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Attendings

Miriam T. Vincent, M.D.
Hanna Najib Aghabi, M.D.
Alla Akvis

Richard Crummer, MD.
Joseph J. DeRose, M.D.
Suzanne Gentner, R.D., R.N., C.N.M.
Charles Harewood, M.D.
Sanford Herman, M.D.
Scott Ippolito, M.D.
Rosemary M. Jackson, M.D.
Louise McCarthy, R.N.C., M.S.N., C.P.N.P.
Richard Sadovsky, M.D.
Pamela Sass, M.D.
Ralph Schlossman, M.D.
Joanne K. Singleton, Ph.D., R.N., C.S., F.N.P.
Gloria Achara, M.D.
Eve Faber, M.D.
Gloria Mtomboti, M.D.
Aneela Hussain, M.D.
Alla Akivis, M.D.
Anne Skamai, Ph.D.
Margaret Donat, M.D.
Gaylene Tannis, RPAC
Jennifer Etheridge-Otey, RPAC
Mark W. Hoglund, Ed.D.

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The Family Practice Faculty

 

 

Miriam T. Vincent, M.D., Ph.D.

            Dr. Miriam T. Vincent began her career at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center as a medical student in 1981.  From her first week in medical school, she began caring for patients in the Family Practice Student Model.  She followed her panel of patients in the Student Model for her four years of medical school.  Although Dr. Vincent’s role in the Medical Center has evolved and grown over the years, she still sees patients with students every Wednesday afternoon as a preceptor in the College of Medicine’s Doctoring Experience.

            Dr. Vincent graduated cum laude from the College of Medicine as an AOA honor student in 1985.  Dr. Vincent has been an integral member of the Downstate community ever since, serving as Chief Resident in Family Practice and joining the faculty of the Department as an Assistant Professor shortly after completing her residency.

 Since then, Dr. Vincent has gone from strength to strength, distinguishing herself as a skilled and trusted clinician and as a charismatic and innovative educator.  She has been an articulate advocate for the discipline of primary care, serving on the College of Medicine’s Primary Care Education and Training Task Force in 1990-1992, which proposed significant changes in the role of primary care in the medical school curriculum.  She is strongly identified with the task of faculty development and has taken a leading role in this regard in both her department and her discipline, and has twice been awarded grant funds from HRSA to support outstanding Faculty Development Programs in Family Medicine. Dr. Vincent recently expanded her role in Faculty Development at the institutional level: working with Dean Ian Taylor, MD, PhD, fellow chairs and program directors, she designed and implemented workshops for residents in nine disciplines, aimed at developing Downstate’s residents as excellent teachers of our medical students. She continues to reach out to our Family Medicine affiliate clerkship sites, drawing upon 18 different workshops/lectures which she designed to enhance teaching and learning in medical education. 

 Dr. Vincent was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994, in recognition of her numerous accomplishments as a teacher, physician, and scholar.  Dr. Vincent has served since 1988 as the President of the Kings County Academy of Family Physicians, she is Chair of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians Education Commission and she is an active member on the NYS Governor’s Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME).   

Dr. Vincent has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Dr. Hugh J. Carroll 2007 Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Dr. George Elliot Liberman Master Teacher in Family Medicine Award, the Caribbean Women’s Health Association Award for Leadership, Excellence and Commitment in Community Health, the Humanism in Medicine Award of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, the Aesclepius Medical Society Special Recognition Award, and the Alumni Association College of Medicine-SUNY Downstate Medical Center Presidential Recognition and Service Award.  In 2006, Dr. Vincent was the recipient of a Proclamation from the Council of the City of New York in recognition of providing outstanding health care and education in New York City.  Despite her demanding workload, Dr. Vincent has also found the time to publish in clinical and basic science research literature and to pursue a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology at Downstate’s own School of Graduate Studies. The Ph.D. degree was awarded to Dr. Vincent on May 24, 2004.  Her basic science research efforts focus on molecular mechanisms underlying Diabetes and the effect of islet cell hormones (insulin and glucagon) in islet cell growth and differentiation.  Her current and recent clinical research efforts include Osteoporosis, Urinary Incontinence, Chest Pain after the Snow Storm of the Century, and Evaluation and Treatment of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

            Dr. Vincent’s administrative abilities have long been recognized by both University Hospital of Brooklyn and the College of Medicine. She served as Chair of the Hospital’s Executive Performance Improvement Council and as Chair of the Executive Ambulatory Care Committee.  In 1995, Dr. Vincent was appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Family Practice, and she was promoted in 2001 to the position of Professor and Chair.  As Chair, she seeks always to inspire the faculty and staff to clinical, teaching, and scholarly excellence.  Dr. Vincent leads a department in which patients are first in the hospital, students rank first in the medical school, and residents and their education are of primary importance in our department.

