About Us

Research is an essential component of a major medical center. The Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education was founded in 2000, to provide a major research presence at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. The center was made possible through a generous gift from philanthropists and friends Theresa and Eugene Lang. The goal of the center is to promote a new emphasis in clinical research by conducting studies in the community setting.

The research center's activities complement a robust training program for residents and fellows and the advanced level of patient care that make NewYork-Presbyterian Queens a major medical center.

Research activity has traditionally been carried out in major academic centers, where the clinical problems are often rare and highly complex. Studies of those conditions are frequently not applicable to the majority of people suffering from common but serious illnesses.

The community hospital is better suited to addressing common diseases such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney failure, and hypertension in the setting where most patients will be treated.


The Lang Center’s mission is to promote a high standard of research for community teaching hospitals by creating a national model at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.


Our goal is to conduct innovative, high quality clinical research. A community hospital is well suited to addressing the more common diseases such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, kidney failure and hypertension. It makes sense to study these diseases where most people live and will be treated.

Meet the Lang Center Staff

Phyllis August, M.D., M.P.H., is the Theresa Lang Director for the Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education. She holds the hospital’s first endowed chair for research at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.

Dr. August is also a professor of Medicine and Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and serves as an attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell campus. Dr. August earned a B.A. degree from Harvard College, an M.D. from Yale University and a master's degree in Public Health from Harvard University School of Public Health. She completed her graduate medical education at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

In 2006, Dr. August became the first recipient of the Ralph A. Baer, M.D. Professorship of Medical Research at Weill Cornell, which was established to support research in public health and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. August's research career has focused on hypertension, particularly in pregnancy, kidney disease and diabetes. She has written numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters and is frequently asked to speak at national and international meetings.  718-670-2840

Daniel L. Lorber, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.D.E., is the Associate Director of The Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education and the Director of Diabetes and Metabolic Research for NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. He is also Director of Endocrinology at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He is also a certified Diabetes Educator and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Lorber gained national recognition for his work in diabetes in 2009 when he was chosen as "Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes" by the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Lorber earned his B.A. degree at Columbia College and an M.D. at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and a fellowship in Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, where he was a Clinical Research Center Associate Physician. Dr. Lorber has been an active member of the American Diabetes Association throughout his career, and is recognized nationally as an expert in fighting employment discrimination against people with diabetes. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles and book chapters. 718-670-2561       


Tina Dardac, RN
Administrative Director

Nancy Garcia
Office Manager, IRB Manager
Ajini Cherian, RN
Research Coordinator

Rosalyn Chan
Research Coordinator

Susan Ingenito
Research Coordinator


Jackson Ng, MD
Research Coordinator
 Mari Tsovian
Research Coordinator
Asif Adam
Research Coordinator
Kieran Palumbo
Assitant Study Coordinator


Founding Benefactors and Supporters

Theresa and Eugene M. Lang

Our research center was made possible through the generous gift from philanthropists and friends, Theresa and Eugene M. Lang

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