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NYSOMS 2023 Regional Osteopathic Convention

"Leading the Way: Body, Mind & Spirit"

Originally held May 4 - 7, 2023


Thank you for joining the On Demand version of the New York Regional Osteopathic Convention. This conference bundle includes the majority of live sessions from the in person event, originally held May 4-7, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel.We hope you enjoy the diverse topics and sessions, and that these lectures help to promote diversity in medicine, encourage advocacy in the profession, and inspire us all to advance our knowledge and expand on our skills. The theme this year is Leading the Way: Mind, Body & Spirit, with our educational goal to honor our professional distinction of "whole person" approach to medicine. 

Session Title Faculty Presenter(s)
Suspecting Pulmonary Hypertension in the Dyspneic Patient: Who, Where, and How Arunabh Talwar, MD
COVID-19 Historical and Future Public Health Perspectives Brian Harper, MD
Addressing the Spirit Arm of the Mind, Body and Spirit Triad Michael Terzella, DO
The Future of Healthcare Patrick O'Shaughnessy, DO
The Humanities and the Health Professional Taranjeet Ahuja, DO & Nancy Richner
Assisting Patients in Vulnerable Populations to Find Their Health

William Blazey, DO

Physician Wellness in a Time of Burnout: A Panel Discussion

Jerry Balentine, DO

Gerard Baltazar, DO

Andrea Coladner, DO

Sonia Rivera Martinez, DO

Beyond Diabetes, GLP-1 Agonists for the Management of Diabetes Leslie Goldstein, PharmD
Osteopathic Health Policy Research: A Student-Centered Approach Addressing the Social Determinants of Health Joerg Leheste, Phd
The Power of Influence: The Call to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Healthcare-The Physician Perspective Raysha Crawford, DO
Noncompliance: Issues and Concerns Thomas Gallo, PA-C
Current Management of Cervical and Lumbar Disc Disease

Donald Krieff, DO

Palliative Care - Your Roadmap Companion to Living Your Legacy With Grace Stella Rubina, DO
Stress, Alcohol, Substance Use, Depression & Suicide in Physicians: The Role of Peer Support in Wellness and Seeking Assistance

Frank Dowling, MD

Panelists: Maria Basile, MD; Richard Morgan, DO; Bonnie Litvack, MD; Christian Coletta, MS-2; Shylea Ducat, MS-2

Claims and Lessons Learned Al Anthony Mercado, Esq.
Ethics of Pandemic Medicine Emily Copel, DO
My Perspective, My Reality - Exploring Perspective Angles and How Unconscious Biases Play a Role in Our Lives and Society David Park, DO
Practical Pearls in Dermatology for the Primary Care Physician Dimitria Papadopoulos, DO
Tensegrity: how Posture Can Change Your DNA Jordan Keys, DO
Prolonged Concussion Symptoms Treatment...Spoiler! It's Rehab for the Mind and Body Rosanna Sabini, DO
Disparities in Lung Cancer Screening Sonu Sahni, MD
Effective Use and Supervision of Advanced Practice Providers SAlvatore Volpe, MD & Deanna Mirro Altman
Developmental Screening in the Medical Home Robert Lee, DO
Prescribing Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits Annette Carron, DO
New Developments in Malabsoportion and Celiac Sprue Herbert Pasternak, DO
Abulatory OMT: Efficient and Effective Techniques Warren Chin, DO

The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic medical education to physicians. NYSOMS designates this program for a maximum of 26.25 AOA Category 1-A CME credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity. 

Grievance Policy: All grievances should be initially directed in writing to the NYSOMS Executive Director by email to, who will then share them with the NYSOMS CME committee. Grievances will receive a response within 30 days of receipt. If you do not receive a satisfactory response, you may notify the Council on Continuing Medical Education, AOA, 142 East Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611.


Jordan Keys DO's Profile

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Jordan has a passion for osteopathic medicine and teaching future physicians and leaders.  Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, CA, she completed her undergraduate training in Santa Barbara, CA.  She then found her way to New York for medical school where she completed her D.O. at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.  During her training she completed an additional year as a pre-doctoral fellow in osteopathic manipulative medicine and completed a master's of science degree in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.  She then went on to complete a family medicine residency as well as an additional year of training in Neuromusculoskeletal medicine in Southampton, NY.  She has had the opportunity to do extensive training in nutritional and functional-medicine with some of the most influential physicians in the field.  She is board certified in both family medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine.  After completing her training, Jordan has had the opportunity to practice medicine in New York City, teach OMM at Touro University in Harlem, NY, and direct the OPP courses at LECOM in Bradenton, Fl.  She most recently relocated to Touro University California to be closer to her family where she is faculty in the OMM department.