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Hanna Najib Aghabi, M.D.
Dr. Hanna Aghabi was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in April 2004.  One of Dr. Aghabi’s key roles as a faculty member is to serve as Medical Director of Family Health Services, a thriving neighborhood Family Medicine center sponsored by University Hospital of Brooklyn.  Dr. Aghabi is a 2002 graduate of SUNY Downstate’s Family Medicine Residency Program. After completing the residency program, Dr. Aghabi became an attending physician at two primary care centers (Union, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York).

 In 1985, Dr. Aghabi founded Metropolitan Realty and Development Group, Inc., a New Jersey-based business to develop commercial and residential real estate.  While continuing to develop and run this business, he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and Ross University, culminating in the Bachelor of Science degree in 1995 with a concentration in pre-medical studies.  Dr. Aghabi is originally from Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Aghabi has provided expert medical care, as well as outstanding administrative and business leadership at Family Health Services.  He is admired and beloved by patients and staff. 

Dr. Aghabi is Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

 

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Alla Akivis, MD

The Department of Family Practice was pleased to welcome Alla Akivis, M.D. as Clinical Assistant Professor in August 2002.  In this position, Dr. Akivis contributed significantly to the expansion of the Department’s clinical care at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, as she saw patients eight sessions per week. In December of 2006 Dr. Akivis assumed responsibility for supervising managed Medicaid patient care for a team of Family Practice residents. Dr. Akivis also serves as a preceptor for resident patient care in the Family Practice Center, is an advisor for assigned residents, and rotates as Service Attending for the Family Practice Inpatient Service.

 Like many of the colleagues she joined in the Department, Dr. Akivis is a graduate of SUNY Downstate’s Family Practice Residency Training Program.  Dr. Akivis completed this three-year program during the years 1999-2002.

 Dr. Akivis completed her training to be a Medical Doctor at the Second Moscow State Medical School in June 1988. After relocating to Israel, she became a postgraduate student in nutrition studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Rehovot in 1991 and became Head of the Laboratory of Energy Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition in the Pediatric Department of Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, from 1992 until1996.  She co-authored few articles for publication in U.S. medical journals based on her work at Kaplan Hospital.

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Richard Crummer, MD

Richard Crummer, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, is Director of the Family Medicine Inpatient Service, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine Performance Improvement Committee and a member of the department faculty for the past nine years.  He is also a member of the University Hospital Root Cause Analysis group and faculty liaison to the Department of Medicine regarding residency rotation issues.  In addition, Dr. Crummer serves as preceptor and advisor to resident physicians and a registered physician assistant, as well as maintains his own panel of primary care patients.  He is co-author of the article, Diagnostic Approach to Tinnitus, published in 2004 in American Family Physician, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

             Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Crummer had already pursued a successful career in business and management consulting with major U.S. and Canadian consulting firms and companies.  He was born and raised in southern Ontario, Canada, with B.A. and M.A. degrees and doctoral studies at Canadian and U.S. universities.  He completed his medical studies at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Initially Dr. Crummer completed two years of residency in Psychiatry, completing his first year of residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and the second year at SUNY Downstate.  It was then that he transferred into the SUNY Downstate Family Practice Residency Program, where he went on to be chief resident, completing his residency in Family Practice in 1992.  For the next several years, Dr. Crummer was an Attending Physician in the Department of Family Practice at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he provided primary care to a diverse group of patients, was department Coordinator of managed care initiatives, Director of the behavioral sciences curriculum for Family Practice residents and Coordinator of medical student activities and programs.  He also served briefly as Medical Director of the Stamford Community Health Center in Stamford, Connecticut.  He is fluent in Spanish.

 Dr. Crummer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Dr. Crummer has provided stellar leadership in quality and performance improvement in the Department of Family Medicine, and in the root cause analysis of significant medical events in the clinical services of the University Hospital of Brooklyn.

Kevin T. Custis, M.D.

The Department of Family Practice welcomed Kevin T. Custis, M.D. to the faculty with the rank of Assistant Professor, on July 1, 1999.  Since 2002, Dr. Custis has served on a part-time basis while pursuing other career opportunities outside of SUNY Downstate.

 Dr. Custis joined our faculty directly upon graduation from our own residency training program.  Dr. Custis was an exemplary resident, and he was particularly well-liked by his patients (he was kept very busy during his continuity clinics in Suite B!).  The Department of Family Practice has actually known Dr. Custis for a longer time, because he also attended the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate.

 Dr. Custis’s primary role is Medical Director of the school-based health centers sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Custis has developed a particular interest and expertise in Sports Medicine, and one of his important roles in the Department of Family Practice is to coordinate educational activities for residents and students in this subspecialty.

