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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Radiology

Faculty and Staff

Deborah L. Reede, MD – Chair of Radiology

Professor of Radiology

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: deborah.reede@downstate.edu

Deborah L. Reede, MD, was appointed professor and chair of the Department of Radiology in July, 2013. Dr. Reede has been a member of SUNY Downstate's faculty since 1988. Most recently, Dr. Reede served as chair of the Department of Radiology at LICH and director of the radiology residency program.

Dr. Reede received her MD degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her post-graduate training in radiology took place at SUNY Upstate and New York University Medical Center, where she completed her residency and did a fellowship in head and neck radiology.

Dr. Reede is a 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.

Arnold Strashun, MD – Vice Chair of Radiology

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Nuclear Medicine
Professor of Radiology

Tel: (718) 270-1902
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: arnold.strashun@downstate.edu

Dr. Arnold Strashun, Director of Nuclear Medicine at Kings County Hospital and University Hospital since 1987, was appointed Radiology Residency Program Director in November 2000. Dr. Strashun also directs Radiology Research for the department, as well as the Radiology Quality Assurance program.

Born in Houston, Texas, he attended University of Texas (BA '70), Baylor College of Medicine (MD '74), trained in Internal Medicine (ABIM '77), and Nuclear Medicine (Mt. Sinai, NYC, ABNM '79). His contributions include numerous scientific papers in nuclear cardiology and the neurosciences. He has served as Chairman of SUNY Downstate Centerwide Committee of the Faculty, President of the New York Academy of Medicine Nuclear Medicine Section, and is currently a Trustee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. He serves as Chairman of Education and Training for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and is a member of the Executive Editorial Board of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. He was again recognized by New York Magazine in 2001 as one of NYC's Best Physician.

Rhonda Osborne, MD – Residency Program Director

Radiology
Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 245-2682
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: rhonda.osborne@downstate.edu

Dr. Rhonda Osborne received her MD degree from SUNY Downstate Medical center in 1986 and her postgraduate training in Radiology from Harlem Hospital Center. At Harlem Hospital, she completed her residency and served as chief resident. She followed with a fellowship in cross-sectional imaging at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center where she specialized in Ultrasound.

In November 2013, Dr. Osborne was appointed to the position of Radiology Residency Program Director at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Prior to this, she served as the Chief of the Ultrasound Division at Long Island College Hospital from 1992 to 2013, and the Associate Program Director of the Radiology Residency Program from 2005 to 2013. She has been a member of the SUNY Downstate faculty since 1992.

John Amodio, MD – Vice Chair of Education

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Program Director Emeritus, Radiology Residency

Pediatric Radiology
Professor

Tel: (718) 270-3170
Fax: (718) 270-1603
e-mail: john.amodio@downstate.edu

Dr. John Amodio specializes in Pediatric Radiology and served as the Program Director for the Radiology Residency from 2007-2010. Dr. Amodio was a fellow in pediatric radiology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in1985. He completed his radiology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in 1984 and he did his internship in Maimonides Medical Center in 1981. He received his MD from NY Medical College in 1980 and his B.A. from NYU in 1976. Dr. Amodio is also currently obtaining his M.Ed on-line at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Amodio is ABR certified with added qualifications in Pediatric Radiology. He is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Amodio received the SUNY Downstate Award for Graduate Medical Education in 2008. He received the Great Teacher Award by the Department of Radiology of New York University in 2006, and received the Great Teacher Award by the Department of Radiology, Lenox Hill Hospital in 2002. He is on the Best Doctors in New York Metro Area Castle by Connolly Medical Ltd., received the Taussend Award for Radiologic Excellence by Montefiore Medical Center in 1983 and received the Phi Beta Kappa award by New York University in 1976.

Dr. Amodio is a member of the ACR, the RSNA, the New York Roentgen Ray Society, the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the ACR Committee on Continued Professional Improvement, the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Association of University Radiologists, the Association of Medical Student Educators in Radiology, the Alternate Delegate to New York State Radiological Society and the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. He has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications

Dr. Amodio held a number of academic appointments over the years. He was appointed Professor of Clinical Radiology at SUNY Downstate in 2008, served as Associate Professor of Radiology in New York University School of Medicine from 2005 to 2007, and Assistant Professor of Radiology in New York University School of Medicine from 2002 to 2005. He was Assistant Professor of Radiology at Columbia University from 1985 to 1987 and Instructor of Radiology at Columbia University from 1984 to 1985.

