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Raymond Pesso, MD
Anesthesiology

Raymond Pesso, M.D., chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Nassau University Medical Center, is also an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University School of Medicine. An active partner and member of the Board of Directors of the North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA), the largest anesthesia medical association in the country, Dr. Pesso received his BS in Biochemistry from SUNY Stony Brook. His medical degree was completed at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.

Amgad N. Makaryus, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, FSCCT
Cardiology

Dr. Amgad N. Makaryus completed medical school training at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in 2000. He went on to complete his Internal Medicine residency and cardiovascular fellowship at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Subspecialty training in cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiography, cardiac CT, and cardiac MRI, was complete in 2006-2007 at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Makaryus returned to North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in 2007 and served as director of cardiac CT and MRI (2008-2012). He was also the director of the echocardiography laboratory at NSUH from 2009 to 2012. Board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Makaryus additionally received certification from the National Board of Echocardiography, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology and Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. He also completed Level II training in cardiac MRI.

He is a founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular CT, a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, the North American Society of Cardiovascular Imaging, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Makaryus has authored over a 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters in the field of cardiology and cardiovascular imaging. His research interests include the ideal application and integration of cardiovascular imaging into the appropriate diagnosis and management of patients with and at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Laurie Ward, M.D.
Ambulatory & Community Medicine

Laurie Ward, MD, FACP, is the Medical Director of NuHealth's Long Island Federally Qualified Health Center and Chairman of the Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. She went on to complete her nephrology fellowship at Nassau University Medical Center (then Nassau County Medical Center). Dr Ward stayed on at Nassau University Medical Center as the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and an attending in the Division of Nephrology before leaving to pursue a private practice. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

After a number of years in private practice and as a hospitalist, Dr. Ward returned to NUMC as the Medical Director for the newly created department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine. As medical director and chair, she has overseen the transformation of the community health centers into the Long Island Federally Qualified Health Center that is devoted to providing quality medical care to the most vulnerable populations of Nassau County. She has implemented an ambulatory quality improvement infrastructure and the program has received Patient Centered Medical Home recognition for each of the four centers.

Rory Sadoff, D.D.S.
Dental Medicine & Oral Surgery

Rory Sadoff, D.D.S., chairman of the Department of Dentmal Medicine and Oral Surgery, is a native Long Island who graduated from Cornell University in 1975 with scholar honors. He earned a Cum Laude D.D.S. degree in 1979 from the College of Dentistry at New York University. He completed his advanced residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at Nassau University Medical Center in 1983 and became Board Certified in OMFS in 1985. Dr. Sadoff has actively maintained his diplomat status with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

In 1990 Dr. Sadoff became the director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program at Nassau University Medical Center, and was selected as the chairman of the Department of Dental Medicine and Oral Surgery in 1991. He is currently an associate professor at the SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. During his career he has retained his BLS/ACLS/PALS/ATLS Certification and has published numerous articles in local and national peer review publications. He remains committed to the compassionate and full scope delivery of dental medicine and oral surgical care.

Anthony Boutin, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Emergency Medicine

Anthony Boutin, M.D., board certified in Emergency Medicine, completed his residency in emergency medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY. He has extensive clinical experiences as a staff physician in emergency medicine and as an administrator involved with multiple hospital committees, in addition to resident and student teaching activities.

Dr. Boutin is active in Emergency Medical Services Pre-Hospital care as a member of Nassau Regional EMS Council and Medical Advisory Board. Since his arrival at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), Dr. Boutin has successfully supervised the inception, design and relocation of the emergency department, improved emergency department operations, flow, and quality of care. Under the leadership of Dr. Boutin, NUMC has recently received the 2012 Press Ganey -Top Improver Award - Patient Satisfaction in Emergency Department. In addition, NUMC has also been awarded the AHA/ASA gold Plus designation for Stroke for 2011 and 2012.

Dr. Boutin is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Among his many associations, Dr. Boutin is medical director of the Nassau County Police Ambulance and the Nassau University Medical Center Ambulance Division. He is on the faculty of Long Island Jewish Medical Center Oral Board Review Course and Mount Sinai Medical Center and Elmhurst Hospital Oral Board Review Course. He is also an ACLS, ATLS instructor.

Peter A. Guiney, DO, FACOFP
Family Medicine

Dr. Peter Guiney serves as director of the Family Medicine Residency Program and Chairman of the newly created Department of Family Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (now New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine) and he is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Guiney completed his Family Medicine Residency at Peninsula Hospital Center. After completion of his residency training, he worked as an attending physician in the Peninsula Hospital Emergency Room for several years. He became director of the Family Practice Residency Program and director of Medical Education at Peninsula Hospital Center in the years following. He practiced privately in Ozone Park, Queens for greater than 20 years, and has served as medical director at Daytop Village Inc., a multinational drug rehab facility in Queens.

Dr. Guiney has practiced in the underserved community throughout his entire professional life. He remains committed to the training of family medicine doctors to address the current national physician shortage and recruiting program graduates for ongoing primary care service in the NuHealth/LIFQHC Family Health Centers.

Paul Mustacchia, MD, FACP, MBA
Department of Medicine

Paul Mustacchia graduated from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, New York. He is a Board Certified Internist and Gastroenterologist. For the past 9 years he has served as Chief Physician, and Gastroenterology Fellowship Program Director at Nassau University Medical Center. He is also a member of the Internal Medicine Residency Leadership Committee, Medical and Professional Affairs Committee, and Quality and Professional Affairs Committee at Nassau University Medical Center. For the past 5 years he has served as Associate Chairman of Medicine, and for the past 3 years he has also served as President of the Medical Staff.

Satish Kadakia, MD
Neurology

Dr. Kadakia, chairman of Department of Neurology at Nassau University Medical Center for last 10 years, is board certified in neurology with special competence in child neurology, developmental disabilities and pediatrics and eligible in clinical neurophysiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

An Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at SUNY Stony Brook and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at NYCOM, Dr. Kadakia is Site Director of Neurology education at NUMC for SUNY Stony Brook and AUC medical students. He established the New York State Department of Health certified stroke center and has been named smartest neurology recipient. Dr. Kadakia is currently in full time faculty practice at NUMC and provides care to patients of all ages with various neurological problems including Epilepsy, Neurodevelopmental disabilities, stroke, cerebral palsy , headache, dementia and ADHD. He serves on the medical advisory board of EFALI region.

Chaur-Dong Hsu, MD, MPH, FACOG
Obstetrics/Gynecology

Dr. Hsu conducted his residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and became a postdoctoral researcher and a clinical fellow of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He obtained a master's degree in public health and was a doctor of philosophy candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He joined Yale University as a faculty member from 1993-1999, and became a professor at Duke University in 2000. He was an Endow Chair (Leon McGoogan Professor) at the University of Nebraska, as well as director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Chair of the NuHealth's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Hsu has been Chair of the Research Committee at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) since 2008. He is also a tenure track professor of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive at SUNY, Stony Brook School of Medicine. Prior to his current position, he served as the tenure professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College.

He was elected to the Board of Directors and held posts as secretary and treasurer of North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (Preeclampsia Society). He has been invited nationally and internationally to present lecture and as a consultant specifically in pregnancy complications involving preeclampsia and high-risk pregnancy disorders. He has more than 200 publications and abstracts.

He was honored CREOG Best Teaching by residents during the past years. He has been listed among America's TOP Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors and TOP Doctors in New York Metro Area and Best Doctor/TOP Doctor in New York Magazine.

Marcelle Morcos, MD
Ophthalmology

Marcelle M. Morcos, MD FACS, is the chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and the director of the Residency Training program at Nassau University Medical Center. She also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Ophthalmology at NUMC.

An Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the State University of New York School of Medicine at Stony Brook, Dr. Morcos is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She graduated from Cairo University Medical School in Egypt and completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Nassau University Medical Center in 1980.

Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Morcos developed a very successful practice in Queens, NY. She became the program director of Ophthalmology at NUMC in 1999 and was named the Chief of the Division of Ophthalmology in 2001. Under her leadership, this small division under the auspices of the Department of Surgery became an independent Department in 2007 of which she is its first chairman. In 2011, the Department moved into a brand new, state-of-the-art Eye Center that serves well over 11,000 patients a year.

Dedicated to patient care and vision reservation, as well as medical education, Dr. Morcos has published numerous articles and frequently presents at professional meetings. She has received numerous accolades on a national and international level, has been mentioned among Americas Top Ophthalmologist by Consumers Research Council, and Who's Who in Executive and Professional Women in Teaching and Education.

She was selected as Top Ophthalmologist in NY by the International Association of Healthcare Professional in 2013.

Charles Ruotolo, MD
Orthopedics

Charles Ruotolo, M.D. graduated among the top of New York Medical College School of Medicine in 1995. He completed an orthopedic residency program at SUNY at Stony Brook in 2000. After his residency he underwent fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the prestigious Sports Clinic of Laguna Hills in California under the tutelage of Wesley Nottage, MD. It is here where he perfected his advanced arthroscopic surgical skills.

Dr. Ruotolo is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. As an Associate Master Instructor of Arthroscopy for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Dr.Ruotolo actively teaches other orthopedic surgeons advanced arthroscopic skills in shoulder surgery. Named the top surgical student in his graduating medical student class of 210 students, Dr. Ruotolo was named the attending of the year in 2003 for the orthopedic training program at the SUNY at Stony Brook.

As an avid researcher he has published multiple articles on shoulder injuries and shoulder surgery in the peer review journals of Arthroscopic Surgery and of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, as well as several book chapters on the same.

As the chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Nassau University Medical Center, Dr. Ruotolo is helping to guide the hospital in its revival as a leading center for orthopedic surgery. He has developed a core group of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at NUMC, providing some of the best care in orthopaedic spine surgery, orthopaedic trauma surgery, minimally invasive joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine.

Rachel Robbins, M.D.
Acting Chair, Pathology & Laboratory

Dr. Robbins earned her M.D. at Cornell University Medical School. She trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, including a fellowship in Neuropathology. In addition, she completed fellowships in Surgical Pathology and Orthopedic Pathology at New York University School of Medicine and the Hospital for Joint Diseases, respectively. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, including a year at the University of Oxford.

She is board-certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. She is a published author of multiple articles and holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Robbins arrives at NUMC having spent the previous fourteen years as a pathologist in the North Shore-LIJ Health System, most recently as Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Services at Glen Cove Hospital.

Dr. Robbins chaired several committees and served on several others at Glen Cove Hospital and in the Pathology Department of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

David Fagan, MD
Pediatrics

Since January 2012, Dr. David Fagan has been the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Nassau University Medical Center. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Hofstra University NS-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Fagan came to Nassau University Medical Center in July 2010 as the Pediatric Residency Program Director. Prior to coming to Nassau, Dr. Fagan served as the Associate Residency Program Director in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY. There he was also the director of the pediatric faculty practice. He completed his pediatric residency training at the Babies and Children's Hospital of NY, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Fagan attended medical school at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine and received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Lyn D. Weiss, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Lyn D. Weiss, M.D., chairman of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), is a 1985 graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Medicine. Board certified in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Dr. Weiss is Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY Stony Brook and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the American University of the Carribean (AUC) and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She served both her internship and her residency at Nassau University Medical Center and has been chairman of the department since 1994. Dr. Weiss is also the director of the Residency Training Program, the director of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the former chairman of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff.

Pursuing her strong interest in research, Dr. Weiss has written many book chapters and articles, and has presented numerous lectures at the national level. Dr. Weiss has had six books published; Neuromuscular Quick Pocket Reference (2012), The Oxford Handbook of PM&R (2010), Easy Injections (2007), Easy EMG (2004), Skin Care Triad (2000), and Cumulative Trauma Disorder (1998). Her seventh book, PM&R Q&A, will be published in 2013. She is a mentor for the medical students at Stony Brook, AUC and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She serves on the Health Policy and Legislation Committee of the American Academy of PM&R and is co-chairman of the Ethics Committee at Nassau University Medical Center.

Nyapati R. Rao, MD, MS
Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Services

Nyapati R. Rao, M.D., M.S., completed his undergraduate medical education in India and migrated to the United States for postgraduate training in Psychiatry. He completed his residency at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he was later appointed the director of residency training in psychiatry. Subsequently, he directed the psychiatry training program at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center and is now the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at NUMC and the Chief Academic Officer at NuHealth.

A professor of clinical psychiatry, Dr. Rao has written and conducted numerous presentations on various aspects of the International Medical Graduates (IMG) experience. He is the founding Chair of the Committee on IMGs at the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), as well as a member of the board of directors of GAP, a prestigious national organization dedicated to creating greater public awareness of the need for new programs in mental health for the people in the United States.

A member of the American College of Psychiatry as well as a member of the IMG Governing Council of the American Medical Association, Dr. Rao is a distinguished Fellow of the APA. He was recently honored as the Educator of the Year by the Association of Academic Psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Rao received the prestigious 2009 George Tarjan Award by the American Psychiatric Association, in recognition of his significant contributions to advocacy of international medical graduates.

Victor J. Scarmato, MD
Radiology

Dr. Victor J. Scarmato graduated with a BS in Biology from SUNY Binghamton. After graduating from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., he completed his residency training in Radiology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. He subsequently completed his fellowship in Gastrointestinal Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dr. Scarmato began his career at North Shore University Hospital, where he was the physician in charge of Gastrointestinal Radiology. Dr. Scarmato came to NUMC as chairman of Radiology in 2007 and was named patient safety officer in 2009.

Dr. Scarmato is on the executive committee of the New York State Radiological Society and chairs the Insurance and Compensation committee. He has been a counselor or alternate counselor to the ACR since 2004 and is a member of the committee on economics. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology and is an oral boards' examiner. Additionally, he is the author of several papers and multiple presentations, and is an assistant professor of radiology at the Hofstra/NSLIJ School of Medicine where he is an instructor to the medical students.

Glenn Faust, MD, FACS
Surgery

Dr. Glenn Faust received his medical doctor degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1986. He did his surgical residency and vascular fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He stayed on staff at Long Island Jewish Medical Center becoming the chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery in 2000. As of 2007 he was appointed Chairman of Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center. He holds many committee positions at NUMC most importantly chairman of the Medical Board.

Dr. Faust's areas of expertise include treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, lower extremity vascular problems and venous disease. Venous disorders are addressed with minimally invasive options for treatment of varicose veins.