 Dr. Custis joined the United States Air Force following his graduation from high school in 1983.  In the Air Force, he served as a specialist in medical services, and he received training in patient care, aeromedical evacuation, emergency room services, intensive care, and geriatrics.  From 1987 to 1991, Dr. Custis attended Adelphi University.

 Dr. Custis grew up in inner-city Baltimore, Maryland, and he is committed to giving service in the field of family medicine in an urban setting, where he sees the needs as most pressing. Right now, the communities of Brooklyn, New York are the beneficiaries of his expertise and caring.

 
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Joseph J. DeRose, M.D.

Except for two years of active military duty (1967-1969) serving as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Public Health Service Outpatient Department in Washington, D.C., Dr. Joseph DeRose has had a continuous relationship with SUNY Downstate since he attended this institution as a medical student, earning the M.D. degree in 1963.  Upon graduation, he embarked upon an internship and residency in Medicine at Kings County Hospital, and he served as Chief Resident in his third year.  The following year, he became the first Chief Resident in Medicine at SUNY Downstate.  From 1969 to 1975, Dr. DeRose was Medical Director of University Hospital's Outpatient Department, and he also had appointments to Kings County Hospital (Visiting Physician) and Swedish Hospital (Medical Consultant) during this time.  In 1976, Dr. DeRose transferred from Internal Medicine to the Department of Family Practice, where he has continued as an internist and assumed a significant role in teaching Family Practice residents and medical students.  All clinicians in the Department of Family Practice, including his faculty colleagues, seek advice and counsel from Dr. DeRose concerning difficult or complex medical problems affecting their patients. 

            Dr. DeRose has conducted significant research and has written numerous articles for publication.  One significant contribution was as a primary investigator developing the outpatient treatment of Paget's Disease of the Bone.  Dr. DeRose was instrumental in establishing the National Paget's Disease Foundation, which is headquartered in Brooklyn.  Since 1990, he has been involved in non-invasive cardiology, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension, and he has lectured on each of these topics with the Department of Cardiology.  He has also served as adjunct lecturer to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  In addition, Dr. DeRose wrote a chapter on cardiovascular disease for the recently-published textbook Primary Care (edited by Singleton, Sandowski, et. al.).

             Dr. DeRose has also served SUNY Downstate in many institution-wide roles, including long service on the School of Medicine's Admissions Committee, Secretary of University Hospital's Medical Board, and President of the Medical Staff.  He has served on numerous other committees throughout his long tenure at SUNY Downstate.  Dr. DeRose continues as a most beloved mentor to faculty and residents in the Department of Family Medicine.

 

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Suzanne Gentner, R.D., R.N.,C.N.M.

Suzanne Gentner joined the Department of Family Practice in August 1996 as Midwife in Family Health Services.  Prior to this, she had been hired under the Department's Women's Health Initiative grant to teach and precept Family Practice residents and students in matters related to Obstetric care.  Ms. Gentner's association with SUNY Downstate dates back to the mid-1980's, when she enrolled in the Nurse-Midwifery Program (Certificate earned in 1988).  During the periods 1989-1990, 1992-1993, and from 1995 to the present, Ms. Gentner has served on the staff of the institution as a Nurse-Midwife. 

             Ms. Gentner brings a broad background to her current role.  She earned a B.S. degree from Hunter College in 1972 in the field of Foods and Nutrition.  In 1975, Columbia University awarded her the M.S. degree in Public Health Nutrition.  From the mid-1970's to the mid-1980's, Ms. Gentner served as nutritionist, nutrition instructor, and nutrition consultant in a variety of settings in metropolitan New York.  In 1985, she was awarded the M.S. degree in Nursing.  Her initial nursing assignments were at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center in Labor and Delivery and in the postpartum and antepartum wards.  After she earned her Certificate through the Nurse-Midwifery Program here at SUNY Downstate, Ms. Gentner's first professional position as a nurse-midwife was at Gouverneur/Bellevue Hospital.

 
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Charles Harewood, M.D.

Dr. Charles Harewood has been a part-time member of the faculty of the Department of Family Practice since 1980.  During his time at the Health Science Center, Dr. Harewood has served as preceptor to first- and second-year medical students in the elective, "Introduction to Continuity of Care".

             Dr. Harewood received the Doctor of Medicine degree from this institution (then known as Downstate) in 1976.  He completed a three-year residency in Family Practice at Lutheran Medical Center in 1979.  Dr. Harewood is currently a community attending physician practicing full-time on staff at Lutheran Medical Center and University Hospital of Brooklyn.  His practice includes pre-natal and obstetric care.  He sets the model for obstetrics in Family Practice for Brooklyn.  Dr. Harewood's other professional activities have included consultation work with the Catholic Childcare Society and voluntary service as a ship's physician and member of the Medical Affairs Committee of the Floating Hospital.


