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ALLEN J. DOZOR, MD

Director, Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley
Director, Armond V. Mascia, MD Cystic Fibrosis Center
Principal Investigator, ALA Asthma Clinical Research Center
Program Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology
Prof. of Peds. & Chief, Division of Pulmonology, Allergy & Sleep Medicine, NY Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Associate Physician-in-Chief, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Practice Location: 19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, PA
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University, Hershey , PA

Residency: St. Vincent 's Hospital & Medical Center of New York, NY

Fellowship: Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.

Board Certification: Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 1985

Special Interests:
Children's Environmental Health
Cystic Fibrosis
Asthma
Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome
Respiratory Physiology of Children




















ROBERT W. AMLER, MD, FAAP, FACPM

New York Medical College
Vice-President for Government Affairs
Dean, School of Health Sciences and Practice, and Institute of Public Health
Professor of Public Health and Pediatrics

Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

Attending in General Pediatrics

Practice Location: 19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 2400 -Hawthorne, New York 10532

Education:
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Graduate School (MMS): UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson (formerly Rutgers) Medical School
Medical School : UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson (formerly Rutgers) Medical School

Residency:
Preventive Medicine: Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta
Pediatrics: New York University – Bellevue, New York City
Columbia University – The Roosevelt Hospital, New York City

Board Certification: Pediatrics - Preventive Medicine and General Public Health

Special Interests:
Children's Environmental Health and Toxicology
Environmental Biomarkers and Neurobehavioral Testing

In 1997-1998, founded the international network of Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU), as Director, Office of Children's Health and Chief Medical Officer, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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AMY ANSEHL, RN, MSN, FNPC

Director of Community Education and Outreach, Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley

Executive Director Partnership for a Healthy Population and Director of Public Health Practice

School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College

Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences and Practice and Department of Family and Community Medicine, New York Medical College


Education:
Undergraduate: Washington University (BA)
Columbia University School of Nursing (BSN)
Graduate School: Columbia University School of Nursing (MSN)
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, 1996

Year Appointed: 2000

Special Interests:
Children's Environmental Health
Community Outreach to Underserved Populations
Health Literacy


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DIANE E. HECK, Ph. D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College

Education:
Undergraduate: Douglass College
Graduate School: Rutgers University (Ph.D.)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Rutgers University

Year Appointed : 2007

Special Interests:
Children's Environmental Health
Mechanisms of Toxicity of Pesticides, Vesicants and Plastisizers
Enzymatic Responses to Ultraviolet Light
Reactive Oxygen and Carcinogenesis

As Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, I oversee and guide a department awarding Master of Public Health degrees in the program in Public Health, and direct an active research program. Among our current projects, are several focused on the mechanisms underlying the induction of cancer by sunlight, evaluating environmental asthma triggers that affect pre-school children, understanding the effects of plastics on neonatal health, and devising interventions to counter act the toxic effects of war gasses focused on vesicants and neurotoxicants. My laboratory includes experts in several diverse fields including Biochemistry, Neurobiology, Toxicology and Public Health. Currently, our group in Valhalla is comprised of Assistant Professors, graduate students, undergraduates and technicians. In addition to our own projects, we participate in an extensive NIH supported research network (CounterACT Network) to develop drugs to treat civilian populations in the event of exposure to agents of mass destruction. Among our closest collaborators actively working with us in the network are Professors at Lehigh University, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Battelle Memorial Institute.

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Eric Karlin, MD
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Y. CATHY KIM, MD

Associate Director, Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley

Attending in Peds. Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, NY

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College

Practice Locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY
Metropolitan Hospital Center - 1901 First Avenue - New York, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: Kyungbuk National University, Daegu, Korea
Medical School: Kyungbuk National University, Daegu, Korea

Residency: Children's Hospital, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Fellowship: Children's Hospital, Boston, Boston, MA

Board Certification: Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 2001

Special Interests:
Children's Environmental Health
Congenital Anomalies of the Respiratory Tract
Asthma

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CHRISTY KIM, MD

Education:
Undergraduate: Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
Residency: Children’s Hospital at Montefiore at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Board Certification: Pediatrics (2010)

Special Interests: Asthma, CF, Dysphagia/Chronic Aspiration, Care of children with special needs








GREGORY OWENS, MPH

Assistant Director of Community Education and Outreach

Gregory Owens MPH, a graduate of the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice Masters of Public Health in environmental health science, currently holds the position of assistant director of NYMC Public Health Practicum, where he assists in the placement and guidance of public health students in practicum sites throughout the Hudson Valley as well as nationally and internationally.  He has completed work at Keller Army Community Hospital’s environmental health department, conducting entomological surveys for disease vectors; additionally he has worked with notable experts in the field of fine particulate matter and its effects on health.  His interests include: the public health effects of nutrition, food supply, and agricultural policy, as well as the effects of air pollution on the health of sensitive populations.  Honors include: NYMC Award for Academic Excellence



















