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Faculty and Staff

Clinical Sections

Cardiology

The Section of Cardiology has an active, well-structured program that includes both resident and medical student rotations. There are weekly educational conferences, journal clubs and cardiology clinics. The Section is active in Holter monitoring, nuclear medicine techniques, pacemaker insertions, catheterizations, and transesophageal echocardiography.

Chief: Charles Augenbraun, MD

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Temple University
Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania

  • Tao-Nan Chi, MD
  • Stephen Michaelson, MD
  • Robert Moskowitz, MD
  • David J. Lomnitz, MD
  • Michael Pittaro, MD
  • Ralph Kirmser, MD
  • David Lorenz, MD
  • Boris Sheynberg, MD
  • John Novella, MD

Dermatology

The Section of Dermatology has a resident elective that actively utilizes section members’ offices in the teaching of basic dermatologic principles.

Chief: Leon Luck, MD

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship: Montefiore Hospital

  • Cyrus Chess, MD
  • Kenneth Cutler, MD
  • Lloyd Godwin, MD
  • Charles Halasz, MD
  • Ronald Kahan, MD
  • Steven Kolenik, MD
  • Michael Noonan, MD
  • Debra Weissman, MD
  • Gail Whitman, MD
  • Jason Wilder, DO

Endocrinology

The Endocrinology Section runs a well-structured elective program for medical residents. The rotation includes inpatient consultations and an endocrinology clinic focusing on consultations in diabetes, thyroid disease, general endocrinology, and diabetes in pregnancy at the Norwalk Community Health Center. There is also a daily educational meeting with the attending and the resident on a one-to-one basis. Residents gain experience by working four half-days per week in the private practice offices of physicians in the Section. There is exposure to diabetes management conferences with the certified nurse educators. The Section is responsible for an active diabetes nurse-clinician program, as well as for patient education courses in diabetes.

Chief: Nancy Rennert, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein
College of Medicine
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Residency: University of Pittsburgh
Fellowship: Yale University

  • Pamela Randolph, MD
  • Glenn Siegel, MD

Gastroenterology and Nutrition

The Section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition has an active training program for students, residents and fellows. In its training program, the Section works with the Departments of Radiology and Pathology, as well as with the Section of Digestive Diseases at Yale. The Section has a weekly educational conference, journal club, nutrition clinic, gastroenterology clinic as well as a weekly conference at Yale. The Section has an active nutritional support program and conducts research in the area of dietary fiber, opioid physiology and Helicobacter pylori.

Chief and Fellowship Program Director: William B. Hale, MD
Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Wisconsin Medical School
Residency: Boston City Hospital
Fellowship: Boston City Hospital

  • Charles Adelmann, MD
  •  Naveen Anand, MD
  • Claudia Gruss, MD
  • Suma Magge, MD
  • Rakhee Mangla, MD
  • Dennis M. Meighan, DO
  • Harvey Riback, MD
  • Frank Sammarco, MD

General Internal Medicine

Norwalk Hospital is unique among community hospitals. Not only does the Department of Medicine provide superior clinical care, it has been able to provide faculty whose main purpose is to educate both residents and students. There is an active hospitalist clinician educator program and a large number of full-time generalists involved in teaching. Norwalk Hospital offers the educational benefits of an academic center amidst excellent community-based clinical care. The objective of this approach is to give close supervision in the basic principles of internal medicine as the focal point around which the rest of medical education is centered.

