People in the News

Monday, May 14, 2018

From left, Westchester Institute for Human Development President and CEO Susan Fox and honoree Jenean Castillo

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) has announced that Jenean Castillo, PhD, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Westchester Institute for Human Development University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Assistant Director of WIHD’s Child Welfare Program, has been awarded the New York Medical College Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Castillo is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Center on Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College.



Edward F. Farkas, DDS; Adele El Kareh, MD, PhD, FACOG; Elias K. Hashim, DDS, Poughkeepsie, New York

Adele El Kareh, MD, PhD, FACOG, CareMount Medical OB/GYN and Director of OB/GYN Office Based Surgery, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2018 Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College’s Community Partnership Award. The award is presented to an individual for his or her commitment to advancing the mission of Touro College of Dental Medicine, which is to graduate outstanding dental professionals who will deliver excellent healthcare service to their diverse communities.



Robert R. Lane

Blythedale Children’s Hospital has announced the appointment of Robert R. Lane as Chief Development Officer. Lane, of Rhinebeck, New York, brings more than 26 years of development, marketing and community relations experience to the position.

Most recently, he held the position of vice president for development and external relations at Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow. Prior to that, he was president of the Saint Francis Healthcare Foundation in Poughkeepsie, where he completed a $15 million capital campaign that financed the construction of the Hospital’s new Level II trauma center. Lane also served as executive vice president for external relations at EcoHealth Alliance, an international conservation organization focused on the field of conservation medicine.



Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has named Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, its new Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

In this role, Dr. Oh-Park will oversee all of the clinical activities for the hospital as well as play a key role in strategic planning and alignment within the continuum of care provided by the Montefiore Health System.

Dr. Oh-Park comes to Burke from the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and the Kessler Foundation, where she was the director of geriatric rehabilitation and the research scientist. She was also the vice chair of education at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. In her previous roles, Dr. Oh-Park was responsible for the development of high-quality care models for inpatient and outpatient settings as well as system integration of clinical practice, research and education.



Melin Tan-Geller, MD

ENT and Allergy Associates announces that Melin Tan-Geller, MD, will join the practice’s White Plains office as of Aug. 1. At that time, the White Plains office will be in its new, spacious, state-of-the-art site at 222 Bloomingdale Road.

Dr. Tan-Geller earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University’s School of Music in Evanston, Illinois, and her master’s from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. This accomplished musician, whose final public concert was at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, then switched to the study of medicine, following in the footsteps of both of her physician parents. She attended New York University’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program in New York City, then earned her medical degree from Boston University’s School of Medicine.


The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) held its inaugural gala, An Evening of Inspiration, on April 26 at Scarsdale Golf Club. The evening honored five individuals who have made significant contributions to WIHD’s mission of improving the lives of people with disabilities. The honorees were Baldev Singh, MD, Wendy Breitner and Ken Kirshenbaum, and Helene and Kenneth Orce.

Dr. Singh joined WIHD in 1987 and is the Director of Adult Neurology. Dr. Singh has played a pioneering role in providing care for adults with developmental disabilities and long-term seizure disorders for over 50 years. She was recognized as a fellow of the American Epilepsy Society in 2016 for her singular commitment to advancing the standard of care for this group of people.

Breitner and Kirshenbaum have been actively involved with WIHD for many years. Breitner was the director of social work and director of Child Welfare Services at WIHD for 23 years, until her retirement in 2011.

Helene and Kenneth Orce have dedicated their time and talents to WIHD for several years. Helene Orce has been a member of the development committee and helped WIHD reach fundraising goals. She has been active in the Edgemont board of education for many years. Kenneth Orce was a partner and member of the firm’s executive committee at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP until 2010.

All proceeds from the Gala will go directly to WIHD’s programs.


The Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group announces that three new providers have joined its team: Brian W. Murphy, MD; Todd Jones, PA-C; and Tess-Ann Brown, FNP-BC, MS, RN.

Dr. Murphy is a palliative care physician with Orange Regional Medical Group. He is board-certified in hospice and palliative care as well as family medicine. He received a medical degree from the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine in Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Loyola College in Baltimore.

Jones joined Catskill Regional’s Urgent Care office in Monticello. He earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska, a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree in physician assistant studies, also from the University of Nebraska. While a member of the U.S. military, he also participated in the Interservice Physician Assistant Program.

Brown joined the Nursing Home Acute Care Services Department at Catskill Regional. She received her MS-FNP in nursing from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, and her RN-BSN in nursing from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York. She is licensed by the University of the State of New York as both nurse practitioner in family health and registered professional nurse.



Manuel G. Tejera, MD

Manuel G. Tejera, MD, of Pleasantville, has joined Westmed Medical Group’s office at the Boyce Thompson Center in Yonkers, New York. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. He was awarded his medical degree from Zaragoza University Medical School in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Prior to joining Westmed, Dr. Tejera was an internist at DOCS Medical Group in Yonkers. He has been in practice more than 20 years.



Petros Constantinos Benias, MD

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research researcher Petros Constantinos Benias, MD, and collaborators have identified that layers of the body long thought to be dense, connective tissues are actually interconnected, fluid-filled compartments, categorizing this part of the body as an organ. This discovery, published recently in Scientific Reports, could lead to better understanding and improved treatments for cancer and other inflammatory conditions.


Phelps Medical Associates announces the addition of three cardiologists to the practice.


From left, Edward Yun, MD; Michael Feld, MD; and Marjory Alabre, MD

Marjory Alabre, MD, is a cardiologist focusing on general cardiology. She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and her fellowship in cardiology at Stony Brook University Hospital. After fellowship, she worked at Montefiore Medical Center’s Tarrytown cardiology practice. She started seeing patients at Phelps on March 12.

Edward Yun, MD, is a cardiologist whose clinical interests are nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He completed his medical education at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and internal medicine residency at the University of Southern California (USC). He worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at USC following his residency, before completing his cardiology fellowship at University at Buffalo SUNY.

Michael Feld, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist focusing on general cardiology. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine and did his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Hospital, where he served as chief medical resident. He then completed a cardiovascular fellowship at Montefiore Hospital. He has been a cardiology attending at Montefiore and Phelps hospitals since 1983, during which time he also saw patients at his office in Tarrytown.



Bonnie Litvack, MD

Radiologist Bonnie Litvack, MD, was elected Vice President of the Medical Society of the State of New York at its 212th annual House of Delegates meeting in Buffalo on March 24. Dr. Litvack is Director of Women’s Imaging at Northern Westchester Hospital, part of Northwell Health.

A cum laude graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Litvack earned her medical degree at Albany Medical Center. She completed both her internal medicine internship and her diagnostic radiology residency at Stony Brook University, as well as an MRI/body-imaging fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Litvack is certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

Under Dr. Litvack’s leadership, the Women’s Imaging Center at Northern Westchester Hospital has been acclaimed as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. During her career, Dr. Litvack has received numerous awards and honors.