“High-Potential” Physicians to Lead North Shore-LIJ Forward

WESTBURY, NY – Forty seven North Shore-LIJ physicians, the inaugural class of the health system’s Physician High Potentials Program, were charged at their recent graduation ceremony with assuming leadership roles as the nation enters a period of transformation in healthcare.

“We can’t be successful without unbelievably strong clinical leadership -- in other words, people like you,” North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael Dowling recently told the graduates at New York Institute of Technology’s de Seversky Center.

The Physician High Potential Program, conducted by the health system’s corporate university, the Center for Learning and Innovation, grew out of a request by Mr. Dowling that the then-small number of physician administrators grow their ranks. It was his view, shared by other health system executives, that strong physician leadership would be critical to the growth of the health system. The Center for Learning and Innovation launched the program in 2011, and participants in the inaugural class recently completed the two years of coursework. A second class began its studies in January 2013.

“You can help us serve our communities better, coordinate care better and help us lead healthcare on the national level,” Mr. Dowling said.  “It will require doctors to drive the agenda as never before. I know many of you very well, and I am confident that you have the ability to succeed.”

 Lawrence Smith, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s executive vice president and physician in chief, and dean of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, said,  “You are the people who need to raise the bar and guarantee that any who touch our health system will receive the best care possible. Anything less and we have failed.”

 Before the cohort came forward to receive their certificates of completion, David Battinelli, MD, the health system’s senior vice president and chief medical officer, offered his congratulations, saying, “If there’s one thing you leave this program with, it should be a sense that you have a lot to contribute. It is to be hoped that you also have the courage to stick to your convictions and lead us forward.”

The graduates fill a variety of clinical and administrative roles and have a range of medical specialties. Working at facilities throughout the health system, they are hospitalists, radiologists, psychiatrists, cardiologists, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons, and chairs and directors of clinical departments and service lines.  A complete list of the graduates can be found below.

Name Title Facility
Brahim Ardolic chair of emergency medicine Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH)
Lori Attivissimo senior medical director of post-acute services Hospice Care Network
Lawrence Belletti associate head of internal medicine North Shore University Hospital (NSUH)
Bhansali Rohan director of clinical cardiology LIJ Medical Center
Kevin Bock director of clinical information systems North Shore-LIJ Health System
Dwayne Breining  vice chair of laboratory services LIJ
Alfio Carroccio director of vascular surgery Lenox Hill Hospital
Saima Chaudhry  hospitalist NSUH
Jesse Chusid radiologist NSUH
Lawrence Crafa  associate director of family practice Plainview
John D'Angelo senior vice president of emergency medicine North Shore-LIJ Health System
Fred DiBlasio Jr. director of critical care Huntington
Suzanne El-Sayegh associate chair of medicine SIUH
Nick Fitterman medical director of group health management North Shore-LIJ Health System
Michael Gitman associate chair of medicine LIJ
Anthony Intintoli medical director of hospitalist  services Huntington
Tochi Iroku-Malize chair of family medicine Southside
Barbara Keber chair of family medicine Glen Cove
Linda Kirschenbaum critical care physician Lenox Hill
Alexandra Klufas associate director of resident training Zucker Hillside
Jordan Laser senior director of cytogenetics NSUH
Howard Linder assistant director of psychiatric services NSUH
Meggan Mackay assistant chair of medicine research LIJ
Thomas Mannino radiologist Glen Cove
David Meyer pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Jason Naidich chair of radiology North Shore-LIJ Health System
Sheldon Newman executive vice chair of anesthesiology LIJ
Kaman Ng cardiologist Physician and Ambulatoryand Network Services (PAANS)
Vinh Nguyen radiologist LIJ
Nancy Palumbo director of hospitalist program Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Sunil Patel internist Forest Hills Hospital
Leo Penzi vice chair of anesthesiology NSUH
Colin Powers chief of surgery Syosset Hospital
Sherri Putterman obstetrician/gynecologist PAANS
Carolyn Raia associate chair of radiology SIUH
Christopher Raio associate chair of emergency medicine NSUH
John Rohe director of medical services Franklin
Jason Rosenthal hospitalist Southside
Susan Scavo obstetrician/gynecologist PAANS
James Schneider pediatric intensivist Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Richard Schwarz medical director LIJ
Giles Scuderi vice president of orthopedics North Shore-LIJ
Bradley Sherman director of medicine Glen Cove
Kent Stephenson electrophysiologist Huntington
Robert Wetz chief of medicine SIUH
Tara Zahtila associate director of residency program Plainview
Richard Zenn chair of psychiatry Glen Cove


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