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Public Hospitals Recognize Outstanding Physicians

Apr 30, 2009

New York, NY

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today recognized 30 outstanding physicians in recognition of National Doctors’ Day 2009. These exceptional men and women represent the several thousand dedicated and talented physicians serving the New York City public hospitals, health centers and nursing homes who are helping make HHC one of the safest, most effective, efficient, and patient-centered health care systems in the country.
“These individuals exemplify the expertise, compassion and collaborative spirit that are helping to drive performance improvements across our vast system. They represent the remarkable talent among the several thousand physicians who treat HHC’s 1.3 million patients each year,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles.
HHC recognized its doctors in two separate award categories, each representing the recipient’s dedication. The Presidents Award for Outstanding Service was presented to Dr. Eric Manheimer, Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital, and Doctors’ Day Awards were presented to another 29 gifted physicians from across the HHC system who vary in age, education, specialties and years of service. Among them is a new group of community physicians who represent the growing relationship between HHC hospitals and doctors who have private, community practices throughout the city.

HHC President’s Award


Dr. Eric Manheimer,
Medical Director of
Bellevue Hospital Center.

Eric Manheimer, MD, Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Manheimer has been a stalwart advocate of “safety first, last and always.” He championed the Stroke Response Team that has significantly improved measurable patient outcomes through Bellevue’s designation as a Stroke Center. He was an integral part of the development of the Rapid Response Team that has been successful in decreasing the number of cardiac and respiratory arrests for non-ICU patients and created the Tri-hospital Committee to share and standardize “best practices” among Bellevue, Veterans Administration and NYU Medical Centerto improve outcomes and improve patient safety.

Doctor’s Day Award

Kishor Malavade, MD, Bellevue Hospital Center, Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program.


Spencer Ross, MD, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Attending Ob/Gyn Provider and Vice President of the Medical Board.

Dr. Deane Tsuei, Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, Attending Physician and Associate Chief of Department of Medicine.


Avraham Tal, MD, Coney Island Hospital, Director of Ambulatory Internal Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Edward Sukoff, OD, Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Optometrist.


Ivan Rodriguez, MD, East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Physician.

Joan Curcio, MD, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Director of Inpatient Services.


Mini Ann Liu, MD, Gouverneur Healthcare Services, Family Practitioner.

Leszek Pisinski, MD, Harlem Hospital Center, Neuroradiologist and Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.


Joseph Judah Lieber, MD, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Associate Director of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Maryann J. Popiel, MD, Jacobi Medical Center, Inpatient Director and Associate Site Director of Behavioral Healthcare Service and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Michael H. Mendeszoon, MD, MBA, Kings County Hospital Center, President of the Medical Board.

Raghu Loganathan, MD, Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center, Director of the MICU and Director of the Stroke Center.


Inna Sosina, MD, Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Vice President of the Medical Board.

Robert Wicks, MD, MetroPlusHealth Health Plan, Associate Medical Director.


Hussein M. Matari, MD, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Chief of Service of Radiology.

Adenike Adeyemo, MD, Morrisania Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Primary Care Physician.


Marilyn Pearl, MD, North Central Bronx Hospital, Director of Radiology.

Robert Wicks, MD, MetroPlusHealth Health Plan, Associate Medical Director.


Hussein M. Matari, MD, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Chief of Service of Radiology.

Alfred C. Winkler, MD, Queens Hospital Center, Regional Director of the Department of Urology, Elmhurst Hospital Center Site Director for the Urological Residency Program, and Assistant Professor of Urology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


Handel White, MD, Renaissance Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Physician.

Edward R. Rendon, MD, Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center & Home, Secretary of the Medical Board and Attending Psychiatrist.


Chhaya Patel, MD, Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center, Neonatologist.

Community Providers

Fassil Teffera, MD, North Bronx Healthcare Network, Medical Director at Park Garden’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Director of Mosholu Parkway Nursing and Rehabiliation Center and Medical Director of Pelham Parkway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.


Samuel DeLeon, MD, Generations Plus North Manhattan Health Network, Vice President of Medical Affairs/ Chief Medical Officer of Urban Health Plan.

Loretta Au, MD, South Manhattan Healthcare Network, Chief of Pediatrics at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine.


Hector Florimon, MD, Queens Health Network, Pediatrician.

Hanna Zielnik, MD, North Brooklyn Health Network, Pediatrician.


Clifford Young, MD, Central Brooklyn Family Health Network, Medical Director of Citi Medical of Canarsie.

Iffat Saddique, MD, Southern Brooklyn and Staten Island Health Network, Physician.


About HHC

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system with its own 420,000 member health plan, MetroPlusHealth, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.4 million New Yorkers every year and more than 475,000 are uninsured. HHC 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. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC 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.nychhc.org/hhc or find us on facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or twitter.com/NYCHealthSystem.