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Advisory Comittee

The HHC Connectx Community Physician Advisory Committee offers leadership and expertise to help guide and provide feedback in the programmatic development of HHC Connectx. It is critically important that HHC offers services that are valuable to and support community physicians in its networks.  The Community Physician Advisory Committee, with representation across the city, ensures that the program optimally addresses the needs of community providers. The Committee offers important feedback enabling continuous improvement and refinement of the program.  The Community Physician Advisory Committee enables HHC Connectx to be true partners with community physicians in serving and offering continuity of care to our patients.

Committee Members:

Samuel De Leon, M.D., is currently the Vice-President Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer of Urban Health Plan.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases as well as in Medical Management by the American College of Physician Executives.  Dr. DeLeon received his Bachelors of Science from the University of the State of New York and completed medical training in the Dominican Republic and was a Fifth Pathway graduate at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School.  He completed his internship at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, a residency in internal medicine at New Rochelle Hospital in NY and a fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases at New York Medical College.

Kathrine Gold, M.D.

Kathrine Gold, M.D., is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been managing her own practice, Debevoise Healthcare Center, in Brooklyn, since July 2001.  Prior to her current position, she was an Internal Medicine Resident at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center (1999-2001) and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center (1998-1999).  She is also an active member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association.

She received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies in 1998.  Dr. Gold attended the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy (LIU, Continuing Education) from 1992-1993 and graduated cum laude with her BS in Biology from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY in 1991.


Natalya Kozlov, M.D.

Natalya Kozlov, M.D., received her MD degree at Tashkent Medical School, Uzbekistan in 1992.  She completed her residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY in 1999 and a Geriatric fellowship program at NYU in 2001.  Dr. Kozlov worked as an attending at Brooklyn Hospital for several years and then joined a multi-specialty group working as an internist as well as medical director of the local office.  Currently Dr. Kozlov is a Medical Director of Provider Relations Department at Coney Island Hospital; she also maintains her private practice in Brooklyn.

Victor Peralta, M.D., is currently the President of Excelsior Medical IPA, a multi-specialty IPA, with over 100 participating providers.  Dr. Peralta graduated from the Mount Sinai Residency Program in Pediatrics at Elmhurst Hospital Center in 1988.  Shortly thereafter, he established a community-based practice in Jackson Heights, Queens.  He has since collaborated on multiple programs with MetroPlus, Health First and the Queens Health Network.  These include participation in P4P programs and practice co-location with Elmhurst Hospital’s primary care satellites.

Allison Schachter, M.D., Dr. Schachter has a master degree in linguistics and taught adult education for 10 years.  She then went to medical school at NYU and did her residency in the primary care program at NYU.  After finishing her residency, Dr. Schachter did a two year fellowship in psychosocial medicine at NYU. She came to work at Gouverneur in 1995 where she worked part time in the HIV clinic and part time creating a primary care program at Roberto Clemente Center which previously was solely a mental health clinic for Hispanic families. Dr. Schachter currently works full time in the HIV clinic at Gouverneur and holds a faculty position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at NYU. She is a co-leader of the NYU primary care residents' 10 week psychosocial block and co-runs the Urban Health Care Program, a summer program for first year medical students interested in working with underserved populations. Dr. Schachter speaks Spanish fluently.

Sandra Selikson, M.D., currently serves as Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Services of Beth Abraham Health Services, providing physician oversight to the facility’s on-site skilled nursing and sub-acute care and off-site adult day care centers.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Selikson has more than 25 years of distinguished medical and administrative experience and expertise, garnered at some of the nation’s leading medical centers, hospitals and nursing facilities.  Since 1993, she has served as Director of both the Medical Home Visiting Program and Home Health Agency at Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Selikson is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Missouri Medical School and completed her residency in Family Medicine and fellowship in Geriatrics at Montefiore Medical Center.


Herold Simon, M.D.,  has been the Medical Director at East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center (ENY D&TC) since 1993.  He is a Board Certified Internist and practicing Nephrologist.  Being a Health Care Provider at ENY D & TC and a Community provider in Crown Heights of Brooklyn, Dr. Simon has encountered favorable impacts and challenging areas of the “Referral System” in the communities where he serves. Dr. Simon was a member of the HHC Design Team for the implementation of Managed Care in the early 1990’s – when the practicality and potential advantages of the “Community Provider Referral System” were first discussed. Dr. Simon is a Co-founder of the Aesclepius Medical Society, Inc. (AMS), a non-for-profit organization that was established in 1984 to: 1) provide health education to communities of Brooklyn 2) guide Foreign Medical Graduates in the American medical, educational system. The majority of those providers who have received assistance from AMS are presently community providers in Brooklyn. Dr. Simon attended medical school at the University of Noreste in Mexico. He completed his residency at Lincoln Hospital Medical Center as well as a fellowship in nephrology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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