President's Message New York Hospital Queens

 June/July 2013

Dear Colleagues:

On June 4, I presented our second quarter update on progress against our 2013 goals and key measures of quality performance. In it, I stressed that the combination of our vision, focused strategic plan, and true team work will enable us to tackle every challenge of health care reform and the rapidly-changing landscape for the practice of medicine.

As many readers of this newsletter are aware, we have restructured some of our resources so that we can continue to invest in expanding our primary care footprint and a number of short and long-term initiatives.

A major component of our plan is to strategically invest in the services for which community demand is high and growing. Our voluntary medical staff are an integral part of this strategy.  These programs are those that we will increasingly develop as service lines; in some cases, fully on our main campus and community medicine sites, and in others, with our physician partners throughout the region and/or other member institutions within the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. The service lines include:

  • Primary Care
  • Cancer Center
  • Bone & Joint
  • Digestive & Liver
  • Heart & Vascular
  • Surgical Services
  • Continued support for core community need services including emergency services, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology 

My presentation describes more of our plan for moving forward. It can be accessed online on our public website, As well, we have just published the 2012-2013 edition of our Annual Report to the Community, which is full of highlights on our progress and news-making programs and services. You can read it here.

I encourage you to review our updates. You can certainly reach out to me to answer any questions or for more information.


Stephen S. Mills, F.A.C.H.E.

P.S.: Now, this publication is electronic-only. If you hear of someone who did not receive an email notifying them about it, they can contact Public Affairs & Marketing, 718-670-1065, to be added to distribution lists. As always, please share this news with your colleagues and the Queens community.



Medical and Professional Staff Appointments:

  Karen J. Nefores, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A., was appointed vice president, Quality and Patient Safety. She comes to us from St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT, where she served as the executive director of Quality Management, Case Management and Patient Safety. She brings more than 10 years of leadership experience in the areas of quality management and improving patient safety, particularly in the areas of high reliability organizations. Her clinical background includes several years of nursing experience in Emergency Medicine. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Yale School of Nursing where she taught principles of quality and patient safety.
  We welcomed Ajay Mirani, M.D., attending physician, who specializes in Pediatric Cardiology. He is also a part of our Fetal Echocardiography Program. He comes to us from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College where he served as assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Mirani completed his residency in Pediatrics at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He did his fellowships in Pediatric Cardiology and Interventional Pediatric Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.
Anna Maria Delios, M.D., joins us as an attending physician in Neurology and Neuro-Oncology. She comes to us from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she completed her fellowship. She completed her residency in Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and earned her medical degree from the Escola de Medicina Souza Marques in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Jeffrey Ellis, M.D., joined our voluntary medical staff as director, Dermatology. He comes to us from Belaray Dermatology and prior to that, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Healthcare System where he served as director, Dermatology from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Ellis is also president of JournalReview LLC, a medical education resource that allows for post-publication peer review of medical literature at Dr. Ellis achieved his medical degree from SUNY Downstate where he also completed his residency in Dermatology and fellowship in Procedural Dermatology.

Professional and Personal Achievements, including Sharing Expertise with Medical Audiences and in the Community:

Maxine Frank, member, NYHQ Board of Trustees, was honored at United Hospital Fund’s 2013 Tribute to Hospital Trustees. The United Hospital Fund presented Distinguished Trustee Awards to 30 trustees from metropolitan area hospitals at a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. She was recognized for her leadership, generosity, and extraordinary service to not-for-profit and municipal hospitals.

  Aaron Turkish, M.D., attending pediatric gastroenterologist, wrote a paper, in collaboration with the Department of Pathology & Clinical Laboratories at NYHQ and the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology at Columbia University Medical Center that was published in the journal, Hepatology. The paper discusses a new understanding of the effects of ketamine abuse on the liver.

Dr. Turkish has recently earned his Basic Competency in Clinical Lipidology. He is currently pursuing board certification in Lipidology. 

Congratulations to all members of the NYHQ Medical Staff who were named as “Super Doctors 2013” by Key Professional Media.  The Super Doctors list is available online and as an advertising supplement to The New York Times Magazine.  For Key Professional Media’s listings and methodology, visit:

Julia Stuart, director, Health Education Library, had an article published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, titled “Medium-Sized Hospital, Small Library, Tiny Budget, Innovative Solutions”.



American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3 Enrollment a Success

NYHQ was an enrollment site for the American Cancer Society Study-3 that will reveal who gets cancer and why. Nearly 80 employees, medical staff and community members enrolled in the study. Our hospital had the most enrollees in Queens! NYHQ was asked to be an enrollment site because of our diverse community and employee population. 