Dr. Amodio also specializes in resident education, having interests in web-based education and testing, as well as computerized simulation in radiology. His educational achievements include development of a web-based curriculum for pediatric residents who are taking an elective in Pediatric Radiology. He instituted conferences in which radiology residents acquire skills in teaching fellow peers as well as those of different specialties.

Dr. Amodio developed educationally relevant publications, including a pediatric radiology website, http://www.taskstream.com/ts/amodio/peds.html, which is an educational site for residents displaying recent lectures, challenging unknown cases, residency level based examinations, educational aids regarding pediatric radiology emergencies, a web based curriculum in pediatric radiology. This website serves as a major resource in the department.

Abdominal Imaging

Woo Choi, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 221-5081
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: woo.choi@downstate.edu

Dr. Woo Sung Choi is a board certified radiologist specializing in abdominal and pelvic imaging. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He received his undergraduate education and bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He came back to New York and attended SUNY Downstate College of Medicine where he obtained his medical degree.

Dr. Choi's residency in Diagnostic Radiology took place at St. Luke's – Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. He obtained his fellowship training in body imaging at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. He held a faculty appointment as Instructor in Radiology at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and as assistant attending radiologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Choi currently holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Radiology at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He is an attending radiologist at both the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital Center. He is actively involved in teaching both residents and medical students. His area of clinical expertise is in abdominal CT, MRI, and ultrasound.

Patrick Hammil, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 245-5094
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: patrick.hammill@downstate.edu

Dr. Patrick Hammill graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed a general surgery internship and received his radiology residency training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where he was chief resident. Dr. Hammill pursued further subspecialty training in abdominal imaging with Dr. Jeffrey Newhouse at Columbia University. He is board certified.

Alan Kantor, MD

Acting Director, Radiology, Kings County Hospital Center
Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: alan.kantor@downstate.edu

Dr. Alan Kantor received both his medical school and residency training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He returned to SUNY Downstate after serving as the Chief of Radiology at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Brooklyn for many years. He is a board certified radiologist specializing in abdominal imaging. He is the acting director of KCH radiology department.

Harry Zinn, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: harry.zinn@downstate.edu

Dr. Harry Zinn is a board certified radiologist specializing in Abdominal cross sectional imaging. Dr. Zinn graduated from Yeshiva University in NY City. He subsequently moved to Philadelphia to attend the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine where he obtained his medical degree. Dr. Zinn completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a Radiology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Dr. Zinn's academic and clinical focus is in Abdominal MRI and CT. He has authored or co-authored over 30 papers in peer reviewed Radiology journals and presented at the national meetings of the Radiological Society of North America and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

He has received recognition as an outstanding educator as SUNY Downstate's Radiology teacher of the year in 2005-2006. Dr. Zinn currently holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and works as an attending physician at the University Hospital of Brooklyn.

Breast Imaging

Riffat Chaudary, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 245-4417
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: riffat.chaudary@downstate.edu

Dr. Chaudary is a Board Certified Radiologist. She joined the Breast Imaging Division in January 2007. Preceding this, she was briefly at the New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn as the Director of Women's Imaging. Before Methodist, she was at Victory Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn for seventeen years, where she served as the Chief of CT Division, Lead mammographer, interventional and general Radiologist, as well as the associate director.

Dr. Chaudary resides in Belle Mead N.J. with her husband Abdul Rehman and son Zubair, surrounded by members of her extended family. After the birth of Zubair in 1987, Dr. Chaudary felt the need to stay close to home and worked at JFK Hospital in New Jersey, till July 1989.

Dr. Chaudary graduated from the King Edward Medical College, Pakistan, in 1973 and was amongst the top 10% of her class. She passed her ECFMG exam during her final year at Medical School and did one year of OB-GYN internship at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan.

Following her immigration to the United States, Dr. Chaudary did a Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, and served as the chief resident during her final year. In 1978, she did a CT/SONO fellowship at the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. Here, she stayed on as an attending and then as the Chief of CAT Scan Division till 1988. While at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Chaudary developed a passion for teaching, which she has a chance to continue now.

