1985), Brown University (1989) and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine (1993), where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) and received a distinction for research in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He completed an internship and General Surgery residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1999. During that time, Dr. Taub spent a year in the Microvascular research laboratory and served as the Teaching Resident for the third-year medical students. He completed a second residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center and stayed for an additional year of training in Craniofacial Surgery under the direction of Dr. Henry K. Kawamoto, Jr., MD, DDS. Dr. Taub returned to New York to serve as the Chief of the Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery service at New York Medical College and the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as well as the Director of the Westchester Craniofacial Center. He is an active member of the Mount Sinai Cleft and Craniofacial Center. Dr. Taub is board certified in both General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is active in many national professional societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, and the New York Academy of Medicine. In addition to his interest in aesthetic surgery, Dr. Taub has published articles and chapters in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including original advancements in the field of Craniofacial Surgery. Along with his skill and expertise in Plastic Surgery, he brings a true compassion for his patients and their families. 24


2013 Fellows

Sharon M. Batista, MD Departments of Psychiatry and Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Medical Director of Substance Abuse Programs at the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice Associate Director for Recruitment and Retention Dr. Sharon Batista, MD, received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and then completed her medical education as well as psychiatry residency training at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, and completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at New York University. Dr. Batista is passionate about the treatment of anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, cognitive behavior therapy, and the interplay between physical health problems and mental health. Dr. Batista is board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Batista divides her time between her private practice and the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice [CCHP], a nonprofit organization offering primary care where she is the Medical Director for the Substance Use Programs. CCHP provides addiction, and mental health services to underserved families in East Harlem. In her role as Medical Director, Dr. Batista supervises all treatment services provided including counseling services in addition to the treatments offered specifically for persons dependent on opiates. Dr. Batista works in private practice treating adults, with an emphasis on serving patients with complaints related to mood disorders, relationship problems, women’s mental health, eating and weight disorders, and addictions. Dr. Batista’s current research project focuses on assessing the reasons for treatment interruption in a community-based population seeking substance use treatment. Dr. Batista is also the Associate Director for Recruitment and Retention at the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Suzanna Bentley, MD Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education Assistant Professor Associate Emergency Medicine Residency Director at Icahn and Elmhurst

Suzanne Bentley MD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education. She is an Associate Emergency Medicine Residency Director with Mount Sinai and exhibits a passion for working with and teaching residents, students, and patients. Dr. Bentley is a clinician at Elmhurst Hospital Center. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai in Emergency Medicine with a concentration is medical education, global health, and is currently completing a MPH degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Bentley is the mentor coordinator for the Mount Sinai Global Health Training Center and is the site co-director for Mount Sinai’s partnership working in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where she is currently creating and implementing an emergency medicine curriculum and educational initiative. Dr. Bentley is actively involved at Mount Sinai in many medical education related projects from critical care, trauma, and procedural simulation to programs to enhance bedside teaching, provision of feedback to learners, and board review preparation with the emergency medicine residents.

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2013 Fellows

David E. DeLaet, MD, MPH Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics Assistant Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics

Dr. DeLaet earned his bachelor's degree in zoology at Miami University in 1991. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1995, he completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1999. He was then a clinical fellow in General Internal Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, earning a Master of Public Health degree from the Columbia University School of Public Health in 2001. He currently practices primary care medicine at the Internal Medicine Associates practice, providing care to adolescent and adult patients. He also contributes to the clinical education of medical students in the Department of Pediatrics.

Wing Wah (Linda) Ho, MD Department of Pediatrics Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Wing Wah Ho is an academic general pediatrician who has expertise and interests in medical education, research, and clinical care. Her mission as an educator is to produce a generation of physicians that demonstrate excellence and scholarship, as well as to advance the field of medical education. Her specific interests as an educator include teaching, mentoring/advising, curriculum development and assessment, learner assessment, and education leadership and administration. Fostering students to be effective self-directed, lifelong learners has been her longstanding passion, as it is an essential element of being a physician. Mentoring and advising is another one of her long-term passions, as effective mentoring and advising is critical to developing a successful and rewarding career in medicine. Her teaching/educational roles are considerable and varied. She is a ward teaching and service attending, clinical preceptor, school-based preceptor, school-based educator, and mentor/advisor to medical students and residents. She has lectured on Evidence Based Medicine to fellows and residents at Mount Sinai and served as a tutor for the Teaching EBM Workshop of the American College of Physicians/NY Chapter & The New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Ho has acquired funding from the American Academy of Pediatrics for, developed, implemented, and evaluated a school based obesity prevention program where she educated students and parents, and collaborated with physicians/medical staff, teachers/school staff, nutritionists, and parents. She possesses a longstanding commitment to mentoring and advising. During her 11 years at Mount Sinai, she has mentored/advised many medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Ho has also received research methodology training in the MERC program and K30 CRTP, and possesses a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research.

