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Pathology - Staff

Henry Simpkins, PhD, MD
Chairman, Department of
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Professor of Pathology, Hofstra University School of Medicine
Investigator, Feinstein Institute, NS-LIJ Health System
Phone: (718) 226-4133
Email: Henry_Simpkins@siuh.edu

An experienced clinician, researcher and educator, Dr. Simpkins served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple University Medical School and Pathologist-in-Chief at Temple University Hospital for 14 years. He was also director of the residency program for seven years and the hematopathology fellowship program for eleven years. His prior academic appointments include the University of Colorado Medical School, the University of California at Irvine and the State University of New York-Health Science Center in Brooklyn (where he was also director of pathology at SIUH).

Dr. Simpkins has held grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Milheim Foundation and the Department of Defense, the last being a 5-year NIH $1.1 million grant entitled "Dihydrodiol Dehydrogenase Mediates Cisplatin Resistance."He has published over 90 articles in peer reviewed journals. His research interests include investigating candidate genes producing resistance to platinum and taxol-based chemotherapy.

Dr. Simpkins graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Miami Medical School and then completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Colorado Medical Center. Prior to medical school and residency training, he received a doctorate degree in biophysics at King's College in London, England, where he completed a predoctoral fellowship under the tutelage of M.H.F. Wilkins FRS (Nobel laureate) and he went on to complete post-doctoral fellowship training in S.J. Singer's laboratory at the University of California at San Diego.

Dr. Simpkins is board certified in pathology and is a team leader for systems inspections for the College of American Pathologists.

Thomas Neglia
Vice President, Laboratory Services
Phone: (718) 226-4690
Email: tneglia@siuh.edu

Mr. Neglia has over 25 years of laboratory experience, including the integration of multi-laboratory systems and the development of outreach laboratory services. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Richmond College SI Community College in 1975 and a Master of Health Administration from Seton Hall University in 2002.

He is currently an adjunct teacher at the College of Staten Island (CUNY) in Hematology and Chemistry.

Lynne Opitz, MD
Associate Chairman of
Pathology/Surgical Pathology
Phone: (718) 226-4037
Education: Lynne_Opitz@siuh.edu

Dr. Opitz received her MD from New York University in 1986. This was followed by an internship in Pediatrics at Schneider Children's Hospital, Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY from 1986 - 1987. She then returned to New York University Medical Center to complete a four-year residency in Anatomic and Clinical pathology from 1987-1991.From 1991-1992, she was a fellow in Oncologic Surgical Pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center under the direction of Dr. Juan Rosai.

Dr. Opitz worked at Staten Island University Hospital from July 1992 - July 2002 as a general surgical pathologist with a special interest in hematopathology and flow cytometry. From 2002 -2007 she was a general surgical pathologist at Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne, NJ .She returned to Staten Island University Hospital in 2008 as Associate Chairman of Pathology. Her current research interests lie in the area of curcumin based creams to treat HPV related disease.

Dr. Opitz was board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1992.

Kameelah Broadway, MD
Cytopathology/Surgical Pathology
Phone: (718) 226-6039
Email: Kameelah_Broadway@siuh.edu

Dr. Broadway obtained her M.D. degree at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2006. This was followed by a residency at Albert Einstein in anatomic and clinical pathology, which was completed in 2010, followed by a fellowship in cytopathology at Albert Einstein, which was completed in 2011.

She is boarded in Anatomic, Clinical and Cytopathology.

Jianli Chen PhD, BM
Director of Molecular Pathology Laboratory
Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Phone: (718) 226-4069
Email: Jianli_chen@siuh.edu

Dr. Chen graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree from Shandong University Medical School in 1994 and completed his residency in Ob/Gyn in 1999 (Ph.D.).He then completed post-doctoral fellowship training in the Ob/Gyn department at Fudan University (Shanghai) in 2001 and was appointed associate professor and laboratory director in the Ob/Gyn department at the Shanghai First People's Hospital.

He joined Dr. Simpkins' research team as a research associate at Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia) in 2004.

His research interests have been focused on the molecular mechanisms of chemotherapeutic resistance in cancer employing RT-PCR/Real-time PCR, western blotting, enzyme activity, cytotoxicity, ROS measurements and molecular cloning, etc. He was a principal investigator for four grants in China and he has published 14 articles on drug resistance in peer-reviewed journals.

Robert Guarino, MD
Surgical Pathology/Breast Pathology
Phone: (718) 226-5753
Email: Robert_Guarino@siuh.edu

Dr. Guarino obtained his M.D. degree at UMDMJ Medical School in Newark, NJ in 2000. He completed a residency in pathology at St. Barnabas Medical Center in 2010, followed by surgical and breast pathology fellowships at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York - these were completed in 2012.