Maria Corsaro, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-3979
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: maria.corsaro@downstate.edu

Dr. Maria Corsaro went to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1993. She completed her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in 1998. Dr. Corsaro is the Director of the Breast Imaging section in SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Claire Hanley, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-5104, 4407
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: claire.hanley@downstate.edu

Claire Hanley, MD, M.A. received her undergraduate education at Tulane University and earned a M.A. from New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Institute of Fine arts. After earning her medical degree at Downstate, Dr. Hanley served as an Instructor in Pathology at New York University Medical Center and completed her radiology residency at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York in Greenwich Village. She has completed both Body and Chest Imaging fellowships at Cornell University Medical Center and The New York Presbyterian Hospital. After a Breast Imaging Fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Hanley joined the faculty there, before returning to SUNY Downstate, as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology. While at Downstate, Dr. Hanley served as the Director of Breast Imaging at Kings County Hospital for two year. She serves on the Advisory Committee for Medical Students applying for radiology residency, and also on the Education Committee for the Radiology Residency Program. Dr. Hanley is a member of the American College of Radiology, The American Roentgen Ray Society, The Radiology Society of North America, and The New York Roentgen Ray Society. Dr. Hanley serves as a Film Reviewer for Mammographic Accreditation for the American College of Radiology.

Daphne Roitberg, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 245-5104
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: daphne.roitberg@downstate.edu

Dr. Roitberg is the Director of Breast Imaging services at Kings County Hospital (from 2004 to the present). Dr. Roitberg was the director of Mammography at Elmhurst Hospital From 2001-2004. She was part of the mammography faculty at Beth Israel Hospital from 1999-2001. She did her Woman's Imaging Fellowship at SUNY HSC Brooklyn in 1998-1999.

Dr. Roitberg completed her residency at Pennsylvania Hospital from 1994-1998 and she did her internship in Malden Hospital from 1993-1994. Dr. Roitberg went to SUNY Syracuse Medical School from 1989-1993 and got her B.A. from SUNY Binghamton in 1989. Dr. Roitberg is Board Certified in Radiology, has a NYS license in Medicine, is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. She got her USMLE I and II and the NBME I.

Cardiothoracic Imaging

Stephen Waite, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: stephen.waite@downstate.edu

Dr. Waite graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1998. He did a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Lenox Hill Hospital from 2000 - 2004 and a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Radiology in 2005 at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Waite works at KCHC and SUNY Downstate primarily in cardiac and chest radiology where he works with radiology residents in addition to cardiac and pulmonary medicine fellows.

Emergency Radiology

David Areman, D.O.

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-5121
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: david.areman@downstate.edu

Qi Chen, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-1603
e-mail: qi.chen@downstate.edu

Oded Greenberg, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: oded.greenberg@downstate.edu

Hyman Shwarzberg, MD

Director of Radiology, UHB

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: hyman.shwarzberg@downstate.edu

Hyman Shwarzberg, MD has been the Director of Radiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) since 2005. He has been in a leadership position in Radiology for 12 years. He is an accomplished diagnostic radiologist with expertise in breast imaging, neuro-imaging, pediatric, abdominal and chest and cardiac imaging, MRI, CT, sonography mammography, and radiography. He is responsible for ongoing oversight of daily UHB radiology operations to enhance the capabilities and resources and was involved in implementation of PACS and teleradiology. He has worked to improve Emergency Department CT patient flow and standardize additional appropriate studies and worked to tighten oversight and ongoing QC documentation to assure meeting regulatory requirements. He manages the UHB radiology professional schedules and Radiology Peer Review program. He consults on cases involving general, cardiothoracic imaging, abdominal/pelvic imaging, Neuro-imaging, pediatric radiology, mammography and breast imaging. He has also worked to upgrade MRI capability to enable additional applications and patient volume; he was involved in the initiation of the stereotactic breast biopsy program at UHB.

Gastrointestinal Radiology

Amiram Samin, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 245-5098
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: amiram.samin@downstate.edu

Dr. Samin holds a faculty position in Downstate since 1987. He attended Hadassah - Hebrew University Medical school in Jerusalem and graduated 1979. Dr. Samin completed his radiology training in SUNY HSC Syracuse 1983-1987 and received Board certification in diagnostic radiology in 1987.