AGNES BANQUET, MD

Assistant Director, Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Blythedale Children's Hospital, Valhalla, NY

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College

Practice Locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY
Blythedale Children's Hospital - 95 Bradhurst Avenue - Valhalla, NY
Vassar Brothers Hospital - 45 Reade Place - Poughkeepsie, New York

Education:
Undergraduate: University of the Philippines, Laguna Philippines
Medical School: University of the East, Quezon City Philippines

Residency: Maria Fareri Children‘s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York

Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla , New York

Board Certification: Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 2006

Special Interests:
Children's Environmental Health
Care of Technologically Dependent Children
Genetic Polymorphisms of the Beta Adrenergic Receptor Gene











MADELINT HEYDENDAEL, RN, MSW

Clinical Coordinator, Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley

Center Nurse and Social Services Coordinator, Armond V. Mascia, MD Cystic Fibrosis Center,
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine

Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla , NY New York Medical College

Practice Location: 19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY

Education:
Catholic School of Social Work, Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Westchester Community College

Year Appointed: 1998

Special Interests:
Children's Environmental Health
Cystic Fibrosis
Access to healthcare for children with chronic medical conditions
Transition of care for adults with pediatric diseases
Family Dynamics and Chronic Illness

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LISA MONCHIL, RRT-NPS, CCRC, CPFT, CCM, AE-C

Respiratory Therapist
Research Coordinator, Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley


Practice Location: 19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY







BINDU GEORGE, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Education:
Undergraduate & Masters in Healthcare Management: Union College
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Residency: Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Special Interests:
Cystic Fibrosis Asthma Interstitial Lung Diseases








INGRID GHERSON, BS, CCRP, MPH

Research Coordinator, Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley
Research Coordinator, ALA Asthma Clinical Research Center
Research Coordinator, The Armond V. Mascia, MD Cystic Fibrosis Center
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY - New York Medical College

Practice Location:19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: Binghamton University
Graduate School: New York Medical College

Year Appointed: 2004

Special Interests:
Children's Environmental Health
Cystic Fibrosis
Asthma
Protection of Human Subjects and the Ethics of Medical Research































NIKHIL AMIN, MD, FCCP

Staff Physician

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center
Associate Director, Armond V. Mascia, MD Cystic Fibrosis Center
Co-Investigator, ALA Asthma Clinical Research Center
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Practice Location: 19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India
Medical School: Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India

Residency:
1979 - 1982: General Pediatrics - Shree Sayaji General Hospital and Medical College, Baroda, India

1983 - 1984: Senior Registrar (Chief Resident ) - Shree Sayaji General Hospital & Medical College, Baroda, India

1985 -1988: General Pediatrics - Westchester County Medical Center & NY Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Fellowship:
1988 - 1989: General Academic Pediatrics - New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

1991 - 1994: Pediatric Pulmonology - New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Board Certification:
Pediatrics
Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 1989

Special Interests:
Inhalation Therapy
Cystic Fibrosis
Asthma
Respiratory Physiology of Children
Lung Involvement in Systemic Disorders (Diabetes)
Clinical Research in Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, RSV, Diabetic lungs




















JAY BOYER, MD

Staff Physician

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Co-Investigator, Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Center
Armond V. Mascia, MD Cystic Fibrosis Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College

Practice Location: 19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: Fordham University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate

Residency: Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Board Certification: Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 1995

Special Interests:
Cystic Fibrosis
Asthma
Respiratory Physiology at High Altitude
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy













ELIZABETH de la RIVA-VELASCO, MD

Staff Physician


Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College , Valhalla, NY


Education:
Undergraduate: Barnard College of Columbia University, NYC
Medical School: UMDNJ - NJ Medical School, Newark, NJ

Residency: Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ

Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York

Board Certification:
Pediatrics since 2007
Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 2010

Special Interests:
Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke on Childhood Asthma
Cystic Fibrosis














SUZETTE GJONAJ, MD

Staff Physician

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie, NY

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College

Practice Locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY
Vassar Brothers Hospital - 45 Reade Place - Poughkeepsie, New York
104 Fulton Avenue - Poughkeepsie , NY
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 203 - New Windsor , NY

Education:
Undergraduate: St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Residency: Maria Fareri Children‘s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York

Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla , New York

Board Certification: Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 1996

Special Interests: Cystic Fibrosis & Asthma






























SANKARAN KRISHNAN, MD, MPH

Research Director, Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley
Associate Program Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and NY Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College