7th Annual Residents and Fellows Research Day

The Theresa & Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education held the 7th Annual Residents and Fellows Research Day. This program fosters the research potential of NYHQ residents and fellows. This year, 13 oral and 68 poster presentations in 14 specialty areas were featured. Award recipients included:

  • Wallace Wang, M.D., gastroenterology fellow: Poor Outcomes in Clostridium difficile Enteritis is Associated with Low Vitamin D Levels
  • Christopher Tan, M.D., geriatrics & palliative care medicine fellow; Jackson Ng, M.D., research fellow: Cognitive Changes After Surgery in the Elderly: Does Minimally Invasive Surgery Influence the Incidence of Postoperative Cognitive Changes Compared to Open Colon Surgery
  • Mihaela Oprea, M.D., geriatrics & palliative care medicine fellow; Fernando Kawai, M.D., attending physician, Internal Medicine; Daniel Lorber, M.D., associate director, Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education, and director, Endocrinology; Simcha Pollack, Ph.D., statistician, St. John’s University; Cynthia Pan, M.D., chief, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care Medicine and director, Geriatrics Fellowship Program: Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Transitioning From Acute Care Hospital to the Nursing Home
  • Masud Habibullah, M.D., internal medicine resident; David Tenembaum, M.D., internal medicine resident; Jose Najul, M.D., internal medicine resident; Moshe Rubin, M.D., director, Division of Gastroenterology, and program director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Training program: Colonic Lesions Found During Retrograde Double Balloon Enteroscopy for Obscure Bleeding Following a Negative Colonoscopy
  • Alexander Ramirez Valderrama, M.D., surgery resident; Soni Chousleb, M.D., surgery resident; Joel A. Ricci, M.D., attending surgeon, Pierre F. Saldinger, M.D., F.A.C.S., chairman, Surgery and Surgeon in Chief: Minimally Invasive Temporary Loop Ileostomy for Severe Clostridium difficile Colitis: A Case Report


Recruiting for Type 2 Diabetes Medication Study

NYHQ is actively recruiting individuals to take part in a clinical research study, The Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: Comparative Effectiveness (GRADE) Study that will compare the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most commonly prescribed medication for treating type 2 diabetes.   

To enroll in the study, we are seeking men and women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at age 30 or older, who have been diagnosed within the last five years. Individuals may be on metformin, but not have taken any other diabetes medication within the last six months. Interested individuals can see if they qualify for enrollment by calling Anjini Cherian, R.N., Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education, at 718-670-1827. During the five-year study, participants will be monitored free of charge, which includes at least four medical visits per year.

Phyllis August, M.D., Theresa Lang director, Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education, and Daniel Lorber, M.D., associate director, Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education, and director, Endocrinology, are co-investigators  in the study. 


Recruiting for Electrophysiology Studies

NYHQ researchers are looking for patients to enroll in the ProMRI study that will evaluate a new, potentially MRI-safe, pacemaker. Patients who are implanted with this pacemaker will undergo a MRI as part of the protocol. George Juang, M.D., director, Electrophysiology; Seth Goldbarg, M.D., associate director, Electrophysiology; and David Rogers, M.D., attending radiologist, are the primary investigators of this study at NYHQ.

Individuals interested in enrolling must be over age 18, taller than 4’7” and willing and able to use a cardio messenger and complete MRI testing. Individuals must have specific types of pacemakers that are implanted pectorally. Individuals cannot be pregnant, enrolled in another study and must not have a cardiac surgery scheduled within the next three months. Participants will be required to follow-up on-site at NYHQ.

Researchers at NYHQ are also looking for patients to enroll in the VENTURE-AF study. Dr. Juang and Dr. Goldbarg are the primary investigators of this study at NYHQ. They will evaluate the effectiveness of two anticoagulants, warfarin and rivaroxaban, in patients undergoing atrial fibrillation ablations for treatment of symptomatic atrial fibrillation.

Individuals interested in enrolling must be over age 18, scheduled for first catheter ablation procedure for non-valvular atrial fibrillation and have a documented history of paroxysmal, lasting less than one week or, persistent, lasting more than one week and less than one year or requiring pharmacological or electrical cardioversion in less than one week, atrial fibrillation. Individuals must be suitable for anticoagulant therapy and catheter ablation as per the judgment of the investigator. Women must be postmenopausal before entry or practicing a highly effective method of birth control. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test at screening.

To see if you or a patient may qualify to enroll for these studies, call our research coordinators at the Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education,  Li Hou at 718-670-2837 or Priscilla Chu at 718-670-1431. 



A Spring Night Gala Receives Pledges of More Than $1 Million for Cancer Program

Stephen S. Mills, president and chief executive officer, NYHQ (left) and George F. Heinrich, M.D., chairman, Board of Trustees, NYHQ (right) presented Dimitrios (center) and Georgia Kaloidis (2nd from left) with the Pacesetter Award, and the Honorable Claire Shulman (2nd from right) with the inaugural Community Service Award at New York Hospital Queens’ A Spring Night Gala.

New York Hospital Queens received pledges of more than $1 million for the hospital’s cancer program at the annual A Spring Night Gala held at the American Museum of Natural History in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. More than 600 benefactors, hospital leaders and physicians attended the fundraiser that honored Georgia and Dimitrios Kaloidis, owners of Terrace on the Park and the Georgia Diner, and former Queens Borough President, the Honorable Claire Shulman.

The Kaloidis received the hospital’s highest honor, the Pacesetter Award, for their contributions to churches, monasteries, hospitals (including NYHQ) and schools in the U.S. and in Greece. Dimitrios and Georgia Kaloidis founded a chain of diners, restaurants and banquet facilities that include the renowned Georgia Diner on Queens Boulevard, and the classic banquet and event facility, Terrace on the Park. Today, their business endeavors are an integral part of the Queens community. Georgia Kaloidis is a member of the Board of Trustees at NYHQ.

NYHQ leaders presented the Honorable Claire Shulman with the inaugural Community Service Award for her continuous efforts to build a better Queens. She served as the borough president of Queens from 1986 to 2002 and is president and chief executive officer of the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC. Claire Shulman is a member of the Board of Trustees at NYHQ.


More than 600 benefactors, hospital leaders and physicians of NYHQ attended A Spring Night Gala at the American Museum of Natural History. This year, more than $1 million was pledged for the hospital’s cancer program.  


Center for Wound Healing - One Year Update

In response to the growing need for wound treatment, we opened the New York Hospital Queens Center for Wound Healing at Silvercrest in July 2012. As a resource for physicians and community members, the Center provides standard wound care practices as well as hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy (a non-invasive medical treatment that can enhance the body’s natural healing and strengthen the immune system).

The Center has been in operation for one year, and the results are strong:

  • Provided more than 1,200 therapy treatments
  • 92 percent of discharged HBO patients completed his/her treatment
    –100 percent of patients who completed treatment were healed
  • Patients with diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers and pressure ulcers treated with wound healing practices were healed within two to three weeks of starting treatment

The Center’s staff applies proven wound care practices and advanced clinical approaches that have been shown to help patients who suffer from chronic wounds achieve high healing rates and fast healing times. Our physicians and nurses have special training and experience in advanced wound care, and all technicians and physicians are also certified in hyperbaric medicine. The center’s healthcare team will work with the referring physician to tailor a specific treatment plan for the patient and will communicate with the referring physician during the course of the patient’s treatment.

For more information, please contact the Center at 855-480-HEAL (4325).




Watch the State of the Hospital Q2 Update
Stephen S. Mills, president and chief executive officer, presented an update on how the hospital is progressing with our 2013 goals. The presentation can be watched online via the “For Employees” section of our public website: No password is required to access the presentation.



2012-2013 Annual Report Available Online
The 2012-2013 Annual Report to the Community has been published electronically. Read it here. It is full of updates and useful information about our organization.

Printed copies of the report are available via the Division of Public Affairs & Marketing. To place an order, contact Kerry McHale, or 718-670-1065.

Employees and Employed Medical Staff

Create Your NYHQ Account
Employees and employed medical staff, take a moment to visit the “For Employees” section of our website, and register for Your NYHQ, the new password-protected section of our public website. Employees are required to create an account to access this section of our website that will provide easy access to internal communications such as the INSIGHT newsletter, INSIGHT e-Weekly and other hospital updates, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phase 1 of Your NYHQ will offer access to employees (only).

  • Go to
  • Click the Your NYHQ tab on the left side of the page
  • Click create password
            • Your username is your employee ID number
                  – If you do not know your employee ID number, ask your supervisor
            • Register with your formal name used by Human Resources

All NYHQ Medical Staff

Update Your Medical Staff Society Physician Profile
We are reminding all medical staff to keep your online profile current. Our online “Find-a-Doctor” directory on provides potential patients and referring physicians with information on our entire medical staff.  Accurate and comprehensive physician profile information is important.

How to Update Information:

  • Profile information found in the hospital’s online directory and printed medical staff directory is supplied by a database managed by the New York Hospital Queens Medical Staff Society
  • Each physician controls the level of detail in his/her profile
  • Profiles can be updated by going to
  • For username or password, call the NYHQ Medical Staff Office at (718) 670-1419
  • Updates will be reflected on the Medical Staff Society website and will then appear on within 24 hours

Adding Photo to a Physician Profile:

  • To submit a digital photo, please contact Allison Fleming, or 718-670-2374.
  • Photos will only be accepted if they meet the directory format, including:
            • Formal headshot in a white coat or professional attire
            • Files must be .jpg, .eps, .tiff or .psd format (at a resolution of at least 300 dpi)
            • The image must be 1500 x 2100 pixels and a minimum of 800 KB file size
  • Note, Public Affairs & Marketing offers free photo sessions for medical staff at least twice a year. Sessions are announced in INSIGHT e-Weekly and by the Medical Staff Society office.
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