As a director of the section of Gastrointetinal Radiology for over 20 years, Dr Samin has trained a large number of radiology residents in the performance of a wide spectrum of GI procedures, including, more recently, CT Colonography. He actively participates in the teaching of medical students as well as residents in a number of courses and weekly clinical conferences.

Interventional Neuroradiology

Sundeep Mangla, MD

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Director of Research

Associate Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery, and Neurology

Tel: (718) 270-4141
Fax: (718) 270-1603
e-mail: sundeep.mangla@downstate.edu

Dr. Mangla's clinical and academic expertise is in the subspecialty field of diagnosis and therapy of cerebrovascular diseases, utilizing evolving diagnostic imaging techniques and innovative endovascular therapeutic approaches to complex cerebrovascular pathologies. He has advanced and developed the Clinical Neurovascular Program and Neurointerventional Endovascular Therapy Program at Downstate, having performed numerous firsts within the city of Brooklyn and/or Downstate including: Acute Stroke Intra-arterial Thrombolysis (including MERCI retriever and Penumbra Stroke System), Brain Aneurysm Therapy (Coil embolization), Brain AVM Therapy (Embolization), Brain Tumor Therapy (Embolization), Carotid and Vertebral Artery Stenting and Cerebrovascular Intracranial Angioplasty and Stenting.

Dr. Mangla's clinical and research effort is currently focused on advancing diagnosis and therapy of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. His research effort has included work on numerous pioneering research projects including numerous institutional and international clinical trials (MERCI trial for acute ischemic stroke, ARUBA trial for Brain AVMS, TEAM trial for unruptured aneurysms) and basic science projects in clinical imaging, neurosciences, and biomedical engineering (currently active National Science Foundation Grant for translational research and Nanoengineering). He is also a dedicated educator, currently developing and creating core curriculums for the Departments of Radiology, Neurosurgery, and Neurology in “Interventional Neuroradiology and Neurovascular Diagnosis and Therapy” and “Academic Research in Radiology”.

Dr. Mangla has authored or co-authored 20 peer-reviewed research publications and has authored or co-authored 7 book chapters and review publications. Dr. Mangla presented over 50 national and international presentations. He is the PI or Co-PI of numerous active IRB Research Protocols and is involved in several patents, including robotic navigation and in the arena of nanotechnology. Dr. Mangla continues to perform grant supported research for a variety of basic science and clinical research investigations.

Dr. Mangla has trained numerous residents and fellows in the fields of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology. He actively enjoys teaching and mentoring students, residents, and fellows from all disciplines. Dr. Mangla's mission is to develop a clinical, research, and educational Neurointerventional Program at SUNY Downstate that will focus on expanding the safe and effective application of Neurointerventional therapy to a greater number of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients. Dr. Mangla resides in NYC along with his wife and 2 children.

Interventional Radiology

Michael Herskowitz, MD

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Associate Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: michael.herskowitz@downstate.edu

Dr. Michael Herskowitz is board certified radiologist with a certificate of added qualification in interventional radiology. He attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey followed by an internship in internal medicine at St. Luke Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Herskowitz subsequently completed a residency in radiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center followed by a fellowship in interventional radiology at St. Michael's Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Herkowitz has over 19 years of experience in interventional radiology, serving as the division chief from 1983 through 1988.

He teaches residents during interventional cases at both SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital Center, participates in surgical and medical conferences, and gives monthly department lectures.

William Kwon, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: william.kwon@downstate.edu

Dr. William Kwon specializes in Interventional Radiology. He graduated medical school at SUNY Downstate, and then did a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. After completing a fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, he returned to SUNY Downstate to join the faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He is currently the Affiliate Residency Program Director for the Brooklyn VA Hospital site. He has a strong interest in resident and medical student education. His clinical interests include peripheral vascular intervention, interventional oncology, hepatobiliary intervention, and non-invasive vascular imaging.