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Sanford Herman, M.D.
In February 1997, the Department of Family Practice welcomed back to its faculty Downstate alumnus Dr. Sanford Herman (Class of 1983).  Dr. Herman is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with additional Board certification in both Addiction Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.  He provides teaching, precepting, and mentoring in the area of Human Behavior to the Family Practice residents and students.

 

            Before returning to SUNY Downstate, Dr. Herman had been associated with the Mt. Sinai Medical Center beginning in 1988 where he completed a fellowship in Substance Abuse and the Neuro-Psychiatric Aspects of AIDS.  In 1989, Dr. Herman established the Schizophrenia Research Unit at Elmhurst where he participated in several drug trials including Risperidol.  In 1992, still under the Mt. Sinai umbrella, Dr. Herman moved on to Queens Hospital, where his duties included opening a new inpatient psychiatric unit as well as a new outpatient community-based clinic.  In between, Dr. Herman has also gained expertise in Emergency Psychiatry by virtue of many sleepless nights spent working in the Psychiatric Emergency Room.

 
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Scott Ippolito, M.D.
Dr. Scott Ippolito has been a part-time member of the Family Practice faculty since 1990.  His activities at SUNY Downstate have focused on clinical teaching of both residents and medical students.  He has been a regular preceptor for the residents during their continuity clinic in Suite B throughout his time with this institution.  He also served as preceptor for the course, "Introduction to Continuity of Care", a clinical elective experience for first- and second-year medical students.  Dr. Ippolito's first involvement with the Department of Family Practice was as the Faculty Development Fellow in Women’s Health, during 1989-1990.  OB/GYN is one area of particular focus in his teaching activities with the residents.

             Dr. Ippolito earned the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1986 from Ross University School of Medicine, and he completed a three-year residency in Family Practice at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York.  Dr. Ippolito was founder and director of the Family Practice Residency Training Program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center from 1993 until 1996, when he became Chair of the Department of Family Practice at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Queens, New York.  In 2000, Dr. Ippolito was named Chair of the Department of Family Practice at South Nassau Community Hospital in Oceanside, New York (Long Island).  Dr. Ippolito remains a committed, reliable and valued faculty preceptor in our Department of Family Medicine


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Rosemary M. Jackson, M.D.

Beginning in 1995, Dr. Rosemary M. Jackson has had a part-time appointment in the Department of Family Practice as Clinical Assistant Professor.  As an experienced pediatrician, Dr. Jackson has filled an important niche in the Family Practice Residency Training Program, serving as preceptor to residents in Suite B for pediatric primary care, as well as coordinating other important aspects of the residents' pediatric rotations.

             Dr. Jackson's ties to SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital Center go back to the latter part of the 1980's, beginning with the residency program in Pediatrics.  She has held a faculty appointment in Pediatrics since 1990, and she has given continuous service to these two institutions as attending physician, preceptor and clinical instructor under the auspices of Children's Medical Center of Brooklyn.  Dr. Jackson earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse in May 1985.

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Louise McCarthy, R.N.C., M.S.N., C.P.N.P.

Louise McCarthy has been Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Program Administrator of the P.S. 13 School Based Health Center in Brooklyn since she set up these clinical services in 1985 under the auspices of the Department of Family Practice and the New York State Department of Health.  Additionally, in 1991, Ms. McCarthy was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Family Practice with the title of Clinical Instructor.

 

Ms. McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1975 from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  From 1981 to 1983, she attended Columbia University, earning a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a major in Pediatric Primary Care Nursing.  Ms. McCarthy is certified and licensed in New York State as both a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and School Nurse Practitioner.  Through the P.S. 13 School Based Health Center, jointly sponsored by the Department of Family Practice and the Research Foundation of Brooklyn, she continues to spearhead the provision of vitally important health care services for elementary school children in the East New York section of Brooklyn.


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Richard Sadovsky, M.D.

Dr. Richard Sadovsky has been a part of SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn from the very beginning of his involvement in the field of medicine. Richard Sadovsky received his undergraduate education at Cornell University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in 1970. Dr. Sadovsky was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine by this institution in 1974.  Dr. Sadovsky remained at SUNY Downstate for his residency in Family Practice from 1974 to 1977.  He served as Chief Resident during the final year of residency.  Upon completing residency training in 1977, Dr. Sadovsky accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Family Practice, and he served as Director of the Residency Program from 1977 to 1988. He received a Master of Science degree in Health Management from New York University in 1987. Dr. Sadovsky advanced from Assistant Professor to Clinical Associate Professor in 1985, and he was awarded tenure as Associate Professor in 1988.  From 1988 to 1990, Dr. Sadovsky served as Associate Chairman of the Department of Family Practice.

