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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Medical Informatics Program


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Isaac Topor, EdD, RHIA

Tel: (718) 270-7782 • Fax: (718) 270-7739


Chair of the Medical Informatics Program

Isaac Topor, EdD, RHIA, joined the college of Health Related Professions as Chairperson of the Health Information Management Program in 1980. Dr Topor received his B. S. in Medical Record Administration and M.S. in Environmental Health Science from Hunter College. Dr. Topor also received A Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from New York University. A Doctorate in Education (Ed. D.) was completed at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Topor has more than 30 years of experience in health information systems and management. Dr. Topor has been active in the local, state, and national health information association. He received the distinguished member award from the health Information Management Association of New York City of which he is a member and past president.

Dr. Topor's research and scholarly activities focus on the electronic medical record, Coding and nomenclature (ICD-9-CM and CPT), health administration. Current research focuses on evolution of the electronic medical record and its effect on clinical care, research and professional role ambiguity. Previous publication focused on Hypertext as a teaching tool and confidentiality and security issues regarding health information systems.

Dr. Topor received funding for five-training grants totaling more than $591,000. He has taught such courses as Independent Research, Introduction to Microcomputer applications, Health Statistics, Organization and Management, and Health Economics.


Dr. Mohammad Faysel

Tel: (718) 270-7693 • Fax: (718) 270-7739


Assistant Professor

Mohammad Faysel, PhD joined the College of Health Related Professions as Assistant Professor. He holds a PhD in biomedical informatics from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Prior to joining Downstate, Dr. Faysel held a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics and Program Coordinator where he developed a health informatics program and taught various health informatics courses.

His research interests include health care information system security, mobile health (mHealth), electronic health records (EHR), intelligent clinical decision support systems, human computer interaction , reducing health disparities using health technology, and public health informatics.


Shaneka N. John

Tel: (718) 270-7770 • Fax: (718) 270-7739


Program Administrator

Shaneka John joined our staff in July of 2005. She provides general program support as well as assisting students and potential students with inquires related to the program. She also schedules appointments and is responsible for departmental communications.