Chief: James Samuel, MD

Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Residency: University of Connecticut

  • Robert Altbaum, MD
  • Natallia Abramovich, MD
  • Golnaz Ashrafzadeh, MD
  • Sally Bergwerk, MD
  • Tony Chow, MD
  • Joseph Cleary, MD
  • Mark Dam, MD
  • Marvin Den, MD
  • Jill Denowitz, MD
  • Eric Einstein, MD
  • Cynthia Feher, MD
  • Nancy Gade, MD
  • Raman Gill-Meyer, MD
  • Vasiliki Harisis, MD
  • Peter Hasapis, MD
  • Arthur Heliotis, MD
  • Elizabeth Heuzey, MD
  • Jay A. Horn, MD
  • Richard G. Huntley Jr., MD
  • Varshapriya A. Iyer, MD
  • Kelly Jarrett, MD
  • Eunice Kang, MD
  • Nina S. Karol, MD
  • Paul Kelly, DO
  • Anjum Khan, MD
  • Ellen Kulaga, MD
  • Mark Kulaga, MD
  • Denise Lautenbach, MD
  • Donald J. Leone, MD
  • James Lewis, MD
  • Eric Mazur, MD
  •  James O’Connell, MD
  • Jason Orlinick, MD
  • Andrea Peterson, MD
  • Alan Radin, MD
  • Rahim Rahimyar, MD
  • Maria Restrepo, MD
  • Agata Sajkiewicz, MD
  • Michael B. Schwartz, DO
  • Craig Serin, MD
  • Peter M. Shutkin, MD
  • Diana Sewell, MD
  • James A. Slater, MD
  • Warren Steinberg, MD
  • Seth Sullivan, MD
  • Heather Sung, MD
  • Levon Tchakmakjian, MD
  • Julia Voytovich, MD
  • Richard Westfal, MD
  •  Patricia Wetherill, MD
  • Anna Zielinska, MD

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine Residents are involved in outpatient evaluations of geriatric patients through a nursing home experience. The focus is on the development of the broad-ranged knowledge and skills necessary to care for our growing elderly population and its complex and multidimensional problems. As PGY-2s, residents spend a three-week block rotation at the Jewish Home for the Elderly, the premier teaching nursing home of Fairfield County.

  • Robert Altbaum, MD
  • Eric Einstein, MD
  • Pamela Hoffman, MD
  • James O’Connell, MD
  • Alan Radin, MD

Hematology-Oncology

The Section of Hematology/Oncology coordinates a large program of cancer chemotherapy, both inpatient and outpatient. The resident rotation on this service offers a combination of hematology and oncology consultation experience, exposure to the treatment of cancer patients (chemotherapy protocols and support systems), review of pathology material and a significant amount of outpatient office involvement. The office aspect of this rotation gives the resident a perspective of cancer patients not possible in the acute hospital setting. There is the opportunity to become involved in research projects related to clinical oncology, some of which were initiated by Norwalk Hospital, as well as hematology.

Chief: Richard Zelkowitz, MD

Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: New York Medical College – Westchester County Medical Center
Fellowship: Brown University Affiliated Hospitals

  • Richard C. Frank, MD
  • Eric Mazur, MD
  • Kesav Nair, MD
  • Andrea Ruskin, MD
  • George Zahrah, MD
Hospital Medicine

Chief: Natallia Abramovich, MD

Medical School: Belarusian Medical State University
Residency: Norwalk Hospital

  • Golnaz Ashrafzadeh, MD
  • Tony Chow, MD
  • Raman Gill-Meyer, MD
  • Vasiliki Harisis, MD
  • Elizabeth Heuzey, MD
  • Kelly Jarrett, MD
  • Eunice Kang, MD
  • Anjum Khan, MD
  • Mark Kulaga, MD
  •  Jason Orlinick, MD
  • Andrea Peterson, MD
  • Rahim Rahimyar, MD
  •  Emanuela Sangeorzan, MD
  • Agata Sajkiewicz, MD
  • Diana Sewell, MD
  • Seth Sullivan, MD
  • Patricia Wetherill, MD
  • Anna Zielinska, MD

Immunology-Allergy

Teaching primarily in the outpatient section, the Section of Immunology/Allergy provides a basic orientation to seasonal allergies, immune mechanisms and drug hypersensitivities. The Section provides clinical and educational activities.

