Department of Pathology News

2014 Incoming Residents

Friday, March 21, 2014

Robin Burger, MD
 
Robin Burger, MD

University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Other Awards/Accomplishments: Summa cum Laude, Yeshiva University, 2010; Mr. & Mrs. H.I. Feldman Award for Excellence in Biology, 2010; Dean’s List, Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women, 2006- 2010; Who’s Who Among Students in America Universities and Colleges, 2009;
Certificate of Achievement in In-Vitro Toxicology, Stern College for Women, 2008.
Hobbies & Interests: cooking, reading, writing poetry, and watching movies.
 
 Rosemarie DiDonato, MD
 
Rosemarie DiDonato, MD

New York Medical College
Other Awards/Accomplishments: Dean’s List, Temple University School of Pharmacy, Fall 2008; Graduated Magna cum Laude (3.81 GPA), U. of Scranton, 2008; Dean’s List, U. of Scranton, 2006-2008. Scholar-Athlete Award (GPA over 3.6), U. of Scranton, Spring 2008; Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, U. of Scranton, Fall 2007; NSCAA (National College Soccer Coaches Association of America) Scholar All-East Team, U. of Scranton, 2006; Loyola Academic Scholarship, U. of Scranton, May 2005; Dean's List, NYU, Fall 2004. 
Hobbies & Interests: Since September 2011, I have participated in the New York Medical College Soccer Club. From the fall of 2005 until the fall of 2007 season I was a member of the women’s soccer team at the University of Scranton and played soccer at New York University in the 2004 season. I also participated in the NYMC international food fair. Besides playing soccer I also enjoy running, traveling, reading, art, film and going to concerts.
 
Ivo Francischetti, MD, PhD
 
Ivo Francischetti, MD, PhD

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Other Awards/Accomplishments: 2006 - Francischetti IMB, Valenzuela JG and Ribeiro JMC. Ixodes scapularis Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor. United States Patent Holder. In 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010-2012, received Staff Recognition Award, NIAID/NIH. Bethesda, MD, USA.. Reviewer for several Journals (Blood, PNAS, Nat Med, Plos Pathogens, Science), grants (Germany, UK, Sweden). Chair, Educational Subcommittee (Exogenous Factors) of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. 
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, sports, planes, traveling, music, museums. 
Ritu Gupta, MD
 
Rita Gupta, MD

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Cornell University - Dean's List
Yale University, Internal Medicine
Hobbies & Interests: The arts have been a strong interest of mine for as far back as I can remember, from playing piano as a child to playing the drums and performing with other student musicians throughout medical school, holding concerts for patients and raising money for charities. I have also been involved with diverse styles of dance, including Indian and hip-hop, and choreography at various times since college. Other interests include running 5ks and reading popular neuroscience books and mystery novels.
 
Hugo Kaneku Nagahama, MD
 
Hugo Kaneku Nagahama, MD

Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
Other Awards/Accomplishments: Young Investigator Award, International Liver Transplantation Society Meeting, San Francisco 2012; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Prof. Paul I. Terasaki, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
Hobbies & Interests: Running, soccer, baseball, electronic gadgets, music.

 
Sabrina Racine Brzostek, MD, PhD   Sabrina Racine Brzostek, MD, PhD

The School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center

Other Awards/Accomplishments: Awarded the Cancer Biochemistry & Cell Biology Training Fellowship in both 2005 and 2006. This training grant is awarded by the National Cancer Institute to a graduate student in the Molecular Biology/Microbiology Dept at Stony Brook University. I was also awarded the Seymour & Vivian Milstein ISICR Travel Award, which allowed me to present my work in a poster session at the Conference of the International Cytokine Society & the International Society for IFN & Cytokine Research in Montreal in 2008. 



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Recent News

Veenstra On Science, Life, and Love in New York City
Mike Veenstra, a Dutch PhD student in Dr. Joan Berman's lab, was interviewed last month by Oost TV as part of a series on people from the Overijssel region of the Netherlands who currently work and live in New York City. In this series, Mike discusses (in Dutch) his science, life in NYC - and what first brought him to the United States. Although the interview was conducted in Dutch - without subtitles - we’ve loosely summarized the video. Please take a look here.

Michael PrystowskySee Test & Treat: Free Cancer Screenings for Underserved Women
A team of Montefiore pathologists and clinicians from the departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Radiology provided free cervical and breast cancer screenings recently to over 40 underserved women ages 21 to 64 at the annual See Test & Treat® program, held at Montefiore Advanced Imaging, part of the Moses Division of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Michael PrystowskyInspiring the Next Generation of Pathologists
The Pathologist magazine interviews Dr. Michael Prystowsky about his career, heading up one of the busiest pathology services in the US, and how pathologists can demonstrate their value.


