People in the News

Monday, July 9, 2018

James Feeney, MD, FACS, Director of Trauma Services, MidHudson Regional Hospital

MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), welcomes trauma and general surgeon James M. Feeney, MD, FACS, as Director of Trauma Services.

Dr. Feeney is responsible for leading MidHudson Regional Hospital’s trauma team and ensuring injured patients at the hospital’s Level II trauma center receive the safest, most appropriate care. He is also involved in professional and public trauma education and training through WMCHealth’s trauma program.

Board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, Dr. Feeney brings battlefield medical experience as well as civilian clinical expertise and academic credentials to MidHudson Regional Hospital. A U.S. Navy commander since 1988, Dr. Feeney was the director of surgical services and chief of trauma at a military base in Qalat, southern Afghanistan, in 2013. Before his Afghanistan deployment, Dr. Feeney was a U.S.-based military physician for 13 years in the Navy’s Medical Corps.

Receiving his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, now Geisel School of Medicine, Dr. Feeney completed a fellowship in trauma surgery and critical care at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, part of the University of Maryland Medical Center.


Corinne Vidulich, MD, and Leonardo Meehan, MD, have been elected Chief Residents of the Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program. Chiefs serve a crucial leadership role in residency life each year. They facilitate communication within residency at large, attend leadership meetings, create call schedules and advise fellow residents. Drs. Vidulich and Meehan transitioned to their new roles May 7.


Crystal Run Healthcare announces that 24 local students successfully completed the practice’s second year of the Young Physicians Program in West Nyack. The program, founded and led by Robert S. Walker, MD, in 2017, provides high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in the medical field with the opportunity to attend lectures and engage in interactive demonstrations in a variety of medical specialties and settings with Crystal Run providers and staff.


Young Physicians Program at Crystal Run Healthcare

Twenty-four high school juniors and seniors were accepted into the program from area high schools, including Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South, Nanuet, Albertus Magnus, Pearl River, North Rockland, Nyack and Tappan Zee. Students participated in eight sessions, including:

  • Introduction to Crystal Run Healthcare, Kate Bayley, Director of Operations, West Nyack
  • Healthy Hearts–Cardiology, Jonathan Katz, MD
  • Healthy Skin–Dermatology, Charles Kwak, MD
  • Emergency Preparedness–Urgent Care, Noble Jacob, MD
  • The Importance of Pre-Screening–Digital Imaging, Stacy Bruno, CT/MR Team Lead
  • Good Nutrition–Gastroenterology, Dr. Walker
  • The Right Step–Podiatry, Katherine Ward-Buckley, DPM
  • Mellow your Mood–Adolescent Medicine, Michele Calderoni, DO

Phelps Hospital recently celebrated its volunteers at a luncheon in the Tappan Hill Mansion. Phelps CEO and President Dan Blum and Eve Urban, Director of Volunteers, thanked the volunteers for their dedication and recognized them for the important contributions they make to the hospital. In 2017, more than 240 volunteers contributed more than 44,000 hours to 34 service areas.


Phelps Hospital celebrates volunteers.

On June 2, the New York Chapter of the Knights of Columbus hosted its 118th Annual Charity Ball. The honoree this year was Carmine Musumeci, Esq., PSD, who was recently elected Supreme Director.


Carmine Musumeci, Esq., PSD, was presented with a souvenir bat engraved with the Knights of Columbus logo.

Founded in 1899, the same year Calvary was founded, the New York Chapter of the Knights of Columbus consists of 26 neighborhood councils located throughout the Bronx and Manhattan. For nearly four decades, the local Knights of Columbus chapter has supported Calvary by making the hospital the principal beneficiary of its year-round fundraising efforts.

To date, the New York chapter has raised more than $1,135,000 for Calvary’s program of care.


Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader, Councilwoman Shanae V. Williams and Councilman Anthony J. Merante visited Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers to meet the residents of the Pediatric Center and learn about the facility, which is home to 169 of the most medically complex children in New York state.


