2012-07-13 / Community

St.John’s Episcopal Hospital Holds Residency Graduations


Twenty physicians graduated from the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Internal Medicine residency program at a graduation ceremony and dinner presided over by Internal Medicine Chairman Sheldon Markowitz, MD, and held on Monday, June 18, at the Imperial Room in Inwood, NY. Twenty physicians graduated from the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Internal Medicine residency program at a graduation ceremony and dinner presided over by Internal Medicine Chairman Sheldon Markowitz, MD, and held on Monday, June 18, at the Imperial Room in Inwood, NY. Throughout the month of June, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital held a number of graduations for its post-graduate training programs in internal medicine, osteopathic programs including family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology and ophthalmology, as well as podiatry.

There were 20 graduates from the osteopathic programs as well as 10 graduating interns at a ceremony and dinner held on Thursday, June 14, at the Sand Castle in Franklin Square, NY. The osteopathic programs have 125 residents in specialty programs in dermatology, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, and general surgery, as well as interns. It is affiliated with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Dr. Jonathan Eckstein, Family Practice Residency Director (far left), introduced the graduates while Dr. Tessy Peter, Associate Chairman, Department of Family Practice (second from left), looked on during the Osteopathic Programs residency graduation ceremony held on Thursday, June 14. Dr. Jonathan Eckstein, Family Practice Residency Director (far left), introduced the graduates while Dr. Tessy Peter, Associate Chairman, Department of Family Practice (second from left), looked on during the Osteopathic Programs residency graduation ceremony held on Thursday, June 14. At the Internal Medicine Department graduation, held on Monday, June 18, at the Imperial Room in Inwood, NY, 20 residents graduated. The Internal Medicine residency has 60 residents in its three-year program, which is affiliated with State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center.

The free-standing podiatry post-graduate training program graduated two fellows from its wound care program, one of the few certified wound care fellowships in the country, and one from its podiatry residency program. Podiatry has six residents and four wound care fellows. It is affiliated with the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.



Graduating resident Joseph Baidoo, MD, (left) was the recipient of the Lewis Cuni, MD, Award which was presented by Raymond J. Pastore, MD, Chief Medical Officer, on behalf of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Medical Staff Society. The annual award is given to a graduating physician from St. John’s who best exemplifies qualities that include compassion, caring and love of teaching, exemplified by Dr. Cuni, a well-regarded St. John’s hematology attending physician who died in 2010. Graduating resident Joseph Baidoo, MD, (left) was the recipient of the Lewis Cuni, MD, Award which was presented by Raymond J. Pastore, MD, Chief Medical Officer, on behalf of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Medical Staff Society. The annual award is given to a graduating physician from St. John’s who best exemplifies qualities that include compassion, caring and love of teaching, exemplified by Dr. Cuni, a well-regarded St. John’s hematology attending physician who died in 2010.

At the Internal Medicine graduation, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital internal medicine attending physicians gathered to greet Victor Burnett, MD, founder of the Internal Medicine residency program and its former chairman. They included (from left to right): (standing) Nathan Rothman, MD, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care; Victor Burnett, MD, former Chairman of Internal Medicine; and Melvin Young, MD, Attending, Cardiology; (seated) Heino Anto, MD, Chief of Nephrology; and Michael Teigman, MD, Attending, Cardiology. At the Internal Medicine graduation, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital internal medicine attending physicians gathered to greet Victor Burnett, MD, founder of the Internal Medicine residency program and its former chairman. They included (from left to right): (standing) Nathan Rothman, MD, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care; Victor Burnett, MD, former Chairman of Internal Medicine; and Melvin Young, MD, Attending, Cardiology; (seated) Heino Anto, MD, Chief of Nephrology; and Michael Teigman, MD, Attending, Cardiology.

The St. John’s Episcopal Hospital obstetrics/gynecology graduates were announced by Dr. Albert Strojan, Chairman, Family Practice (far left), Dr. Godwin Onyeike, Obstetrics/ Gynecology Program Director (with microphone), and Dr. Mohan Mahadkar, Chairman, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology (center), at the Osteopathic Programs graduation held at the Sand Castle, Franklin Square, NY, on Thursday, June 14. The St. John’s Episcopal Hospital obstetrics/gynecology graduates were announced by Dr. Albert Strojan, Chairman, Family Practice (far left), Dr. Godwin Onyeike, Obstetrics/ Gynecology Program Director (with microphone), and Dr. Mohan Mahadkar, Chairman, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology (center), at the Osteopathic Programs graduation held at the Sand Castle, Franklin Square, NY, on Thursday, June 14.

At the Osteopathic Programs graduation, Dr. Suzanne Sirota-Rozenberg, Ophthalmology Program Assistant Director (far left), and Dr. Marvin Watsky, Ophthalmology Program Director (left), presented certificates to the graduates. At the Osteopathic Programs graduation, Dr. Suzanne Sirota-Rozenberg, Ophthalmology Program Assistant Director (far left), and Dr. Marvin Watsky, Ophthalmology Program Director (left), presented certificates to the graduates.

Two graduates of the wound care fellowship program (far left) and a graduate of the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Podiatry Residency Program (far right) were congratulated by Dr. Lloyd Bardfeld, Director of the Podiatry Residency Program and Wound Care Fellowship and Chief of Podiatry (second from right). Two graduates of the wound care fellowship program (far left) and a graduate of the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Podiatry Residency Program (far right) were congratulated by Dr. Lloyd Bardfeld, Director of the Podiatry Residency Program and Wound Care Fellowship and Chief of Podiatry (second from right).

Congratulating the two ophthalmology graduates (center) were Dr. Steven Sherman, Chief of Ophthalmology (far left) and Dr. Richard Luck, Ophthalmology Attending (far right), at the June 14. Congratulating the two ophthalmology graduates (center) were Dr. Steven Sherman, Chief of Ophthalmology (far left) and Dr. Richard Luck, Ophthalmology Attending (far right), at the June 14.

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