Dear Colleagues:

As we prepare to close the book on 2010 and usher in 2011, we will remember this year for the opening of our new West Building, and our significant growth in clinical talent with the addition of more than 120 new physicians across many disciplines. In addition, we developed many new programs to address the growing needs of our community.

One such program, our new Palliative Care Program, was developed to address the intensifying need to focus on controlling patient pain, improve quality of life and a patient’s health care experience.

As newer drugs and treatments become available, many people with advanced life-threatening illness are living longer. Patients need a comprehensive treatment of their pain, symptoms and stress—that’s where palliative care comes in.

The program’s goal is to prevent (or ease) suffering. A recent study of cancer patients published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that palliative care may prolong life, and that patients report a higher quality of life. Palliative care is useful for patients of any age and at any stage of serious illness.

There are some misconceptions about what palliative care is and who can benefit from it. Palliative care is not hospice care. Hospice is for people who accept that they may be at the end of life and who don't want any further treatments or tests. Palliative care does not replace a patient’s primary care; rather, it is a complement. The palliative care team involves other members of the health care team and works in concert with the patient’s primary physician.

With the appointment of Cynthia X. Pan, M.D., attending geriatrician and director, Palliative Care, last month, we launched our Palliative Care Program. The program was projected to receive 52 referrals in its first year of operation. Instead, it received 52 referrals in just its first month.

For more information about our Palliative Care program or for a consultation with Dr. Pan, call (718) 670-2434 or email her at

Happy holidays and best wishes for a healthy New Year!


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


People News

We welcome a new member to our Board of Trustees:


 A new member was elected to our Board of Trustees, Kanak Golia, president and chief executive officer of the Perfume Center of America. He is the 23rd member of the board. Mr. Golia achieved his bachelor of commerce and law degrees from the University of Jodhpur, India, and his post graduate training in accountancy at the Kishanraj Singvhi and Company. With only 16 months experience in the perfume industry, Mr. Golia started the Perfume Center of America in 1993. Under his leadership, the company hit the $100 million mark in just seven years.

Charitable work and giving back to the community is one of Mr. Golia’s highest priorities. He set up the Kanak and Prabha Golia Charitable Foundation which is focused on funding and supporting charities dedicated to children and women’s education, medical needs for the handicapped, managing orphanages and providing for distressed animals.


The following people and programs achieved certification or accreditation:
Jack Mann, M.D., attending pulmonologist, and president, NYHQ Medical Staff Society, announced that the sleep center based at his practice, Heart and Lung Associates, P.C., in Bayside, N.Y., received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

The NYHQ Cardiac Health Center achieved re-certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The Cardiac Health Center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

The Center for Dental and Oral Medicine received re-accreditation for the General Practice and Oral Pathology residency programs through the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Congratulations to Christopher Calandrella, D.O., emergency medicine attending physician, on achieving board certification from the American College of Osteopathic Internists.


It is an honor for us when other organizations select our hospital team members as advisors and leaders:
Laura Giles, R.N., B.S.N., C.E.N., was appointed president-elect of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Foundation. The mission of the ENA Foundation is to provide educational scholarships and research grants in the discipline of emergency nursing. Ms. Giles is also a past president of the New York State Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association.

Charles M. Lombardi, D.P.M., director, podiatry, was elected vice president of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.

Jeffrey Rosen, M.D., chairman, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, has been named co-chair of the 2011 Arthritis Walk in New York City sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation in May 2011 in Battery Park.

Adam Weinstein, F.A.C.H.E., Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Compliance, served on the Fall 2010 Health Care Panel for the student chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives at St. John’s University. Mr. Weinstein also serves as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University, College of Professional Studies.


Our physicians and clinical staff frequently present their work at national medical conferences and in peer-reviewed publications:
Research conducted by 17 physicians within our Department of Emergency Medicine, on topics such as resident education on ultrasound, cholecystitis, H1N1, dysrhythmias and ureteral stones, was presented at the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly.

James G. Ryan, M.D., Emergency Medicine residency director, David Barlas, M.D., associate residency director, and Manish Sharma, D.O., M.B.A., assistant residency director, recently published a study in the October 2010 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine titled “Direct Observation Evaluations by Emergency Medicine Faculty Do Not Provide Data That Enhance Resident Assessment When Compared to Summative Quarterly Evaluations.”

