Michelle Ng Gong, M.D., M.S., Named Chief of Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Dr. Michelle Ng Gong has been named chief of the division of pulmonary medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. Dr. Gong is currently chief of the division of critical care medicine at Einstein and Montefiore, as well as leader of the unified Jay B. Langer Critical Care Network.
Department of Medicine 2019 Fall/Winter Newsletter
On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Dr. Yaron Tomer presented the 2019 State of the Department, at a special Grand Rounds held at Cherkasky Auditorium on the Moses campus. In addition to highlighting the many achievements across the department, Dr. Tomer introduced Medicine’s new Strategic Plan, which will serve as a blueprint for the next five years. View the Zoom video here; download a pdf copy of the presentation here; and view the Strategic Plan online here.
Mourning the Loss of Joan Casey MD, Beloved Mentor and Renowned Infectious Diseases Expert
The Montefiore Einstein Department of Medicine mourns the loss of Joan Iris Casey, MD, Professor Emerita of Medicine and an illustrious member of the Montefiore Einstein community, who passed away on May 19, 2019. “Joan was a towering figure in the Division of Infectious Diseases, of which she was a founding member, and the Department of Medicine,” said Liise-anne Pirofski, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Michelle Ng Gong Named Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine
Michelle Ng Gong, MD, MS, Associate Chief of Academic
Affairs, Director of Critical Care Research in the Division of Critical Care
Medicine, and Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)
and Epidemiology & Population Health, has been named Chief of the Division of Critical Care Medicine.
Mourning the Loss of Dr. Doris JW Escher, a Pioneering Cardiologist
The Montefiore Einstein Department of Medicine and the James and Ruth Scheuer Division of Cardiology mourn the loss of Doris JW Escher, MD, our longtime colleague, friend and mentor, who passed away on April 3, 2019, at 101. Dr. Escher, who first joined Montefiore as a trainee in 1942, was the founder and first director of its Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and achieved an international reputation as one of the early innovators in pacemaker technology. Until her retirement in 2006 at the age of 88, Dr. Escher was a professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and an active clinical cardiologist who was beloved by her patients.
Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Joins Montefiore Einstein Cardiology
Carlos Rodriguez, MD, MPH has joined Montefiore Health System and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Director of Cardiovascular Research, and Director of Cardiovascular Epidemiology. His tenure will begin on April 1.
Dr. Sunit Jariwala Named Director Clinical and Research Innovation
Sunit P. Jariwala, MD, an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Director of Allergy/Immunology Research, and Lead Adult Allergist/Immunologist at Montefiore Asthma Center, has been named the Director of Clinical and Research Innovation for the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Peter Dicpinigaitis Named Editor-in-Chief of LUNG
Peter Dicpinigaitis, MD, Professor of Medicine (Critical Care) and Director of the Montefiore Cough Center, has been named Editor-in-Chief of LUNG, a journal for pulmonary researchers and clinicians. Dr. Dicpinigaitis has served as Associate Editor since 2008; he will begin his tenure as EIC in October, 2019.
In the Media
Lab Chat with Infectious Disease Researcher Johanna Daily, MD, MS
Einstein Magazine profiles Infectious Disease researcher Johanna P. Daily, M.D., M.S., about her studies on Plasmodium falciparum— the most lethal of the five parasitic species that cause malaria. Dr. Daily, a professor of medicine and of microbiology & immunology, also discusses her travels to sub-Saharan Africa, where she studies the immune response of malaria, and how she spends her time outside Einstein. Read the Einstein magazine article.
If the Government Redefines Gender to Exclude Trans People, It Could Worsen an Urgent Public Health Crisis
Drs. Tia Powell, Jules Chyten Brennan, Viraj Patel, and Vafa Tabatabaie discuss how the government’s effort to redefine sex and gender in an inaccurate way would only serve to support discrimination and could inspire even greater threats to the health of transgender people. Read the Time.com article.
Privacy Laws are Hurting the Care of Patients with Addiction
Dr. Melissa Stein, medical director, Substance Abuse, and professor in the departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, discusses how certain privacy laws are preventing collaboration between addiction treatment providers and the rest of a patient’s care team. Read the STAT News article.
Millons of People Living With HIV Now Have the Therapy They Need
In honor of World AIDS Day, Barry Zingman, MD, Medical Director of the AIDS Center at Montefiore and Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), discusses the positive implications of ART therapy to suppress HIV and how this powerful tool can help directly prevent transmission and reduce stigma. Watch the CBS Evening News segment.
Montefiore Asthma Education
Sunit Jariwala M.D., attending physician and associate professor, Division of Allergy and Immunology, demonstrates how the Asthma Educator app, created by a team of Montefiore providers, can help patients better manage their asthma. Watch the BronxNet Video.
New Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program Cut Hospital Readmission Rates in Half
Theresa Madaline, MD, clinical director of Infectious Diseases Services, Jack D. Weiler Hospital and Riganni Urrely, LPN, nurse coordinator, Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program, discuss their study that showed Montefiore’s Transitions-of-Care Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy program, which features streamlined communication with patients and bilingual providers, reduced emergency department readmissions for patients who receive IV antibiotics outside of the hospital. This high risk population can face a readmission rate of up to 50 percent. Read the Contagion Live Article here.