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Tonia K. Kim, MD Department of Internal Medicine Assistant Professor Assistant Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program

Dr. Kim graduated with honors from Union College and Albany Medical College in 1997. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and her Renal Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. On faculty at Mount Sinai's Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine as a clinical educator, she is enthusiastically part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's mission in teaching our medical students and residents, who are among the best and brightest in the nation. She has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, the Solomon Berson Award for Resident Teaching in 2008, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (Junior Faculty) in 2011, and was made Fellow of the Institute of Medical Education in 2013. Dr. Kim also serves as Assistant Program Director for the Mount Sinai Nephrology Fellowship Program, which trains exemplary nephrologists who embrace and promote excellence in clinical care, research, and teaching.

Adriana K. Malone, MD Department of Medicine Attending Physician, Tisch Cancer Institute Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology Associate Program Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation Fellowship Dr. Adriana Kaczaraj Malone earned her medical degree at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000. She then completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine as well as her fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. After completing her fellowship training in 2007, Dr. Malone joined the faculty in the division of Hematology/Oncology and the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai as an assistant professor. Dr. Malone is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. Dr. Malone's clinical interest and focus lies in hematologic malignancies with a particular interest in bone marrow and stem cell and transplantation. She has participated as a co and primary investigator in cooperative group and pharmaceutical sponsored studies, focusing on the application, tolerability and outcomes of transplant in various hematologic malignancies. In addition, Dr. Malone has pursued an interest in medical education of students, residents, and fellows. She is currently the associate director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program, director of the BMT Fellowship Program as well as director of House Staff and Medical Student Education for the Tisch Cancer Institute. Dr. Malone is also a recent recipient of both the Richard E. Rosenfield Faculty Achievement Award as well as the Icahn School of Medicine Department of Medicine Teaching Award. She is interested in how trainees are taught the art and practice of cancer medicine and how Mount Sinai can achieve its full potential in the arena.

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Cathie Pfleger, PhD Department of Oncological Sciences Associate Professor

Dr. Pfleger graduated from Princeton University in 1994 with a degree in Molecular Biology and a Certificate in Engineering Biology. She received her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology in 2000 from Harvard University’s Division of Medical Sciences in the laboratory of Dr. Marc Kirschner. She went on to postdoctoral training with Dr. Iswar Hariharan at the Massachussetts General Hospital Cancer Center and then UC Berkeley. She initiated her own research program using Drosophila as a model to study cancer at Mount Sinai in the Department of Oncological Sciences late in 2005 and is now an Associate Professor. Dr. Pfleger received the Institute for Medical Education (IME) Mentorship Award in 2011 and was named a Fellow of the IME in 2013.

Peter Shearer, MD Department of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor Associate Director Emergency Department

Dr. Shearer trained in Emergency Medicine (EM) at Boston Medical Center then came to New York as EM faculty primarily at Elmhurst Hospital ED. For the past seven years he has been the Program Director for the residency in EM. He expanded the program to 15 residents in a PGY 1-4 format and integrated a novel PGY4 specialty track program. Dr. Shearer’s current focus is on establishing, measuring and tracking Quality and Performance Improvement in EM. He has integrated the residents in a unique Quality Review program and has begun to include medical students in this process. Dr. Shearer has an ongoing interest in teaching and researching issues related to LGBT patients in the ED setting and issues related to gender and sexual orientation among medical students, residents and attendings. Dr. Shearer is the medical director for the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program and is currently developing a medical student elective in this topic.

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Eva Waite, MD Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Acting Medical Director, Internal Medicine Associates Program Director, Combined Medicine Pediatrics Residency

Dr. Waite received her BA in Biology from Wesleyan University in 1982. She received her medical degree from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine in 1988. She then completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center in 1992. This was followed by one year as a Chief Resident in Pediatrics in 1992-93, also at the University of Chicago. She was an Assistant Professor at University of Chicago until 1998. She then relocated to New York City and has been at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Icahn School of Medicine since. Dr. Waite considers herself a generalist in the truest meaning of the word. Her training has enabled her to participate in the care of the broadest range of ages, from birth to the 90s. In addition, she has the unique opportunity to care for both individuals and several generations of the same family. She has been especially interested in patients with solid organ transplant and young adult patients with special health care needs. She recently transitioned to a new role involved in the day to day administration of the Internal Medicine Associates(IMA), the main teaching site for the residents training in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has enjoyed having the chance to teach and mentor students and residents at Mount Sinai. Each day lends an opportunity to engage students and residents in the care of patients with a diverse set of medical health conditions. There are also opportunities to find what may be applicable to the learner, no matter what field they decide upon.

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