Penelope Chun Lema, M.D., R.D.M.S., Emergency Medicine ultrasound fellowship director, spoke about the Emergency Medicine ultrasound fellowship training program on at the annual Resident Career Day at the New York Academy of Medicine that was sponsored by the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Todd Mastrovitch, M.D., director of pediatric Emergency Medicine education, spoke on "The Scope of Pediatric Emergency Care: Assessment, Diagnosis and Unique Challenges" at the School of Nursing, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J.

Magdalena Cadet, M.D., director, Rheumatology, and Natalie Schwartz, M.D., Director, Primary Care, were featured at a NYHQ community symposium on arthritis as it relates to diabetes. The symposium featured common disorders that are associated with diabetes, such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, adhesive capsulitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand tendon inflammation, neuropathic arthropathy, and spine disorders.

Program News

Hospitalist Service
The Hospitalist Service at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) is designed to assist community-based primary care physicians with total inpatient care management. Our team includes five internal medicine physicians who, on a rotating basis, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These physicians work exclusively in the hospital and have no private practice activity. After discharge, the patient returns to his/her referring physician.

The Hospitalist Service provides a high level of communication, confidence and service for physicians who rely upon it. Each referring physician has the opportunity to customize the level of support to meet the needs of their patient and practice.

Special note to physicians: Community physicians can take advantage of the program by making one phone call to 1-888-219-9141 at any time during the day, night, weekends or on holidays.

The NYHQ Hospitalists

Denis Kapkov, M.D., Ph.D., received his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Drexel University/Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.

   Priya Nori, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine. She received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

   Monisankar Roy, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine and is a specialist in clinical hypertension. He received his medical degree from Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Roy was a fellow in hypertension research at James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx and chief resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital Center.

   Rakhil Rubinova, D.O., is board certified in internal medicine. She received her medical degree in osteopathy from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y and was chief resident in internal medicine at NYHQ. Dr. Rubinova has been with us since 2009.

   Nejat Zeyneloglu, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine. He received his medical degree from Ege University School of Medicine in Izmir, Turkey. Most recently he was associate internal medicine residency program director and an assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College Metropolitan Hospital Center.

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Expands to Downtown Flushing
To better serve the community of downtown Flushing, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation now has a presence in the Queens Crossing medical office building, which is staffed by Tony Quach, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Quach is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and the Chaozhou dialects of Chinese. Contact Dr. Quach at (866) 670-OUCH.

George F. Heinrich, M.D. Symposium
Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education presented the 2nd annual George F. Heinrich, M.D. Symposium at NYHQ. This year’s symposium was entitled, “Diabetes 2010: from Public Policy to Target Organs” and featured keynote speaker, Robert E. Ratner, M.D., F.A.C.P., a senior research scientist at the MedStar Health Research Institute. Dr. Ratner’s talk was titled, “National Health reform: Its Impact on Diabetes and Public Health Policy.” Other speakers included NYHQ medical staff: Edward Chai, M.D., Daniel Skupski, M.D., Sangwoo Lee, M.D., and Stephen Merola, M.D.


Interventional Procedure Rooms Open in West Building
The procedure area for Cardiac Catheterization, Electrophysiology, Interventional Radiology and Vascular Procedures opened on the second floor of the West Building in mid November. We anticipate the opening of the vascular hybrid OR in early December. The hybrid OR is designed for many types of vascular and endovascular procedures, including aortic aneurysm repairs and carotid artery stenting.

Update on Grants Program
New York Hospital Queens has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Funds will support the Hellenic American Emergency Medicine Exchange (HAEME) Fellowship for the next five years through 2015. Each year, NYHQ will train four physicians from Greece on critical aspects of emergency medicine. 

  • Michael Radeos, M.D., M.P.H., research director, Department of Emergency Medicine, developed the program and will serve as the HAEME Fellowship Director. Dr. Radeos is a first-generation Greek-American, and board-certified residency-trained emergency physician.

Patricia Woods, Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer, secured a $100,000 grant from the NY Community Bank Foundation (formerly Roslyn Savings Bank) to support the NYHQ College for 4 years.

