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NYC Health + Hospitals Honors Superior Physicians During Annual “Doctors’ Day” Celebration

May 24, 2016

New York, NY

Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, today recognized 23 physicians representing all five boroughs for excellence and their commitment to patient care. “Doctors’ Day” is an annual celebration honoring physicians from across the health system who go above and beyond to meet the needs of each and every patient.
Physicians from the health system’s hospitals, community health centers, and its MetroPlusHealth Health Plan were recognized for leadership and commitment to providing the highest quality health care to New Yorkers. The physicians honored today also represent NYC Health + Hospitals’ diverse workforce and ability to provide culturally competent care with the knowledge and sensitivity required to care for all without exception.
“Today’s honorees are examples of the skill, dedication, and compassion that make up the bounty of physicians who provide excellent care and experiences for our patients and their families each day,” said Dr. Ram Raju. “I am extremely grateful for their talents and for their devotion to helping the most vulnerable New Yorkers live their healthiest lives possible.”
The award-winning physicians represent New York City residents’ diverse ethnicity, and vary in age, education, specialties, and years of service. See program and honoree bios: /insider/2016-Doc-Day.pdf.

NYC Health + Hospitals Doctors’ Day Awards


  • Rose Recco, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Director, Infectious Diseases and Medical Director, HIV Clinic, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
  • Michael Goldberg, MD, Director of Psychiatry, NYC Health + Hospitals/Cumberland
  • Roshan Sabar, MD, Assistant Medical Director, NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney
  • Ivan Gonzalez, DPM, MPH, Attending Physician, NYC Health + Hospitals/East New York
  • Melissa Lee, MD, Director of Ambulatory Care, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
  • Tudor Gavrilescu, MD, PHD, FACOG, Director of Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull


  • Benjamin Raatjes, MD, Medical Director, Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
  • Jean P. Daniel, MD, Attending Physician, Internal Medicine, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
  • Eugenio Guzman, MD, FCCP, Director, Intensive Care Unit, NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
  • Eduardo Marrero, MD, Pediatrician, NYC Health + Hospitals/Belvis
  • Claudia Alvarado, MD, Pediatrician, NYC Health + Hospitals/Morrisania


  • Richard Greene, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Adult Primary Care Center, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
  • Edouard Hazel, MD, Chief, Specialty Services and Clinical Epidemiologist, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler and NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter
  • Robert Reader, MD, Attending Surgeon, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur
  • Raji Ayinla, MD, FCCP, Chief of The Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Program Director for the Medicine Residency Program, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
  • Ferdinand Visco, MD, FACP, FACC, FASE, FASNC, Chief of Cardiology, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
  • Ijeoma Anyanwu, MD, FAAP, Attending Physician, Pediatrics, NYC Health + Hospitals/Renaissance


  • Nestor Benjamin Nestor, MD, MSC, FACEP, Attending Physician, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
  • Vincent Rizzo, MD, MBA, FACP, Associate Director of Medicine, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens

Staten Island

  • Maria L. Bunag, MD, Attending Physician, NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View

NYC Health + Hospitals Simulation Center

  • Michael Meguerdichian, MD, MHPE, Simulation Fellowship Director, Simulation Education Director, Institute for Medical Simulation and Advanced Learning, Attending Physician, NYC Health + Hospitals/IMSAL

NYC Health + Hospitals Correctional Health Services

  • Pravin Ranjan, MD, Attending Physician, NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health

NYC health + Hospitals MetroPlusHealth Health Plan

  • Ross G. Hewitt, MD, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS, Associate Medical Director for HIV Services, NYC Health + Hospitals/MetroPlusHealth

Contact: Press Office, 212-788-3339

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation with a network of 11 hospitals including six regional trauma centers, community-based health centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, and a correctional health services unit. The system includes a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlusHealth. The health system provides essential services to 1.2 million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the five boroughs. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees are uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. Visit nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected: https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem/ or Twitter @NYCHealthSystem.