People in the News

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ugo Paolucci, MD

Ugo Paolucci, MD, has been named Stroke Director of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. Dr. Paolucci, a leading vascular neurologist, will also serve as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In his new role, Dr. Paolucci will continue to expand the stroke program at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, nurture top talent, advance clinical and research innovation, and educate the next generation of vascular neurologists on new methods for delivering lifesaving stroke care.

Dr. Paolucci joins NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital from Hackensack Meridian Health, where he served as a cerebrovascular disease specialist. He previously held positions at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine in Italy, Dr. Paolucci completed a research fellowship at Burke Medical Research Institute in New York. He did his internship and neurology residency at New York Medical College, followed by a vascular neurology fellowship at New Jersey Medical School and a neurointerventional fellowship with Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the North American Spine Society.


Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) recognized its exceptional nursing staff with its annual Nurses of Distinction Awards.

The 2019 Janet Harrower Nurse of Distinction Awards recognize nurses in three categories:

  • The Up-and-Coming Nurse Award went to Julie Rothberg, BSN, RN, Cardiopulmonary Unit.
  • The Experienced Nurse Award went to Carmela Bonito, BSN, RN, PCCN, Cardiopulmonary Unit.
  • The Physician-Nominated Nurse Award went to Haidee Mortel, BSN, RN, CCRN, CMC, ICU.

The Joan Rizzo Nursing Scholarship award was given to Tara Creighton, BSN, RN, CNOR, Staff Educator, Peri-Operative Services; Ivy Torres, MS, RN-BC, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CBC, Assistant Director, Maternal Child Division; and Emily Nullet, BSN, RN, CHPN, Mixed Medical/Oncology Unit.

The Sabita Karunes Scholarship award was given to Marta Kozicki, ASN, RN, CNOR, Operating Room, and Alyson Ferguson, ASN, RN, Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center.

The Northwell Zuckerberg Family Award was given to Eden V. Cornelio, RN, BSN, CNOR, ENT Service Manager, Operating Room.

The Ellen M. Wood Community Nursing Award was given to Susan Seiter, ASN, RN.

The Daisy Team award was given to the Maternal Child Health team.

The Joel Seligman Future of Nursing Scholarship Award was announced. This scholarship, named in honor of NWH’s President and CEO, Joel Seligman, will be given to the child of an employee who is pursuing a BSN and will be given every year for five years, beginning in 2020.


Carmela Bonito, BSN, RN, PCCN; Haidee Mortel, BSN, RN, CCRN, CMC; and Julie Rothberg, BSN, RN
Photo © John Vecchiolla Photography

CareMount Medical announces that Evan J. Hawkins, MD, MBA, FAAOS, and Ruslan Shnayder, MD, have joined the medical group and are available to see patients.


Evan J. Hawkins, MD, MBA, FAAOS

Dr. Hawkins (sports medicine/orthopedics) is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in total knee and hip replacement, specifically anterior approach total hip replacement. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. He completed a fellowship in total joint replacement at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Prior to joining CareMount Medical, Dr. Hawkins was an orthopedic surgeon at Crystal Run Healthcare. Dr. Hawkins is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He will practice at CareMount Medical’s Mount Kisco office and will have privileges at Northern Westchester Hospital.


Ruslan Shnayder, MD

Dr. Shnayder (pediatrics) is board-certified in pediatrics. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Sackler School of Medicine, New York State/American Program of Tel Aviv University, and completed his pediatric residency at Maimonides Children’s Hospital.

Prior to joining CareMount Medical, Dr. Shnayder served as the Chief Pediatric Resident at Maimonides Children’s Hospital. He will practice at CareMount Medical’s Rhinebeck and Kingston offices and will have privileges at Northern Dutchess Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center.


Diego Camacho, MD, FACS, Director, Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Surgery, and Director, Fellowship Program, Montefiore Health System; and Associate Professor, Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, earned the No Land Too Far award from Westfair Business Journal in the outlet’s 6th Annual Doctors of Distinction ceremony. This award recognizes a physician who donates his or her time and expertise to countries where medical care is either nonexistent or at the barest minimum.

Born in Guatemala, Dr. Camacho had firsthand experience with the lack of advanced medical training for surgeons in these regions and felt strongly that he had to “pay it forward” and educate both current surgeons and surgical residents in Central and South America. Dr. Camacho, who specializes in laparoscopic surgery, has now taught this technique to countless surgeons and surgical residents in Central and South America.

Dr. Camacho holds a medical degree from the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. He completed his residency in general surgery at Ohio State University Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident and received the best teacher award. Following his residency, he completed fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery at Baylor College of Medicine’s Michael E. Debakey Department of Surgery. Dr. Camacho is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and an active member in several leading professional societies, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.



Susan Monaco, Chief Revenue Officer of CareMount Health Solutions LLC

CareMount Health Solutions LLC appointed Susan Monaco to Chief Revenue Officer, where she is responsible for revenue budgeting and forecasting, practice support, and operational efficiency in all aspects of the revenue cycle. Monaco has worked for CareMount Medical for more than 20 years, serving most recently as its Senior Director of Business Services and prior to that, as Director of Billing and Accounts Receivable.

Prior to joining CareMount, Monaco was Director of Billing Services at Advanced Health and had also served as Vice President of Finance at Meditab Consulting Co. Inc. Monaco earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University.



Barbara Levitz with husband, Jack, and son, Mitchell

Barbara Levitz, a leader in services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, has retired from The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD).

Levitz has worked at WIHD in various capacities for 30 years. She played a key role in developing WIHD’s early intervention service coordination model, employing parents of children with disabilities and providing training across the county on replicating this unique model. At the same time, she played a key role in the establishment of Parent-to-Parent of New York State as a statewide family support initiative and worked on the passage of family support legislation both in New York and nationally.

The Levitz family was recently honored as the WIHD Mission Family for representing the mission of WIHD — to help children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their full potential. Barbara’s son, Mitchell Levitz, who has Down syndrome, began attending early intervention at WIHD at 6 months old. Now, years later, Mitchell is a staff member at WIHD, offering an amazing perspective and contributions to both staff members and families and individuals served by WIHD.



Lisa B. Spiryda, MD, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist

Lisa B. Spiryda, MD, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, has joined Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow as Director of OB/GYN. She has expansive clinical expertise encompassing the full spectrum of obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Spiryda earned MD and PhD degrees through the prestigious Medical Scientist Training Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She completed her OB/GYN residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. After three years in private practice in Rhinebeck, New York, Dr. Spiryda practiced at several academic institutions, including the University of South Carolina and the University of Florida-Shands, where she was Director of Colposcopy, Director of Vulva Disease and Director of Research. Most recently, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Alabama.