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Tochi Iroku-Malize  

Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, FAAFP, SFHM
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Southside Hospital
Chair of Department of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Iroku-Malize. received her medical education at the University of Nigeria and completed her residency training at Southside Hospital. Prior to joining the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Southside, Dr. Iroku-Malize was the Director of the Hospitalist Program at SSH.  She was instrumental in revising the AAFP Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents, and she has received recognition for her curricular innovations including incorporating simulation into the medical education program. She is a member of numerous family practice organizations. Her interests include diabetes, palliative care, and medical education.

Mayur Rali, MD
Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Southside Hospital
Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Rali is a 1979 graduate of Smt N H L Municipal Medical College, India and completed a Family Medicine Residency at South Nassau Communities Hospital in 2009. Dr. Rali is a core faculty  member working at the Brentwood Family Health Center. He has a passion for teaching and has received  numerous Teacher of the Year awards. He also has presented his research work at various national and international conferences. His areas of interest include preventive and community medicine, home visits and research.

Fred E. Caston, MD
Director of OB/GYN Education and Women’s Health Track, Southside Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Caston is a former IBM engineer who graduated Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1995.  He completed his internship at St. Vincent's in Erie P.A. and graduated from Southside Hospital Family Medicine Residency 1998.  He is a former A.L.S.O. Instructor and Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He teaches clinical medicine and biostatistics at Southside during morning report, on L&D, in the Brentwood Family Health Center and at resident grand rounds.

Christopher Magnifico, MD
Director of Hospital Medicine Education, Family Medicine Residency Program, Southside Hospital
Dr. Magnifico is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine and the Family Practice Residency at Southside Hospital. His areas of interest include Hospital Medicine, HIV Medicine, and Palliative Care Medicine.

Neubert Philippe, MD
Director of Global Health & Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Site Director for Hofstra School of Medicine ICE Program at Southside Hospital
Dr. Philippe is an alumni of New York Medical college and completed his residency in family medicine at Southside Hospital.  He currently serves in the role of inpatient service faculty. His academic interests are residency, simulation-based education, and global health.

Maria del Rosario Vesey, MD
Director of Ambulatory Medicine Education, Family Medicine Residency Program, Southside Hospital
Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Vesey is a graduate of the  Escuela Superior  de Medicina  of the Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico. She completed her residency in Family Medicine  at Southside Hospital, Bay Shore NY.  Her professional interests  include Community Medicine, Skin  Diseases and Procedures  She has a passion for serving the community of Brentwood Family Health Center.

Richard Bonanno, MD, FAAFP
Site Director for Hofstra School of Medicine ICE Program at Southside Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine

Dr. Richard Bonanno completed Southside's FM Residency in 1975, and served as Residency Program Director from 1979-2009. He is a past President of the New York State AFP, and was Family Physician of the Year for New York in 2004. He presently is a regular lecturer and supervises residents in the nursing home setting. His other clinical interests are behavioral medicine and clinical preventive services.

 

Alia Chauhan, MD, FAAP
Attending Physician, Southside Hospital
Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Alia Chauhan is a board certified pediatrician. She is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and is a member of the faculty of Family Medicine Residency Program at Southside Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Dr Chauhan is devoted to the education of residents and medical students. She is collaborating with the local YMCA in a weight management program designed for children 8-12 years of age.

Scott Kirsch, MD, FAAFP
Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Kirsch is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. His did his residency training in Family Medicine at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr Kirsch's primary career interest, focus and experience for over 30 years has been in training Family Medicine Residents and medical students. He served as Program Director at a University affiliated FM Residency Program for 20 years. Dr Kirsch has won numerous teaching awards and was named Family Medicine Educator of the Year by the NY State Academy of Family Physicians. He has been active in both the NY State chapter of the AAFP serving in many positions including President of the NY State Academy. On a national level, Dr Kirsch has served on the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development and  delegate representing the NY State chapter at the AAFP Annual Congress of Delegates. His areas of current special interest and teaching include geriatrics and palliative care/end of life issues, analytic, critical medical thinking and problem solving and the art of medicine. He is most proud of being considered a mentor and friend to the over 250 residents he has trained in his career.

Sunil K. Sood, MBBS DCH MD
Chief of Pediatrics, Southside Hospital
Professor, Depts of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Attending Physician, North Shore-LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Dr. Sood is a graduate of Christian Medical College, Punjab University and completed residency training at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Tulane University School of Medicine. His interests include Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases.

Pratima Goyal, MD
Attending Physician, Brentwood Family Health Center
Dr. Goyal completed her residency training at Southside. Her areas of interest include women's health and pediatric care. She has special interests in breast cancer, mammography and family planning.

Sarita Khanijo, MD
Attending Physician, Brentwood Family Health Center
Dr.  Khanijo completed her residency at Southside Hospital  in 1995, and received the best resident award.  She has been in the practice of Family Medicine since that time.   She is also a Board Certified Pathologist.  Her interests include providing primary care to patients of all ages, asthma education and management, women's health, and HIV care.

 

Behavioral Faculty

 

Maureen Grissom, PhD
Director of Behavioral Science, Director of Admissions, & Coordinator of Clinical Competence Committee, Southside Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine

Dr. Grissom received her PhD in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and was both a clinical fellow and faculty member in the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia before returning to Long Island. Her areas of interest include resident wellness, doctor-patient interaction, and children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.

Nancy Weitzman, PhD
Faculty Family Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, Hofstra-NSLIJ School of Medicine
Dr. Weitzman holds a master's degree in speech and audiology from New York University and a PhD in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Among her areas of special interest are Community Medicine and therapeutic issues for women.

 

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