Dr. Nora Bergasa, Metropolitan's Chief of Medicine, Awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians

Dr. Nora V. Bergasa

Dr. Nora V. Bergasa, Chief of the Department of Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, has been awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. Dr. Bergasa received this prestigious honor for a body of work that includes the practice of Internal Medicine and her academic contributions, including her research on the pruritus of cholestasis, a complication of liver disease. Her work has been...


Training, Research, & Education


Dr. DeVita’s Article on the Ethics of Life-Saving Protocols to be Published in American Journal of Bioethics

Dr. Michael DeVita

An article by Dr. Michael DeVita, Director of Critical Care Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, about the ethics of life-saving protocols has been accepted for publication in The American Journal of Bioethics. The article offers guidelines for how emergency room doctors should handle two similar and relatively new procedures to induce hypothermia in critically ill patients. One procedure, called Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation...


Service Recognition


PAGNY Thanks our Nurse Practitioners

A nurse giving a man a vaccination shot

National Nurse Practitioners Week is November 13-19, and PAGNY would like to take this opportunity to thank and celebrate all of our Nurse Practitioners who work at our PAGNY-affiliated facilities for their devotion and hard work. Nurse Practitioners are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced degrees who provide primary, acute and specialty care. Most importantly, they provide high quality, compassionate, patient-centered healthcare and also...


Employee of the Month


Dr. Ashraf Elshafei Named Metropolitan Employee of the Month

Dr. Ashraf Elshafei

The PAGNY family would like to extend our hearty congratulations to Dr. Ashraf Elshafei, the Unit Chief of the Detoxification Unit at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, for being recognized and named Metropolitan's August Employee of the Month. Dr. Elshafei was nominated by Dr. Ronnie Swift, Chief of Psychiatry and Associate Medical Director at Metropolitan Hospital Center. Dr. Elshafei received the award because of his sensitive...




PAGNY is Pleased to Announce the Following Appointments:

Max Wang
Named Nuclear Medical Technologist at
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
Max Wang has been appointed a Nuclear Medical Technologist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. Mr. Wang comes to Coney Island Hospital from Hill Country Memorial Hospital, Fredericksburg, Texas, where he was the Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist. He previously was a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Sonterra Cardiovascular Institute in... Read more...
Sophia Amritt
Named Healthcare Services Coordinator at
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
Sophia Amritt has been named Healthcare Services Coordinator at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem. Ms. Amritt was previously a Pediatric Health Educator-Sickle Cell Transition Navigator at Harlem Hospital Center, where she coordinated care and worked with multidisciplinary teams to provide continuity of care for patients as they transitioned from pediatric care to adult care.... Read more...
Dr. Daniel Barraez
Named Attending OB/GYN at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx and Associate Director for Minimally Invasive Surgery for NCB's OB/GYN Department
Dr. Daniel Barraez, FACOG, FACS and Surgeon of Minimally Invasive Gynecology surgery, has been appointed an Attending OB/GYN at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx and Associate Director for Minimally Invasive Surgery for NCB's OB/GYN Department. Dr. Barraez comes to North Central Bronx from Berkshire Faculty Services in Pittsfield, Mass.... Read more...
Dr. Denise McCormack
Named Attending Emergency Medicine Physician at
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
Dr. Denise McCormack MPH has been named an Attending Emergency Medicine Physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. Dr. McCormack comes to Jacobi Medical Center from Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School, where she was an Emergency Medicine Physician. She completed previous training in General Surgery at New York Medical College... Read more...



Third Annual PAGNY Job Fair Attracts Residents and Fellows from NYC Area and Beyond

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(left to right) Dr. John Morley, Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg, Dr. Toni Stern and Dr. Balavenkatesh Kanna

PAGNY held a highly successful Third Annual Residents and Fellows Job Fair at the New York Academy of Medicine on Oct. 19 that attracted 25 Residents and Fellows currently in training programs in the New York City area and from as far away as Buffalo and Detroit. The fair gave PAGNY's senior leadership the opportunity to identify potential candidates to fill vacancies at PAGNY- affiliated hospitals and facilities. PAGNY's physician leaders explained to the young...


PAGNY and NYC Health + Hospitals Install Co-branding Signage at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln


New signage announcing the co-branding campaign launched by PAGNY and New York City Health + Hospitals has now been installed at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “The signage project is an important collaboration between PAGNY and NYC Health + Hospitals that focuses attention on the excellent care PAGNY medical professionals provide at Lincoln as well as all PAGNY-affiliated facilities," said Dr. Luis Marcos, PAGNY's Chief Executive Officer. "By...


Research, Education and Training


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.

Submission deadline: Dec. 25, 2016

Submission deadline: Jan. 5, 2017



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

At PAGNY's Third Annual Residents and Fellows Job Fair last month, PAGNY’s senior physician leadership gave a wonderful overview of the opportunities and challenges PAGNY offers young doctors.

The speakers — representing all seven of PAGNY's affiliated facilities — explained how PAGNY's physician-mentors are dedicated to preparing the next generation of doctors. They also described how PAGNY is the ideal training grounds to learn about the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow.

PAGNY has a great story to tell and we’re sure many of the physicians and fellows who attended our recruitment event will soon be part of the PAGNY family!

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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