Practice Locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY
Suffern Medical Pavilion - 257 Lafayette Avenue - Suffern, NY
Suite 100, Crystal Run Road - Middletown , NY

Education:
Undergraduate: Bombay University, India
Medical School: T N Medical College, Bombay University, India

Residency: Lincoln Hospital & Medical Center / New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, NY Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Board Certification: Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 2001

Special Interests:
Pediatric Pulmonary Function Tests
Respiratory Mechanics of Children
Asthma Clinical Research
Cystic Fibrosis
Flexible bronchoscopy
Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

Research Projects (Current):
Effect of environmental tobacco smoke and inhaled steroids in asthma. (Primary investigator)
Effect of environmental tobacco smoke exposure on lung function in children with asthma. (Primary investigator)
Atmospheric conditions and lung function in childhood asthma.
Methacholine challenge testing and inhaled steroids in asthma. (Co-investigator)
Study of acid reflux in children with asthma. (Co-Investigator)






















DIANA B. LOWENTHAL, MD

Staff Physician

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Director of Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College

Practice Locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY
Suffern Medical Pavilion - 257 Lafayette Avenue - Suffern, New York
761 Main Avenue - Norwalk, CT 06851

Education:
Undergraduate: SUNY-Albany
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Residency: Albert Einstein / Montefiore Medical Centers, Bronx, NY

Fellowship: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

Board Certification: Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 1992

Special Interests:
Asthma
Chronic Cough
Cystic Fibrosis
Pediatric Bronchoscopy

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Yehudit Pollack, MD

Fellow in Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Education: Undergraduate: Stern College of Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Residency: Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY

Chief Residency: Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY

Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Board Certification: Pediatrics

Special Interests: Asthma Cystic Fibrosis

 


MARILYN SCHARBACH, MD

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Marilyn Scharbach, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical
College as well as Attending Physician in Pediatric Pulmonology at the Maria Fareri
Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. She is a fellow of the American
Academy of Pediatrics and the American Thoracic Society.

Dr. Scharbach is a graduate of Colby College, and received her medical degree from New
York Medical College. She completed both her residency and fellowship in pediatric
pulmonology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital/Westchester Medical Center, where
she now remains as faculty. As a resident, she received multiple excellence awards and
was appointed Chief Resident in Pediatrics. She is board certified in Pediatrics and board
eligible in Pediatric Pulmonology.

Dr. Scharbach divides her time between patient care, teaching and research in the field of
respiratory illness in children. Dr. Scharbach is a member of the Children’s & Women’s
Physicians of Westchester Group, which remains the largest pediatric pulmonology group
in the New York region.

Practice Locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue
Hawthorne, NY

The Center For Advanced Pediatrics
Norwalk, CT

Education:

Undergraduate: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Medical School: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Residency and Chief Residency: Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Fellowship: Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Board Certification:
Pediatrics (Since 2007)
Pediatric Pulmonology (Board Eligible)
Year Appointed: 2011

Special Interests:
Cystic Fibrosis
Asthma
Respiratory Physiology of Children
Graduate Medical Education


















SUBHADRA SIEGEL, MD

Staff Physician

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College , Valhalla, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Residency:
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Schneider Children's Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY

Chief Residency:
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Schneider Children's Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY

Fellowship:
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Schneider Children's Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY

Board Certification:
American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Allergy and Immunology

Year Appointed:
2009

Special Interests:
Food Allergy
Eczema
Primary Immunodeficiency
Chronic Rhinosinusitis





















NADAV TRAEGER, MD

Staff Physician

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

Consultant in Pediatric Pulmonology, Montefiore North, Bronx, NY

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College

Practice Locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY
4350 Van Cortlandt Park East - Bronx, NY
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 203 - New Windsor, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Residency: Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification:
Pediatrics
Pediatric Pulmonology
Sleep Medicine

Year Appointed: 2003

Special Interests:
Pediatric Sleep Medicine
Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation
Respiratory Care of Children with Neuromuscular Disease
Bronchoscopy


















JOHN WELTER, MD

Staff Physician

Attending in Pediatric Pulmonology, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Director, Quality Improvement Initiative, Armond V. Mascia, MD Cystic Fibrosis Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College

Practice Locations:
19 Bradhurst Avenue - Hawthorne, NY
Suffern Medical Pavilion - 257 Lafayette Avenue - Suffern, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine, St. Georges, Granada

Residency: Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ

Fellowship: Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

Board Certification: Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology

Year Appointed: 2006

Special Interests:
Cystic Fibrosis
Quality Improvement of Medical Care
Asthma



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