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

May 20, 2015

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 MetroPlusHealth 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 – MetroPlusHealth 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

Contact: Jen Bender,(212) 788-3339

About NYC Health + Hospitals

The NYC Health + Hospitals health care system is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system, the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country, and one of the New York area’s largest providers of government-sponsored health insurance, MetroPlusHealth Health Plan, the plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers. The NYC Health + Hospitals health care system serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. The system provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, five skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 70 community based clinics. NYC Health + Hospitals/Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. The NYC Health + Hospitals system was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org or find us on https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem.