Program leadership

Division Chief: Harly Greenberg, MD

Program Director: Effie Singas, MD

Associate Program Director: Adey Tsegaye, MD

Program Coordinator: Lauren Kircher

Core faculty

Harly Greenberg, MD, FAASM, FCCP

Division Chief
Director, Sleep Disorders Center and Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program
Section Head, Sleep Disorders

Dr. Harly Greenberg has been a faculty member of the Division of Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine since 1990 and was appointed Division Chief in 2015. He is professor of medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the program director for the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, as well as the medical director of the Northwell Health Sleep Disorders Center. His research interests include outcomes of therapeutic modalities for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), autonomic responses to sleep disordered breathing and cardiovascular pathophysiology of OSA. The Northwell Health Sleep Disorders Center has also participated in several multicenter clinical trials regarding therapy of OSA and new treatments for insomnia. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellows rotating through the Sleep Disorders Center are exposed to the wide range of adult sleep disorders and have the opportunity to participate in sleep medicine-related research under the mentorship of the faculty.

Eric P. Gottesman, MD, FCCP

Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, NS

Dr. Gottesman rejoined the Division in October 2012 as director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at North Shore University Hospital; he returns to our faculty after five years in private practice in Washington state. Dr. Gottesman trained in internal medicine and critical care medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, and completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Annamaria Iakovou, MD* †

Dr. Iakovou is an assistant professor of medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine training and chief residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and is a recent graduate of our Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine fellowships. Her research interests include the interactions of diaphragm function, obesity-hypoventilation syndrome and sleep-disordered breathing. She also has interests in airway management and complications related to urgent endotracheal intubation in the critically ill population.

Sameer Khanijo, MD*

Dr. Khanijo is a recent graduate of the Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship and Internal Medicine residency program at Northwell Health, which included an additional year as chief resident. He is an assistant professor of m edicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and a faculty physician within the Division of Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He primarily attends on the Pulmonary Consultation and Respiratory Care Unit services at North Shore University Hospital and sees patients in the ambulatory faculty practice. His primary research interest involves pulmonary diseases in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Seth Koenig, MD*

Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Dr. Seth Koenig is an associate professor of medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. His clinical responsibilities include attending both in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and on the inpatient consultative service, and he participates in pulmonary faculty practice. He performs interventional pulmonary procedures such as endobronchial ultrasound, peripheral endobronchial ultrasound, and placement of indwelling pleural catheters. His research interests are in critical care ultrasound and endotracheal intubation. He is the section editor of the Ultrasound Corner in the Journal Chest. Dr. Koenig completed medical school at New York Medical College and did both his residency and fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In 2016 he was named Specialty Teacher of the Year at Department of Medicine Graduation.

Viera Lakticova, MD * †

Director, Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology

Dr. Lakticova is the director of Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology and is a recent graduate of our Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Fellowship programs. Dr. Lakticova completed residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Her interests include endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), airway management and sleep medicine.

Gita Lisker, MD*

Director, FEESST Services, Respiratory Care Unit

Dr. Lisker is the medical director of the Respiratory Care Unit at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Hospital as well as an assistant professor of medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Additionally, she is the director of the Swallowing Disorders Program at North Shore University Hospital, which includes fiberoptic evaluation of swallow and sensory testing (FEESST). Her areas of interest in clinical research include dysphagia, particularly in critically ill patients, as well as quality improvement. Currently she attends on the pulmonary consultation services, Respiratory Care Units and in the ambulatory patient practice. Dr. Lisker graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed both residency and fellowship at Long island Jewish Medical Center. 

Paul H. Mayo, MD, FCCP

Academic Director, Critical Care

Dr. Paul Mayo is academic director of Critical Care and is a professor of medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Dr. Mayo runs a daily ventilator/airway training program for the first year fellows each July, which provides specific training in all aspects of airway and ventilator management using scenario based training with a computerized patient simulator. In July 2016, Dr. Mayo will give the course for the 24th time.

Dr. Mayo supervises the training of fellows in critical care ultrasonography and offers interested fellows full training in advanced critical care echocardiography including TEE. As team leader of the ACCP ultrasound working group, Dr. Mayo authored the ACCP/SRLF Competence Statement on critical care ultrasonography and is the editor of a major textbook on the subject. He has been course leader at numerous multiday courses throughout the United States, and is frequently invited faculty at the international level. Fellows from the program regularly serve as faculty at national ACCP courses, in recognition of their high skill level. He received the “Best Teacher of the Year” award in 2012 for his work with the medical housestaff.

Dr. Mayo was chosen to present the Edward Rosenow Master Teacher Honor Lecture at ACCP in 2015.

Mangala Narasimhan, DO, FCCP, ABSM

Regional Director of Critical Care

Dr. Narasimhan is regional director of critical care and an associate professor at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and sleep medicine, and is a testamur of the National Board of Echocardiography. She is a co-director for the American College of Chest Physicians course in critical care ultrasonography and is on the ACCP executive committee to design a national board certification for critical care ultrasonography.

Dr. Narasimhan has been faculty at the ACCP Ultrasound course at a national level for seven years. She did her residency and fellowship and was a chief resident at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and has been with Northwell Health for five years. Research interests include critical care ultrasound projects as well as sleep apnea. Dr. Narasimhan was named 2017’s Northwell Health Teacher of the Year. 