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Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Long Island School of Medicine

NYU Winthrop Hospital

Dr. Gerard Baltazar, DO, FACOS, FACS is a trauma and intensive care surgeon at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Baltazar obtained his undergraduate degree in biology and fine art from Georgetown University and his doctorate from Touro University California. His postgraduate training focused on underserved urban communities in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Before joining NYU, Dr. Baltazar was the Director of Surgical Critical Care at a safety-net hospital in the Bronx.

Since his neighborhood in New Rochelle became an American pandemic epicenter, Dr. Baltazar has treated and performed research for critically-ill COVID patients. By sharing his experience from the frontline, Dr. Baltazar aims to encourage understanding and positivity in the wake of tragedy.

Dr. Baltazar disclosed that he had no actual or apparent conflicts of interest in relation to this session.

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Donald S. Krieff, DO, FACOS, is a board certified neurosurgeon at Neurological Surgery P.C. based in West Islip, NY with nearly 20 years of experience. Dr. Krieff received his undergraduate degree in Biological Science from Florida International University and obtained his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University of the Health Sciences. He served his internship at Palmetto General Hospital and then completed his neurological surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In his last year of training, Dr. Krieff served as Neurological Surgery Chief Resident at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital-Manhasset. Upon completion of his training in 1998, Dr. Krieff began his neurosurgery practice in Fort Lauderdale, FL as a primary neurosurgeon at Broward General Medical Center. During the subsequent five years, Dr. Krieff developed expertise in treating traumatic brain injury as well as complex spinal injuries requiring stabilization and instrumentation. He served as the Chief of Neurosurgery at Broward General from 2000 until his move back to Long Island in 2003. After relocating to Long Island, Dr. Krieff was appointed Chief of Neurosurgery at Nassau University Medical Center, Nassau County’s busiest Level I trauma center. Dr. Krieff has received several honors including First-place ranking in achievements with the Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists and American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Recipient of the “Annual Resident Achievement Award”, and Recipient of the “Robert C. Erwin Literary Achievement Award”. Throughout his career he has been involved in training medical students and residents. Dr. Krieff has been a member of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, and a current member of the AMA and AOA.

Al Mercado, Esq.'s Profile

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Mr. Mercado is the managing attorney for the East Meadow office of Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Mr. Mercado practices in the fields of professional liability, premises liability, insurance litigation, and healthcare law. Mr. Mercado litigates cases in both the New York state and federal courts involving professional malpractice, general negligence, contractual issues, and insurance coverage. He has successfully litigated insurance coverage cases at the trial and appellate level, and prepared and successfully argued appeals in various appellate courts in New York State, including motions to the court of appeals. As a counselor at law, Mr. Mercado regularly provides practical risk management advice to physicians, dentists, hospitals, and medical organizations throughout New York State on various risk management topics. In doing so, Mr. Mercado provides practical guidance to many medical-legal and regulatory issues. As a lecturer, Mr. Mercado has presented lectures to various organizations and medical societies that include the Richmond County Medical Society, the Myanmar American Medical Education Society, the Nassau County Dental Society, the New York State Dental Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and MLMIC Insurance Company, as well as numerous hospitals throughout the New York metropolitan area. Moreover, he was featured with ophthalmologist John Lombardo, MD, in a highly rated risk management module on the medical-legal issues surrounding LASIK procedures. Similarly, Mr. Mercado has authored and published articles on various legal and risk management topics. Mr. Mercado is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Eastern District of the State of New York (1993). He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook (BS, magna cum laude, 1989) and Hofstra University School of Law (1992). Mr. Mercado is a member of the New York State Bar Association as well as the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Thomas Gallo, PA-C, Esq.'s Profile

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Mr. Gallo graduated from Long Island University Physician Assistant Program in 1986. After graduating, he worked in various clinical specialties including Obstetrics/Gynecology, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and other specialties. He has been involved in the education of physicians and physician assistant students in various faculty roles for many years. Professor Gallo teaches multiple courses including physical diagnosis, medicine, and various specialties. Mr. Gallo lectures on numerous topics such as legal medicine, HIPAA compliance, Healthcare Law, and Medical Ethics. He maintains his clinical skills through volunteer work in the U.S and abroad. Mr. Gallo attended New England Law in Boston, obtaining his Juris Doctor degree in 1993. Mr. Gallo, as an experienced healthcare attorney, advises, counsels and represents physicians, PA’s and other healthcare providers in license defense cases, privilege issues, employment cases, insurance company audits and many other matters. He also continues to serve as General Counsel to the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS).

