Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center

Faculty and Staff

The Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is supported in part by grants and contracts from the: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau; U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities; U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (Ryan White Funding); New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and, the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities. These, at times, are supplemented by grants and contracts from other governmental agencies and private foundations. The Fisher-Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities was established through a major gift from Emily Fisher Landau. An endowment created through the generosity of The Gottesman Fund provides permanent support for the leadership of the Center.

Executive Administration

Theodore A. Kastner  M.D. 
Director, CERC
Co-Director, Rose F. Kennedy Center
Director, RFK UCEDD, LEND (7/1/15)
Chief, Division of Developmental Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, Einstein and Childrens Hospital at Montefiore 

Karen Bonuch, Ph.D. 
Co-Director, RFK UCEDD, 

Sophie Molholm, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Research


Anne Murphy, Ph.D 
Clinical Director, RFK CERC

Lurdes Pombo
Administrator, Revenue Cycle RFK CERC

Camille L. Rogers
Director of Clinical Operations, RFK CERC


Maris Rosenberg, M.D.
Training Director, RFK CERC

Joanne F. Siegel, LCSW
Associate Director, RFK UCEDD 
Director, Community, Legislative and Advocacy Affairs 


Discipline and Program Directors

Farah Alam, D.M.D.
Director, Dental Unit

Mayra E. Alvarez, Ph.D.
Director, Allied Health Training, RFK UCEDD

Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., RD
Director, Nutrition Clinic


Blanche Benenson, M.D.
Director, Medical Training

Marsha Edell, LCSW
Co-Director, Developmental and Family Services Unit

Tammy Fried, LCSW
Developmental Support Services


Nicole Furnari, LMHC
Director, Children’s Health Home

Susan Greenhill, PNP
Coordinator of Nursing and Seizure/Medication Clinics

Rani Kathirithamby, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit


Sarah D. Kevelson, MD

Iris Lesser, M.D.
Director, School Age Unit

Monica McQuaid, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Adult Literacy Program


Enna Payano
Supervisor, Medicaid Service Coordination

Elizabeth Ridgway, Ph.D., OTR
Supervisor, Occupational Therapy

Erin Rivelis, Ph.D.
Director, Adolescent Unit


Chana Pinkerton, Au.D,
Children’s Hearing Program

Dovelet T. Shashou, M.D.
Director, Ophthalmology Clinic

Lisa Shulman, M.D.
Director, Infant Toddler Team


Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D.
Director, Academic Affairs, RFK CERC

Mitchell Steinschneider, M.D.
Director, Seizure Management Clinic

Nancy Tarshis, MA, MS CCC-SLP
Supervisor, Speech and Language Services


Carol Terilli, PT, DPT
Supervisor, Physical Therapy

Harriet Wieder, M.D. 
Director, Quality Assurance



Herbert J. Cohen, M.D.
Director Emeritus, RFK CERC

Ruth L. Gottesman, Ed.D.,
Director Emeritus
Fisher-Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities

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