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Thursday, March 26, 2020
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White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome Lyudmila Shvets-Gabriel, MD, to its Physician Associates Division. Dr. Shvets-Gabriel is a board-certified endocrinologist, specializing in all endocrine disorders. She treats thyroid cancer and other thyroid abnormalities, diabetes and other hormonal imbalances, and osteoporosis. She also manages obesity and weight loss.


Lyudmila Shvets-Gabriel, MD

Dr. Shvets-Gabriel was awarded her medical degree from St. George’s University and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Jersey Shore Medical Center, where she received an Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award for the development of a streamlined protocol for electrolyte replacement in critically ill patients being treated in the ICU. She completed a fellowship in endocrinology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

A former Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Shvets-Gabriel is the author of more than a dozen publications and presentations on topics such as hypoglycemia, diabetes and hypothyroidism.


Christina Brennan, MD, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Research at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Dr. Brennan will serve in this role for a two-year term, beginning this month.


Christina Brennan, MD, MBA

ACRP is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that supports clinical research professionals and offers tools for its 13,000 members through e-learning to develop skills and improve operations. It hosts webinars to keep clinical researchers updated on regulatory developments, industry trends and best practices. ACRP also serves as a career resource for job opportunities and maintains an online community to connect with peers.

Dr. Brennan has more than 19 years of extensive clinical research experience, including over 15 years in management roles. Under her leadership, 375 active clinical trials are conducted each year at the Feinstein Institutes. She supports nearly 400 clinical investigators and their research delegates.

Dr. Brennan is the immediate past President of ACRP’s New York Metropolitan Chapter and is an active member of the Clinical Trial Transformation Initiative with Duke University and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Brennan also serves on the oncology advisory board with the Society for Clinical Research Sites and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has authored numerous textbook chapters and co-authored over 25 manuscripts and abstracts. Dr. Brennan is an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University, where she teaches a clinical trials and research management class for the Masters of Science, Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship program.


White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome Caroline Stella, MD, as Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine.


Caroline Stella, MD, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Prior to joining White Plains Hospital, Dr. Stella served as the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and held other leadership positions at Greenwich Hospital-Yale New Haven Health/Yale Medicine. She is double board-certified in general obstetrics/gynecology and the sub-specialty of maternal fetal medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Dr. Stella is considered an expert in the field of preeclampsia, preterm labor, thrombophilias and proteomic technology. She is an active member of various national ACOG committees, most recently a member of the Committee on Health Economics and Coding. Prior to her present committee assignment, Dr. Stella was appointed by various ACOG presidents to the following committees: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, Genetics and Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the American Association for Physician Leadership.


Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS), a leading provider of multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery services in Connecticut and New York, announced the appointment of Tim Corvino, MD, as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1.


Tim Corvino, MD, CEO, Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists

A graduate of Greenwich High School, Dr. Corvino gained a firsthand understanding of the healthcare needs of the region at every level, from a summer job in the Greenwich Hospital cafeteria to serving as an attending emergency medicine physician at Stamford Hospital.

Most recently, Dr. Corvino served as Chief Operating Officer of Covenant Physician Partners. He helped to build the infrastructure needed to evolve the company into a physician services organization that now serves 19 states through more than 60 physician partnerships. Prior to Covenant, he served as President, Integrated Acute Care for US Acute Care Solutions.

Under Dr. Corvino’s leadership, ONS will focus on growing its regional footprint and expanding the number of communities served through partnerships with like-minded musculoskeletal physicians, while also upholding the superior quality of care that ONS has always delivered to the community.



Chunyan Li, PhD

Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research Assistant Professor Chunyan Li, PhD, has been awarded a two-year, $460,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the therapeutic potential of electrical trigeminal nerve stimulation in the injured brain.

The study, titled “Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation to Modulate Cortical Spreading Depolarizations (CSDs) after Brain Injury,” will be the first-ever research seeking to reduce the harmful effects of CSDs in the injured brain. CSD is a phenomenon of depressed brain electrical activity that has been clinically found in a variety of acute brain injuries, including 100% of patients with malignant hemispheric ischemic stroke. Several experimental and clinical studies have confirmed that CSDs are both a real-time indicator of brain damage and can also cause secondary damage in the already compromised brain.



Felipe Castorena, MD

Phelps hospitalist Felipe Castorena, MD, has been recognized for his volunteer work in underserved communities with the Humanitarian Award at the Northwell Health Hospital Medicine Academic Summit. He was nominated by fellow hospitalist Falguni Kalra, MD, and was selected as the award recipient by the Northwell Health service line. Dr. Castorena, of Manhattan, traveled to the Dominican Republic with the Dr. Almanzar Foundation. The Foundation helps the underserved by providing medical care ranging from vaccine administration to medical check-ups and surgeries.

Dr. Castorena obtained his medical degree from the Universidad Autόnoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico as well as through a pre-internship at New York Medical College at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island. He completed his internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Queens Hospital Center and joined Phelps in 2017.


White Plains Hospital is pleased to welcome Ari L. Bunim, MDStephanie Kydd Dondero, DO, and Mazen Fouany, MD, to its Physician Associates Division


Ari L. Bunim, MD, Stephanie Kydd Dondero, DO, Mazen Fouany, MD

Dr. Bunim, the former Clinical Director of Hepatology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens and previous Scarsdale Medical Group Hospitalist at White Plains Hospital, will be based in the New Rochelle office.

Dr. Bunim received his medical degree from New York University Medical School and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed fellowships in gastroenterology and hepatology and liver transplantation at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Dondero is a board-certified rheumatologist, who is experienced in the treatment of a wide variety of rheumatic autoimmune diseases. After completing her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, Dr. Dondero went on to obtain a Master of Biomedical Science followed by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, where she continued as a teaching attending board-certified hospitalist. After an additional year as a teaching attending at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, she pursued her passion to become a rheumatologist at Larkin Community Hospital in Miami, Florida, where she was Chief Fellow.

Dr. Fouany, the former Medical Director OB/GYN of the Pennsylvania-based UPMC Cole health system, brings administrative, research and academic experience to the practice. Dr. Fouany is an experienced, board-certified OB/GYN who specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology, as well as complex gynecological problems and the treatment of high-risk pregnancy. Dr. Fouany earned his undergraduate degree from Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and received his medical degree with distinction from the University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine & Medical Sciences in Beirut. He then went on to complete an internship in general surgery from Saint George Hospital University Medical Center in Beirut. After relocating to the U.S., he completed an internship and residency in OB/GYN at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.