People in the News

Friday, December 15, 2017

White Plains Hospital welcomes Yoni Barnhard, MD, and Garfield Clunie, MD, to the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine program. Dr. Barnhard is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and both physicians are board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as maternal-fetal medicine.

Dr. Barnhard joined White Plains Hospital as the new Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology on Oct. 16. He comes to White Plains Hospital from Norwalk Hospital, where he was chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine for the Western Connecticut Health Network. Previously, he was vice-chair of OB-GYN and director of obstetrics and residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital. A graduate of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dr. Barnhard completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Clunie assumed the role of Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine program at White Plains Hospital on Nov. 1. Dr. Clunie received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Downtown Hospital and his fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He was on staff at White Plains Hospital as a perinatologist from 2006 to 2012 and has since been with Mount Sinai as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science.


NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester welcomes four new Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) physicians to its network of primary and multispecialty care physicians.

Deborah Finkelstein, MD, a board-certified internist, earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine/primary care at Albert Einstein College of Medicine–Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC.

Deborah Hemel, MD, earned her medical degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 to study post-traumatic stress disorder at the University of Haifa in Israel. She went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at New York University–Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Hemel is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC.

Debra Adler-Klein, MD, a board-certified internist and infectious disease specialist, earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital as well as a fellowship in infectious diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Adler-Klein is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC.

Julie Tobak, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterologist. After graduating with honors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Tobak completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine–Montefiore Medical Center and remained there for a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at CUMC and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Westchester chapter of the American Cancer Society.



James Giordano, MD

Crystal Run Healthcare welcomes fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine specialist James Giordano, MD, to its West Nyack location. Dr. Giordano earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He completed fellowship training in orthopedic sports medicine at the University of Southern California Sports Medicine Center in Los Angeles.


Phelps Family Medicine Residency presented this year’s Phelps Leadership Award to Musaub Khan and Rebecca Alschuler, second-year medical students at New York Medical College, for creating the New York Medical College Center for Human Rights. The center will serve as an umbrella organization for local initiatives fostering human rights. The first project is a free, student-led medical clinic for underserved patients, particularly those seeking asylum. The pair were inspired to start the clinic after visiting a similar one at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. With help from experts at My Sisters’ Place, Open Door Family Medical Centers and Physicians for Human Rights, the duo learned that Westchester is an area in great need of legal and medical support for victims of human trafficking. A free community clinic will help address the need for quality medical care, as well as provide education for medical students and engagement in service and teaching for clinical professors.


Musaub Khan and Rebecca Alschuler

The following physicians have joined Highland Medical, P.C.:


Valentine J. Burroughs, MD, MBA, CHCQM, FABQAURP

Valentine J. Burroughs, MD, MBA, CHCQM, FABQAURP, is a board-certified endocrinologist at Dr. Valentine J. Burroughs Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in Nyack. Dr. Burroughs also serves as the Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Highland Medical, P.C., and Nyack Hospital. Prior to joining Highland Medical, P.C., Dr. Burroughs was a practicing endocrinologist with Essen Medical Associates, a large, multispecialty medical group in the Bronx. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and completed his residency at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital in New York and his fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at New York University. Dr. Burroughs is a Fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.


David R. Dorf, MD

David R. Dorf, MD, is a board-certified internist at Dr. David R. Dorf Internal Medicine in Garnerville. Dr. Dorf received his medical doctorate from the University of Antwerp School of Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, and completed a three-year residency and internship at New York Medical College hospital affiliates. Prior to joining Highland Medical, P.C., Dr. Dorf managed his own private practice. Dr. Dorf also served as an emergency department attending physician at Westchester Medical Center and chief of employee health services at Nyack Hospital. He still serves as Chief Physician for the North Rockland Central School District in Garnerville and has done so since 1986.


CareMount Medical announces that six new physicians have joined the medical group.

Ruth Blash, MD, is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She received her medical degree from The Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel, and completed her general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For her postgraduate training, she attended St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital Center and New York University Downtown Hospital.

Marc D. Danziger, MD, FACS, received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his internship and residency at the Department of Surgery at Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center and the Department of Urologic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Danziger is board-certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Scott B. Grant, MD, M. Bioethics, is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. He received his medical degree from Walter Alpert Medical School of Brown University and completed his general surgery residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed an endocrine surgery fellowship at The University of Chicago.

Henry Janssen, MD, is a highly trained radiologist with a comprehensive background in MRI. After completing his undergraduate degree in science from Pennsylvania State University, he received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Janssen completed his residency in radiology at the Hospital of Saint Raphael at Yale University, followed by a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

Brianna Riccobono, MD, is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies, and completed her internal medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Wakefield Division. She also completed a fellowship in hepatology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Jessica Soni, MD, received her medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Nassau University Medical Center. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.