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2012 Fall Symposium

Healthfirst hosted its fifth Provider Symposium on November 15. The symposium focused on improving the health of our youngest members by managing obesity, promoting oral health, reaching adolescents through mobile technology and understanding family and cultural dynamics. Moderated by Healthfirst’s Dr. Susan Beane, the symposium brought together participating hospitals and providers to share innovative approaches and best practices that can help raise the quality of care in the communities we serve.

The next symposium will be held in Spring 2013.

> 2012 Fall Symposium Agenda


Ravi Saksena, MD, FAAP
Attending Pediatrician, General Pediatrics, Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital

 

Ravi Saksena, MD completed his undergraduate studies in Mathematics at Cornell University. He received his medical degree in 2008 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He went on to a pediatrics residency in the Social Pediatrics program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. He is currently working as a general pediatrician for Maimonides at the Newkirk Family Health Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn. He is interested in applying his training in social pediatrics to develop a community-based approach to obesity in New York City.

 

> Obesity in a Community Pediatrics Setting: A Population-based Approach to the Evaluation and Management of Childhood Obesity
 


Richard Porter
Chief Administrative Officer, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

 

Richard Porter is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center where he has served since 2007. He has operated in several capacities to include Chief Financial Officer and the Director Systems, Finance, Strategic Growth and Implementation. He previously served as Vice President-Business and Technology for the Jewish Child Care Association in New York City from 2000-2007. He served in the United States Navy from 1988-1993. Mr. Porter received his BS in Business Administration from Concordia College and is completing his MBA in HealthCare Administration from CUNY Baruch Zicklin School of Business/Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Mr. Porter has developed many technology platforms including a case management system currently being used by Child Welfare Agencies in the New York City system. Mr. Porter has dedicated his career to social justice and working with children and families in underserved communities.

 

> Connecting with Adolescents: A Mobile Technology Approach

 

George Xenakis, DDS, MS
Director of Dentistry & Radiology, William F. Ryan Community Health Network

 

George Xenakis, DDS, has been employed by the William F. Ryan Community Health Network since 2005. Previously, he served as a Dental Director at the New York Hotel Trades Council in Brooklyn and a Staff Attending at St. Clare’s Hospital & Health Center in Manhattan. Dr. Xenakis’ professional education includes a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, completion of a General Practice Residency, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Manhattan, and a Master of Science in Health Management, New York University.

 

 

Joan Hittelman, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Co-Executive Director of the Infant and Child Learning Center, Infant and Child Learning Center at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

 

Joan Hittelman, PhD has been a licensed psychologist since 1978 and faculty member of SUNY Downstate Medical Center since 1972. She received her doctorate from Columbia University Clinical Psychology Program. She is the Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Infant and Child Learning Center, an early intervention, preschool special education program, mental health and educational advocacy services.

 

Ram Kairam, MD
Pediatric Neurologist, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

 

For the past 15 years, Ram Kairam, MD has been working as Chairman of Pediatrics at Lincoln Hospital followed by Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center while continuing to practice as a developmental neurologist. Completing his training in pediatrics neonatology and pediatric neurology, he has worked continuously in urban low-income, high-need communities as a developmental neurologist, program developer and, more recently, a parent educator to reduce the burden of chronic debilitating neuro-developmental disorders.  Dr. Kairam has innovatively developed the Adolescent and Young Adult Program, a Child Advocacy Center, The Child Study Center, Community Health Education Center and most recently the Autism Treatment and Advocacy Center (ATAC). He has developed a team within the ATAC to diagnose, counsel, advocate and provide specialty consultations for all co morbidities of Autism Spectrum Disorders. His extensive involvement in measuring outcomes of perinatally acquired brain injury and neurological consequences of congenital HIV infection made him realize the need for an Autism Registry to study the natural history of autism, particularly the socio-cultural and health care needs of autistic children as they transition into adulthood. Aside from his dedication and interest in the ATAC, under his leadership, the Pediatric Asthma Center has flourished and no coordinates the activities of the South Bronx Asthma Partnership (SOBRAP), a NY State funded program of over 30 community-based organizations dedicated to reducing asthma related morbidity.

 

> Epilepsy Management in Children and Young Adults

 

 

Eugene Dinkevich, MD
Director, Division of General Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

 

Eugene Dinkevich, MD is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  He has worked with children to help them achieve and maintain normal weight and healthy lifestyles in Brooklyn, New York for nearly a decade.  

As the director of the Downstart Healthy Lifestyles Program at SUNY Downstate, Dr. Dinkevich supervises a team of psychologists, physicians, and a dietician who evaluate overweight and obese children for medical and psychological factors associated with being obese and help them to make lifestyle and dietary changes to lose weight and become more physically fit.  Dr. Dinkevich has lectured nationally about pediatric obesity and has published in this area.

 

 

Cheryl Doyle, MD, FAAP, FCCP
Pediatric Pulmonologist, SUNY Downstate Medical Center at LICH

 

Cheryl Doyle, MD, is a pediatric pulmonologist in solo practice in Brooklyn, New York. Her undergraduate degree was conferred by Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.  Her pediatric residency, including a chief residency was completed at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Doyle continued her training as a clinical fellow in pediatric pulmonology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Doyle became the Director of the Pediatric Special Care Unit, and the Assistant Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Long Island College Hospital. Soon after, she became an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Thereafter, Dr. Doyle served as an Associate Director in the Department of Pediatrics at the Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn. She convened two pediatric pulmonary clinics and participated in the Asthma Task Force of the New York City Health & Hospital Corporation.

 

Adding to her board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology, Dr. Doyle is certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Now in private practice, Dr. Doyle is particularly focused on the control of asthma in the inner city combining a holistic perspective with an emphasis on nutrition.

 

If you have questions or would like more information about Healthfirst’s Provider Symposium Series, please contact Dr. Susan Beane at sbeane@healthfirst.org or (212) 823-2437.

> Click here to view our past symposiums