His research interests are in breast pathology and involves developing new methods of estimating HER-2 expression in breast cancers and analyzing prediction factors for the recurrence of breast carcinoma.

He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

Matthew T. Hurford, MD
Director of Hematopathology and
Coagulation Laboratories
Clinical Associate Professor, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Phone: (718) 226-4127
Email: Matthew_Hurford@siuh.edu

Dr. Hurford graduated with an MD from Indiana University. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical Pathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2000 and followed this by a fellowship in hematopathology at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Hurford has published 14 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is also an associate editor for The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology.

Dr. Hurford served as Associate Professor and Director of the Hematopathology laboratory at Temple University Medical Center.He was appointed the Director of the Residency Program Temple University Hospital and the Medical Director at Episcopal Hospital in 2006. He joined the faculty at Staten Island University Hospital in 2010. Dr Hurford's research interests involve studying mechanisms of congenital platelet disorders.

Dr. Hurford is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Hematology.

Edahn Isaak, MD
Director of Transfusion Medicine Services
Clinical Associate Professor, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Phone: (718) 226-6488
Email: Edahn_Isaak@siuh.edu

Dr. Isaak received his medical degree from the University of South Florida, in 1991 and then pursued a residency in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery for four years at Downstate (SUNY) Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He then trained in anatomic and clinical pathology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (completed in 1999), and then served as a fellow in the Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine program at the New York Blood Center.

In 2001, he joined the faculty at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia as Assistant Professor of Pathology, where he held the position of Director of Transfusion Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. He then became the Chief Medical Officer in 2003 for the Missouri/Illinois Region of the American Red Cross and concurrently functioned as the Medical Director of the National Testing Lab in Saint Louis. During this time he served on the Clinical Faculty at both the University of Saint Louis and the University of Missouri. He joined the Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services in Dayton, Ohio in 2007, where he was Medical Director of the Immunohematology Laboratory, the Microbiology Laboratory, the Donor Testing Laboratory and the Stem Cell Laboratory. At this time he held an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Pathology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Isaak has authored peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and abstracts on a variety of subjects in Transfusion Medicine, including cytopheresis, sickle-cell disease, drug-induced hemolytic anemia, blood component storage lesions and massive transfusion protocols. While at Emory Medical School, he served on the National Blood Safety and Availability Committee and was awarded a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. He was a co-investigator on a study of blood storage funded by the Department of Defense and on a study of sickle cell disease funded by the National Institutes of Health. He was also the principal investigator for a study on the transplantation of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells at the Community Blood Center / Community Tissue Services. His current interests are directed at investigating mechanisms which produce thrombocytopenia.

He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine.

Fanyi (Frank) Kong, MD
Surgical Pathology
Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Phone: (718) 226-4125
Email: Frank_Kong@siuh.edu

Dr. Kong received his MD degree from Anhui Medical University in China in 1982 and then in 1985 completed anatomic pathology residency training at Jinan University Medical College Guangzhou, China. He obtained a M.S. in Pathology in 1988 and was appointed to the faculty. In 2000, he completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at New York University Medical Center and this was followed by a fellowship in Oncologic Surgical Pathology. In 2006, he obtained a master's degree (MPA) in health care management at Baruch College of CUNY.

Dr. Kong worked at Lincoln Medical Center in New York City from 2002-2008 as a general surgical pathologist with a special interest in breast and genitourinary pathology. In 2008, he joined Staten Island University Hospital 's Department of Pathology.

Dr. Kong has been board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology since 2002.

Kokila M. Mody, MD
Surgical and Pediatric Pathology
Phone: (718) 226-4128
Email: Kokila_Mody@siuh.edu

Dr. Mody graduated with her MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree from G.S. Medical College , Bombay , India in 1965 and completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn, NY in 1973. This was followed by a fellowship in pediatric pathology at the Babies Hospital, New York in 1974.

She has been an attending pathologist at Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island since 1976 and served as the Blood Bank Director from 1985 - 1988.

Dr. Mody is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with a special interest in Pediatric Pathology.

Jumoke Oladipo, MD, MSc, DABCC
Director of Clinical Chemistry Laboratory
Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Phone: (718) 226-4065
Email: ooladipo@siuh.edu

Dr. Jumoke Oladipo received her medical education at the Ahmadu Bello University in Northern Nigeria and graduated in 1991 with M.B. and B.S. degrees. This was followed by her residency training in Chemical Pathology at Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She was admitted as a fellow of the West African College of Physicians (FWACP) and the National postgraduate College of Nigeria (FMCPath) in 1999. She also received a Masters degree in Clinical Pathology from the University of Lagos in 1998.

