People in the News

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Craig D. Hametz, MD, FACC, FASE, FASNE

Craig D. Hametz, MD, FACC, FASE, FASNE, a cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, has been named Medical Director of NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley (NYPMG HV).

Dr. Hametz will oversee the activities of about 75 group physicians in various locations, including Buchanan, Carmel, Cold Spring, Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Putnam Valley, Sleepy Hollow and Yorktown Heights. As Medical Director, he will be responsible for the delivery of best-practices medical care and clinical services in the NYPMG HV, such as cost management, utilization review, quality assurance and medical protocol development.

Dr. Hametz is board-certified in cardiology, adult echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He graduated from Cornell University and received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Following that, Dr. Hametz completed a fellowship at North Shore University Hospital.



Susan Klugman, MD

Susan Klugman, MD, has been elected Vice President for Clinical Genetics, serving on the Board of Directors of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

Dr. Klugman is the Director of Reproductive Genetics, Department of OB/GYN & Women’s Health at Montefiore Health System, and is a Professor of Reproductive and Medical Genetics as well as Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has been practicing for more than 20 years and is passionate about identifying possible genetic risk factors for many inherited diseases. She often speaks at community events to provide education about genetic testing and other topics pertinent to women’s health.


Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Burke Neurological Institute announce the appointment of Dianna E. Willis, PhD, as Director of Research for the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration. Willis joins Glen Prusky, PhD, Director of the Vision Recovery Program, and Kathleen Friel, PhD, Director of Cerebral Palsy Research, as Co-Directors. Now in its third year, this unique partnership seeks to translate advances in basic neuroscience into new and improved treatments for children with neurological impairments.


Dianna E. Willis, PhD, and colleagues

Willis received undergraduate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh in biology and English. She completed her PhD in molecular biology and genetics at the University of Delaware and her postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology of local axonal protein synthesis at Nemours Biomedical Research, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

In 2010, Willis accepted dual faculty appointments at Weill Cornell Medicine and Burke Neurological Institute, where she developed and currently directs the Laboratory for Axonal and RNA Biology. Her laboratory studies axons (nerve cells) and their function in the peripheral nervous system as it relates to diseases such as ALS and chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. She was named Associate Director of Burke Neurological Institute in 2017 and assumed the role of Director of the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration in September 2018.

Willis also oversees the Collaboration’s three main areas of research: vision recovery (evaluating and treating children with vision impairment), hemiplegia (total or partial paralysis of one side of the body), and cognitive neurorehabilitation (rehabilitation of the nervous system to improve memory, thinking and feeling), working closely with the program’s scientific directors, Prusky, Friel and Sudhin A. Shah, PhD, respectively.

The Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration is the first partnership between a research institute and a children’s specialty hospital to study and treat the developing nervous system in New York state and one of only a few in the country. It brings together the expertise and resources of two preeminent institutions located in New York’s Westchester County.



Danilo Silva, MD

Danilo Silva, MD, a neurosurgeon specializing in skull base surgery and brain tumors, has joined Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow as Director of Neurosurgery. Dr. Silva is also a member of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Both hospitals are part of Northwell Health.

Formerly, Dr. Silva held a post-residency clinical fellowship in the areas of open and endoscopic skull base surgery, neurosurgical oncology, radiosurgery, and functional and restorative neurosurgery at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, where he was recognized for excellence in teaching by the graduate medical education office. Dr. Silva also completed two postdoctoral research fellowships in minimally invasive neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan and skull base surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Silva is a member of numerous professional societies, including The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Skull Base Society, The Pituitary Society, American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons and Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery. He has written book chapters in his areas of expertise and published dozens of neurosurgical articles in world-renowned, indexed journals, including Journal of Neurosurgery, Stroke, Surgical Neurology International and Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. In addition to English, Dr. Silva is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.


Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center has welcomed Mayer Sagy, MD, as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Sagy is a world-renowned pediatrician and thought leader who is expertly suited to meet the needs of the medically complex children cared for at the Pediatric Center.

Dr. Sagy, a board-certified pediatrician with great expertise in pediatric critical care medicine, comes to the Pediatric Center after serving as Chief of Pediatrics at Gotham Health (NYC Health + Hospitals). He has held administrative roles within NYU School of Medicine and Northwell Health System. With nearly 30 years of clinical and leadership experience, Dr. Sagy possesses unparalleled commitment to quality care and safety.

His hiring comes as the Pediatric Center continues its industry-leading efforts to address the challenges associated with medically complex children “aging out” of pediatric care facilities across the nation. Advances in technology and medicine have created opportunities for more children to thrive into young adulthood. State regulations do not permit pediatric care once residents reach their 22nd birthday, and they must leave facilities like the Pediatric Center. The only option for many of these young adults is to move to geriatric nursing homes, which are unsuited to meet a young adult’s needs. To address these challenges, the Pediatric Center is positioned to build the first-of-its-kind skilled nursing facility for medically complex young adults. Dr. Sagy’s leadership will be critical as the Pediatric Center continues this pioneering work.

Dr. Sagy completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel.



Peter J. Kelly among Top 10 Up-And-Coming Industry Leaders in Healthcare

CareMount Medical announces that Peter J. Kelly, MBA, Executive Director of CareMount ACO, LLC, and Senior Director of Development, was selected as one of Managed Healthcare Executive’s Top 10 Up-And-Coming Industry Leaders in Healthcare. This prestigious listing recognizes those who have worked 15 or fewer years in the pharmacy, health plans, health systems or technology industries. Nominees are judged on their leadership, measurable impacts, innovative thinking and career advancement.

CareMount ACO, LLC, is the managed care subsidiary of CareMount Medical P.C. As Executive Director, Kelly is responsible for the performance of CareMount’s value-based contracts, including the full-risk Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) arrangements covering over 35,000 seniors in the Hudson Valley. In 2018, Kelly successfully launched the CareMount Next Generation ACO, one of only two Next Generation ACOs in New York state and the only one that is physician-owned. Under Kelly’s leadership, CareMount also expanded into risk-based contracts with three leading MA plans. Partnering with MA plans allows CareMount physicians to deliver higher-value services, such as preventative services, hospital discharge planning, care coordination and outreach.

Kelly also serves as a Senior Director of Business Development for CareMount. His work spans key projects, including mergers and acquisitions, preferred network development, data analytics, and vendor relationships.

Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.