Yonkers City Council visited the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center.

Khader and the council members toured the Pediatric Center’s campus inside and out; they visited the Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation Aquatic Therapy Center and the Starlight Children’s Foundation “Space Voyage” sensory room, and they took a walk around the state-of-the-art Paul Edward Verni Playground. Members of the council also learned about the Pediatric Center’s next endeavor: addressing the need for placing medically complex young adults ages 21 to 35 after they “age out” of the pediatric setting.

“We are so grateful for the support of our friends from the Yonkers City Council,” says Barbara Rossi, Director of Institutional Advancement. “The entire Yonkers community has embraced us wholeheartedly since we moved here back in 2012, and this genuine care and concern for our children is what will enable us to continue to develop programs and opportunities for our residents to reach their greatest potential.”


As an academic institution with a thriving research program, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital recently celebrated the work of young researchers during the 8th Annual Paul K. Woolf, MD, Pediatric Trainee Research Day.


Commending the work of young researchers

Spotlighted researchers were Priya Misra, MD; Amanda Rahman, DO; Selena Levine, DO; Gaurav Nayyar, MD, PhD; Michael Gewitz, MD, William Russell McCurdy Physician-in-Chief; Mitchell Cairo, MD, Chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation; Krishnan Sankaran, MD, pediatric pulmonologist; and Leonard Newman, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, New York Medical College.

Winner of Best Quality Research Abstract Award, Dr. Misra, a pediatric resident, presented “Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death in the Pediatric Population: Improving Utilization of the American Heart Association 14-Element Guideline to Pre-Participation Evaluation.”

Dr. Rahman, a neonatology fellow, presented “Exclusive Human Milk Diet is Associated with a Decreased Incidence of Severe Intraventricular Hemorrhage in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants,” which was recognized as Best Clinical Research Abstract.

Pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation fellow Dr. Nayyar received Best Translational Research Abstract recognition for “Combining Dinutuximab with Alt-803 (Il-15 Superagonist) Significantly Improves the Activity of Ex Vivo Expanded Natural Killer Cells Against Gd2+ Pediatric Solid Tumors (St).”

Dr. Levine presented her Best Basic Research Abstract: “Ruxolitinib Significantly Enhances in Vitro Apoptosis in Hodgkin Lymphoma (Hl) and Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma (Pmbl) and Survival in a Lymphoma Xenograft Murine Mouse.”


Diana L. Silverman, DO, CareMount Medical breast surgical oncologist, was selected as the Recipient of the Year honoree by Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley. Dr. Silverman was presented the award at Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley’s gala, held in Highland, New York.


Diana L. Silverman, DO, CareMount Medical breast surgical oncologist, and Krista Jones, Founder and Executive Director of Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley

“Dr. Silverman’s grace and strength through her own treatment was an inspiration not only to her patients but to Sparrow’s Nest,” says Sparrow’s Nest Founder and Executive Director Krista Jones.


CareMount Medical announces Rafael Axen, MD, has been promoted to Medical Director and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.


Rafael Axen, MD

As Medical Director, Dr. Axen oversees the utilization of anesthesia services in CareMount Medical’s operating rooms and procedure suites, and he develops and evaluates the medical and surgical services as well as perioperative protocols and policies across all of CareMount Medical’s locations. As Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Dr. Axen recruits and manages the Anesthesiology Department and conducts strategic planning for anesthesia services and quality initiatives. He will also serve as Compliance Officer of The Ambulatory Surgery Center of Westchester.

Dr. Axen, who is board-certified in anesthesiology, will continue to provide clinical services at all of CareMount Medical’s anesthesiology locations, including The Ambulatory Surgery Center of Westchester, The Yorktown Ambulatory Surgery Center and MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie. He has privileges at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

Dr. Axen received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He completed his transitional year internship at Atlantic Health System and his residency in anesthesiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.