People in the News

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Joann Parliament, MS, BSN, RN, Director of Patient Services

Timothy P. Leddy, President and CEO of the Westchester Visiting Nurse Services Group Inc., announced the appointment of Joann Parliament, MS, BSN, RN, as Director of Patient Services at Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester, effective June 2018. Parliament had served as acting director since March and has a distinguished record of accomplishments at the agency, where she served in a number of leadership roles for more than 30 years — the past 15 as director of admissions.

During her tenure, Parliament increased patient admissions and developed policies and procedures that have led to more efficient and effective care of patients transitioning from acute and post-acute care facilities to the agency’s home care services. She has established enduring relationships with a wide range of healthcare providers, including hospitals and physician groups, to ensure safe transitions of care for thousands of patients.



Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, MS

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, MS, was named a Notable Woman in Healthcare by Crain’s New York Business.

Dr. Oh-Park is known internationally as a researcher in the field of aging and mobility. She is the recipient of 14 teaching awards and serves in leadership roles on various professional associations and editorial boards, including the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She joined the Burke team in April.

Dr. Oh-Park received her medical degree from Seoul National University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea. She also holds a Master of Science in Clinical Research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnosis/neuromuscular medicine, and sports medicine.



Ellis W. Lader, MD

The Heart & Vascular Institute of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) has a new office location at network affiliate HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus, welcoming longtime Kingston cardiologists Ellis W. Lader, MD, and Aneta D. Dimova, MD, to the Institute’s team.

The Heart & Vascular Institute now occupies the offices of the former Mid-Valley Cardiology practice, at 111 Mary’s Ave. in Kingston, on the Mary’s Avenue Campus, providing a seamless transition for patients previously cared for by Drs. Lader and Dimova at the same location. Drs. Lader and Dimova practiced at Mid-Valley Cardiology for more than 20 years.


Aneta D. Dimova, MD

Dr. Lader received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency training in internal medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Dimova earned her medical degree from the medical school of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia, and completed an internship and residency training in general surgery at the school’s University Hospitals.



Peter Gagliardo, Adapted Sports & Recreation Coordinator

Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York, has appointed Peter Gagliardo as the hospital’s new Adapted Sports & Recreation Coordinator. Gagliardo will direct the hospital’s four-season Adapted Sports & Recreation Program, one of the largest and most comprehensive adapted sports programs in the country, offering programs including kayaking, waterskiing, sled hockey, softball, golf, power soccer and more.

Gagliardo, who became a paraplegic after a 2006 motorcycle accident, has served as a nationally certified peer mentor for Helen Hayes Hospital patients for 11 years. He is an active disability advocate, speaking at conferences and volunteering his time to create change. An avid adapted sports proponent and participant, Gagliardo competes on the HHH Helen’s Angels handcycling team, has completed over 30 marathons and played an instrumental role in the creation of Roll Call Wheelchair Dance.



Calvary Hospital’s 2018 Eddie Higgins Scholarship recipients

Calvary Hospital has awarded the 2018 Eddie Higgins Scholarship to two outstanding students: Lian Ortiz and Jordan Drew.

Ortiz, 18, is a recent graduate of Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music in the Bronx, New York. She was part of the Honor Society program and a member of the Women’s Choir, and she participated in blood drives and in various initiatives to feed the homeless. This fall, Ortiz matriculates at Concordia College for an undergraduate degree in nursing, specializing in pediatrics. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a master’s degree in nursing.

Drew, 18, is a graduate of Thornton-Donovan School in New Rochelle, New York. He participated in rugby, student government and ethics, debate team, video game design club, and rocket club. This fall, Drew matriculates at Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture, for an undergraduate degree in computer science. His goal is to obtain a master’s degree in video game development and production.



Christopher Gaughan, Public Relations Director

Helen Hayes Hospital welcomes Christopher Gaughan as the hospital’s new Public Relations Director. Gaughan, who brings over 20 years of marketing, graphic design and management experience to the position, will oversee all public relations functions at the specialty physical rehabilitation hospital.

Prior to becoming a registered nurse in 2013, Gaughan served as creative director of the Marketing and Advertising departments at The Journal News. He began his career at Helen Hayes Hospital in 2016 as a hospital referral specialist in the Admissions Department, covering NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, Allen and Weill Cornell hospitals in Manhattan. Prior to that, he worked as an RN, practicing on medical/surgical units at Good Samaritan and Valley hospitals.



Karimah Smith, MD

NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester welcomes Karimah Smith, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Smith joins the medical group’s Scarsdale location at 696 White Plains Road and is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, provides routine gynecological and prenatal care, and specializes in adolescent obstetrics and gynecology.

After earning her medical degree from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, Dr. Smith completed a residency in OB/GYN at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. There, she served as the 2014/2015 academic chief resident and the class of 2015 representative for the OB/GYN Education Committee.

Dr. Smith joins NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester from Florida, where she worked with an OB/GYN private group practice and as an emergency room physician the past several years.


James Maxson, music therapist and Innovative Media Developer

James Maxson, music therapist and Innovative Media Developer at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, received the prestigious LeadingAge New York 2018 Employee of Distinction Award during a ceremony at the Pediatric Center on July 24. He is the eighth employee from the Pediatric Center to receive this honor.

Maxson, who has worked at the Pediatric Center for nine years, is a gifted musician, true innovator and dedicated professional, who goes above and beyond to better the lives of the children at the Pediatric Center. He has developed and nurtured a culture of creativity rooted in cutting-edge technology.

Maxson serves as Treasurer-Elect of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association.



Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Professor of Counseling, The College of New Rochelle

The International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement (IWG) has this year bestowed its coveted Herman Feifel Award on Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Professor of Counseling at The College of New Rochelle. Presented at IWG’s meeting in London, Ontario, the Herman Feifel Award, which is considered one of the highest awards in the field, recognizes exceptional achievement in thanatology (grief counseling) by an individual who has made distinctive contributions to the field, usually of a long-standing nature.

Doka speaks around the world on dying, death and bereavement, and his work has been featured in national publications and media outlets, including TimeThe Wall Street Journal, CNN and Nightline.

IWG is an association of leading thanatologists from throughout the world. Membership in the IWG is by invitation.



Jenean Castillo, PhD

The Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) announces the appointment of Jenean Castillo, PhD, as Director of the federally funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program at WIHD.

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 and is the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at WIHD. Until recently, she was assistant director of WIHD’s Child Welfare Program. Castillo has been a LEND faculty member and child psychologist at WIHD since completing her postdoctoral fellowship and LEND traineeship in psychology at WIHD in 2003.