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Friday, May 12, 2017
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James T. Goodrich, MD, PhD, DSci

James T. Goodrich, MD, PhD, DSci (Hon.), Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a team of approximately 50 expert surgical and medical providers at CHAM received proclamations from the New York State Senate and Assembly in honor of the Oct. 14, 2016, surgery that successfully separated then-13-month-old craniopagus twin boys, Jadon and Anias McDonald. The resolution was sponsored by Sens. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx/Westchester; Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City, Senate Health Committee Chair; and David Valesky, D-Syracuse, Senate Health Committee Vice-chair. They were joined by Assembly colleagues Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx; Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-Bronx; Marcos Crespo, D-Bronx; Mark Gjonaj, D-Bronx; and Mike Benedetto, D-Bronx.



Fernando Ferrer, MD, FACS, FAAP

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network and the children’s hospital for the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, welcomes Fernando Ferrer, MD, FACS, FAAP, as Chief of Pediatric Urology.

In his new role, Dr. Ferrer will oversee all medical and surgical services addressing the specialized care of children and adolescents with complex and routine urologic conditions.

Dr. Ferrer brings to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital expertise in exstrophy/epispadias complex surgery, hypospadias, reconstructive surgery and reoperative surgery, as well as pediatric urologic cancers.

As Chief of Pediatric Urology, Dr. Ferrer’s goal is to work collaboratively with the pediatric urology team and with physicians across all specialty areas to ensure the very best care for pediatric patients with complex urologic conditions. Dr. Ferrer will also continue his research into new therapies and treatments for pediatric patients, helping ensure the very best care possible for future generations. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters in pediatric urology, has been a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded investigator for 10 years, holds several national committee appointments and has served as a reviewer for the NIH and the National Academies.

Prior to joining Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Dr. Ferrer served as the Peter J. Deckers, MD, chair of surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and as vice chair of surgery at the University of Connecticut.

Board-certified in pediatric urology, Dr. Ferrer earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Ferrer served as a diving medical officer in the U.S. Navy in Operation Desert Storm and was honorably discharged.


White Plains Hospital welcomes Kira Geraci-Ciardullo, MD, MPH, to its Physician Associates Division. Dr. Geraci-Ciardullo is an allergy and asthma specialist and has practiced medicine in Westchester County for more than 30 years. She is also a Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College in New York and an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College in Valhalla. Dr. Geraci-Ciardullo is board-certified in allergy/immunology and in pediatrics.

She received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her internship in the Department of Pediatrics at the New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. She was a fellow in the Department of Pediatrics–Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Section at the New York Hospital and Cornell University Medical College, respectively. Dr. Geraci-Ciardullo received a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at the New York Medical College School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

Dr. Geraci-Ciardullo has delivered lectures for the American Lung Association and the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. She is an officer of the New York State Medical Society, a member of the American Medical Association Council for Science and Public Health, and has been active in the Westchester County Medical Society for a number of years. She will see adult and pediatric patients at White Plains Hospital Medical & Wellness in Armonk at 99 Business Park Drive.



Calvary Hospital recently recognized Latisha Bangari, RN, CCC, with the DAISY Award. On hand at the award ceremony are (left to right): Fran Nunziata, Assistant Director of Human Resources; Camelia Brown, RN, Patient Service Manager; Bangari; Margaret M. Pelkowski, RN, MSN, Vice President, Patient Care Services; and Leonila C. Quinones, RN, MA, DON, Director of Nursing Operations.

Calvary Hospital recently honored Latisha Bangari, RN, CCC, with the DAISY Award. Nurses recognized with this biannual award must demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise, as well as extraordinary, compassionate care. Honorees are also expected to go above and beyond to make a difference and exemplify a “healing touch” presence with patients and their families. Award recipients are chosen by their co-workers, administrators, peers, physicians, patients and families.

Bangari began working at Calvary Hospital in 2003 as a staff nurse. Upon obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lehman College in the Bronx, Bangari continued working at Calvary as a Clinical Care Coordinator. As a recipient of the DAISY Award, she received numerous nominations from colleagues as well as from family members.



Front row: Andrew Grose, MD; Howard Luks, MD; Daniel Zelazny, MD; and Yigal Samocha, MD. Back row: Jeremy Mangion, MD; John Galeno, MD; David Asprinio, MD; Richard Magill, MD; and Damon DelBello, MD

Westchester Medical Center’s Advanced Physician Services (APS) recently announced the addition of an orthopedic service line to the physician services group’s suite of offerings as University Orthopaedics’ physicians joined the newly formed APS Advanced Orthopaedics.

APS Advanced Orthopaedics offers a gamut of services for all patients, ranging from infants to adults. All services previously offered by University Orthopaedics will be maintained, with plans for expansion of services in the future.

WMCHealth Advanced Orthopaedics will provide services from locations at 19 Bradhurst Ave., in Hawthorne, and 200 Westage Business Center, Suite 115, in Fishkill, along with two satellite offices in Stamford and Middletown.

Along with David Asprinio, MD, Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, the Advanced Orthopaedics team includes Damon DelBello, MD; John Galeno, MD; Andrew Grose, MD; Howard Luks, MD; Richard Magill, MD; Jeremy Mangion, MD; Yigal Samocha, MD; and Daniel Zelazny, MD.



Kevin Carraccio

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently named Kevin Carraccio as its Senior Vice President, Development.

Working with senior administration and network affiliate leadership, Carraccio’s primary charge will be to define and craft WMCHealth’s philanthropic direction across the 10 hospitals in its network. This will include strategies that maximize philanthropic support, particularly through major donors, corporations and foundations at each hospital’s foundation and collaboratively throughout the network. He will also lead the development and implementation of network-wide and local annual giving, cultivation and stewardship programs, and events designed to engage stakeholders across the health network to strengthen programs, facilities and services offered throughout the region.

Carraccio launched his career in healthcare philanthropy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he helped lead a campaign that netted $476.5 million in total gifts and pledges, exceeding its goal more than a year ahead of schedule. Carraccio also served as vice president of development for the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. There, Carraccio elevated the role of philanthropy throughout the institution through the planning and execution of a $220 million capital campaign to support new facilities, treatment programs and research. Most recently, Carraccio was assistant vice president of advancement at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, where he helped lead a team responsible for completing a $1 billion comprehensive campaign 18 months ahead of schedule, funding basic science and clinical research, facilities, medical education, and patient care programs.

Carraccio is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia.