PAGNY's First Annual Research Day

PAGNY's First Annual Research Day was a big success. It was held May 4th at New York Academy of Medicine and attracted nearly 120 people who met the medical researchers and heard oral presentations of their work. The event featured 47 research projects selected by the PAGNY Research and Education Committee for poster presentations; four of those projects were chosen for oral presentations. The members of the committee are: Dr. Balavenkatesh Kanna, Committee Chair and Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education;...


Dr. Swati Dave-Sharma (left) and Dr. Hoda Karbalivand (right) Receive Research Day Award
Dr. Andrew Wiznia Receives Research Day Award
Dr. Gautam Sikka Receives Research Day Award

Jacobi Research on HIV Testing of Psychiatric Patients Published in Prestigious Journal

Poster for Rapid HIV Testing Program

A PAGNY research team had the distinction of publishing its findings about the benefits of HIV testing of psychiatric inpatients in a prestigious medical journal, "Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research." Dr. Maryann J. Popiel, Chair of Behavioral Healthcare Services at the North Bronx Healthcare Network (NBHN), who led the research team, says the study disproved the assumption that psychiatric patients won't accept HIV testing. "This is a population that is at risk of contracting and spreading the virus and...



Grant Opportunities

New Research Grant Opportunities

PAGNY is committed to promoting scholarly activities and enhancing faculty participation in biomedical research. Here are new research grant opportunities for PAGNY professionals:

Click the "read more" link below to apply.

July 8 Deadline

  • Leadership Training for People of Color Living with HIV

July 12 Deadline

  • Improving Access to Care: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care

July 14 Deadline

  • Jurisdictional Approach to Curing Hepatitis C Among HIV/HCV Coinfected People of Color – Evaluation and Technical Assistance
  • Jurisdictional Approach to Curing Hepatitis C Among HIV/HCV Coinfected People of Color

Submissions from Oct. 12, 2016, through Nov. 12, 2019

  • AHRQ Mentored Research Scientist Research Career Development Award


Spotlight on Correctional Health Services


Dr. Homer Venters Overseeing Clinical Care for Correctional Health Services

Dr. Homer Venters

The reorganization of Correctional Health Services was designed to improve care for inmates and provide greater security for healthcare professionals, according to Dr. Homer Venters, the new Chief Medical Officer of Correctional Health Services for NYC Health + Hospitals. "We want to leverage the resources of Health + Hospitals and its partners for our patients and we want to promote staff safety and development," Dr. Venters says. The reorganization began earlier this year when PAGNY joined H+H as the primary affiliate for...



New Human Resources Team Joins PAGNY's Correctional Health Services

(From left to right): Martha I. Vormittag, MS – Director of Human Resources and Administration; Liza Galido – Employment Manager; Carolina Castro – Human Resources Assistant; Charmaine Dixon – Payroll Technician; Lourdes Villa (front) – Payroll Technician; Della Davis – Payroll Technician; Girolama Mannino – Payroll Technician; Melanie Caraballo – Leave Specialist; Natalie Scott – Human Resources Manager

PAGNY welcomes Martha Vormittag, Director of Human Resources and Administration, and her team to handle human resources for PAGNY's Division of Correctional Health Services. The team joined the PAGNY family in January after NYC Health + Hospitals took over healthcare services for the city's correctional facilities and chose PAGNY as the primary affiliate for inmates' healthcare. The CHS team provides recruitment, employee and labor relations, leave administration and payroll services for the more than 700 licensed clinical...


New Coney Island Hospital Appointments


PAGNY is Pleased to Announce the Following Appointments:

Dr. Deepak Naran
Named a member of the PAGNY Board of Directors
Dr. Deepak Naran

PAGNY is pleased to announce that Dr. Deepak Naran, a board-certified Attending Radiologist at Coney Island Hospital, has been named a member of the PAGNY Board of Directors. Dr. Naran has worked at Coney Island Hospital since 2005. Previously, he served his radiology residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. Dr. Naran is a graduate of the University of Bombay and received...


Dr. Mark Kindschuh
Named new Director of the Emergency Department
Dr. Mark Kindschuh

PAGNY is also pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Kindschuh has been named Coney Island’s new Director of the Emergency Department. Dr. Kindschuh, the new Director of the Emergency Department, is an experienced emergency department physician and administrator. He comes to Coney Island from New York-Presbyterian/Queens, where he was Chairman of the Emergency Medicine. He also serves as Medical...



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

We began a wonderful PAGNY tradition last month when we held PAGNY's First Annual Research Day at the New York Academy of Medicine.

Looking at the many posters at the event, I felt very proud of the incredibly innovative and exciting research studies being conducted by our PAGNY medical professionals. The event showed that so many of our PAGNY doctors are doing great research that will ultimately improve the quality of care for our patients.

I am sure that the impressive display at this year's Research Day will encourage many more PAGNY professionals to engage in research projects that we will then be able to display next year at the Second Annual Research Day.

And, as always, don't hesitate to let us know about your programs, achievements and successes so we can include them in a future edition of The PAGNY Advance.

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