Tiffany HebertMontefiore Pathologist Focuses on Training to Improve Testing Access in Rwanda.
Podcast: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) interviews Dr. Tiffany Hebert on her experience training a Rwandan physician to perform pathology testing services as part of a comprehensive program to improve screening methods and reduce the number of Rwandan women who die from HIV-related cancers.



research fundingPathology Research Funding Program
The Department of Pathology has established a funding program to encourage residents and fellows to participate in clinical pilot research projects. Up to $2,000 will be awarded per research project, for projects of up to two years in duration. The newly-formed Clinical-Translational Research Committee will assist in the review of proposals, which may be submitted two times per year.


laura65Aging-related Changes Detected in Lymph Vessels
Einstein scientist have explained for the first time how aging affects lymph vessels and the flow of lymph in the body. Findings expected to be published in May issue of Aging Cell.


Levi 65A Faster Approach to Identifying Bacteria
The Montefiore microbiology lab is using MALDI-TOF mass spectometry, an innovative technology that can identify bacteria in minutes.


Jyothi NagajyothiJyothi Nagajyothi, PhD, Awarded RO1 Grant from NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Dr. Jyothi Nagajyothi will further her research program investigating the link between Chagas disease and metabolic disorders.


CadoffThe Department of Pathology Welcomes Dr. Evan Cadoff, New Vice Chair
Evan Cadoff, MD, MBA will manage the reorganization of Montefiore’s laboratory services and facilitate the expansion of programs.
 

Dr. Carol Harris breast cancer prevention Ethiopia albert einstein college of medicine montefiore medical center bronx nyBattling Breast Cancer in Ethiopia
Dr. Carol Harris's work with local caregivers & leaders is addressing Ethiopia's growing breast cancer rates.


Maja Oktay, MD, PhD, albert einstein college of medicine montefiore medical center bronx nyNew Insights into Breast Cancer Spread Could Yield Better Tests and Treatments
A new study provides compelling evidence that a specific trio of cells is required for the spread of breast cancer. The study was published in Science Signaling


Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, PhD, albert einstein college of medicine bronx nyRepairing nerve cell damage from multiple sclerosis"
For over 30 years, Einstein Pathology researcher Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, PhD, has worked to understand MS and give people suffering from the neurological disease hope.


Tanowitz, albert einstein college of medicine bronx nyCUNY-TV Interviews Dr. Herbert Tanowitz
CUNY-TV interviews Dr. Herbert Tanowitz on the rising spread of infectious diseases to non-endemic areas. Dr. Tanowitz is professor in the departments of pathology and of medicine (infectious diseases). His laboratory investigates the pathogenesis of chagastic heart disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.  )Interview starts at minute 3:30)


Advancing NeuroAIDS Research

Einstein Graduate Dionna Williams, PhD, is heading to Johns Hopkins for a postdoctoral fellowship to further investigate NeuroAIDS. Full story 

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Research

Experimental pathology aims to define disease in terms of fundamental molecular and cellular processes. Research in our Department is focused on critical issues in multiple disease classes. Areas of focus include 

Research in each of these areas is highly interactive, and the Department strives for a collegial atmosphere in which collaborations can flourish. This effort is conducted through a variety of department-level activities, including regular meetings to discuss work in progress and a departmental retreat at which students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and faculty all have opportunity to present and discuss their research.

Research Funding Program

The Department of Pathology has established a research funding program to encourage residents and fellows to participate in clinical pilot research projects. Up to $2,000 will be awarded per research project, for projects of up to two years in duration.

Research Faculty

Thomas Belbin, PhD 

Joan W. Berman, PhD 

Tina Calderon, PhD 

Linda Cannizzaro, PhD 

Mahalia Desruisseaux, MD, PhD 

Amy Fox, MD  

David Fooksman, PhD  

Rachel Hazan, PhD 

Huan Huang, MD 

Fernando Macian, MD, PhD 

Maja Oktay, MD, PhD 

Harry Ostrer, MD 

Thomas J. Ow, MD 

Michael B. Prystowsky, MD, PhD 

Moshe Sadofsky, MD, PhD 

Laura Santambrogio, MD, PhD 

Rani Sellers, DVM, PhD 

Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, PhD 

Herbert Tanowitz, MD 

Louis Weiss, MD 

 
 
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