             Dr. Sadovsky has been active in the affairs of the institution throughout his career here.  Among other involvements too numerous to mention, he has served on the Medical Records Committee since the time of his initial appointment to the faculty to 2001.  He has also served several terms on the committee for the Faculty and Medical Staff. Dr. Sadovsky also served two terms as Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of the Medical Board.  In 1993, Dr. Sadovsky became a member of the Committee of Academic and Professional Qualifications (CAPQ), and he became Chairman of CAPQ in 1994. Currently, Dr. Sadovsky has served as an active member of the Medical Board of University Hospital of Brooklyn and the Ambulatory Care Committee for the hospital. He teaches medical students in all years of education, provides teaching in Nutrition for MS3 students and practice management to Family Practice residents throughout the year. Dr. Sadovsky became President of the SUNY-Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine Alumni Association in May 2006.

             Dr. Sadovsky's involvements extend beyond the boundaries of SUNY Downstate. He served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians from 1981 to 1985.  In 1985, he became Vice President, and he was elected President in 1987.  Dr. Sadovsky was involved as a Trustee of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation from 1985-1995, and he served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Joint Grant Award Committee from 1990 to 1995. He also served as Associate Editor for AFP, our national specialty journal, from 1991-2005.

             Dr. Sadovsky has written numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics related to Family Practice.  He served as Medical Editor of the AAFP Collection, a series of clinical care books by family physicians for family physicians.  Dr. Sadovsky also recently edited a volume for Clinics in Family Medicine on “Hepatobiliary Disease”. He is widely published in the area of Men’s Health with numerous articles dealing with erectile dysfunction and the importance of physicians recognizing this problem. He also recently published research that will make it easier to identify patients with migraine headaches in Neurology. He speaks often about men’s health and has published his ideas on the promotion of a Men’s Health Assessment visit for middle-aged men. He has also made many presentations nationally and internationally on a wide range of clinical topics including hepatitis, migraine headaches, sexual dysfunction, and erectile dysfunction.

 
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Pamela Sass, M.D.

Dr. Pamela Sass graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago and then completed a Family Practice Residency program at Brookdale Hospital, here in Brooklyn.  After finishing her residency and serving as chief resident at Brookdale, she did a fellowship in General Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and is board certified in both Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine.  She joined the faculty of the Department of Family Practice in 1989 and is currently an Associate Professor with tenure.

 

Dr. Sass currently serves as Course Director of Community Medicine for Family Practice Residents and teaches both community medicine and evidence based medicine in the department. She is also closely involved in the teaching of Palliative Care within the department.  Dr. Sass is also active in curriculum reform for the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate and coordinates the third year student Essentials of Clinical Medicine course during the Primary Care 1 Clerkship.  She also lectures to and does small group teaching with medical students in the area of doctor-patient relationship and prevention. 


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Ralph Schlossman, M.D.
Dr. Ralph Schlossman has the distinction of being the senior member of the active faculty in the Department of Family Practice, having joined the Department on a part-time basis in 1972.  Since that time, he has served, without interruption, as preceptor to first- and second-year medical students in the elective, "Introduction to Continuity of Care".  Dr. Schlossman takes the students on home visits to patients, and he has given numerous lectures on home visits to students and faculty at the Health Science Center.  He also serves as faculty for the Family Medicine Clerkship, and he continues to be a sought-after preceptor in the Clerkship.

             Dr. Schlossman earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University-Bellevue College of Medicine in 1955.  Following a two-year internship at Kings County Hospital Center and two years of military service, he began his career in private practice.

 Throughout his career, Dr. Schlossman has been active and taken leadership roles in public affairs and medical societies.  Dr. Schlossman is a trustee and past president of the Medical Society of the State of New York. In April 2007, he received the Henry Feinberg Award for Distinguished Service, the most prestigious award given by the Medical Society of the State of New York.

 Dr. Schlossman was also honored by the Consumers Research Council of America as one of the “Best Family Physicians of America, Practitioner/Teacher”.

 
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Joanne K. Singleton, Ph.D., R.N., C.S., F.N.P.

Dr. Joanne Singleton joined the faculty of the Department of Family Practice in July 1994.  As a voluntary primary care provider, she precepts students and sees patients in her practice.  She is also a Professor at Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing, Department of Graduate Studies, where she teaches in the graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program and is the Director of the Institute for Healthy Aging.  Prior to her appointment at Pace University, Dr. Singleton was an Associate Professor at SUNY Downstate, School of Nursing, as well as Chairperson of the Nurse Practitioner Programs.

             Dr. Singleton is a nationally certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.  Dr. Singleton was editor as well as contributor to two textbooks, Primary Care and Primary Care Pediatrics.  Dr. Singleton has numerous publications and international presentations in the areas of interdisciplinary education and practice, clinical practice, patient compliance, and continuous quality improvement.  She has received several research grants for her work in patient compliance. Presently, she is co-principal investigator of a research study that will assess the effect of gender on first line evidence based smoking cessation interventions.


