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SUNY Downstate Cancer Institute

Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence in Cancer Imaging

Department of Radiology provides a full range of diagnostic and interventional/therapeutic procedures.  The department is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology in all of its divisions and is staffed with experienced radiologists practicing in subspecialty areas of diagnostic imaging. Our extensive imaging capabilities support a wide range of diagnostic goals, including primary diagnosis, the tracking of treatment progress, pre-surgical testing and postoperative analysis. Through our Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), your images can be sent to radiologists with the highest level of interpretive skills to assure that you get the most timely, accurate recommendations for follow up care.

As medical imaging plays a vital role in not only diagnosis and treatment, but also in prevention and early detection, we use state of the art equipment and the very latest advances in imaging techniques, ensuring consistent, high quality images, better analysis and uncompromised quality.

Here is a listing of some of the comprehensive services we provide: Comprehensive Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Services, Pediatric Radiology, Neuroradiology, Gastrointestinal Radiology, Uro-radiology, Mammography, CT Scan Low Dose, Digital X-Ray Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Interventional Radiology using imaging methods to gain access to the body organs, parts and systems to provide minimally invasive treatments that would otherwise require invasive surgery, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound Imaging.
Cross Sectional Body Imaging, utilizing both computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (using technology such as Philips Brilliance 64 MultiSlice CT Scanners, and or Siemens 1.5 Telsa MRI Scanner) allows access to the most recent developments in the technology to see inside the body and identify disease spots. All physicians in the department are board certified. Our Department is accredited by American College of Radiology (ACR).

American College of Radiology awards accreditation to Departments and Centers for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. Image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Accreditation by ACR is the highest standard of quality care in the radiology. We obtained accreditation and maintained accreditation year after year for decades. To reach this acme of quality we  volunteered to go through a rigorous review process to prove that we are consistently meet nationally-accepted quality standards, that our personnel is well qualified, through education and certification, to we perform and interpret your medical images and administer your radiation therapy treatments with expertise and skill.

Our equipment is thus certified as appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and the our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and quality control and safety guidelines

  • We are currently recognized and accredited by ACR for our
  • Nuclear medicine program
  • Computed Tomography program
  • Mammography program
  • Ultrasound program

Abdominal Radiology

Abdominal radiology refers to expertise in understanding imaging of diseases in the abdomen area of the body.

For appointments: Computerized Tomography or Magnetic Resonance Imaging call (718) 270-4438

Patrick Hammill, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 245-5094
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Justin Loona, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Harry Zinn, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Cardiothoracic Imaging

Cardiothoracic radiology refers to expertise in understanding imaging of diseases in the chest area of the body.

Stephen Waite, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Gastrointestinal Radiology

The physicians perform all contrast studies of the gastrointestinal tract. High resolution mucosal imaging is available for more detailed examination of the food passages (upper and lower gastrointestinal tract).

Amiram Samin, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 245-5098
Fax: (718) 270-2667
For appointments: (718) 270-3122

Head and Neck Radiology

Head and Neck radiology refers to expertise in understanding imaging of diseases in the head and neck area of the body.

Deborah L Reede, MD

Chair of Radiology
Professor of Radiology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
For appointments call: (718) 270-8292

Dr. Reede is a nationally and internationally recognized leading expert in head and neck radiology. She served as president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology in 1997-1998, and, in 2012, received the organization's highest honor, the Gold Medal Award

Neuroradiology

Have expertise in understanding imaging of diseases in the brain and spine.

Craig Linden, MD

Vice Chair of Education
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-7212
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Steven Pulitzer, MD

Director of Radiology, Kings County Hospital
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Vinodkumar Velayudhan, MD

Associate Program Director, Radiology Residency
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 245-5103
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Neuro-interventional Radiology

Neuro interventional radiology, or neuro IR, is a subspecialty of Department of Radiology where world renowned physicians develop and perfect new techniques to treat stroke, brain tumors, brain cancer, cerebral aneurysm and other life threatening conditions of the central nervous system through endovascular approaches (gaining access to the problem through blood vessels in the brain). Amongst many conditions treated by our experts in the field of neuro-interventional radiology are: stroke, arterio-venous malformations (an abnormal tangle of blood vessels which causes rapid shunting of blood from arteries to veins and stroke), brain arteries stenosis (narrowing), hyperparathyroidism in patients on dialysis and identify location of speech and memory functions in the brain prior to surgery for seizures.

Our expert neurointerventional radiologists work to reverse stroke (When a stroke occurs, a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts, sometimes causing permanent brain damage or even death). Our Neurointerventional radiologists "strangulate" blood vessels that grow cancers in the brain through a procedure called embolization to allow the surgeon to take the cancer out and minimize collateral damage on the brain.

