People in the News

Monday, April 10, 2017
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Tracey Weigel, MD

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) recently named thoracic surgeon Tracey Weigel, MD, as Chief of Thoracic Surgery for the health network’s Valhalla, Poughkeepsie and Kingston campuses.

Most recently, Dr. Weigel served as chief of thoracic surgery and medical director of the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program at Maine Medical Center, an affiliate of Tufts Medical School, in Portland. There, she coordinated thoracic surgical care across the seven-hospital MaineHealth system. She has also held appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Pittsburgh and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Board-certified in thoracic cardiovascular surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Weigel earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed a general surgery residency at Brown University, a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with specialization in thoracic oncology and a cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin.



Sheldon M. Feldman, MD

Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and Surgical Oncology and Director of Breast Cancer Services at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, the clinical arm of the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center. He will also join the faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a Professor of Clinical Surgery.

Dr. Feldman is the President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the nation’s leading organization for treating patients with breast disease and advocacy for surgeons who seek excellence in the care of breast patients.

Dr. Feldman will lead the breast surgery and breast surgical oncology program at Montefiore and Einstein after serving as chief of the Breast Surgery Division at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and as the Vivian L. Milstein associate professor of clinical surgery. Dr. Feldman will serve as a principal investigator on multiple breast cancer studies focused on advancing prevention, early diagnosis and patient-centered treatment of the disease.

Dr. Feldman was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and State University at Stony Brook. He earned his medical degree and completed his surgical training at New York University School of Medicine before completing a clinical fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.



Jeffrey M. Jacobson, MD

White Plains Hospital welcomes Jeffrey M. Jacobson, MD, to its Physician Associates Division. Dr. Jacobson is a board-certified plastic surgeon with an additional board certification in hand surgery.

He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine with recognition in research and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his plastic surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington and an orthopedic hand surgery and microsurgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Jacobson has held research positions in biomedical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and orthopedic biomechanics. In addition, he has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters in several professional publications and has presented his research at national professional conferences.



Mary Beth Walsh, MD

The Board of Trustees of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has announced that Chief Executive Officer and Executive Medical Director Mary Beth Walsh, MD, is stepping down after a 37-year tenure at the hospital. She has served as Burke’s CEO and executive medical director for the past 22 years.

Dr. Walsh was the driving force behind forging a partnership with Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. This partnership facilitated Burke’s creation of a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program. She was also instrumental in creating a neurorehabilitation fellowship to educate the next generation of rehab physicians.

Dr. Walsh is a member of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a member of its post-acute-care steering committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association.



Jeff Menkes

As part of a smooth transition within the Montefiore/Einstein family, Jeff Menkes, Montefiore’s Senior Vice President for Network Development, is taking over for Dr. Walsh, serving as President and CEO. Dr. Walsh and Menkes have worked closely since Burke joined the Montefiore Health System in January 2016. Their collaboration will enable Burke to continue its growth and position as the cornerstone of Montefiore Health System’s partner for acute rehabilitative care.

The change in leadership was effective April 1, 2017.



Srihari S. Naidu, MD

Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s (WMCHealth) Westchester Heart and Vascular Institute recently appointed interventional cardiologist Srihari S. Naidu, MD, as Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program.

Dr. Naidu is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. A former trustee of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, he currently serves as Co-Chair of the Development and Industry Relations Committee for the organization.

Prior to joining Westchester Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Naidu served as an attending physician at Winthrop-University Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. He is the author of over 100 original publications and is Editor of the international textbook Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He earned his medical and undergraduate degrees from Brown University and completed a residency in internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital–Cornell and fellowships in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

He also serves on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Brown University.



Michael E. Elia, MD

White Plains Hospital welcomes Michael E. Elia, MD, to its Physician Associates Division. Dr. Elia is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has practiced in Westchester for more than 20 years. His office practice will be located in Eastchester, and he will perform surgical procedures at White Plains Hospital.

Dr. Elia received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed his general surgery internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston and his orthopedic residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He is a Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and holds membership in the New York State Medical Society and the Westchester County Medical Society.



The cardiology group includes, from left, Shital Parikh, MD; Arvind Agarwal, MD; Rajiv Singh, MD; Perminder Grewal, MD; Sunandan Pandya, MD; and Bangalore Sridhara, MD.

Cardiologists Perminder S. Grewal, MD, FACC; Arvind K. Agarwal, MD, FACC; Bangalore S. Sridhara, MD, FACC, MRCP; Sunandan A. Pandya, MD, FACC; Shital R. Parikh, MD, FACC; and Rajiv Singh, MD, FACC, have joined Bon Secours Medical Group. This highly skilled group, with offices in West Nyack, Stony Point and Ramsey, New Jersey, brings world-class cardiac care to the local community.

The Bon Secours Medical Group is Bon Secours Charity Health System’s regional network of more than 120 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. With offices throughout Rockland and Orange counties in New York, Northern New Jersey and Pike County, Pennsylvania, our healthcare providers offer residents a broad range of health and wellness services.



Diane P. Miller

Diane P. Miller has retired as executive director of the Bronx County Medical Society (BCMS) after 14 years of dedicated service. She states, “It has truly been a privilege working with BCMS for 14 years. I will miss you more than I can say, but it is time for me to retire.”



Ronald L. Blount

Ronald L. Blount was selected as the next Executive Director of the Bronx County Medical Society and assumed the position on Jan. 23, 2017. Blount demonstrates remarkable skill as a strong physician and patient advocate with over 13 years working with Bronx physicians and Bronx organizations. In his previous roles as assistant director of business development at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and as territory developer for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, he has served as a bridge builder between organizations, assuring smooth care delivery. Additionally, Blount has extensive experience in organizational management, fundraising, insurance and contractual issues.