Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center

Faculty and Staff

The Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is supported in part by grants and contracts from the: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau; U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities; U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (Ryan White Funding); New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and, the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities. These, at times, are supplemented by grants and contracts from other governmental agencies and private foundations. The Fisher-Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities was established through a major gift from Emily Fisher Landau. An endowment created through the generosity of The Gottesman Fund provides permanent support for the leadership of the Center.

Executive Administration

Theodore A. Kastner  M.D. 
Director, RFK CERC
Co-Director, Rose F. Kennedy Center

Chief, Division of Developmental Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, Einstein MMC

Shana Gandal, MPA
Chief Administrator, RFK CERC


Herbert J. Cohen, M.D.
Director Emeritus, RFK CERC


John J. Foxe, Ph.D.
Director, Research RFK CERC

Robert W. Marion, M.D.
Liaison to RFK IDDRC



Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D.
Research Director of Developmental-Behavioral Training Program, RFK CERC

Camille L. Rogers
Administrator of Clinical Operations, RFK CERC

Lurdes Pombo
Revenue Cycle Administrator, RFK CERC


Joanne F. Siegel, LCSW
Director, Community, Legislative & Advocacy, RFK UCEDD


Discipline and Program Directors

Farah Alam, D.M.D.
Director, Dental Unit

Mayra E. Alvarez, Ph.D.
Director of Allied Health Training, RFK UCEDD

Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., RD
Director, Nutrition Clinic

Blanche Benenson, M.D.
Interim Director of Medical Training, RFK CERC

Erin Rivelis, Ph.D.
Director, Adolescent Unit

Susan Chinitz, Psy.D.
Director, Early Childhood Center

Janie Chobot-Rodd, Au.D.
Director, Children’s Hearing Program

Marsha Edell, LCSW
Co-Director, Developmental and Family Services Unit

Tammy Fried, LCSW
Developmental Support Services

Ruth L. Gottesman, Ed.D.,
Director Emeritus
Fisher-Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities

Susan Greenhill, PNP
Coordinator of Nursing and Seizure/Medication Clinics

Rani Kathirithamby, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit

Iris Lesser, M.D.
Director, School Age Unit

Katlyne Lubin, M.D., MPH, MA
Co-Director, Developmental and Family Services Unit

Monica McQuaid, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Adult Literacy Program

Sophie Molholm, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Research

Maris Rosenberg, M.D.
Program Director

Elizabeth Ridgway, Ph.D., OTR
Supervisor, Occupational Therapy

Dovelet T. Shashou, M.D.
Director, Ophthalmology Clinic

Lisa Shulman, M.D.
Director, Infant Toddler Team

Mitchell Steinschneider, M.D.
Director, Seizure Management Clinic

Nancy Tarshis, MA, MS CCC-SLP
Supervisor, Speech and Language Services

Carol Terilli, PT, DPT
Supervisor, Physical Therapy

Harriet Wieder, M.D. 
Director, Quality Assurance



Contact us

Program Director:
Mayra Alvarez, M.D.

Janiece Rincon-Cruz

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