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Gloria Achara, M.D.
The Department of Family Practice welcomed Dr. Gloria Achara into the faculty as Assistant Professor in February, 2000. Dr. Achara assumed the position of Residency Director in February 2002. Dr. Achara also teaches residents and students, serves as advisor to assigned residents, and rotates as Service Attending for the Family Practice Inpatient Service in University Hospital.

Dr. Achara was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. She received her medical education at the University of Nigeria and the University of Lagos, completing her medical studies in 1983. She followed this with two years of service in Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps and three years in general medical practice in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr. Achara came to Brooklyn in 1988, where her initial experience was a medical externship at Maimonides Hospital. In 1989, she came to our department here at SUNY-HSCB to complete the three-year residency program and also served as Chief Resident. Following graduation from our residency program, Dr. Achara took a position at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, where she served as attending physician, medical student preceptor, residency faculty, and director of their inpatient service. Dr. Achara has been Board-certified in Family Practice since 1993.

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Eve Faber, M.D.

The Department of Family Practice welcomed Dr. Eve Faber into the faculty as Assistant Professor in November 1999.  In this role, Dr. Faber primarily supports the Residency Program and University Hospital by serving as supervising attending physician for a team of residents whenever they are called upon to see managed care Medicaid patients.  Dr. Faber also teaches residents and students, serves as advisor to assigned residents, and rotates as Service Attending for the Family Practice Inpatient Service in University Hospital. 

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Faber worked at a Free Medical Clinic in Washington, DC and later at an attached community residence for mentally ill women.  She has maintained an interest in serving the medically underserved and the mentally ill in her practice and in her work with Family Medicine residents.

 Dr. Faber was not an unknown quantity to our department, as she had received her undergraduate medical training right here at SUNY Downstate.  As a student, she was a regular volunteer for the “Foot Clinic” sponsored by the Department of Family Practice at the Bond Street Homeless Shelter, as well as the Community Health Project in Manhattan.  Dr. Faber graduated as a member of AOA in 1996.

 Dr. Faber completed a three-year internship/residency program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  In her final year of residency, Dr. Faber served as Chief Resident, helping to organize lecture and educational series for the residents there as well as coordinating the schedules of a large residency program.

 Dr Faber has diverse interests, ranging from Women’s Health to Palliative Care.  She regularly lectures on Breastfeeding and has served as the department’s liaison to the Obstetrics and Gynecology department.  Currently she works with Drs Skamai and Sass on the Palliative Care curriculum for the residents.  She coordinates a monthly resident educational session on Palliative Care issues and lectures to them on relevant topics during their Community Medicine rotations.  As the Geriatrics Liaison, she is responsible for coordinating the month long rotation for our PGY 2s and the ongoing relationship they have with nursing home bound patients.



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Gloria Mtomboti, M.D.

Dr. Gloria Mtomboti became Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice in August 2002.  Like Professor and Chair Dr. Miriam T. Vincent and Associate Professor Richard Sadovsky, Dr. Mtomboti is a graduate of both the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine (1999) and the Downstate Family Practice Residency Training Program (2002).

 In 2005, Dr. Mtomboti accepted a new assignment, which includes serving as pre-doctoral coordinator for the department and course director for the new Family Practice Clerkship, as well as Medical Director in the Family Practice Center (Suite B). She also serves as preceptor and advisor to medical students and residents. 

 Dr. Mtomboti is originally from South Africa.  After working for five years as a medical technologist in South Africa, she emigrated to the United States in 1987.  She entered Hunter College a few months later, where she majored in Medical Laboratory Sciences, and she received an Academic Incentive Award from the Black Faculty Student Alumni Research Exchange.  In 1992, Dr. Mtomboti graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science (Health Science) degree, becoming the first member of her family to achieve this educational milestone.  For the next three years, she worked as a technologist, first at Regeneron Pharmaceutical and later at Montefiore Medical Center.

 At the time of her graduation from the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in 1999, Dr. Mtomboti was awarded the Family Practice Graduation Award.  Dr. Mtomboti continues to provide high quality primary care, lead medical student education and organize and administer clinical activities in the ever-challenging and progressive environment of Suite B at University Hospital.

 
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Aneela Hussain, M.D.
The Department of Family Practice welcomed Dr. Aneela Hussain to the faculty in April 2002.  Dr. Hussain assumed responsibility for supervising managed Medicaid patient care for a team of Family Practice residents, in addition to other regular faculty duties (precepting, teaching, advising, rotating as on-call attending, etc.).