William Blazey, DO, FACOFP's Profile

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William Blazey, D.O. oversees the delivery of all four years of medical education content at NYITCOM and academic support for the medical students in his role as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He conducts lectures for osteopathic medical students and physician assistant students as well as faculty development programs.

Dr. Blazey frequently speaks at regional and national conferences on topics including medical education delivery systems, global health outreach and safety, and access to community resources for persons with disabilities. He is board-certified in Family Practice and OMT, providing medical care at the Academic Health Care Center of NYIT and delivering wellness and injury prevention lectures to community groups. His research focuses on physician behaviors and attitudes in the relation to patient outcomes has been published in both national and international peer-reviewed journals. He serves on the AOA’s Bureau on Scientific Affairs and Public Health and was a past board member of DOCARE International.

Jerry Balentine, DO, FACOEP, FACEP's Profile

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Dr. Balentine is New York Institute of Technology’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his position, Dr. Balentine spearheads new initiatives involving research for students and faculty, oversees strategic resource allocation, and evaluates new opportunities for NYIT’s growth and expansion. In addition, Dr. Balentine continues his responsibility for the School of Health Professions (including, Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Physician Assistants Program; School of Nursing), the Osteopathic Medical School, two Academic Healthcare Centers as well as the Center for Global Health, the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine, the Ehlers- Danlos Center and the Parkinsonism Center. Dr. Balentine has been a faculty member at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2009. He became Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs in 2014 and was appointed NYITCOM Dean in 2018. Before joining NYIT, Dr. Balentine was the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the St. Barnabas Hospital and Healthcare System in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Balentine has authored multiple textbook and journal articles in the field of Emergency Medicine and is a frequent contributor and editor of articles in the WebMD network. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Emergency Medicine Residency at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, where he served as Chief resident. During his career, Dr. Balentine had the opportunity to work as an Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, Emergency Department Director and Medical Director of a hospital and trauma center. He established the Urgent Care Center on Rikers Island, served as a consultant to SBH Prison Health and owned and operated his own Urgent Care Center in the Bronx for 10 years. Dr. Balentine is the past President of the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and has served as Vice-Chair of the New York State Board of Medicine, Chair of the finance committee of the NYCOM Educational Consortium and on the Education Committee of the Federation of State Medical Boards. 

Arunabh Talwar, MD's Profile

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Dr Arunabh Talwar is Professor of Medicine at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep medicine and Internal medicine. He is a clinician , educator,  and a  research scientist.

Further, Dr. Talwar is director of  the Pulmonary Function laboratory at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is a graduate of All India institute of Medical Sciences  Delhi. He completed his  residency and Fellowship at Winthrop University Hospital New York. He is well  known  nationwide for his research work on pulmonary arterial hypertension. He has authored  5  books  and more than 170 research publications. 

Michael Terzella, DO's Profile

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Michael J. Terzella, D.O. graduated from NYITCOM in 1999.  While there, he did a one-year Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  He completed a residency in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in 2002.   From 2002-2008, Dr. Terzella worked as a family physician at the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center where he treated patients and trained family practice residents and medical students through the health center’s affiliation with Good Samaritan Hospital.  In 2005 he earned his board certification in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  In 2008, Dr. Terzella joined the clinical faculty at NYITCOM and is currently an Associate Professor in the department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  He has been published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, AAO Journal, Osteopathic Family Physician, and International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 

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Dr Goldstein earned her Bachelor Science in Pharmacy from the University of Washington, and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Idaho State University and is Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Coordinator of the Academic Medicine Scholars Methods and Research in Medical Education course at NYITCOM. Prior to joining NYITCOM sixteen years ago, she practiced pharmacy for many years and has experience in retail, long-term care, and hospital pharmacy. Her research is medical education, focusing on the effects of various methodologies on learning. Dr. Goldstein is Chair of the NYIT Biomedical and Health Science Institutional Review Board, member of the NYITCOM Curriculum Committee, and member of the New York Tech Optimizing Student Success initiative, and has won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching five times.

Raysha Crawford, DO's Profile

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Raysha J. Crawford, DO is originally from Webster, NY and now currently calls Long Island her home. She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from SUNY Brockport, in Brockport, NY where she graduated Cum Laude.  Dr. Crawford then received her medical degree from NYITCOM and completed her residency training in Family and Community Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside, NY. 