Preethi Rajan, MD †

Faculty Attending

Dr. Rajan is a recent graduate of our Sleep Fellowship Program. She completed her Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and her internal medicine residency at Loyola University Medical Center. Her research interests include diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing and diaphragmatic function in obesity hypoventilation syndrome.

Effie Singas, MD, FACP, FCCP

Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

Dr. Singas is program director for the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, and has served in that role since joining North Shore University Hospital in 2005. She is an associate professor of medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Dr. Singas received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed her training in internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In addition to key clinical and teaching roles at North Shore University Hospital, Dr. Singas devotes her time and energy toward training fellows and house staff in pulmonary and critical care medicine. To that end, she has participated in numerous faculty development training sessions at regional and national venues. She is also an active participant in the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors.

Her accomplishments are reflected in Residency Review Committee evaluations of the Northwell Health program, which consistently led to 5-year and, most recently, 10-year accreditation without citations. In 2017, she was awarded a grant by the Association of Pulmonary and Critical care Medicine Program Directors, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society to study procedural training in PCCM fellows. 

Harry Steinberg, MD

Edward Meilman Professor of Medicine

Dr. Steinberg is currently the Edward Meilman professor of medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and former chief of the Division of Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Steinberg founded this division at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 1974 and since that time has served in various roles in the Department of Medicine, including chief of the division, program director, vice chair and acting chair of the Department of Medicine. His research interests have ranged from cellular biology to education, quality improvement and clinical medicine. Currently, he attends on the pulmonary consultation services at both LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital and in the ambulatory clinic.

Arunabh Talwar, MD

Director, Center for Pulmonary Hypertension and Advanced Lung Disease
Pulmonary Function test Laboratory/Rehabilitation Program, Tobacco Control Center

Dr. Talwar is the director of the Center for Pulmonary Hypertension and Advanced Lung Diseases, which includes patients with pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease and is one of the largest such clinical programs on Long Island. He is the director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and serves as medical advisor to the Tobacco Cessation Program, one of the most successful programs for smoking cessation in the country.

Dr. Talwar’s research interests include clinical and translational research related to advanced lung disease. He is investigating the use of pulmonary exercise testing to predict outcomes in patients with pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease. He has been a member of the division since 1999 and is a professor of medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine and has received the Department of Medicine Spielman Award for Excellence in Research. 

Adey Tsegaye, MD, FASM, FCCP

Faculty Attending, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Associate Program Director

Dr. Tsegaye is a faculty pulmonary critical care attending practicing mainly out of North Shore University Hospital, although she attends at both campuses. She is assistant professor of medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Connecticut Medical School and completed residency and fellowship training at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. She worked as an ICU attending at Saint Barnabas Hospital in the South Bronx for four years before joining Northwell Health in 2010. Her clinical interests include ultrasound and airway management.

Janice Wang, MD*

Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center

Dr. Janice Wang is an assistant professor of medicine and director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and Bronchiectasis Center. The center is one site in the CF Foundation Therapeutic Development Network, a clinical research network partially funded by the CF Foundation for the purpose of conducting clinical trials in CF. Dr. Wang’s research interests include medical intensive care unit (MICU) triage, quality improvement specifically relating to CF and MICU, and sleep disordered breathing.

Gulrukh Zaidi, MD*

Dr. Zaidi completed her internal medicine training at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan and worked as an emergency room physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before joining the Pulmonary Critical Care fellowship program at Northwell. She is currently an assistant professor of medicine and rounds on the inpatient pulmonary service as well as in the MICU.

Dr. Zaidi has served as faculty at regional, national, and international courses for critical care ultrasonography. She pioneered a project involving the use of critical care ultrasonography via telemedicine which was funded by an institutional grant and was nominated for the Young Investigator Award by the ACCP in 2015. Her research interests include critical care ultrasonography, sickle cell disease related critical illnesses, airway management techniques in critical care, pleural diseases, pulmonary complications in immunosuppressed patients and pulmonary hypertension.

* Indicates graduate from our PCCM fellowship program
  Indicates graduate from our Sleep Medicine fellowship program

Additional clinical faculty

Fatima Anjum, MD

Faculty Attending

Jonathan Caronia, MD

Faculty Attending

Lisa Chen, MD*

Medical Director MICU, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

Sean Dhar, MD

Faculty Attending

Mina Makaryus, MD*

Faculty Attending

Sienna Moran, MD

Medical Director, MICU, Plainview Hospital

Fatima Anjum, MD

Faculty Attending

Jonathan Caronia, MD

Faculty Attending

Lisa Chen, MD*

Medical Director MICU, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

Sean Dhar, MD

Faculty Attending

Mina Makaryus, MD*

Faculty Attending

Sienna Moran, MD

Medical Director, MICU, Plainview Hospital

Darshan Patel, MD

Faculty Attending

Shreyas Ravishankar, MD

Faculty Attending

Saul Rothenberg, PhD

Sleep Psychologist

Anthony Sica, PhD

Sleep Faculty

* Indicates graduate from our PCCM fellowship program.
Indicates graduate from our Sleep Medicine fellowship program

Nocturnal MICU faculty

Tina Hessel, MD
Peter Mynn, MD
Mehran Tafreshi, DO
Blanche Telesford, MD
Toni Anne Tomanelli, MD

Research faculty