Donnie Bell MD

Neurointerventional Attending

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Sundeep Mangla MD

Director of Research
Associate Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery, and Neurology

Phone: (718) 270-4141
Fax: (718) 270-1603

Interventional Radiology and Angiography

The inventionalist members of the department supply a complex series of services from detection to treatment of disease.

Diseases frequently treated by our experts are:
Pinpointing the narrowing of blood vessels (stenosis) in the body and opening them up (angioplasty and stentin), to opening and treating a festering pus collections (abcess) inside to body (percutaneous abscess drainage), identifying and opening narrowing of bowels and bile ducts to note a few.

For appointments call: (718) 270-8292

Michael Herskowitz, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology
Interventional Radiology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Phone: 718-270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

William Kwon, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology
Interventional Radiology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Phone: 718-270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Robert Leonardo, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology
Interventional Radiology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Phone: 718-270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Huntz Liu, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology
Interventional Radiology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Phone: 718-270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

James Walsh MD

Program Director, DIRECT pathway
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Adult, Pediatric and Emergency Radiology

The physicians are available for "problem solving" in all aspects of diagnostic imaging. The radiologists in this division specialize in skeletal, chest and plain film radiography. Their responsibility is to help the referring physician determine the appropriate diagnostic/therapeutic approach for patient workup.The pediatric radiologist functions in a similar manner to the adult radiologist, but is limited to the pediatric age group (up to 18 years of age). Also, the pediatric radiologist performs many of the subspecialty studies (e.g., sonography).

For appointments call: (718) 270-3122

Anju Dubey, MD

Emergency Radiology
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Bernard Istria, MD

Emergency Radiology
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Jinel Scott, MD

Director of Emergency Imaging services at Kings County Hospital
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Hyman Shwarzberg, MD

Director of Radiology, Downstate Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Robert Sullivan, MD

Emergency Radiology
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Richard Hong, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology
Pediatric Attending

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Paul Liu, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology
Pediatric Attending

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Brian Gale, MD, MBA

Director of Radiology Informatics
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 245-2691
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Breast Imaging

Breast radiology refers to expertise in understanding imaging of diseases in the breast area. The physicians interpret imaging and perform biopsy procedures of the breast with state-of-the-art technology.

For mammography appointments call: (718) 270-1620/7333

Riffat Chaudary, MD

Breast Imaging
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 245-4417
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Maria Corsaro, MD

Breast Imaging
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-3979
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Alicja Goracy, MD

Breast Imaging
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 245-1565
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Claire Hanley, MD

Breast Imaging
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-5104, 4407
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Genya Tarnavskaya

Associate Director of Radiology
Breast Imaging
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-7334
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Nuclear Medicine

All isotopic procedures approved by the licensing agencies are performed by the physicians in this division. The division is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging, including SPECT and PET technology.

Brian Magee, MD

Associate Program Director, Radiology Residency
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
For Appointments call: (718) 270-1633

Arnold Strashun, MD

Nuclear Medicine
Professor of Radiology
Director of Nuclear Medicine at Kings County Hospital

Phone: (718) 270-1902
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Ultrasound

The physicians perform consultative services in all aspects of diagnostic ultrasound. This includes standard anatomic imaging, duplex Doppler, color flow Doppler and intracavitary imaging (e.g., transvaginal, transrectal, etc.)

For Appointments call (718) 270-3122

Rhonda Osborne, MD

Residency Program Director
Department of Radiology
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 245-2682
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Steven Ostrow, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology
Clinical Associate Professor of Cell Biology
Director of Undergraduate Radiology Education

Phone: (718) 270-2915
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Harry Zinn, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Musculoskeletal Radiology

Our experts radiologists in musculoskeletal examinations evaluate and interpret conventional radiographs, bone mineral densitometry, musculoskeletal ultrasound - both diagnostic, and interventional, CT scanning including QCT, and MRI, with special emphasis on imaging of both routine and esoteric musculoskeletal conditions as well as imaging of the post-operative patient including protocol considerations for imaging around joint replacement (arthroplasty)

Numerous interventional musculoskeletal procedures of both the axial and appendicular skeletons are performed including myelograms, discograms, and arthrography as well as image guided (CT, fluoroscopy, ultrasound) tissue sampling, e.g., cyst aspiration and bone biopsies

Srinivas Kolla, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-7209
Fax: (718) 270-2667

Scott Lehto, MD

Assistant Dean of College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Radiology

Phone: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667




For more information visit us at: http://www.downstate.edu/radiology/faculty.html



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