Shortly after residency, she was the Associate Medical Director for CareNow Urgent Care in Dallas, Texas and the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth area.  After a few years in that role, she returned to her home town of Webster, NY, where she was the Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center.  After deciding to transition from Academic Medicine to now working in a new role in a Telehealth platform with Amwell Medical Group, she believes this new role allows her to provide access of care in some communities where access to a provider can be difficult. In addition to this, she is working to establish her own private practice with her sister who is a Naturopathic physician/Nutritionist, emphasizing prevention and optimal health, encouraging an individual’s inherent self-healing process.  

Stella Rubina, DO's Profile

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Dr. Stella Rubina provides palliative and geriatric clinical care to acutely hospitalized patients, administrative leadership and medical oversight to an interdisciplinary staff, and educational leadership to doctors and nurses in training. She received her BS in Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College and her DO degree from NYITCOM. She completed her Primary Care Family Medicine residency at the Palmetto General Hospital and Palliative Care Fellowship training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. 

In July 2015 she joined Mount Sinai School of Medicine as the Director of Palliative Care Department at Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens. She currently serves as Assistant Professor for the Departments of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at NYITCOM. She works collaboratively with hospital leadership and community agencies to optimize palliative care and transitional care for patients with serious illnesses.

Dr. Rubina is a two times recipient of New York City based The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation Grant Award for “Healthy Aging Program” initiative with the mission targeted to improve the health care and overall quality of life for New York City’s older adults. 

Emily Copel, DO's Profile

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Dr. Copel was born and raised on Long Island and attended Indiana University Bloomington obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science in Health Education with a focus on secondary teaching. She did an international teaching program and student taught in Glasgow Scotland at Hillhead High School just prior to graduating in May of 2002. In July 2001 she joined the Greenlawn Fire Department as an Emergency Medical Technician and Class A fire fighter.  During her 13 years in the volunteer fire department Dr. Copel obtained her EMT- CC certification, became an American Heart Association CPR instructor and a Suffolk county EMS instructor.  After graduating she returned to Long Island and worked as a Health teacher before deciding to return to school to become a physician. During the three and a half years of her post baccalaureate studies she worked for New York Presbyterian EMS in New York City working in Washington Heights. Dr. Copel went on to attend NYITCOM and graduated in 2011. After graduation Dr. Copel completed a Traditional Osteopathic Internship at Southampton Hospital in Southampton, NY then a Family Medicine Residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, NY and finally a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care medicine at Jamaica Hospital in Jamaica, NY. She is currently an attending physician on the Palliative Care team at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in NY. In addition, she is a Hospitalist at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, NY, Flushing Hospital Emergency Department and GoHealth Urgent Care. Dr. Copel is also currently studying Biomedical Ethics and is a candidate for a Masters in Biomedical Ethics at Einstein School of Medicine in NY. 

Dimitria Papadopoulos, DO's Profile

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Dimitria Papadopoulos, DO is board certified in Dermatology by the AOBD. She graduated from NYITCOM and completed her residency in dermatology at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. Dr. Papadopoulos has been practicing dermatology for a number of years in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Long Island, and is a lead physician for Spot Me free skin cancer screenings. She is currently a teaching attending in dermatology at St. Barnabas and St. Johns Episcopal, and is on staff as an assistant clinical professor at South Nassau Communities Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, and Montefiore Hospital. She is a member of many associations, some of which include the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD), and the Women's Dermatology Society (WDS). Dr. Papadopoulos is a medical liaison for News 12 educating the general population on skin care and safety!

Rosanna Sabini, DO's Profile

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Dr. Rosanna Sabini specializes in the rehabilitation of patients who have sustained neurological injuries.  She is board certified in Brain Injury Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.  She received her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and her fellowship in Traumatic Brain Injury at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Sabini is the Chair of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department at South Shore University Hospital. She is the Medical Director of the Northwell Health Concussion Program. Dr. Sabini is also the Program Director for the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship. She has served as a Ringside Physician for the New York Athletic Commission for nearly ten years and now serves on the Medical Advisory board to continue to protect the needs and complexities of combat related sport-injuries. Dr. Sabini is passionate about educating her patients and the community and empower their ability to achieve the best quality of life.

Sonu Sahni, MD's Profile

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Sonu Sahni, MD received his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University and his medical degree with honors from the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. He then went on to complete an internal medicine residency at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in 2021, and his currently serving as Chief Fellow in the Pulmonary Medicine program at New York Health + Hospitals/Harlem - Columbia University. He is also currently serving as an adjunct clinical professor for Touro COM - Harlem Department of Primary Care and for NYITCOM Department of Family Practice. He previously served as a research assistant for the Center for Heart and Lung research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research where he focused on translation research involving advanced lung disease. He has also served as a Medical Advisor for Shape Me Up Medical Weight Loss Program, a Research Associate for Weill Cornell Medical College and a Medical Advisor for the Department of Research and Development at BioRings LLC.

Salvatore Volpe, MD's Profile

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Salvatore Volpe, MD, FAAP, FACP, FHIMSS, ABP-CI, CHCQM has over 30 years of primary care medical practice experience. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Clinical Informatics and Quality Assurance. He serves as Co-Chairman of the Richmond County Medical Society Medical Informatics and Young Physician Committees and has served as Chairman of the NYS Medical Society HIT committee, and as a consultant to the NYC Primary Care Information Project and NYC REACH extension center.

Dr. Volpe has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, recognizing his commitment to creating a patient focused environment within his practice and his work in promoting the use of electronic health records and health information technology for quality improvement.  In 2009, Dr. Volpe’s medical practice became the first solo practice in the state of NY to achieve Level 3. In 2015, he accepted the role of Chief Medical Officer of the Staten Island Performing Provider System, and from 2017-2018, served as President of the Richmond County Medical Society. And in 2022, he published Health Informatics: Multidisciplinary Approaches for Current and Future Professionals.

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Deanna Mirro Altmann, RNC is a Risk Management Consultant for the New York metropolitan area. Deanna graduated from NYU School of Nursing with a second Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies with Business Administration from St. John’s University. During her career, she worked as a women’s health staff nurse and per-diem nurse on labor and delivery, post-partum, newborn nursery units and medical surgical units. Throughout her career as a legal nurse consultant, Deanna has reviewed and analyzed medical records and malpractice claims to identify liability issues and compliance with best practices and the standard of care. As a litigation paralegal she has worked in regulatory compliance and the defense of toxic tort claims.

Robert Lee, DO's Profile

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Robert Lee, DO, MS, FAAP

Dr. Robert Lee is an academic general pediatrician, assistant professor of pediatrics and associate pediatric residency program director at NYU Long Island School of Medicine. He received his D.O. degree from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed pediatric residency and chief residency year at NYU Long Island School of Medicine (formerly known as Winthrop-University Hospital). His clinic interest in child development and developmental screening led him to join as a physician partner for Help Me Grow-Long Island. He is currently the president of New York Chapter 2 of the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing over 1,500 pediatricians in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. He was past president of the Nassau Pediatric Society and immediate past chair of the AAP Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians. In addition, he was past Contributing Section Editor of Osteopathic Pediatrics for the AAP Grand Rounds journal and is currently a member of the Middle Childhood Expert Panel for the 4th edition of Bright Futures Guidelines. 

Herb Pasternak, DO's Profile

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Herb Pasternak, DO graduated with the first class of NYITCOM in 1981. After completing his AOA Internal Medicine residency, he did a Gastroenterology fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center of New York of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at NYITCOM since 1987 teaching the clinical gastroenterology course to the second-year students. He has won the professor of the year award twice. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at TouroCOM for the last decade taching the second year students, and is Medical Director of Gastrointestinal Care of Long Island, his private practice in Massapequa, for the past 35 years.

Andrea Coladner, DO's Profile

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Andrea Coladner is a board-certified physiatrist, who joined NYITCOM in July 2019. In addition to teaching in small group learning sections, she treats patients in the Academic Health Care Center in Old Westbury and the Central Islip Family Health Care Center. She currently serves as the NYITCOM liaison for New York Tech students in the B.S./D.O. degree program and is completing musculoskeletal research with the NYIT Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome/Hypermobility Treatment Center.

Coladner graduated from NYITCOM (formerly New York College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1990 and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center. From there she went on to become the director of Long Island’s first traumatic brain injury unit at Southside Hospital, and in 1996 she opened her own practice where she continued to practice general physical medicine and rehabilitation until 2019. While maintaining her private practice, Coladner became a licensed acupuncturist and completed her didactic work at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai before traveling to Chengdu China to gain clinical proficiency. In 2016, she received a Master of Health Administration from Hofstra University, where she graduated with honors.

