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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

College of Health Related Professions

CHRP Organization

The College of Health Related Professions (CHRP) is one of five colleges at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The other colleges are the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, Graduate School, and the School of Public Health.

In the College of Health Related Professions, the Dean has overall responsibility for the operation of the College. The Assistant Dean assists the Dean in the daily administration of the College and in coordinating student activities such as CHRP council and the yearbook. In addition, individuals responsible for finance and clinical affiliations coordinate these activities for the Dean.

The College offers six professional health related programs:

  • Diagnostic Medical Imaging (BS degree)
  • Medical Informatics (MS degree)
  • Midwifery (Advanced Certificate and MS degrees)
  • Occupational Therapy (MS degree)
  • Physical Therapy (BS/DPT degree)
  • Physician Assistant (BS degree)

Each program is led by a program chairperson and students are taught by faculty with experience and credentials in the specific health profession.






  • Allen Lewis, PhD, CRC
    Dean and Professor
  • Margaret Kaplan, PhD, OTR/L
  • Interim Associate Dean of Program Development
  • Brigitte Desport, DPS, ATP, OTR/L
  • Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program
  • Phillip Bones, M.Ed
    Assistant Dean
  • Divisions
    • Diagnostic Medical Imaging Sonography
      Yosefa Pessin, MS, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
      Program Chair
      Radiologic Technology
      Kenneth Martinucci, M.S., RT (R)
      Program Chair,
    • Medical Informatics
      Isaac Topor, Ed. D., RHIA
      Program Chair
    • Midwifery Education
      Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, LM, PhD, FACNM
      Program Chair
    • Occupational Therapy
      Joyce S. Sabari, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
      Program Chair
    • Physician Assistant
      Felix Nwamaghinna, MSB, RPA-C
      Program Chair
    • Physical Therapy
      Joanne S. Katz, PT, DPT, PhD
      Program Chair
  • Student Council
  • Admissions and Academic Standing Committee
  • Faculty and Professional Staff Assembly
    • Academic Policy Committee
    • By-Laws Committee
    • Committee of the Faculty
    • Committee on Academic & Professional Qualifications
    • Curriculum Committee
    • Program Development Committee