Daniel Levin, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1888
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: daniel.levin@downstate.edu

Huntz Liu, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 630-7415
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: huntz.liu@downstate.edu

Dr. Liu, a true product of Brooklyn, was raised here and went to SUNY Downstate for Medical School after completing the 7 year BA/MD program at CUNY Brooklyn in 1994. He stayed at SUNY Brooklyn for his Diagnostic Radiology Residency. After his IR Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in 2000, he returned to Brooklyn and has happily been on staff at SUNY Brooklyn since 2004. He is a long time resident of Park Slope.

Salvatore J.A. Sclafani, MD

Professor of Radiology, Surgery and Emergency Medicine

Tel: (718) 245-4447
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: sclafans@nychhc.org

Salvatore J.A. Sclafani, MD received his Bachelor of Science from Fordham University in 1968 and undertook his medical education at the Upstate campus of SUNY, graduating in 1972. He completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Downstate/Kings County in 1976. He is a diplomate of the American College of Radiology with a certificate of added qualifications in Interventional Radiology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology and a member of numerous other medical societies. He is a past President of the American Society of Emergency Radiology.

Dr. Sclafani has published more than 150 papers in scientific journals and authored or co-authored more than 20 textbooks. He is currently the Section editor of Radiology for the Journal of Trauma and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Interventional Radiology, and Emergency Radiology. Dr. Sclafani has presented almost two hundred invited lectures in the United States and has lectured extensively on four continents. He has taught countless radiologists the techniques of Interventional Radiology during his ten visits to the Peoples’ Republic of China.

He is recognized for his work in the uses of Radiology in traumatized and emergency patients and has either developed techniques or set standards for the use of Interventional Radiology in the control of hemorrhage after trauma. He is most recognized for his development of a method of treating without the use of open surgery patients who have sustained a ruptured spleen. Other collaborations have led to an awareness of the value of physiological monitoring of the injured elderly, a non-operative approach to exsanguinating hemorrhage after pelvic fractures and management schemes for vascular injuries of the head and neck.

In 1989 Dr. Sclafani became an honorary police surgeon of the New York Police Department after a celebrated “save” by Interventional Radiology of a patrolman who had sustained a near fatal gunshot wound of the internal carotid artery. This event brought national public recognition to Downstate and Kings County Hospital as an innovator in trauma care and the techniques were featured in the New York Times Science Section.

Dr. Sclafani has spent his entire career working among the indigent and was honored by the New York Academy of Medicine for his contributions to urban health.

Participating in the Trauma Service of Kings County since 1976, he is its senior member. He served as the Chief of Radiology at Kings County Hospital Center and was the Chairman of the Department of Radiology of the Downstate Medical Center where he directed more than 35 radiologists and 33 residents. He developed New York City’s first DIRECT pathway program, a dedicated four year interventional radiology residency.

Dr. Sclafani was born and raised in Brooklyn to which he has dedicated his entire career. He currently resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife, Georgia. He lived in the pediatric examining room of his father, Anthony Sclafani, MD, in Bensonhurst during the first four years of his life and lived above the waiting room of his father’s office until the age of 13. Thus, he considers the hospitals his second home and its patients his family.

James Walsh, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: james.walsh@downstate.edu

Musculoskeletal Imaging

Srinivas Kolla, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-7209
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: srinivas.kolla@downstate.edu

Dr. Kolla graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical College in 2001 and went on do his internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He did his Diagnostic Radiology residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. His fellowship was in Musculoskeletal Imaging at University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Kolla returned back to his medical school to join as a faculty member in the Department of Radiology in July 2007. His clinical interests include diagnostic musculoskeletal imaging, conventional and MR arthrography, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and image-guided bone and soft tissue biopsies.

He is actively involved with resident and medical student teaching. He has won the Radiology Teacher of the Year Award for 2007-2008 at King's County Hospital and for 2008-2009 at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Dr. Kolla's research interests are in bone/soft tissue tumor imaging and sports injuries.

He works both at Downstate and at Kings County Hospital.

