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May 20, 2015 

HHC Honors Superior Physicians During Annual “Doctors’ Day” Celebration

(New York, NY – May 20, 2015)The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today celebrated 24 physicians representing all five boroughs during a ceremony marking Doctors’ Day 2015. Physicians from HHC’s hospitals, community clinics, home health services, and MetroPlus Health Plan were recognized for their leadership and commitment to advancing the mission of the public hospital system and providing the highest quality healthcare to New Yorkers. The physicians honored today also represent HHC’s diverse workforce and ability to provide culturally competent care with the knowledge and sensitivity needed to serve our patients.

“In today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment, patients have more options when choosing their healthcare providers. Patients want to be heard and their expectations are high,” said HHC President Dr. Ram Raju. “The physicians honored today are just a few of the outstanding doctors throughout our organization that provide high-quality, patient-centered health services every day to heal and empower their patients to live their healthiest lives possible. I am proud of their leadership, compassion, and motivation to provide our patients with the best experience possible.”

The awards were presented at HHC’s annual National Doctors’ Day Ceremony, held at Baruch College in Manhattan. The award-winning physicians represent New York City residents’ diverse ethnicity, and vary in age, education, specialties and years of service.

The 2015 HHC Doctors’ Day honorees are:

HHC Doctors’ Day Awards – Brooklyn

  • Lana Vardanian, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Ambulatory Care Services, Coney Island Hospital
  • Dorian Roye, MD, Pediatrician, Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  • Roshan Sabar, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Maqsoodur Rahman, MD, Primary Care Practitioner, East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  • Emmanuel Nwokedi, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology, Kings County Hospital Center
  • Jose Ruiz, MD, Attending Pathologist, Woodhull Medical Center

HHC Doctors’ Day Awards – Bronx

  • Adrienne Birnbaum, MD, MS, Interim Chair, Emergency Medicine, North Bronx Healthcare Network, Jacobi Medical Center
  • Lekshmi Dharmarajan, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA, Attending Physician, Lincoln Medical Center
  • Manonmani Arul, MD, Attending, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Morrisania Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  • Yvette Calderon, MD, MS, Director, Emergency Department, North Central Bronx Hospital
  • Douglas Hirshon, DO, RPh, Associate Medical Director, Patient Safety Officer, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic & Treatment Center

HHC Doctors’ Day Awards – Manhattan

  • Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH, FACS, Chief, Breast Surgery Service, Bellevue Hospital Center
  • William Dinan, MD, Director, Pulmonary Medicine, Coler Nursing Facility/The Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
  • Tze-Jung (Judy) Su, MD, Primary Care Physician, Gouverneur Diagnostic & Treatment Center
  • Joseph Poon, MD, Attending Physician, Gouverneur Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Mary Marron-Corwin, MD, FAAP, Chief of Pediatrics, Director of NICU, Harlem Hospital Center
  • Samrina Kahlon, MD, Patient Safety Officer, Metropolitan Hospital Center
  • Jean-Marie Harold Claude, MD, Chief of Internal Medicine, Renaissance Health Care Network Diagnostic & Treatment Center

HHC Doctors’ Day Awards – Queens

  • Joseph Halbach, MD, MPH, Deputy Medical Director of Quality, Elmhurst Hospital Center
  • Uche Megwalu, MD, MPH, Director of Otolaryngology, Queens Hospital Center

HHC Doctors’ Day Award – Staten Island

  • Maria Josefina A. Pablo, MD, CMD, Medical Director, Sea View Rehabilitation Center & Home

HHC Doctors’ Day Award – HHC Health & Home Care

  • Bredy Pierre-Louis, MD, FACC, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine Division of Cardiology, Harlem Hospital Center

HHC Doctors’ Day Award – MetroPlus Health Plan

  • Barry Brown, MD, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Elmhurst Hospital Center

HHC Doctors’ Day Award – Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning

  • Komal Bajaj, MD, FACOG, FACMG, Clinical Director, Reproductive Geneticist, North Bronx Healthcare Network


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