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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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New York's Best in Medicine
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Shahnoz Rustamova, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of her outstanding dedication in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Jane Miller, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of her outstanding dedication in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Rubin Cooper, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of his outstanding dedication in the field of Pediatric Cardiology.
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Sumant Inamdar, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of his outstanding dedication in the field of Medicine, specializing in the treatment of intestinal and liver conditions.
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. R. Clement Darling III, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of his outstanding dedication in the field of Vascular Surgery.
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Phyllis Simon-Goldman, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of her outstanding dedication in the field of Pediatrics.
Dr. Stanley's day-to-day responsibilities include mentoring post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in investigations of roles for mammalian glycans in development, cancer, and Notch signaling. She also offers a graduate course in Glycobiology.
Dr. Gordana Katava attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2009. She also completed a fellowship in Hematopathology from Albert Einstein - Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Gain Lu, DDS is the Assistant Dental Director at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York, New York. She has held this position for the past 7 years but has worked in the healthcare industry for over 14 years. This has allowed her to refine her expertise in general dentistry.
Dr. Joy Awoniyi, PharmD is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System. Dr. Awoniyi has recently completed a post-graduate year 2 residency at with the Miami VA Healthcare System.
Dr. John Chelico is a board-certified internal medicine physician with formal fellowship training in biomedical informatics.
Todd Heaton, MD, MPH
Dr. Heaton’s 15 years in the healthcare industry and four years in his current role as Assistant Attending Physician at the renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are marked by a passion for advanced medical practice.
Dr. Wiseman is currently an attending physician of neonatal-perinatal medicine and assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, New York. Throughout an outstanding 35-year career in the healthcare industry, Dr. Wiseman gained comprehensive skills and knowledge in clinical medicine, neonatology, pediatrics and patient care.
Dr. William Dillon, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at SUNY Buffalo, will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in Medicine, Biology, Chemistry, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and High-Risk Pregnancies.
Working in the healthcare sector for 48 years, Dr. Speck is an expert in a number of areas, including Pediatrics, Pediatric Diabetes, Check-Up, Immunization and Vaccination. He is now a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, where he is a key figure.
Dr. Jenny Lee, MD is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist in Brooklyn, New York. Having more than 10 years of diverse experiences, Dr. Lee specializes in Coordinate Care and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Before her journey to CEO and President began 30 years ago, Ms. Lindsay Farrell completed her undergraduate degree in French in 1979. Afterwards, she went on to Pace University...
A hospitalist at New York Presbyterian — Hudson Valley Medical Group in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., Dr. Golkar treats internal medicine conditions and is responsible for consultations, admissions and transitions. While he has held his current role for 12 years, Dr. Golkar has spent the last 14 years in the healthcare industry garnering skills and knowledge in internal medicine.
Dr. Schwarz, who is a Board Certified Neurologist, is being recognized for her skills in Guideline and Quality Measure Development and Team-Based Care. She has been with the University of Rochester Medical Center as their Professor of Clinical Neurology for the past three years, giving 34 years in total to the healthcare community. The University of Rochester Medical Center specializes in Health Research, Teaching, Patient Care and Community Outreach Missions.
Board Certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry, through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Ivanov utilizes his expertise in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, childhood trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, adolescent and young adult substance use disorders.
Nicholas Avitabile, MD
An endocrinologist at Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, N.Y., Dr. Avitabile treats patients suffering from an array of ailments including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis and other endocrine conditions and disorders in an outpatient setting.
Best in Medicine
Nikalesh Reddy, MD, FACS, FICS has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont for the past 5 years. He is a consultant surgeon at Alice Hyde Medical Center which is part of The University of Vermont Health Network which offers the knowledge and resources needed to give their patients access to leading-edge technology...
Dr. Carolyne Jean-Philippe, Attending Physician at PM Pediatrics and Coney Island Hospital’s Pediatric Department, has an expertise in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Jean-Phillipe worked as an Attending Physician in the Pediatric Emergency department at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ.
Alice Cheuk
Dr. Alice V. Cheuk, Practice Chief of the Radiation Oncology Department at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. She shares her knowledge and expertise in Radiation Oncology, Cancer, and Radiation Therapy.

Debasis Adhikari, MD

Medical Director
Cross Island Diagnostic & Research Laboratory

Alexey Amchentsev, MD

Crystal Run Healthcare

Barbara Allis, MD

Attending Physician
Mount Sinai

Marta Anghel, MD

Internal Medicine
Claxton Hepburn Hospital

James Aquavella, MD

Distinguished Professor
University of Rochester

Joy Awoniyi, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Department of Veterans Affairs

Peter Barry, DO, FACOI, CAQ


Emily Carmody, MD

Division Chief
University of Rochester Medical Center

Krystal Cascetta, MD

Attending Physician
Mount Sinai

Eudes Francilot, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Woodhull Hospital

Morris Friedman, DO

Refuah Health Center

David Gallagher, M.D.

UHS Orthopedics

Matthew Golkar, M.D.

New York Presbyterian-Hudson Valley Medical Group

Aasha Gopal, MD, MS

Director, Assoc. Prof.
St. Francis Hospital

Todd Heaton, MD, MPH

Assist. Attending
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Imtiaz Mallick, MD, FACP

Associate VP

Yelena Novik, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
NYU Langone Medical Center

Jamel Patterson, MS, MD, MPH

Retired Emerg. Medicine Physician

Carolyne Jean-Philippe, MD

Pm Pediatrics

Jay Rosen, MD

Urologic Surgeon
Sovereign Medical Group

Jason Sample, MD

New York Presbyterian Queens

Michael Sedrish, MD

MD, Finance
MediSys Management

Binod Shah, MD

Spinal Pain & Rehab Med. PC

Phyllis Simon-Goldman, MD

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine- Division of ProHealth

Troy Singh, MD

Lead Physician
WellSpace Health

Mongkae Siripornsawan, MD

Assoc. Prof.
Univ. of Rochester Med. Center

Heidi Schwarz, MD, FAAN

University of Rochester Medical Center