Scott A. Lehto, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 245-5084
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: scott.lehto@downstate.edu

Dr. Scott Lehto is a board certified radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal imaging. Originally a resident of California, Dr. Lehto graduated from Pomona College. He subsequently moved to New York City to attend the Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he obtained his medical degree. Dr. Lehto pursued an internship in Internal Medicine at New York University followed by residency training in radiology at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center where he was chief resident. His advanced training in musculoskeletal imaging was obtained during his fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Lehto has extensive experience in musculoskeletal MRI and CT and performs ultrasound and fluoroscopic joint and spine procedures, including myelography and cortisone injections. He has published several papers in peer reviewed orthopedics journals and his research has been presented at the national meetings of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Lehto is a reviewer of manuscripts for the Journal of Trauma.

An outstanding educator, Dr. Lehto currently holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and served as the Assistant Director of the radiology residency program from 2008 - 2011. He also works as an attending physician at the Kings County Hospital Center.

Dr. Lehto has a special interest in sports medicine imaging.

Nuclear Medicine

Brian Magee, MD

Associate Program Director, Radiology Residency

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: brian.magee@downstate.edu

Arnold Strashun, MD

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Nuclear Medicine
Professor of Radiology

Tel: (718) 270-1902
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: arnold.strashun@downstate.edu

Dr. Arnold Strashun, Director of Nuclear Medicine at Kings County Hospital and University Hospital since 1987, was appointed Radiology Residency Program Director in November 2000. Dr. Strashun also directs Radiology Research for the department, as well as the Radiology Quality Assurance program.

Born in Houston, Texas, he attended University of Texas (BA '70), Baylor College of Medicine (MD '74), trained in Internal Medicine (ABIM '77), and Nuclear Medicine (Mt. Sinai, NYC, ABNM '79). His contributions include numerous scientific papers in nuclear cardiology and the neurosciences. He has served as Chairman of SUNY Downstate Centerwide Committee of the Faculty, President of the New York Academy of Medicine Nuclear Medicine Section, and is currently a Trustee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. He serves as Chairman of Education and Training for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and is a member of the Executive Editorial Board of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. He was again recognized by New York Magazine in 2001 as one of NYC's Best Physician.

Neuroradiology

Jaya Nath, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-7210
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: jaya.nath@downstate.edu

Dr. Jaya Nath is a board certified radiologist with a certificate of added qualification in neuroradiology. She teaches neuroradiology to the residents and regularly participates in interdepartmental conferences with neurology and neurosurgery.

Steven Pulitzer, MD

Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: steven.pulitzer@downstate.edu

Vinodkumar Velayudhan, MD

Professor of Radiology

Tel: (718) 245-5103
e-mail: Vinodkumar.Velayudhan@Downstate.edu@downstate.edu

Pediatric Radiology

John Amodio, MD

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Program Director Emeritus, Radiology Residency

Professor

Tel: (718) 270-3170
Fax: (718) 270-1603
e-mail: john.amodio@downstate.edu

Dr. John Amodio specializes in Pediatric Radiology and served as the Program Director for the Radiology Residency from 2007-2010. Dr. Amodio was a fellow in pediatric radiology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in1985. He completed his radiology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in 1984 and he did his internship in Maimonides Medical Center in 1981. He received his MD from NY Medical College in 1980 and his B.A. from NYU in 1976. Dr. Amodio is also currently obtaining his M.Ed on-line at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Amodio is ABR certified with added qualifications in Pediatric Radiology. He is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Amodio received the SUNY Downstate Award for Graduate Medical Education in 2008. He received the Great Teacher Award by the Department of Radiology of New York University in 2006, and received the Great Teacher Award by the Department of Radiology, Lenox Hill Hospital in 2002. He is on the Best Doctors in New York Metro Area Castle by Connolly Medical Ltd., received the Taussend Award for Radiologic Excellence by Montefiore Medical Center in 1983 and received the Phi Beta Kappa award by New York University in 1976.

Dr. Amodio is a member of the ACR, the RSNA, the New York Roentgen Ray Society, the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the ACR Committee on Continued Professional Improvement, the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Association of University Radiologists, the Association of Medical Student Educators in Radiology, the Alternate Delegate to New York State Radiological Society and the Association of Program Directors in Radiology. He has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications

Dr. Amodio held a number of academic appointments over the years. He was appointed Professor of Clinical Radiology at SUNY Downstate in 2008, served as Associate Professor of Radiology in New York University School of Medicine from 2005 to 2007, and Assistant Professor of Radiology in New York University School of Medicine from 2002 to 2005. He was Assistant Professor of Radiology at Columbia University from 1985 to 1987 and Instructor of Radiology at Columbia University from 1984 to 1985.

Dr. Amodio also specializes in resident education, having interests in web-based education and testing, as well as computerized simulation in radiology. His educational achievements include development of a web-based curriculum for pediatric residents who are taking an elective in Pediatric Radiology. He instituted conferences in which radiology residents acquire skills in teaching fellow peers as well as those of different specialties.

Dr. Amodio developed educationally relevant publications, including a pediatric radiology website, http://www.taskstream.com/ts/amodio/peds.html, which is an educational site for residents displaying recent lectures, challenging unknown cases, residency level based examinations, educational aids regarding pediatric radiology emergencies, a web based curriculum in pediatric radiology. This website serves as a major resource in the department.

Rachelle Goldfisher, MD

Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director, Radiology Residency

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: rachelle.goldfisher@downstate.edu

Ultrasound

Catherine Mason, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 270-1603
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: catherine.mason@downstate.edu

Dr. Mason graduated from Albert Einstein School of Medicine in 1998. She did some years of pre-training, general surgery and medicine. Dr. Mason graduated from her Radiology Residency from Maimonides Medical Center in 1996. She did her fellowship in Body Imaging at Beth Israel Medical Center, NY in 1998.

Dr. Mason has been working for SUNY Downstate since April 1999 at the Brooklyn VA and came to Kings County in October of 2007. Dr. Mason specializes in Body Imaging.

Steven Ostrow, MD

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Director of Radiology Education
Associate Professor

Tel: (718) 270-2915
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: steven.ostrow@downstate.edu

Dr. Steven Ostrow is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University (BA) and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD). Dr. Ostrow was appointed Director of Undergraduate Education within the Department of Radiology after completing his residency at Downstate and obtaining ABR certification in radiology. An excellent educator in the tradition of Dr. Lucy Squire, Dr. Ostrow was named "Outstanding Educator of the Year of the Clinical Faculty" by the 1998 graduating class. In 2000, he was awarded faculty membership in Apha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. In 2001, he was named "Teacher of the Year" by the class of 2003 for his efforts using radiology to teach gross anatomy to this class when they were first year students. In 2002 he was again named “Outstanding Educator of the Year of the Clinical Faculty” by the graduating class of the College of Medicine. In 2006, he again received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the first year class of Medical Students (Class of 2009). Dr. Ostrow also serves as the primary faculty adviser for medical students applying for radiology residency, and as a faculty mentor for first year medical students. He holds a joint appointment on the faculty of the Department of Cell Biology (formerly the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology). Dr. Ostrow also has special training in Ultrasonography and is actively involved in this clinical service.

Daniel Zinn, MD

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 245-5126
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: dan.zinn@downstate.edu

Dr. Daniel Zinn is a board-certified radiologist specializing in ultrasound. After receiving his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI, Dr. Zinn completed an internship and radiology residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and a fellowship in Body Imaging at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. Following his fellowship, Dr. Zinn came to the Department of Radiology in 1988 where he has worked primarily in Body Imaging, specializing in ultrasound. Dr. Zinn currently holds an appointment as assistant professor of Radiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and is on staff at State University Hospital and Kings County Medical Center. Dr. Zinn has been section leader of the ultrasound section since 1998.

In his capacity as section leader, Dr. Zinn supervises and trains radiology residents, ultrasound technologists and students in the ultrasound technology school. He lectures on ultrasound to the radiology residents and ultrasound technology students and participates in the radiology department’s Grand Rounds at Downstate Medical Center. He has lectured at national ultrasound meetings and received the department’s Teacher of the Year award in 2003.

Administration

Brian Gale, MD, M.B.A.

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Assistant Professor

Tel: (718) 245-2691
Fax: (718) 270-2667
e-mail: brian.gale@downstate.edu

Brian Gale, MD, M.B.A. graduated from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine.He completed a residency in Nuclear Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology at New York Medical College and a fellowship in Body Imaging at The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, currently known as New York Presbyterian Medical Center.Dr. Gale earned an MBA in Finance at Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is the SUNY Downstate Department of Radiology Director of Radiology Informatics.



Photo credits: Mr. Vartan Esenyan