Sonia Rivera Martinez, DO's Profile

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Sonia Rivera-Martinez received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) in 2002. She completed her internship, family practice residency, and chief residency at the Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC), Long Beach, N.Y. in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, she worked as an attending physician for the Department of Family Medicine at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Jamaica, N.Y. She earned her board certification in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment in 2005.

In April 2010, she joined the Family Medicine Department at NYITCOM as full-time clinical teaching faculty. At NYITCOM, she teaches first-year and second-year osteopathic medical students in the Doctor Patient Relationship course and precepts third-year osteopathic medical students while providing patient care at the NYITCOM Academic Health Care Centers.

From early in her osteopathic medical career, she set several goals for herself which include expanding the public's knowledge of osteopathic medicine through research and advocacy, teaching medical students the art and science of osteopathic medicine, providing medical services in an underserved area, and educating patients about healthy lifestyles. In keeping with these goals, she has been very active serving the profession in various national, state, and local organizations. She serves as past president of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society and Treasurer for the New York State Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). In addition, she serves as treasurer for the NYITCOM Alumni Association and senator of the NYITCOM Faculty Senate.

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David J. Park is the Vice President and Founding Dean of the Proposed Rocky Vista University – Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine. Park received his DO degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. After completing his Family Medicine residency at Jamaica Hospital in New York City, an affiliate of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine at the time, Dr. Park served as full-time faculty there for 4 years teaching residents and medical students before joining a brand new osteopathic medical school in Henderson, Nevada.  During his 10-year tenure in Nevada, Dr. Park held numerous leadership roles in the full spectrum of medical education, including course director, department chair, residency program director, assistant dean of GME, and various state board positions.  Dr. Park then joined Rocky Vista University in 2015 and has led the development of the additional location campus in Southern Utah, which launched in 2017 and just graduated their inaugural class of students this past May.

Dr. Park is involved in various leadership roles at the national level. He serves as the Vice President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, which is the largest specialty organization in the osteopathic profession. He also serves as a Team Chair for site evaluations for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Dr. Park is also a member of the Bureau of Osteopathic Education for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which oversees all aspects of osteopathic medical education in the United States. Dr. Park is a graduate of the AOA Health Policy Fellowship program and continues to be active in advocacy for medical education and primary care.

Dr. Park is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP).

Dr. Park is married to Susan for 25 years and has two children attending the University of Utah studying pre-med. He is looking forward to an adventurous new life in Billings, MT with his wife and a Cavapoo puppy named Skye.

Dr. David J. Park discloses that he has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of his presentation.

Patrick O'Shaughnessy, DO's Profile

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Catholic Health President & CEO Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy is an innovative and inspirational leader who is transforming Catholic Health with an intense focus on quality and performance, while advocating prevention to bend the disease curve. He oversees a mission-driven $3.2 billion health system in Long Island, encompassing six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, home health services, hospice, a network of physician practices and more than 16,000 employees. 
Dr. O’Shaughnessy is passionate about extending Catholic Health’s healing mission to help people live healthier lives. He believes population health management is the solution to many challenges facing health systems nationwide. One of his priorities is addressing social determinants of health with a focus on alleviating food insecurity.
A native Long Islander, Dr. O’Shaughnessy is a former emergency physician and licensed pilot who has built his career applying the concepts of emergency triage and aviation safety to health care clinical operations. He previously served as the health system’s chief medical officer and chief clinical officer. 
Dr. O’Shaughnessy earned his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master’s in business administration from Adelphi University, and a master’s degree in Population Health Management from Thomas Jefferson University.

Recognized as one of Crain’s New York Business’s Notable 2022 Health Care Leaders, Dr. O’Shaughnessy serves on the New York State Long Island Regional Economic Development Council as well as committees for the Healthcare Association of New York State, The Greater New York Hospital Association, Nassau Suffolk Hospital Association, and the New York Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and serves as a board member of the Long Island Association (LIA) where he co-chairs the Health, Education and Non-Profit Committee.

An active member of the American College of Physician Executives, he is board certified in emergency medicine and health care quality and management. 

Annette Carron, DO's Profile

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Annette Carron, DO, CMD, FACOI, FAAHPM serves as attending physician in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Henry Ford Macomb hospital in Clinton Township, MI. She also serves as medical director for Accentcare (formerly seasons) hospice.  Dr. Carron has been practicing in long-term care, palliative and hospice medicine for 25 years and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She has spoken frequently on pain management, including helping present the American Medical Association Educating Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC) curriculum.  Dr. Carron is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is past president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists.

Annette Carron, DO, CMD, FACOI, FAAHPM has no actual or potential conflict of interest, financial relationship/arrangement or affiliation with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

Brian L. Harper, MD, MPH's Profile

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Brian Harper, M.D., is New York Institute of Technology's Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Medical Officer, overseeing the Academic Health Care Centers in Old Westbury and Central Islip. Harper also serves as an Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), where he educates future physicians on the tenets of clinical medicine.  

Building on Harper’s role as Co-Chair of New York Tech's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, in 2020 he was appointed to the newly created position of Vice President for Equity and Inclusion. Under his leadership, a team of faculty, students, and staff are charged with pursuing projects, activities, and programming that promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and creating a roadmap and strategies for continued success in these areas.

Prior to becoming a physician, Harper attended Brown University for his undergraduate education where he received a B.A. in Biology and in Afro-American Studies. He went on to receive his medical degree from the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Syracuse, and a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. He then trained at Harlem Hospital Center and the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Stony Brook. Harper is board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Harper has worked as a physician at the Rikers Island Medical Unit, served as the first Director of the Bureau of HIV Services at the Nassau County Department of Health, and as the Senior Vice President of Community Affairs at the Nassau University Medical Center. In this role, Harper also served as the medical director for a network of seven community health centers, where he remodeled medical services to conform to hospital standards and successfully passed two JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) surveys.

Harper was then appointed as the first African American Commissioner of Health for Suffolk County, N.Y. During his tenure, he successfully managed a department of 1,500 employees with a budget of approximately $450 million. Harper also created innovative programs including a HIV Commission and an Office of Minority Health to address health inequities. Harper then served as the Chief Operating Officer and Medical Director of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention. This center was a partnership between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and North General Hospital that was initially designed to provide quality cancer care to the residents of Harlem and surrounding areas, irrespective of a patient’s ability to pay.

Taranjeet Kalra Ahuja, DO, MSEd's Profile

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Dr. Taranjeet Kalra Ahuja is a graduate of the 7-year BS/DO program at NYITCOM.  She completed her pediatric residency at Stony Brook University Hospital located and while there was selected to be chief resident for her skills as a clinician and medical educator. 

Following time in private practice, Dr. Ahuja assumed a position in academics as an Assistant Professor of Science Education & Pediatrics at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (ZSOM), where she has been a full-time faculty member since 2012.  Dr. Ahuja currently holds the title: Director, Humanism in Medicine and Communications Co-Leader.  In this role, she oversees the scholarly concentration in humanities; Narrateur, ZSOM’s literary and art journal as well as serving as the co-advisor of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  Previous to this role, she was the Director of the Ambulatory Clerkships overseeing a robust outpatient clinical pre-clerkship and clerkship experience for 300 students annually.

In addition to her other responsibilities, Dr. Ahuja teaches physical diagnosis and clinical reasoning.  She is a Co-Director of the Tell Me More® elective, a program of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.  She also serves as a facilitator for PEARLS, a case-based learning course designed to help students learn the key concepts of biomedical science embedded in real patient cases. 

Frank Dowling, MD Related seminars and products

Frank Dowling, MD, MSSNY Assistant Treasurer, is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook.  They are the Medical Advisor to POPPA (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance), a confidential voluntary non-departmental assistance program for NYPD Officers, a Consultant to the Stony Brook World Trade Center Health Program.  Medical Director for the Association for Mental Health and Wellness.  They are active in the APA, ASAM, GLMA-Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Health Equity, the AMA and MSSNY and currently serve as a MSSNY Delegate to the AMA, on the AMA’s Substance Use and Pain Care Task Force and AMA LGBTQ Advisory Committee, now serving as Immediate Past Chair, and the MSSNY Physician Wellness and Resilience Committee.  Dr. Dowling has a private practice in Garden City and Islandia NY which specializes in the care of emergency responders, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. From lessons learned assisting peer support agencies for emergency responders and veterans, they have long believed that a voluntary confidential peer support program is essential for physician wellness and to reduce physician suicide.

Maria Basile, MD, MBA Related seminars and products

Award-winning poet, surgeon, hospital and health plan administrator,
Maria A Basile, MD, MBA, C-HCQA is the Associate Director of the
Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics and
clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family, Population and
Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and
Utilization Review Physicians, Dr Basile is also a certified Physician
Advisor. A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and
the Willumstadt School of Business at Adelphi University, Dr Basile
founded the consulting firm PQL Communications Inc in 2021 to
pursue her interests in physician wellness and advocacy, healthcare
quality improvement and leadership development.
Dr Basile is a Past-president of the Suffolk County Medical Society, the
current president of the Suffolk Academy of Medicine, Vice-speaker for
the Medical Society of the State of New York and serves on the New
York Delegation to the American Medical Association’s House of
Delegates. She is Vice-chair of MSSNY’s Physician Wellness and
Resiliency Committee.

