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Internal Medicine Residency - Faculty

Suzanne El-Sayegh, MD
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of Nephrology
Medical Education: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Staten Island University Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Nephrology, UNOS Transplant Certification
Appointments: Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn; Volunteer Faculty, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Suzanne El-Sayegh is currently the Director of Nephrology and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Staten Island University Hospital. She is also the Director of Performance Improvement for the Department of Medicine. Dr. El-Sayegh completed a primary care general internal medicine residency and chief residency at Staten Island University Hospital.

During her residency, she was awarded "Resident as Teacher" as a chief resident (2000-2001) for dedication and commitment to teaching medical residents and students.

Dr. El-Sayegh subsequently completed a fellowship in Nephrology and in Transplant Nephrology at Mount Sinai, New York City. During her fellowship training, Dr. El-Sayegh was awarded a basic science research grant in transplant immunology from the Kidney and Urology Foundation in 2003. Dr. El-Sayegh presented at numerous local and national meetings, including those of the American College of Physicians, American Sleep Society, and the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. El-Sayegh has published in the Journal of Pediatric Nephrology on "Solid Organ Transplantation in HIV-infected Recipients."

Dr. El-Sayegh participates in research and scholarly activity. In the past five years she has published 26 articles, a book chapter in Hemodialysis: Indications, Procedures and Complications," collaborated on "Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation," and had in excess of 23 presentations at various conferences. She also served as a panel member on NYAPDIM, "Focus on CLER Visit," in 2014.

Dr. El-Sayegh remains actively involved in teaching medical residents and students.

Contact Information:

Suzanne El-Sayegh, MD
Residency Program Director, Dept. Of Medicine
Staten Island University Hospital
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: (718) 226-6158
Fax: (718) 226-1528
SIUH_IMResidencyPD@NSHS.edu

Aaron Gottesman, MD, FACP
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn

Dr. Aaron Gottesman is the Director of Hospitalist Services and the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at Staten Island University Hospital. A native New Yorker, Dr. Gottesman attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Staten Island University Hospital.

Dr. Gottesman has been a practicing hospitalist since 2000 and is a Diplomate of the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Quality Assurance, and Utilization Review Physicians and is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY-Brooklyn Downstate Medical School. He has presented at meetings of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine and he has been a featured speaker for the World Research Group and the Healthcare Financial Management Association on topics ranging from post-hospital discharge systems, in-hospital collaboration processes, and hospitalist retention strategies.

Dr. Gottesman was featured in Crain's New York Business, Hospitalist and Inpatient Management Report, and Hospitalist Management Advisor, and sat on the editorial research panel of Postgraduate Medicine. He was a field tester for the American Board of Internal Medicine's Hospital-Based Practice Improvement Module, a physician pre-tester for the American College of Physicians' Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program, and is the recipient of several research awards as well as the American Medical Association's Physician Recognition Award.

Contact Information:

Aaron Gottesman, MD, FACP
Director of Hospitalist Services, Dept. Of Medicine
Staten Island University Hospital
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: (718) 226-6902
Fax: (718) 226-6844
SIUH_IMResidencyPD@NSHS.edu
Society of Hospital Medicine: www.hospitalmedicine.org

Neville Mobarakai, MD
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Education: Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Frankfurt, Germany, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Infectious Disease Fellowship Training: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Dr. Mobarakai is Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program and a committed educator involved in all aspects of the residency educational program. After completing his fellowship training in Infectious Disease, Dr. Mobarakai joined the attending staff of the Department of Medicine.

He actively participates in medical education and in 1997, 2008, 2009, and 2010 was selected by the residents to receive the Thomas D. McGinn, MD "Attending Physician Teaching Excellence Award" for dedication and commitment to teaching.

Contact Information:
Neville Mobarakai, M.D.
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Attending Physician, Infectious Disease Division
Staten Isalnd University Hospital
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
SIUH_IMResidencyPD@NSHS.edu

Wassim Diab, MD, FACP
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Education: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Science, Staten Island University Hospital
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Dr. Wassim Diab is currently Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). After completing his residency in 2008 he joined the staff of SIUH as Attending Physician as part of the Hospitalist Division. During his residency, Dr. Diab received numerous awards including the firest prize at the "Academy of Medicine of Richmond Eighteenth Annual Residents' and Fellows' Research Paper Competition" and the second prize at "The Annual Resident Research Competition at Staten Island University Hospital" in 2007. He was awarded the Staten Island University Hospital Certificate of Accomplishment in 2006 and again in 2008. He also received the Staten Island University Hospital Certificate of Excellence in 2010. Dr. Diab is an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM); he is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Dr. Diab is actively involved in Medical Student Education at SIUH, he currently mentors students from the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn, American University of the Caribbean (AUC), Ross University Medical School, and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Diab is also extremely active in the Residency Program education; he conducts daily Board Review sessions, Teaching Attending Rounds, and Medical Simulation sessions with the residents. During the academic years 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 he was awarded the Thomas D. McGinn "Attending Physician Teaching Excellence Award" for Dedication & Commitment to Teaching. In addition to his various academic activities, Dr. Diab is an avid photographer and a music and art-house film enthusiast.

Contact Information:
Wassim Diab, MD, FACP
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Attending Physician, Hospitalist Division
Staten Isalnd University Hospital
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: (718) 226-6902
Fax: (718) 226-6844
SIUH_IMResidencyPD@NSHS.edu

Elie El-Charabaty, MD, FASN
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Education: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Staten Island University Hospital
Nephrology Fellowship Training: Staten Island University HOspital
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine/Nephrology
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Dr El-Charabaty has worked as a hospitalist at Staten Island University Hospital between 2007 and 2010. He is currently the Nephrology Fellowship Program Director at Staten Island University Hospital

During his residency Dr El-Charabaty was awarded the "Louis Gianvito" humanistic Medicine award. He was also mentioned as a candidate to receive the best physician award. During fellowship he was awarded the renal research award.

Dr. El-Charabaty is very active in research with multiple publications and review papers every year. Dr. El-Charabaty is a fellow of the American Society of Nephrology.

He is very active in teaching medical residents, students and fellows.

Contact Information:
Elie El Charabaty, M.D., FASN
Assistant Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Director of Nephrology Fellowship Program
475 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
SIUH_IMResidencyPD@NSHS.edu

Chadik M. Hewlett, MD
Assistant Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Education: Albany Medical College, St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center, NY, Staten Island University Hospital
Board Certifications:
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Dr.Chadik Hewlett is currently Assistant Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) and Assistant Director of Performance Improvement for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Hewlett is also active in the Residency Program education of the resident in their performance improvement projects and during Medical Simulation sessions.

Contact information:
Chadik M. Hewlett, MD
Assistant Residency Program Director, Dept. of Medicine.
Attending Physician, Hospitalist Division
Staten Island University Hospital
475 Seaview Ave
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: (718) 226-8460
Fax: (718) 226-1865
SIUH_IMResidencyPD@NSHS.edu

Division of Addiction Medicine/Chemical Dependency Unit
Azher Siddiqi, MD Associate Director.
Medical Education:Kyhber Medical College, Peshawar University, Pakistan.
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine. Certified in Suboxone treatment.

Division of Allergy & Immunology
Kristine Krol, MD Director.
Medical Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Staten Island University Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts, Boston Children's Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Ambulatory Care Medicine
Marianne Smith, M.D.
Associate Director of Medicine/Assistant Director of Ambulatory Care Medicine.
Director of Ambulatory Care Medicine.
Director of Medical Student Education

Education: Universidad del Noreste; Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Beth Israel Medical Center.
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Cardiology
Thomas Costantino, MD, FACP Director.
Education: Georgetown University School of Medicine; New York Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
Appointments: Clinical Associate Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Fellow of American College of Cardiology, Fellow of American College of Physicians, and Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians.

Division of Critical Care Medicine
Theodore Maniatis, MD, FACP, FACCP Director.
Medical Director, Staten Island University Hospital,
Interim Chairman of Medicine

Medical Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse; Staten Island University Hospital; UMDNJ.
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism
Jeffrey Rothman, MD, Director.
Education: School of Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo, University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia.
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine, and Endocrinology and Metabolism
Appointments:Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Gastroenterology
George Abdelsayed, MD, Director; Gastroenterology Fellowship Director.
Medical Education:New York Medical College, Winthrop-University Hospital, Our Land of Mercy Medical Center
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Sports Medicine
Appointments: Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

Division of Geriatric Medicine
Donna Seminara, MD, FACP Director.
MedicalEducation: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (Fifth Pathway); Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Medico y Cirujano; Princeton University; Staten Island University Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine with added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Hematology/Oncology
Terenig Terjanian, MD Director.
Medical Education: American University Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon, Staten Island University Hospital, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, NYU Medical Center
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Hospitalist Services
Aaron Gottesman, MD, FACP, Director.
Medical Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Infectious Diseases
Jordan B. Glaser, MD Director.
Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn; Staten Island University Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.
Appointments: Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of General Internal Medicine
Theodore Strange, MD, FACP
Associate Chairman of Medicine.
Medical Education: SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Staten Island University Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Quality Assurance and Utilization Review.
Appointments: Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Nephrology
Elie El-Charabaty, MD Director.
Medical Education: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Staten Island University Hospital
Nephrology Fellowship Training: Staten Island University Hospital
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Neurology
Souhel Najjar, MD
Chair, Neurology
Lenox Hill Hospital
Staten Island University Hospital
Chair and Professor of Neurology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
Medical Education: Albany Medical College, New York University Medical Center.
Appointments: Assistant Professor of Neurology, New York University Medical Center.

Division of Medical Nutrition
Rama Z. Koslowe, MD Director.
Medical Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn; Staten Island University Hospital; Fellowship in Medical Nutrition, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center.
Appointments: Clinical Instructor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine
Michael Castellano, MD, FACP Director.
Education: University of Bologna; Staten Island University Hospital; New York University; Bellevue Medical Center.
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Research/Scholarly Activity
Mario Castellanos, M.D., Director/ Co-Chair Department of Medicine Research Committee/Anita Szerszen, D.O., Co-Chair
Medical Education: Albany Medical College; New York Hospital; Staten Island University Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Rheumatology
Mark Goldstein, MD Director.
Medical Education: New York Medical College; Montefiore Hospital; Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Division of Women's Health
Clinical Research Division
Mario Castellanos, MD Director.
Medical Education: Albany Medical College; New York Hospital; Staten Island University Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

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