 Dr. Hussain was already well-known to the Department of Family Practice, for she is a 2000 graduate of the Department’s Residency Training Program, and she served ably as one of the two chief residents during the 1999-2000 training year.  Dr. Hussain also distinguished herself as a scholar during her residency by collaborating on several articles and book chapters and presenting in research forums. Upon graduation from the program, Dr. Hussain joined South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside (New York), an affiliate of SUNY Stony Brook.  She maintained close ties with the Department through periodic precepting and teaching activities as a voluntary member of the faculty.

 Dr. Hussain earned her degree in Medicine at F.J. Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan.  In August 2003, Dr. Hussain became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Despite her very busy clinical practice and her responsibilities as supervising physician for Medicaid managed care patients, Dr. Hussain continues to publish and engage in scholarly activity.

 

Dr. Hussain went on leave-of-absence in December 2006.

 
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Alla Akivis, M.D.

The Department of Family Practice was pleased to welcome Alla Akivis, M.D. as Clinical Assistant Professor in August 2002.  In this position, Dr. Akivis contributed significantly to the expansion of the Department’s clinical care at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, as she saw patients eight sessions per week. In December of 2006 Dr. Akivis assumed responsibility for supervising managed Medicaid patient care for a team of Family Practice residents. Dr. Akivis also serves as a preceptor for resident patient care in the Family Practice Center, is an advisor for assigned residents, and rotates as Service Attending for the Family Practice Inpatient Service.

 Like many of the colleagues she joined in the Department, Dr. Akivis is a graduate of SUNY Downstate’s Family Practice Residency Training Program.  Dr. Akivis completed this three-year program during the years 1999-2002.

 Dr. Akivis completed her training to be a Medical Doctor at the Second Moscow State Medical School in June 1988. After relocating to Israel, she became a postgraduate student in nutrition studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Rehovot in 1991 and became Head of the Laboratory of Energy Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition in the Pediatric Department of Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, from 1992 until1996.  She co-authored few articles for publication in U.S. medical journals based on her work at Kaplan Hospital.


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Anne Skamai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Anne Skamai, Ph.D. joined the Department of Family Practice early in 2002 to fulfill an important role in the residency program. As the Department’s clinical psychologist and Co-Director of Behavioral Science, Dr. Skamai teams up with psychiatrist Dr. Sanford Herman to provide a well-rounded curriculum for the residents in the Human Behavior aspects of medical care. In addition to her precepting and clinical teaching responsibilities with the residents, she is an active behavioral medicine researcher in the areas of psycho-oncology, palliative care, stress and chronic illness. As the Principal Investigator of a Department of Health and Human Services grant over the past three years, Dr. Skamai developed and continues to direct successful new residency training curriculums in culturally competent Palliative Care and Behavioral Medicine Interventions for Primary Care.


Dr. Skamai’s first experience at Downstate began in 1989 when she enrolled as a student in the Occupational Therapy Program following an early successful career path as corporate officer and securities principal in the investment management industry. She initiated her practice as a licensed Occupational Therapist at the University of Virginia in 1993 with specialization in both neurorehabilitation and mental health. Fascinated by the reciprocal impact of psychosocial factors on physical health and well-being, Dr. Skamai returned to New York in 1996 to pursue doctoral studies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. She was awarded an M.A. in General Psychology in 1999 and graduated from Einstein with her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Health Psychology in 2001.

Dr. Skamai returned to Downstate in 1999 with a half-time appointment on the core faculty of the Occupational Therapy (OT) Master’s Program to teach the psychosocial and mental health aspects of the curriculum. She continues to mentor student research projects and guest lecture in a voluntary appointment with the OT Program in the College of Health Related Professions. Dr. Skamai also holds a dual appointment as adjunct faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, where she develops and teaches courses for the Social and Behavioral Sciences track of the Master’s of Public Health Program.


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Margaret Donat, M.D.

Dr. Donat joined the faculty of the Department of Family Practice at SUNY Downstate in December 2002.  As Assistant Professor, Dr. Donat initially assumed two important roles in the department.  First, she is served as pre-doctoral coordinator for the department and as the course director for the new Family Practice Clerkship; second, she was the medical director for the Family Practice Center (University Hospital, Suite B).  In June 2005 she relinquished these roles to become director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program.

 Like many of her faculty colleagues, Dr. Donat first distinguished herself in the Family Medicine Residency Training Program, which she completed in July 2001.  Upon completion of her residency, she went on to do a fellowship in Women’s Health.  For the next few months, Dr. Donat was an Attending Physician in the Department of Family Medicine at Brookdale Hospital Center, where she provided primary care to a diverse group of patients.

 Dr. Donat is currently Presiding Officer Elect of the Centerwide Committee of SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  She is a member of various organizations and associations as well.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, where she also serves as a delegate to the congress and a member of the membership committee. She is the Vice President of the Kings’ County Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  She serves as the treasurer for the Aesclepius Medical Society and is a member of the Executive Committee.  She is co-Chair of her Medical School Alumni Association. She is also a member of the American Medical Association and the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad. 

