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Sharon RikinDr. Sharon Rikin Named Director of Quality Improvement for Department of Medicine
Sharon Rikin has joined the Department of Medicine as the Associate Director of Ambulatory Quality Improvement and Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Aaron Fox Awarded $3.5M R01 to Improve Access to Buprenorphine Treatment
The NIH has awarded Dr. Fox a $3.5 million R01 grant to study over five years the effectiveness of buprenorphine treatment at syringe exchange programs to reduce opioid misuse and HIV risk. The study will test a similar concept used in emergency rooms.


Dr. Oni Blackstock Awarded CDC Grant to Study HIV Prevention in Minority Populations
The CDC has awarded Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS, a primary care physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), a Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative (MARI) grant to build upon her work developing and testing interventions to improve engagement in HIV treatment and prevention.

CRTP GraduatesThree DoM Physicians Awarded MSc degree through CRTP
Daniele Massera, Fellow in the Division of Cardiology; Jonathan Ross, an Instructor of Medicine and Clinician-Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine; and Ladan Golestaneh, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Nephrology, were among the 11 CRTP graduates awarded the MSc degree at a commencement ceremony held on May 24, 2017.


Arnsten and Hawkins EcripDrs. Julia Arnsten and Meredith Hawkins Receive ECRIP Awards
Julia Arnsten, MD, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and Division Chief, General Internal Medicine and Meredith Hawkins, Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology); Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Medicine; and Director, Global Diabetes Institute, are recipients of New York State's Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) Awards to supplement current research efforts at Montefiore, Montefiore/New Rochelle and Jacobi hospital.


PirofskiDr. Liise-anne Pirofski Receives 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Liise-anne Pirofski, MD, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Microbiology & Immunology; Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases; and Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Chair in Biomedical Research, was selected by the Einstein Alumni Association as the recipient of its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.


NosanchuckDr. Joshua D. Nosanchuk Named Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Albert Einstein College of Medicine has named educator and infectious disease researcher Joshua D. Nosanchuk, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education. Dr. Nosanchuk, who currently serves as assistant dean for student affairs at Einstein, will assume his new position on July 1, 2017.


2017 Physician Awards2017 Physicians Awards Ceremony
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Drs. Robert Forman, Joseph DeLuca, Golda Hudes and Priya Nori were honored for their unique contributions to the medical profession at the Second Annual Department of Medicine Physician Awards Ceremony, held at an afternoon cocktail ceremony in Montefiore's Grand Hall. Read about the winners and view the event slideshow (photos best viewed using Chrome browser).


Breaking Chains of AddictionBreaking the Chains of Addiction
The latest issue of Einstein magazine (Winter/Spring 2017) features a cover story and video on how General Internal Medicine doctors are tackling America's Opioid addiction. See print story here and video here


Shadi Nahvi, MDDr. Shadi Nahvi Awarded $3.4 M NIH Grant to Promote Smoking Cessation Among Opioid Users
Shadi Nahvi, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Einstein, was awarded a $3.4 million NIH Grant to conduct the first fully-powered trial to test directly observed therapy and long-term treatments among smokers with Opioid Use Disorders (OUD).


research sympMontefiore and Wakefield Trainees Showcase Research
Residents and Fellows from the Department of Medicine's Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Dermatology programs showcased their outstanding research projects at two separate symposiums held on the Montefiore and Wakefield campuses.


chinMedicine Marches for Science
Even the steady drizzle couldn’t stop dozens of Department of Medicine faculty, trainees and staff members from taking to the streets of Manhattan and Washington, DC, on Saturday, April, 22, for the sake of science. They were among the estimated 300 members of the Einstein community who joined the national March for Science.


rollin colonThe Rollin’ Colon Rolled into Montefiore to Help Raise Awareness of Colon Cancer
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Rollin’ Colon – a giant pink inflatable walk-through colon - made a pit-stop at Montefiore’s Grand Hall as the Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases kicked off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with a free event. GI specialists Lawrence Brandt, MD, emeritus chief, Department of Gastroenterology and Joann Kwah, MD, attending gastroenterologist, as well as a nurse and patient navigators were on-hand to provide information on prevention and screening. Read Dr. Kwah's article Colon Cancer Screening: No Ifs Ands or Butts About It published in US News & World Report on March 1, 2017. Please see the attached calendar of events and activities aimed at raising colon cancer education and prevention in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month. See BronxNet’s coverage here 

Raman Singhal, MDRaman Singhal, MD, Receives 2017 AAIM Innovation Grant to Study Social Determinants of Health
Dr. Raman Singhal, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Wakefield, was awarded a $2500 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Innovation grant to study how the experiences of international medical graduates (IMGs) in caring for underserved patients in the United States compare to their experiences caring for underserved patients in their native countries.