Bonnie Litvack, MD Related seminars and products

Bonnie Litvack, MD practices at Northern Westchester Hospital and Phelps Hospital. Under her leadership, the Women s Imaging Center at Northern Westchester Hospital has been acclaimed as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Dr. Litvack is fellowship trained in MRI and brings extensive experience in all aspects of women's imaging, including mammography, to Northern Westchester Hospital.

Dr. Litvack served as President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (2020-2021). She is the third female President since its founding in 1837. She is also a fellow of the American College of Radiology, an honor bestowed on less than ten percent of radiologists. Dr. Litvack has also served as President of the Westchester County Medical Society, President of the Westchester Academy of Medicine, President of the New York State Radiological Society, counselor to the American College of Radiology and delegate to the American Medical Association

Christian Coletta Related seminars and products

Christian Coletta is a fourth-year medical student at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. In the coming weeks he will graduate and begin residency training in Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. His interest in patients with addictions started while working as a case manager at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and he intends to continue working with this population as a psychiatrist. His other interests include advocacy work and health policy research, which he hopes to continue while in residency.

Shylea Dukat Related seminars and products

Shylea Dukat is a second year medical student at NYITCOM. She is working toward pursuing a career in psychiatry. Shylea recently became a peer supporter through MSSNY and has demonstrated initiative by organizing and bringing the peer to peer support program to NYIT. Along with psychiatry she is passionate about lifestyle medicine and has founded the first lifestyle medicine group at NYITCOM. She values a balanced healthy personal and work lifestyle and hopes to guide and lead others in maximizing mental, emotional and physical well being through natural and holistic interventions.

Richard Morgan, DO Related seminars and products

Richard Morgan, DO graduated from NYITCOM in 1998 and completed his residency in PM&R at NYU Medical Center in 2002. A common dental procedure exposed Dr. Morgan to the world of opiates, which changed his life forever. A series of bad choices and unfortunate circumstances fueled by his addiction led Dr. Morgan to a federal indictment and, ultimately, a 14-year federal prison sentence. Dr. Morgan's remarkable story will show how this addiction evolved, the choice that led to incarceration, and the turnaround that had led him to become a full-time clinical instructor at his medical school where it all began. He now spends his time not only educating the future doctors of America, but Dr. Morgan continues to share his story with the student population, as well as clinicians everywhere, in the hope to not only continue to bring awareness to the the "original" pandemic that has plagued our nation for the past twenty years, but to educate other healthcare personnel on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction, and the resources available to help them.

Warren Chin, DO's Profile

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Warren Chin, DO, has modified and improved OMT techniques over the past three decades that use less force and are easier to implement in busy office practices. He teaches medical students through mentoring and lectures at national conferences. Growing up, Dr. Chin’s mentor was Dr. Stanley Schiowitz. His schooling included NYITCOM, a family practice residency at SUNY Stony Brook, and he was Chief Resident when they started the family practice residency at Long beach hospital. He then worked at a large multispecialty group in Florida for 20 years and then moved to New Hampshire to a family practice associated with a local hospital. He specializes in OMM and uses OMT in his practice on at least 60% of his patients. He was a clinical instructor of NYITCOM, UNECOM, LECOM Bradenton, and recently moved to upstate New York to teach at LECOM Elmira. He teaches residents in a family practice residency program and also works at a group family practice in town. 

Joerg R. Leheste, PhD, MSc's Profile

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Joerg Leheste, PhD, MS is a Neuroscientist with a Master’s degree in Molecular Genetics from Marburg University and a PhD in Cell-and Molecular Biology from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Following a post doctorate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, he joined NYITCOM in 2005 and again in 2020, and is now working in the Biomedical Sciences Department.

There, he directs the core curriculum for the new Masters in Biomedical Sciences Program and works toward a Cannabinoid Research Center for the school.

Dr. Leheste has senior administrative experience in curricular development and is passionate about the upsurge in curricular innovations seen in medical education. Dr. Leheste also strongly supports student-centered research and has facilitated nearly 200 student co-authorships in peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and abstracts.

In 2017, Dr. Leheste certified as an Osteopathic Health Policy Fellow. This past year, he started a Health Policy Research Track for students, which he plans to expand into a program.