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Internal Medicine Residency - Faculty

Morton J. Kleiner, MD
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Morton J. Kleiner is a highly regarded clinician, educator and leader at Staten Island University Hospital.

Having first joined the hospital in 1979 following completion of his fellowship training at Rogosin Kidney Center of the Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Kleiner dedicated his first ten years at our institution to developing the Division of Nephrology. He was appointed Director of the Division of Nephrology in 1988. One year later, in 1989, Dr. Kleiner was appointed Associate Medical Director of our hospital. His leadership role further expanded when, in 1990, he assumed medical directorship for hospital-wide performance improvement. During this time, Dr. Kleiner continued to maintain and expand a highly regarded community-based clinical practice in nephrology.

Dr. Kleiner holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Kleiner has research interests in iron deficiency and rehabilitation medicine for end stage renal dialysis patients. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals.

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

Dr. Suzanne El-Sayegh is currently the Director of Ambulatory Care for the Department of Medicine 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's abstract, "The outcome of patients with obstructive sleep apnea after gastric bypass surgery," was accepted for publication in SLEEP, 2000:23,Supp 2:A84, and was selected for poster presentation at the APSS 14th Annual Meeting, 2000, Las Vegas, Nevada. Her abstract, "Increased Breast Calcifications in Women with End Stage Renal Disease: Implications for Breast Cancer Screening," was selected for poster presentation at the American College of Physicians Downstate Scientific Meeting on April 28, 2001, New York City. Dr. El-Sayegh's research presentation, "Massive Weight Loss from Gastric Bypass Surgery as a Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea," placed first in the Academy of Medicine Annual Resident/Fellow Research Competition in 2001, and "Morphology of Breast Calcifications in Women on Hemodialysis: Implications for Mammogram Interpretation" received honorable mention.

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 remains actively involved in teaching medical residents and students.

Contact Information:
Suzanne El-Sayegh, MD
Associate 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
IMResidencyPD@siuh.edu

Aaron Gottesman, MD, FACP
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Education: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency Training: 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
IMResidencyPD@siuh.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
Residency: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Fellowship: Infectious Disease, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease

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.

Wassim Diab, MD, FACP
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Education: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Science
Residency Training: Staten Island University Hospital
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine

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 and part of the Hospitalist Division. During his residency, Dr. Diab received numerous awards including the Direst Prize at the "Academy of Medicine of Richmong Eighteenth Annual Residents' and Fellows' Research Paper Competition" and the Second Prize at "The Local 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 Staten 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 Round, and Medical Simulation sessions with the residents. During the academic year 2011-2012 he was awarded the THomas D. McGinn "Attending Physician Teaching Excellence Award" for Dedication & Commitment to Teaching. I 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
Wdiab@siuh.edu

Elie El-Charabaty, MD
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Medical Education: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Residency Training: Staten Island University Hospital
Nephrology Fellowship Training: Staten Island University HOspital
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine

Dr El-Charabaty has worked as a hospitalist at Staten Island University Hospital between 2007 and 2010. He is currently a practicing nephrologist, and Associate Nephrology 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.

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

Chadik M. Hewlett, MD
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Contact information:
Chadik M. Hewlett, MD
Associate Residency Program Director, Dept. of Medicine.
Staten Island University Hospital
475 Seaview Ave
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: (718) 226-8460
Fax: (718) 226-1865
IMResidencyPD@siuh.edu

Division of Addiction Medicine/Chemical Dependency Unit
Azher Siddiqi, MD Associate Director.
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.
Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn; Staten Island University Hospital; Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts General Hospital; 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

Ralph Messo Jr., MD, FAAP, FACOP, FACOI, FACP
Director of Ambulatory Care Medicine.

Dr. Ralph Messo completed combined training in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at Staten Island University Hospital(SIUH), where he served as Chief Resident during his last year of residency.

Ever since, he has been intimately involved with the training of medical students and residents at SIUH.

He currently serves as Director of Ambulatory Care and Medical Student Eduation for the Department of Medicine, and was recently named as an Assistant Director of Medicine.

Dr. Messo holds faculty appointments from SUNY/Downstate Medical Center, New York Medical College, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine(TOUROCOM), and Wagner College.

He serves as Director of Medical Education for TOUROCOM(at SIUH).

He has over 20 years experience in Ambulatory Medicine.

Dr. Messo is currently completing a Masters Degree in Medical Education Leadership.

Marianne Smith, MD Associate Director of Medicine/Assistant Director of Ambulatory Care Medicine.
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.
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.

Division of Gastroenterology
Elias Purow, MD, Director.

Division of Geriatric Medicine
Donna Seminara, MD, FACP Director.
Education: 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 & Palliative Care
Frank Forte, MD, FACP Director.
Education: Creighton University School of Medicine; Staten Island University Hospital.
Board Certifications: American Boards of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical 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.
Residency Training: 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.
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
Suzanne El-Sayegh, MD Director.
Education: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences.
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Nephrology, UNOS Transplant Certification.
Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn; Volunteer Faculty, Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Division of Neurology
Souhel Najjar, MD Director. Also: Director of SIUH Epilepsy Program.
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.
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 Rheumatology
Mark Goldstein, MD Director.
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.
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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