2007-09-28 / Community

SJEH To Honor Four Doctors At Annual Ball

Ronald Brenner, MD, Chrysanthemum Ball Honoree. Ronald Brenner, MD, Chrysanthemum Ball Honoree. The Development Board of St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore will present the Humanitarian Award to four distinguished physicians at the 2007 Chrysanthemum Ball that will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2007, at The Sands in Atlantic Beach. The honorees are: Ronald Brenner, MD, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; Subramoniam Madhusoodanan, MD, Associate Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; Harsha V. Reddy, MD, Director, Consultation/Liaison Services, Department of Psychiatry; and Puangsri Suwankosai, MD, Chairman, Department of Pathology.

Dr. Brenner has been a member of St. John's professional staff since 1985. He was the 1997 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Performance from Episcopal Health Services, Inc. During his tenure as Chairman of Psychiatry, he has greatly expanded the Department's programs in residency training and service. He established grand rounds as well as an integrated residency training program in 1989, and fellowships in substance abuse and geriatrics. He established affiliations with nine medical schools that rotate 215 medical students a year through the Psychiatry Department. In addition, the Community Mental Health Center greatly expanded its services, the Home-Based Crisis Intervention Program opened in Rockaway Park, and an 18-bed acute adult Psychiatric unit was opened. Mental health initiative programs were established in six adult homes providing psychiatric aftercare.

Subramoniam Madhusoodanan, MD, Chrysanthemum Ball Honoree. Subramoniam Madhusoodanan, MD, Chrysanthemum Ball Honoree. Subramoniam Madhusoodanan, MD, is the Associate Chairman of Psychiatry and Unit Chief of Tower 4 at St. John's. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He has been a member of St. John's Psychiatric Department for 26 years. He was instrumental in developing the geropsychiatric unit at the Hospital and has served as the unit chief since 1982. He is also the site program director for the Hospital's geriatric fellowships from Long Island Jewish Hospital and SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He has developed a quality geropsychiatric nursing home consultation service and behavior management programs in several local nursing homes. He is also the principal investigator for several drug trials and non-funded research projects in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. He has published more than 75 peerreviewed articles, written several textbook chapters, and serves on the editorial boards and as a reviewer for several psychiatric, psychopharmocologic and neuropsychiatric journals.

Harsha V. Reddy, MD, Chrysanthemum Ball Honoree. Harsha V. Reddy, MD, Chrysanthemum Ball Honoree. Dr. Harsha Reddy is the Director of Consultation/Liaison Services, Director of Performance Improvement for the Department of Psychiatry, and Assistant Unit Chief of the Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Service. Board-certified in psychiatry and neurology, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He has more than 30 years experience with electroconvulsive therapy and presented a paper on the topic at the International Psychogeriatric Conference in Beijing, China, in April 1999. He is a graduate of Madras Medical College in Chennai, India, in 1973. In 1977, he completed a medical internship and psychiatric residency at Mt. Sinai Services at City Hospital Center in Elmhurst, NY. He has been actively involved in teaching and lecturing since then and has received the "Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award" from the Geriatric Fellowship students. Dr. Reddy and his wife were instrumental in funding the computer science department at his local college in India, which is named after his parents, and are currently providing 50 scholarships to deserving students from his hometown.

Puangsri Suwankosai, MD, Chrysanthemum Ball Honoree. Puangsri Suwankosai, MD, Chrysanthemum Ball Honoree. Dr. Puangsri Suwankosai is the Chairman and Director of Pathology Laboratory Medicine at St. John's. A New York State-certified director within multiple disciplines, including blood bank and transfusion medicine, Dr. Suwankosai manages a state-of-theart laboratory, helping to make the Hospital a leading diagnostic institution. Over the 30 years she has been at St. John's, she has held multiple leadership leadership positions in Pathology Laboratory Medicine. Her commitment to quality patient care and tireless devotion to the Hospital team has characterized her style of leadership. A native of Thailand, she graduated from the Royal Chulalongkorn University and immediately began serving at the Royal Thai Air Force Hospital. She completed an internship program at Queens General Hospital in New York followed by a five-year training program in pathology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center where she became chief resident. Dr. Suwankosai maintains a life membership with the American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel and Hadassah.

For reservation and sponsorship information about the Chrysanthemum Ball, please contact the Development Office at St. John's at 718-869-8383.

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