 Dr. Donat has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Kings County Hospital Center’s Community Service Award in both 2001 and 2006, the Residency Program Director’s Award for Superb Performance, the Scientific Research Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physician June 2001, June 2002, and the Aesclepius Medical Society’s Achievement Award 2003.  In June 2006, she was the first physician to be recognized by University Hospital as the “Employee of the Month”.

 Despite her demanding workload, Dr. Donat has also found time to organize and participate in many health fairs and research studies.  She conducted a study on Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior of Haitian Immigrants in NYC in regard to Pap Testing which was presented at the New York State Academy of Family Physicians Research ForumIn collaboration with several colleagues, she also conducted an investigation which culminated in a presentation entitled:  “Guidelines for the Interaction between Family Practice Residents and Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives. Dr. Donat is currently involved in a study on Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Her main interests are women’s health and immunization safety.
 

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Gaylene Tannis, RPAC

Gaylene Tannis, PA joined the staff of Family Health Services in 1996 as a physician assistant with her own panel of patients. Mrs. Tannis received her training in SUNY Downstate’s Physician Assistant Program, which awarded her the Bachelor of Science degree and Physician Assistant Certificate in 1995. Shortly after graduating, she obtained a position as physician assistant at the Enhanced Access Clinic of St. Mary’s Hospital, where she worked until the opportunity at Family Health Services became available.

 Mrs. Tannis began her career in health care by earning the A.A.S. degree in Medical Technology from New York City Technical College in January 1985. She joined the staff of SUNY Downstate immediately upon graduation as a Research Medical Technician, and she continued in this position for the next eleven years, during which time she earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Brooklyn College (1991). Mrs. Tannis continues to work closely with Dr. Aghabi to help meet the primary care needs of our Family Health Services community.

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Jennifer Etheridge-Otey, RPAC

Jennifer Etheridge-Otey, RPAC has been an integral member of the Family Practice clinical team since February 1997.  As a practicing physician assistant, she cares for her own panel of patients and provides acute, urgent, and emergent care for the patients of attending physicians in the Family Practice Center (Suite B).  She is a clinical teacher and preceptor for physician assistant students and medical students.  She also participates in home visits to the Center’s patients as a member of the Health Care Team.  Since early 1998, Mrs. Otey has also served as a part-time physician assistant for pediatric patients at Brownsville Medical Services (not affiliated with Downstate).

 Mrs. Otey earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Graduate Professional Certificate from the SUNY Downstate Physician Assistant Program in 1996.  She went on to complete a Masters Degree program in Physician Assistant Studies through the University of Nebraska in 1999.

 Mrs. Otey has co-authored an original research with her colleagues in the Department of Family Practice, which was published in International Society for Sexual Medicine journal in 2006.  She has also completed training to become a Certified Personal Trainer in 2007.

 Prior to embarking on her present career as a physician assistant, Mrs. Otey pursued a career in the investment sales field, and she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from CUNY Bernard Baruch College in 1991 and an Associates of Administrative Science in 1983 from CUNY New York City Technical College for Data Processing.  Mrs. Otey is a much-admired colleague and provider in Suite B.

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Mark W. Hoglund, Ed.D.

 Mark W. Hoglund, Ed.D. was appointed to the Department of Family Practice as Senior Staff Associate in August 1993.  His initial assignment was to serve as project manager for the establishment of Family Health Services, which was SUNY Downstate’s first neighborhood satellite primary care center.  His efforts, in collaboration with many individuals in the Department, the Hospital, and the institution, led to the successful opening of Family Health Services in December 1994.  Dr. Hoglund assumed the responsibility of administrator for the Department in 1995 and has continued to serve in that capacity since that time.  In this role, he handles personnel, financial, and operational matters on behalf of the Department, participates in writing grant proposals, performs numerous financial and operational analyses, and carries out other special assignments on behalf of the Department and the Department Chair.

 Dr. Hoglund’s decision to join the SUNY Downstate community represented a new career direction.  His initial work, during the mid-1970s, was in the field of teaching and education, and he earned a doctorate in Education in 1978.  Dr. Hoglund then moved into the corporate human resources field.  During a period of fifteen years, he served three organizations, mainly concentrating in compensation and job analysis/evaluation.  He also worked on special assignments in the area of career development in all three organizations.

 From 1997-2003, Dr. Hoglund served as a workshop leader for SUNY Downstate’s Supervisors Seminar, for which he developed a new and innovative curriculum and workshop plan on the topic of “Performance Management”.  During 2002-2004, he completed a program of professional studies in Adult Career Planning and Development at New York University.  More recently, he has developed and led seminars and workshops for participants interested in personal growth and planning for retirement.