Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine Staff Changes and New Faces

May 6, 2012

Roba Ghanayem, Faculty Practice Administrator 

Roba Ghanayem has been appointed the new Faculty Practice Administrator for the Department of Medicine, effective Monday, May 7, 2012.

Roba received her undergraduate degree in biology and her Masters in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Roba joined the Department of Medicine in July 2008 as the Administrative Fellow. The final rotation of her fellowship was as the interim manager at our Scarsdale practice site; this interim position became a full time position in July 2009, when Roba became the full time practice manager in Scarsdale. During her tenure, the site added numerous specialties, including nephrology, pulmonology and allergy.

In November 2010, Roba was appointed the new practice manager for MAP 2, where she has made many positive changes.

October 24, 2010

Roba Ghanayem, MAP 2 Practice Manager 

Roba Ghanayem joins MAP 2 Monday, November 28 as the new practice manager, a position formerly held by Aurora Trahan. Roba has a BS in biology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a MHA from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She joined Montefiore as the 2008-2009 Administrative Fellow in the Department of Medicine. After her fellowship, Roba became the practice manager for the Department of Medicine's Montefiore Medical Specialist practice in Scarsdale. During her tenure, the practice doubled in size, and achieved a positive financial margin. She was instrumental in developing new services for the practice, including cosmetic dermatology, allergy, and interventional pulmonology. 
Lynnette Watson, Montefiore Medical Specialists Practice Manager 

Lynnette Watson joins the Department Monday, November 8, filling the practice manager vacancy at Montefiore Medical Specialists in Scarsdale as Roba Ghanayem becomes the manager for MAP 2. She has a MBA from Nyack College with a concentration in general management, and a BS in organizational management, also from Nyack College. Her health administration career began with the Montefiore Medical Group at Fordham in May 1997; she is currently the Administrative Supervisor at the MMG practice at Bronx East.  Lynnette brings with her many years of practice management experience, including experience in both implementing and maintaining the EMR currently in place at Montefiore.
Tawana Howard-Eddings, RN, MAP 2 Clinical Manager 

Tawana Howard-Eddings, RN joins the Department Monday, October 18 as clinical manager for MAP 2, filling the position held by by Shelly Ann Bell, RN. Tawana has a BSN from the State University of New York and a masters degree from College of New Rochelle. Tawana began her nursing career in the Coronary Care Unit at DeKalb Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia and joined Montefiore Medical Center in 2008. She was most recently the Administrative Nurse Manager for Neurology/Neurosurgery NW One, the Epilepsy/Stroke Unit for Montefiore Medical Center. Tawana also has extensive outreach and community experience, including nursing ministry at Fellowship Covenant Church in the Bronx.

January 3, 2010

Lili Beit 

Lili Beit, Revenue Cycle Manager for the Department, announced recently that she will be transferring to Professional Services at Montefiore effective January 17, 2010. Lili has been a tremendous help to the Department of Medicine's practice in many ways, and will be missed.  

Deborah DeLuca-Parchen 

Ms. Deborah DeLuca-Parchen is the new assistant to Dr. Milford Fulop, Vice Chair for Appointments and Promotions for the Department of Medicine.  Deborah transferred to the Department from Einstein’s Office of Academic Appointments, bringing her knowledge of the appointment and promotion process. 

October 26, 2008

Shelly Ann Bell 

Shelly Ann Bell has joined the department to fill the vacancy left by Mara Tushaj as the nurse manager for the MAP 2, The Dermatology Center, and our Scarsdale practice sites.

Shelly has a BS in Nursing from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. She started her nursing career as an LPN at Wychoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn and Kings Harbor Multi-Care Center in the Bronx. Shelly Ann was most recently the Head Nurse/PCAP Coordinator for the Urban Health Center in the Bronx where she was responsible for the daily operation and management of the nursing staff. She has experience with numerous regulatory agencies, including OSHA and JCAHO, and has developed a series of competency-based evaluation tools for nursing care. She started in the practices this past Wednesday.

September 29, 2008

George Ribadeneyra 

George Ribadeneyra is an accountant who fills the vacancy left by Melissa Bassaragh. He will be working very closely with Jeff Becker.

George joins Einstein from New York-Presbyterian Hospital with a BS in Accounting from Lehman College. His prior job was in the financial accounting area, so he brings great value to the Department of Medicine.

Sheryl Simpson 

Sheryl Simpson is a certified coder. A large part of her responsibilities within the department will be to work with the physicians on coding and documentation issues. 

Yemisi Okusanya 

Yemisi Okusanya joins us as an administrator in Hematology. She fills the vacancy left by Laura Nesbitt.

Yemisi has a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an MPH from Hunter College, with a concentration in community health education. She spent several years at NYU, working in the Stern School of Business as a program coordinator, followed by outreach work with both the Vincent Fontana Center for Child Protection (in New York) and the Public Health Association of New York City.

With her concentration in community health and outreach, Yemisi is well positioned to help the Department of Medicine grow not only the activities in hematology, but also the unique services provided by the Sickle Cell Center.


Anna Manca 

Anna Manca has joined the Einstein Department of Medicine as the department's new Education Administrator, filling the vacancy left by Donna Chinea.

Anna joins us from Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester in New Rochelle where she was the Residency Coordinator for the Department of Surgery. Prior to her tenure at Sound Shore, she worked at Mount Sinai in New York in both the divisions of geriatric medicine and in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and liver diseases.

As Education Administrator, Anna works with Dr. Sharon Silbiger and firm leaders to help coordinate all aspects of the Einstein Internal Medicine Residency Program, including making sure that the program is in compliance with the myriad regulations that govern graduate medical education.

Beverly Michael 

Over summer 2008 Montefiore Medical Center acquired Our Lady of Mercy hospital, now the North Division of Montefiore. As part of that takeover, several care centers and associated Vice Presidents have been realigned.

Beverly Michael, formerly the Vice President of Clinical Services at Montefiore, has taken on the new challenge of organizing and overseeing a new cancer care center. Beverly left the Department in excellent shape with respect to its relationship with the hospital and the Acute Care Division, using her keen intelligence, organization and political skills, and extraordinary integrity to guide the Department through many changes and substantial growth.

In the transition, during a formal external search for Beverly's successor, Michael Prilutsky, Vice President of Montefiore's Heart Center will function as Medicine's Interim Vice President. Michael has worked with the Department of Medicine on many Cardiology and Heart Center issues since he came to Montefiore in late summer 2007, and we look forward to working with him going forward.

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