Belinda
Communicating to Stop the Spread of Disease
In November 2016, Dr. Steven Safyer, Montefiore’s president and CEO, presented Dr. Belinda Ostrowsky with the President's Award—the highest recognition given to a Montefiore associate, and a testament to her collaborative, self-effacing leadership style. 

In the Media

MadalineNew Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program Cut Hospital Readmission Rates in Half
Theresa Madaline, MD, clinical director of Infectious Diseases Services, Jack D. Weiler Hospital and Riganni Urrely, LPN, nurse coordinator, Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program, discuss their study that showed Montefiore’s Transitions-of-Care Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy program, which features streamlined communication with patients and bilingual providers, reduced emergency department readmissions for patients who receive IV antibiotics outside of the hospital. This high risk population can face a readmission rate of up to 50 percent. Read the Contagion Live Article here


The GroundTruth Project, May 25The GroundTruth Project, May 25, 2017
A Better Way to Treat Addiction: A new standard of care in the South Bronx 
Melissa Stein, M.D., medical director, Port Morris Wellness Center, and Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., associate chief, General Internal Medicine, Comprehensive Health Care Center, discuss Montefiore’s comprehensive approach to addiction. Montefiore patient, Ivan Flores, details how the Wellness Center helped him manage his heroin addiction, cure his hepatitis C and connect with his community. Listen to the GroundTruth podcast.

Theresa Madaline WSJThe Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2017
The Bug Problem in Nursing Homes 
Theresa Madaline, M.D., clinical director of Infectious Diseases Services, Weiler, and associate professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), provides context regarding a new study examining ‘Super Bug’ infections in nursing homes. Read the Wall Street Journal article.


Chinazo Cunningham DailyNewsThe Daily News, May 22, 2017
Changing tactics, NYPD Focuses on Help for Drug Users, Not Prison 
Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., associate chief, General Internal Medicine, CHCC, discusses policy shifts that could result in better management of the opioid crisis, including treatment by primary care doctors who are also trained to treat addiction. Read the Daily News article.

Media Spotlight

The Scientist interviews Dr. Ulrich Steidl about the effect of vitamin C on pre-leukemic stem cells in mice. (Monday, Aug 21, 2017)

media coverage on other stories

 
 
 

News

Sharon RikinDr. Sharon Rikin Named Director of Quality Improvement for Department of Medicine
Sharon Rikin has joined the Department of Medicine as the Associate Director of Ambulatory Quality Improvement and Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Aaron Fox Awarded $3.5M R01 to Improve Access to Buprenorphine Treatment
The NIH has awarded Dr. Fox a $3.5 million R01 grant to study over five years the effectiveness of buprenorphine treatment at syringe exchange programs to reduce opioid misuse and HIV risk. The study will test a similar concept used in emergency rooms.


Dr. Oni Blackstock Awarded CDC Grant to Study HIV Prevention in Minority Populations
The CDC has awarded Oni Blackstock, MD, MHS, a primary care physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), a Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative (MARI) grant to build upon her work developing and testing interventions to improve engagement in HIV treatment and prevention.

CRTP GraduatesThree DoM Physicians Awarded MSc degree through CRTP
Daniele Massera, Fellow in the Division of Cardiology; Jonathan Ross, an Instructor of Medicine and Clinician-Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine; and Ladan Golestaneh, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Nephrology, were among the 11 CRTP graduates awarded the MSc degree at a commencement ceremony held on May 24, 2017.


Arnsten and Hawkins EcripDrs. Julia Arnsten and Meredith Hawkins Receive ECRIP Awards
Julia Arnsten, MD, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and Division Chief, General Internal Medicine and Meredith Hawkins, Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology); Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Medicine; and Director, Global Diabetes Institute, are recipients of New York State's Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP) Awards to supplement current research efforts at Montefiore, Montefiore/New Rochelle and Jacobi hospital.


PirofskiDr. Liise-anne Pirofski Receives 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Liise-anne Pirofski, MD, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Microbiology & Immunology; Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases; and Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Chair in Biomedical Research, was selected by the Einstein Alumni Association as the recipient of its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.


NosanchuckDr. Joshua D. Nosanchuk Named Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Albert Einstein College of Medicine has named educator and infectious disease researcher Joshua D. Nosanchuk, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education. Dr. Nosanchuk, who currently serves as assistant dean for student affairs at Einstein, will assume his new position on July 1, 2017.


2017 Physician Awards2017 Physicians Awards Ceremony
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Drs. Robert Forman, Joseph DeLuca, Golda Hudes and Priya Nori were honored for their unique contributions to the medical profession at the Second Annual Department of Medicine Physician Awards Ceremony, held at an afternoon cocktail ceremony in Montefiore's Grand Hall. Read about the winners and view the event slideshow (photos best viewed using Chrome browser).