Chief: Joseph Sproviero, MD

Medical School: Columbia University
Residency: Yale–New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Yale–New Haven Hospital

  • Denis Bouboulis, MD
  •  Marvin Den, MD
  • Philip Hemmers, DO
  • Mitchell Lester, MD
  • Mark Litchman, MD
  • Aymeric Louit, MD
  • Agnieszka Matczuk, MD
  • Rishon Stember, MD

Infectious Diseases

The rotations in Infectious Disease for students and residents utilize a busy inpatient consultation service. In addition to covering the basic principles of its specialty, this rotation is noted at Norwalk Hospital for its emphasis on the complete evaluation of the patient, particularly through fundamental clinical means. In addition to stressing clinical skills, the student and the resident spend some of their time in the microbiology lab.

Chief: Paul Pino, DO

Medical School: University of New England
Residency: Norwalk Hospital
Fellowship: University of Connecticut

  • Marvin Den, MD
  • Sushma Ramprasad, MD
  • Arthur Yee, MD

Nephrology

The Nephrology Section operates a regional dialysis program for both hemodialysis and ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. The Section is also active in the use of hemofiltration and plasmapheresis. The Nephrology Section has been particularly prominent in recognizing the effect of phosphate binders on aluminum bone toxicity and in the management of metabolic bone disease. The resident and student rotations stress the clinical aspects of acute renal failure, hypertension and fluid and electrolyte disorders.

Chief: Paul Wiener, MD

Medical School: SUNY Binghamton
Residency: Kings County Hospital
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

  • Richard T. Gervasi, MD
  •  Sarah Khan, MD

Neurology

The Neurology Section cares for a large inpatient and outpatient population and is responsible for a significant number of diagnostic studies including EEGs, EMGs and evoked potentials. The resident on the Neurology rotation will have his or her cases closely reviewed on a daily basis to relate clinical and laboratory findings.

Chief: Louis Cuzzone, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship: NYU Medical Center

  • Amy M. Knorr, MD
  • Robert Levine, MD
  • Daryl Story, MD
  • Irina Taraban, MD
  • James Thompson, MD

Pulmonary Medicine

The Section of Pulmonary Medicine operates a large and varied program. In addition to active inpatient and outpatient care, the Section is responsible for a clinical fellowship program, the Hinds Center for Respiratory Research, a school of respiratory technology, a hyperbaric medicine and wound care facility, a large pulmonary function laboratory, a sophisticated sleep disorders laboratory, a pulmonary rehabilitation program and a post-discharge respiratory care program. The Section has been active in outcome research, novel therapies for asthma, COPD and ARDS, the evaluation of occupational diseases of the lung and in the development of the use of computers in medicine. An accredited Sleep Fellowship Program is affiliated with the Section.

Chief: Amy Ahasic, MD, MPH, FCCP

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Harvard Combined Program (MGH, BWH, BIOM)

Fellowship Program Director: Ian Weir, DO

Clinical Instructor, Yale School of Medicine
Medical School: Nova Southeastern College
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship: Norwalk Hospital

  • Lewis Berman, MD
  • Charles Cochran, MD
  • Jonathan Fine, MD
  • Caroline Kurtz, MD
  • Christopher Manfredi, DO
  • Andrew Murphy, MD
  • Jonathan Rosen, MD
  • Robyn Scatena, MD

Rheumatology

The Section of Rheumatology offers an elective rotation that combines inpatient consultation, outpatient experience in the section chief’s office and two weekly clinics at Yale. The Section has also been active in extending its educational program to the community, teaching about how rheumatic disease may influence work capacity. In addition, the Section has been active in various research protocols, especially in drug therapy of rheumatic diseases.

Chief: Stuart N. Novack, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Residency: UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship: UCLA Medical Center

  • Eric Berger, MD
  • Kenneth Lippman, MD
  • Roberta Rose, MD
  • Jessica Stein, MD

Internal Medicine Residency