She then trained in Clinical Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, MO between 2008 and 2010 (with clinical research rotations at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO ). In addition, she had visiting fellowships at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX. Her research activities are primarily in pediatric clinical chemistry – inborn errors of amino acid metabolism. She has published over 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

She is board certified in Clinical Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

Visitacion (Betsy) H. Pabicon, MD
Surgical and Cytopathology
Phone: (718) 226-4124
Email: Visitacion_Pabicon@siuh.edu

Dr. Pabicon graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Southwestern University, Philippines in 1982.She finished her medicine residency at St. Joseph's Hospital, Neg. Occ. Philippines in 1988 and completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1998. This was followed by a fellowship in Surgical Pathology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and Cytopathology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan.

Dr. Pabicon is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology.

Marina Rozenberg, MD
Associate Director of
Transfusion Medicine Services
Phone: (718) 226-6491
Email: Marina_Rozenberg@siuh.edu

Dr. Rozenberg received her medical degree from the Moscow First Medical School in 1986 and started practicing at the Central Reference Laboratory in Moscow, Russia, focusing primarily on tropical diseases, (primarily Malaria.)

She completed a residency in clinical pathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York which was followed by a fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine in 1997. Then she completed an additional year in transfusion medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center , NY . She joined St. Joseph's Hospital, New Jersey in 1998. and moved to Staten Island University Hospital as Associate Director of the Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine in 2002.

She is board certified in Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine.

Zvika Jacob Schreiber, MD
Surgical Pathology/GI Pathology
Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Email: Jacob_Schreiber@siuh.edu

Dr. Schreiber obtained his M.D. degree at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2006. This was followed by residency training in pathology at Stony Brook Medical Center (SUNY), New York, which was completed in 2010 and them a fellowship in surgical pathology, (specializing in GI pathology) at Columbia University Medical Center, which was completed in 2011. His research involves primarily inflammatory diseases of the bowel, including celiac disease and other enteropathies.

He is boarded in both Clinical and Anatomic Pathology and specializes in GI pathology.

Guo-Xia Tong, MD, PhD
Director of Cytopathology
Phone: (718) 226-4082
Email: Guo-xia_Tong@siuh.edu

Dr. Tong obtained a Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1986 from Jiangxi Medical College, Nanchang and a Master of Medical Science (1989) and a Ph.D. from Harbin Medical University in 1992.

He trained in the USA as a post-doctoral fellow in the Population Council Center at the Rockefeller Institute 1992 – 95 and then as a research fellow in immunology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering (1995 – 97) and in biochemistry at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Texas (1997 – 99). He commenced his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at New York Medical School in 1999 followed by a cytopathology fellowship, which was completed in 2004.

He was appointed interim director of the Division of Cytopathology at Columbia University Medical Center in 2007 and was an Assistant Professor in the medical school from 2004 to 2011. He moved to Staten Island University Hospital in 2012 and is Director of Cytopathology. His clinical expertise is in thyroid cancer and FNAs.

His research involves the development of diagnostic and prognostic markers in urogenital cancers (primarily ovarian) and he has published 26 peer reviewed publications.

He is boarded in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Cytopathology.

Jocelyn Villanueva, MD
Surgical and Cytopathology,
Director of South Site Laboratory
Phone: (718) 226-2350
Email: Jocelyn_Villanueva@siuh.edu

Dr. Villanueva received her medical degree in 1990 at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and then trained for one year in internal medicine at St. Michael's Medical Center , Newark , New Jersey . She completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in 1997. She then completed fellowships in surgical pathology at Columbia University/ New York Presbyterian Medical Center and Cytopathology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

She worked as a staff pathologist for five years at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island prior to joining Staten Island University Hospital in 2008.

Dr. Villanueva is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Cytopathology.

Monika A. Wrzolek, MD, PhD
Surgical and Neuropathology
Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine
Phone: (718) 226-4122
Email: Monika_Wrzolek@siuh.edu

Dr. Wrzolek graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland in 1978. This was followed by research training and she obtained Ph.D. degree in 1983 for work investigating vitamin D-induced cardiac necrosis.

Dr. Wrzolek completed residency training in anatomic pathology and fellowships in neuropathology and surgical pathology at Kings County Hospital/SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY in 1992.

Prior to her 1995 appointment at Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Wrzolek worked as a part-time Attending Neuropathologist at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and part-time Research Scientist at the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR), Staten Island, NY. At IBR, she participated in research projects on Alzheimer's disease and the neuropathology of pediatric AIDS. Dr. Wrzolek also served as a Neuropathology Consultant at Brooklyn VA Hospital from 1995 to 1999. She is an author of 16 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Wrzolek is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology.