Meet PAGNY’s Chiefs of Dentistry

North Bronx Healthcare Network
Dr. Victor Badner

Victor Badner, DMD, MPH is the Chairman of the Department of Dentistry and Chief of Dental Public Health at the Jacobi Medical Center Department of Dentistry. He is also President of the Council of Dental Directors at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and President of New York Dental Affiliates (NYDA). Read more...

Coney Island Hospital
Dr. Eleanor Olsen

Dr. Eleanor J. Olsen has been the Director of the Dental Department at Coney Island Hospital since 1985. During her tenure, Dr. Olsen established the dental services at Westend Health Center with a two-chair facility attached to a geriatric residential facility. In 1989, recognizing the need for expansion, Dr. Olsen was instrumental in opening the Ida G. Israel CHC Dental Center, a full service clinic. Read more...

Harlem Hospital Center
Dr. James R. King

Dr. James R. King is the Director of Dentistry, as well as Chief and Program Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harlem Hospital Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow of both the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Lincoln Medical Center
Dr. Rawle F. Philbert

Dr. Rawle F. Philbert is the Chairman of the Department of Dentistry/Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and the Program Director of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program at the same institution. In addition, Dr. Philbert is the Director of Dental Services at two satellite clinics: Morrisania and Segundo Ruiz Belvis...

Metropolitan Hospital Center
Dr. Joseph Morales

Joseph Morales, D.D.S., F.A.C.D. is a graduate of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, where he now holds an adjunct faculty appointment. He received his postdoctoral training at Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Morales has more than 32 years of professional experience, including 25 years dedicated to academic dental medicine. He is currently Chief of the Dental Medicine...



Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Dental Clinic at Harlem Hospital Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony held on May 8, 2015, celebrated the opening of the newly renovated and expanded Dr. James E. McIntosh Dental Services at Harlem Hospital Center. The new $6.3 million clinic offers increased patient capacity...

Read more about the ribbon-cutting ceremony

2nd Annual Residents Job Fair

PAGNY Corporate Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its 2nd Annual Residents Job Fair on September 24th, 2015 at the New York Academy of Medicine. Please click download flyer for further details.



Harlem Hospital Center’s First Ever Simulation Fellowship Program

The Institute for Medical Simulation & Advanced Learning (IMSAL) opened at Harlem Hospital Center. It is the first Health and Hospitals Corporation simulation laboratory and offers a Simulation Fellowship program. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Meguerdichian, the Simulation Fellowship Program offers training in central line placement skills and advance airway courses. Read more...



Dr. Alexie Puran
Director of Pediatrics at Harlem Hospital Center

PAGNY’s Dr. Puran, is the Associate Director of Pediatrics at Harlem Hospital Center. He completed his undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his internship and residency in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi Medical Center, and his Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Anthony Mirdita
PAGNY’s Chief Financial Officer

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Mirdita, PAGNY’s Chief Financial Officer, as an adjunct faculty member in the Public Administration Department at Long Island University’s Hudson Campus Graduate School. Drawing upon his extensive financial experience and background in healthcare and finance, Mr. Mirdita will teach a course in Healthcare Financial Management to graduate students. Read more...



Doctors’ Day Awards

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) held its annual Doctors’ Day celebration on May 20th at Baruch College, where it recognized doctors for their outstanding work. Read more...


Message from Jane D. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
PAGNY Chief Communications Officer

According to PAGNY optometrist, Dr. Minnette Francis of Lincoln Medical Center, the two most overlooked body organs are the eyes. Taking care of your eyes now will ensure their health later on in life.

Dr. Francis suggests that beginning at 6 months of age, children should have an eye examination to detect any potential abnormalities in their vision since such abnormalities may result in learning and behavioral disabilities later onin life. Re-testing at ages 2 and 4 is recommended, followed by annual eye exams throughout adolescence and adulthood. A diet of leafy greens, fish rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, such as tuna and salmon, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and other foods rich in Vitamins A, C and E, zinc and beta-carotene can help protect the eyes.

When exposed to the heat and humidity of the outdoors, Dr. Francis recommends the following:

  • Wear sunglasses to lessen the exposure of the eyes to radiation from the sun
  • Wear a hat with a visor to prevent eyelid skin cancer, eye sunburn or other eye-related problems
  • Wear safety goggles when doing any projects around the home that may put the eyes at risk
  • Wear safety goggles when playing a sport that may endanger the eyes
  • Get regular eye exams to help identify any existing or developing eye diseases
  • Take breaks from excessive computer, mobile device or television screen time. A rule of thumb is to take a 20 second break for every 20 minutes of screen time, focusing on something 20 feet away.
  • Refrain from, or quit, smoking

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To everyone’s good health.


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