Breaking Chains of AddictionBreaking the Chains of Addiction
The latest issue of Einstein magazine (Winter/Spring 2017) features a cover story and video on how General Internal Medicine doctors are tackling America's Opioid addiction. See print story here and video here


Shadi Nahvi, MDDr. Shadi Nahvi Awarded $3.4 M NIH Grant to Promote Smoking Cessation Among Opioid Users
Shadi Nahvi, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Einstein, was awarded a $3.4 million NIH Grant to conduct the first fully-powered trial to test directly observed therapy and long-term treatments among smokers with Opioid Use Disorders (OUD).


research sympMontefiore and Wakefield Trainees Showcase Research
Residents and Fellows from the Department of Medicine's Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Dermatology programs showcased their outstanding research projects at two separate symposiums held on the Montefiore and Wakefield campuses.


chinMedicine Marches for Science
Even the steady drizzle couldn’t stop dozens of Department of Medicine faculty, trainees and staff members from taking to the streets of Manhattan and Washington, DC, on Saturday, April, 22, for the sake of science. They were among the estimated 300 members of the Einstein community who joined the national March for Science.


rollin colonThe Rollin’ Colon Rolled into Montefiore to Help Raise Awareness of Colon Cancer
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Rollin’ Colon – a giant pink inflatable walk-through colon - made a pit-stop at Montefiore’s Grand Hall as the Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases kicked off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with a free event. GI specialists Lawrence Brandt, MD, emeritus chief, Department of Gastroenterology and Joann Kwah, MD, attending gastroenterologist, as well as a nurse and patient navigators were on-hand to provide information on prevention and screening. Read Dr. Kwah's article Colon Cancer Screening: No Ifs Ands or Butts About It published in US News & World Report on March 1, 2017. Please see the attached calendar of events and activities aimed at raising colon cancer education and prevention in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month. See BronxNet’s coverage here 

Raman Singhal, MDRaman Singhal, MD, Receives 2017 AAIM Innovation Grant to Study Social Determinants of Health
Dr. Raman Singhal, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Wakefield, was awarded a $2500 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Innovation grant to study how the experiences of international medical graduates (IMGs) in caring for underserved patients in the United States compare to their experiences caring for underserved patients in their native countries.


Belinda
Communicating to Stop the Spread of Disease
In November 2016, Dr. Steven Safyer, Montefiore’s president and CEO, presented Dr. Belinda Ostrowsky with the President's Award—the highest recognition given to a Montefiore associate, and a testament to her collaborative, self-effacing leadership style. 

In the Media

MadalineNew Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program Cut Hospital Readmission Rates in Half
Theresa Madaline, MD, clinical director of Infectious Diseases Services, Jack D. Weiler Hospital and Riganni Urrely, LPN, nurse coordinator, Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program, discuss their study that showed Montefiore’s Transitions-of-Care Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy program, which features streamlined communication with patients and bilingual providers, reduced emergency department readmissions for patients who receive IV antibiotics outside of the hospital. This high risk population can face a readmission rate of up to 50 percent. Read the Contagion Live Article here


The GroundTruth Project, May 25The GroundTruth Project, May 25, 2017
A Better Way to Treat Addiction: A new standard of care in the South Bronx 
Melissa Stein, M.D., medical director, Port Morris Wellness Center, and Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., associate chief, General Internal Medicine, Comprehensive Health Care Center, discuss Montefiore’s comprehensive approach to addiction. Montefiore patient, Ivan Flores, details how the Wellness Center helped him manage his heroin addiction, cure his hepatitis C and connect with his community. Listen to the GroundTruth podcast.

Theresa Madaline WSJThe Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2017
The Bug Problem in Nursing Homes 
Theresa Madaline, M.D., clinical director of Infectious Diseases Services, Weiler, and associate professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), provides context regarding a new study examining ‘Super Bug’ infections in nursing homes. Read the Wall Street Journal article.


Chinazo Cunningham DailyNewsThe Daily News, May 22, 2017
Changing tactics, NYPD Focuses on Help for Drug Users, Not Prison 
Chinazo Cunningham, M.D., M.S., associate chief, General Internal Medicine, CHCC, discusses policy shifts that could result in better management of the opioid crisis, including treatment by primary care doctors who are also trained to treat addiction. Read the Daily News article.

 
 
 

Media Spotlight

The Scientist interviews Dr. Ulrich Steidl about the effect of vitamin C on pre-leukemic stem cells in mice. (Monday, Aug 21, 2017)

media coverage on other stories

Department Chair

Tomer message photoYaron Tomer, MD, FACP (bio) 

Professor of Medicine 

"Einstein/Montefiore’s exceptional effort to meet the needs of its large and diverse community has placed us at the forefront of the national healthcare reform." 

Letter from the Chair 

 

 

Breaking the Chains of Addiction 

Montefiore Einstein General Internal Medicine doctors discuss tackling the opioid addiction crisis

 

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