People in the News

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP (MCB) welcomes Of Counsel attorneys in both its Long Island and Westchester offices. Elizabeth J. Sandonato, Esq., Gregory A. Cascino, Esq., and Tracy A. Abramson, Esq., have joined the Firm and reside in the Long Island office, and Christopher A. Terzian, Esq., is a resident in the White Plains office.

Sandonato is a highly accomplished civil litigation attorney specializing in medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and general negligence lawsuits for over 14 years. Sandonato received her JD from St. John’s University School of Law in 2001 and her BA from Binghamton University in 1998. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in New York.

Cascino has joined the Firm’s Appellate Practice Group. Prior to joining MCB, Cascino worked at two law firms, where he specialized in appellate practice. He has briefed and argued appeals in all departments of the New York State Appellate Division in cases involving various substantive areas of New York law, including medical malpractice, commercial litigation, architectural malpractice and Labor Law §§200, 240 and 241(6).

After graduating from St. John’s University School of Law, cum laude, where he was an Articles and Notes editor of the St. John’s Law Review, Cascino clerked for the Honorable John T. Elfvin in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Following his clerkship, he worked as a court attorney for the Appellate Division, Second Department.

Abramson has 17 years of experience handling medical malpractice claims. Abramson has extensive experience handling a substantial caseload including high-exposure matters, identifying and analyzing medical, evidentiary, legal and insurance issues, and developing strategies for efficient resolution. She also has significant experience in drafting and arguing complex motions, including quality assurance and other privilege issues.

Abramson obtained her JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1997 and her BA, magna cum laude, from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Terzian, a seasoned trial attorney with over 30 years of legal experience and close to 25 years of medical malpractice defense litigation experience, is Of Counsel at MCB. As a member of MCB’s Medical Malpractice Defense Practice Group, Terzian defends physicians, academic medical centers and other medical professionals in Westchester County and the surrounding regions of New York. Prior to his career in medical malpractice defense, Terzian was a prosecutor for the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office.

Terzian received his JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and his BA from Fairfield University. He is a member of the New York Medical Defense Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.



Yvetale Lauture-Jerome, RN, BSN, MAS

Yvetale Lauture-Jerome, RN, BSN, MAS, is Phelps Hospital’s new Director of Maternal Child Health. Lauture-Jerome earned her BSN at City University of New York and a Master’s of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has specialized in obstetrics for 31 years in several diverse settings, ranging from high-risk and high-volume medical centers to low-risk, low-volume centers and is a Certified Sexual Assault Nurse.

She has led obstetrics teams for nearly 20 years, demonstrating her considerable talents for organization, patient advocacy and employee relations. In previous leadership roles, she has successfully focused on financial stewardship by reducing waste of materials and maximizing staffing resources. As an education advocate, she has implemented training programs for her obstetrics teams and has been an Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Pediatrics.



Glen Taylor

Glen Taylor, Vice President of Support Services at Phelps Hospital, was recently elected Co-President of the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce. In his role at Phelps, Taylor oversees the departments of facility services, environmental services, food and nutrition services, information technology, pharmacy services, and telecommunications. He has been with Phelps since 2015. Taylor has more than 20 years of leadership experience in hospital and health system settings.



Caroline DeFilippo, MD, MPH

CareMount Medical announces that Caroline DeFilippo, MD, MPH, (Internal Medicine and Assistant Medical Director) has joined the medical group.

Dr. DeFilippo is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She received her medical degree and Master of Public Health degree from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed her residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Prior to joining CareMount Medical, she practiced internal medicine and was associate medical director of internal medicine at Westmed Medical Group. Dr. DeFilippo serves as CareMount Medical’s Assistant Medical Director and practices at CareMount Medical’s Mount Kisco office. She will have privileges at Northern Westchester Hospital.


Calvary Hospital recently honored Lucy Hernandez, a 49-year veteran, with the 2018 Meviar Smith Humanitarian Award. Smith was famous for her loyalty, conscientious work ethic and dedication to the patients at Calvary Hospital. This year’s selection committee felt that Hernandez best demonstrated the qualities for which Smith was known.

Hernandez began her nursing career as a nurse’s aide at Calvary Hospital, then called the House of Calvary, on Featherbed Lane and Macombs Road. Soon, she entered the Hospital’s unique Calvary Care Technician Program and was a CCT for 10 years. In 1977, she obtained the first of her many nursing degrees, and in 1992, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. In 1998, she obtained her Master’s Degree of Nursing in Advanced Practice and became board-certified as a nurse practitioner a year later. Hernandez has served in multiple capacities at Calvary, such as staff nurse, patient care coordinator, senior staff development instructor, weekend relief supervisor and ambulatory care manager. In her current role as a Patient Service Manager, she acts as a liaison among patients, families and healthcare staff and oversees a dedicated staff of over 75 employees.



Mark Burshteyn, MD

White Plains Hospital announces the appointment of Mark Burshteyn, MD, as Director of Interventional Oncology. Dr. Burshteyn is board-certified in Diagnostic and Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and completed a fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He was most recently an attending physician in vascular and interventional radiology at Temple University Hospital, Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center.


Scarsdale Medical Group (SMG) announces the addition of pediatrician Rachel Geronemus, MD, FAAP, to its pediatrics department.

Dr. Geronemus graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her medical degree from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and completed a residency in pediatrics at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.


The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) recently honored Chief Operating Officer David O’Hara for his 30-year tenure at the organization. O’Hara joined WIHD in 1987 and had served in a variety of capacities over his tenure, touching every person and program within the organization.

O’Hara has a longstanding interest in the healthcare needs of children in foster care and was a member of a special task force created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, District II, New York State, which authored a nationally adopted set of standards for healthcare providers for children in foster care, Fostering Health: Health Care for Children in Foster Care. He has served as a consultant to the government of Dubai, assisting with the planning for the creation of a Center of Excellence for Individuals with Disabilities.


Calvary Hospital recently honored Bronx resident Shainel Fowler with the Unit Secretary Excellence Award for the second half of 2017. This award was created as a way to recognize the importance and value of unit secretaries at the Hospital. Fowler began working as a hospital volunteer in 2011 and later joined the Nursing Department as per diem Unit Secretary in October 2012. In 2017, Fowler began pursuing her Associate Degree in Nursing from Cochran School of Nursing in Yonkers, New York, and expects to finish in December 2018. She also plans to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Lehman College in 2019.