People in the News

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP is proud to congratulate the following senior partners for being recognized as “Best Lawyers” in the 2020 New York City edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The partners were recognized in the following fields:

  • Senior Partner Peter T. Crean: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants
  • Senior Partner Kenneth R. Larywon: Health Care Law
  • Senior Partner Michael A. Sonkin: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants
  • Senior Partner Bruce G. Habian: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants
  • Senior Partner Anthony M. Sola: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants, Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law–Defendants
  • Senior Partner Sean F.X. Dugan: Medical Malpractice Law–Defendants


In addition, Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP congratulates Senior Partner Peter T. Crean on his recognition by Best Lawyers as 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Legal Malpractice Law–Defendants–New York City. All recognitions were published in the December 6, 2019, issues of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.


Pediatric genetic expert Melissa Wasserstein, MD, has been awarded $3.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to conduct the most expansive consented pilot newborn screening study in the country, known as ScreenPlus. Newborn babies are currently screened for between 30 and 50 disorders depending on their state. Dr. Wasserstein and New York State Newborn Screening Program colleagues Joe Orsini, PhD, and Michele Caggana, ScD, FACMG, will offer parents at eight New York hospitals the option to have their babies screened for an additional 13 disorders. Samples from approximately 150,000 ethnically diverse babies across New York state will be screened at the Wadsworth Center, New York state’s public health laboratory. The results of the study will provide critical information about whether these disorders should be added to routine newborn screening panels nationwide.



Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, has been named the next Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore Medicine.

Montefiore Medicine’s Board of Trustees announced that Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore Medicine, the umbrella organization for Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Ozuah currently serves as President of Montefiore Health System and previously served as Physician-in-Chief of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, where he worked to deliver best-in-class clinical care with a commitment to healthcare access for the underserved.

Dr. Ozuah is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in teaching and patient care. He is an inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and a two-time recipient of the Academic Pediatric Association’s prestigious Helfer Award for Innovation in Medical Education. Along with his various awards for teaching and clinical excellence, Dr. Ozuah has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 25 COOs in Healthcare.”

Dr. Ozuah earned his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore, and his post-doctoral fellowship in medical education at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.



Rebecca McAteer, MD


Sara Paul, MD


London Muse, MD

Three physicians with the Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program have achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 134,600 family physicians, residents and medical students. They are Rebecca McAteer, MDSara Paul, MD, and London Muse, MD.

Dr. McAteer is the Coordinator of the residency program’s global health track and the Project Director of a grant the program received in 2017 from the US Department of Health’s Health Resources & Services Administration in the amount of $898,640 over five years. Additionally she is part-time hospitalist at Phelps and an Advisory Dean at New York Medical College. Dr. McAteer resides in Tarrytown.

Dr. Paul is the Women’s Health Coordinator for the residency program, and is the Lead Coordinator of the women’s health track for all Northwell Health’s family medicine residency programs. An alumna of Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Paul graduated with the program’s first class in 2015 and served as one of the program’s two first Co-Chief Residents alongside Dr. Muse. She now resides in Scarsdale.

Dr. Muse is Medical Director of Sleepy Hollow Open Door and a recent graduate of the Program Director Development Fellowship with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. She also serves as the program’s medical student Clerkship Director. Dr. Muse graduated with the program’s first class in 2015 and was a two-time recipient of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award during residency. During residency she served as one of the program’s two first Co-Chief Residents alongside Dr. Paul. She now resides in Ossining.

Established in 1971, the AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development.



Sarah E. Vollbracht, MD, FAHS

NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester is pleased to welcome Sarah E. Vollbracht, MD, FAHS, a board-certified neurologist treating headache, migraine and facial pain. Dr. Vollbracht is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. She is practicing in Eastchester at 685 White Plains Road.

After graduating from Yale University, Dr. Vollbracht earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. She served her fellowship in headache medicine and facial pain at the Montefiore Headache Center. She is a diplomat of both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, a fellow of the American Headache Society and a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Headache Society. She is also a member of the AHS Procedural Headache Medicine, Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias and Women’s Health special interest sections and is a journal reviewer for the peer-reviewed publications, Headache and Cephalalgia.



Pulmonary and critical care specialist Shazia Choudry, MD

Pulmonary and critical care specialist Shazia Choudry, MD, has joined Health Quest Medical Practice, now part of Nuvance Health. She will work with the Division of Pulmonology, 21 Reade Place, Suite 100, Poughkeepsie.

Dr. Choudry is trained in bronchoscopy and also specializes in critical care. She will diagnose, treat and manage critically ill patients with sepsis, respiratory failure, stroke, heart failure, multiple organ failure and traumatic injuries impacting the brain and other organs.

Dr. Choudry completed her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Albany Medical Center in New York, where she was named Chief Fellow for two years. She was an internal medicine resident at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. She received her medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan.



Nathan Douglass, MD

White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome Nathan Douglass, MD, to its Physician Associates Division. Dr. Douglass received a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where he worked as a research assistant in the departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He obtained his medical degree from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University, New York.

He completed his internship and residency at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he was awarded the Chief Resident Research Award from the Orthopedic Surgery Department. Dr. Douglass completed a hand and upper limb fellowship at Stanford University, Departments of Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Douglass is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Association for Hand Surgery. He has authored 20 clinical studies, textbook chapters, abstracts, posters and presentations on various surgical interventions for bones and ligaments in the hand, as well as directed and edited a video production on hand surgery for the clinical education website vumedi.com.