NYHQ also received a $2,000 grant from the Macy's Foundation. Funds will be used to support this year's FreeMAT community toy drive.

Physician Exchange Program with China
The Department of Emergency Medicine welcomes, Dr. Xu Shengyong, an Emergency Medicine resident from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China for a three month visit as part of the ongoing physician exchange program between our hospital and similar teaching hospitals in the Far East sponsored by NYHQ trustee William Chiang.

New Members Inducted to NYHQ Community Advisory Council
The NYHQ Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a group of Queens business leaders and civic-minded individuals who assist the hospital in development, public affairs, community and government relations and make recommendations for the improvement of facilities and programs.

We welcomed 11 new members to the NYHQ Community Advisory Council:

Rabbi Martin Cooper, Rabbi of the Garden Jewish Center in Flushing since 1996. Past positions include principal for a number of schools and president of Friends of Flushing Library.

David Dolan, worked on Wall Street and served as a vice president at Goldman Sachs. Today, he volunteers in a number of community organizations including our hospital.

John Golden, owner of Martin A. Gleason Funeral Home.

Richard Italiano, long-standing community activist, who is based in the Elmhurst/Corona neighborhood. He has served as the Chairperson for Community Board (CB) #4 and is presently the District Manager for CB#4.

Chris Kutner, J.D., a practicing attorney and currently a partner in the Farrell Fritz Law firm.

Stanley Markowitz, senior vice president with Muss Development, based in Queens.

Kris Ram, a specialist in the field of information technology. He serves on many community organizations including CB #7, Hindu Temple Society of North America and is on the Asian American Advisory Council for the Queens District Attorney.

Joshua Schneps, co-publisher of the Queens Courier and active in many Queens organizations and committees.

Peter Tu, executive director of the Flushing Chinese Business Association. He serves on the boards of CB #7 and the Flushing Business Improvement District (BID). He has been honored by Mayor Bloomberg for his work related to promoting Asian-American

Emily Wang, editor of the International Buddhist Progress Society of NY, based in Flushing. She holds an M.B.A. and teaches Mandarin Chinese at Queens College. She formerly served as senior editor for the World Journal in Toronto.

Beauty Wong, manager of the TD Bank located on Main Street in Flushing. She is active in several Flushing-based community organizations.

Community Advisory Council, pictured (left to right, front row) are John Golden, Peter Tu, Beauty Wong, Rabbi Martin Cooper; (Back row) Frank Macchio, Chairman, Josh Schnepps, Chris Kutner, Veronica Tsang, Stephen S. Mills, Pres. & CEO, Kris Ram, Richard Italiano, Stanley Markowitz, and Emily Wang. 


NYHQ Maintains High Visibility in the Community 

Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA) Supports the NYHQ FreeMat Initiative 

The Flushing Chinese Business Association held a press conference in support of our FreeMat holiday toy drive. Peter Tu, Executive Director, FCBA, is pictured with FCBA members including elected officials: Assembly member Grace Meng and Council member Peter Koo.

NYHQ Medical Expert Speaks to the College Point Civic Association
Andy Lee, M.D., director, Vascular Laboratory, presented a discussion on the signs, diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease at a meeting of the College Point Civic Association. He also described the state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options available at NYHQ.

Children Helping Children
Students from P.S. 22, the Thomas Jefferson School in Flushing, joined the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of NY to collect toys for the pediatric patients at New York Hospital Queens. The toy drive ends on December 21, when the children will deliver the toys to the children on the Pediatric Unit.

No Additional Medicaid Cuts
Governor Paterson called the Legislature back to Albany on November 29 to propose additional Medicaid cuts for healthcare institutions. The State Legislature did not act on the proposed deficit plan that incorporated Medicaid rate cuts. Initially the Governor’s plan proposed that Medicaid rates be cut by 6.7% and than the cuts were revised to 5.3%. Neither proposal was introduced as a bill by the Senate or Assembly and, therefore, was not acted on by either house.

New York Hospital Queens maintains an ongoing, close relationship with the NYS legislators. Our advocacy efforts helped play a role in the outcome of the Governor’s session and thereby avoid additional cuts at this time.


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