Parag Mehta, MD Elected Vice-President of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Parag Mehta, MD Elected Vice-President
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Internist Parag Mehta, MD was elected Vice President of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) on May 7. Dr. Mehta is the Senior Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine and the Chief Medical Information Officer at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (NYPBMH). In addition, he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Mehta has been involved with the implementation of EHR at NYPBMH for the last 16 years and has helped the institution to reach HIMSS Level 7. In this role, he brings IT and clinicians together to improve the user’s experience based on the user’s input.

A graduate of NHL Medical College in Ahmedabad, India, Dr. Mehta completed his residency in OB/GYN at NHL Medical College and his residency in Internal Medicine at NYPBMH in Brooklyn, New York. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care  and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He has completed courses in Health Information Technology from Cornell University and Artificial Intelligence from MIT Sloan School of Management.

An active member of organized medicine, Dr. Mehta is the Governor for the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP) for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. In addition to MSSNY and NYACP, he is a member of AMA, Kings County Medical Society, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and Indian Medical Association.  In 2011, NYACP awarded him its highest honor, the Laureate Award, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions in the areas of governance, quality, public policy and education. As a Physician Wellbeing Champion, he promotes wellness and engages discussion through grand rounds.

Dr. Mehta’s many contributions to MSSNY include service as Assistant Treasurer, Commissioner of the Membership Division, Chair of the Future Task Force for Infrastructure/Organization, Chair of the International Medical Graduate Committee, and Young Physician Councilor. He presently serves as Councilor for Kings and Richmond County and as a New York Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association.

Dr. Mehta lives in Manhasset Hills with his wife, Isha Mehta, MD, who is Chief of Gynecology at Elmhurst Hospital and is a founder of “A Stitch in Time,” an organization that treats gynecological conditions at no cost to women around the world. They have two daughters, Ruju, an environmental engineer, and Setu, a pre-med student at Harvard College.

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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William Latreille, MD Elected Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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William Latreille, MD Elected Speaker
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Internist William Latreille, MD, was elected as Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 7.  He will continue to play an active role in the outpatient medical practice at the University of Vermont Health Network, Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, New York. He will also continue his internal medicine practice in Malone and at the Indian Health Center in Hogansburg, New York.

A graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, Dr. Latreille earned his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He received his first and second years of Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri and finished his residency training at the Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic in Syre, Pennsylvania.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Latreille is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a specialist in adult and adolescent medicine.  He also has been designated as a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to perform flight physical examinations and issue aviation medical certificates for Class 1, 2 and 3 pilots.

Dr. Latreille served as 4th District Councilor for eight years and 4th District President for four years. He created, and continues to chair,  the Lake Placid Retreat—now in its 21st year—that is held each January for MSSNY Districts 3 and 4. He was appointed to the MSSNY Board of Trustees in 2012 and served as Board Chairman for 2015-16. 

In addition to his activities at MSSNY, Dr. Latreille is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and a member of the NY Delegation to the AMA. He is also a member and past president of the Franklin County Medical Society.

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, Elected President-Elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, Elected President-Elect
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, was elected President-Elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York on May 7. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Sellers serves as Eastern Region Medical Director for the Bassett Healthcare network.

Originally from Buffalo, Dr. Sellers earned his BA degree from the University of Rochester and his MD degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine.  He completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program at the Albany Medical Center.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.

An attending physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY and the Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Dr. Sellers is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he has served as a primary care clerkship preceptor for over twenty years.

Dr. Sellers has served medical missions in Haiti and Kenya and is a volunteer physician with the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Sellers has been a trustee of the Cobleskill Regional Hospital for the past 20 years and served for 22 years on the Schoharie County Board of Health.

An active member of organized medicine since 1990, Dr. Sellers previously served MSSNY as Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and as Secretary. He served as MSSNY’s Third District Councilor from 2004-2010, and Third District President from 1998-2004.  Additionally, he served as Chair of MSSNY’s Political Action Committee from 2010 to 2019.  He was president of the Schoharie County Medical Society from 1990-1994.  Dr. Sellers lives in Cobleskill, NY with his wife, Kathleen.

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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Bonnie Litvack, MD Elected President of the Medical Society of the State of New York


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Bonnie Litvack, MD Elected President
of the Medical Society of the State of New York

MSSNY is the State’s Primary Professional Organization for Physicians

Westbury, NY—May 8, 2020— Radiologist Bonnie Litvack, MD was elected President of the Medical Society of the State of New York today. Dr. Litvack is Director of Women’s Imaging at Northern Westchester Hospital, which is part of Northwell Health.

A cum laude graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Litvack earned her medical degree at Albany Medical Center. She completed both her Internal Medicine internship and her diagnostic radiology residency at Stony Brook University and a magnetic resonance imaging/body imaging fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.  Dr. Litvack is certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

Under Dr. Litvack’s leadership, the Women’s Imaging Center at Northern Westchester Hospital has been acclaimed as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. During her career, Dr. Litvack has received numerous awards and honors.

An active member of organized medicine, Dr. Litvack has served as MSSNY’s President-Elect, Vice President, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Commissioner of Public Health, Commissioner of Membership and  MSSNY’s Ninth District Councilor.  She has also served as president of the Westchester County Medical Society, the Westchester Academy of Medicine,  the New York State Radiological Society and as MSSNY’s Ninth District President. She is a delegate from New York to the American Medical Association and has served as a councilor to the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Litvack lives in Chappaqua with her husband, Craig Penn, and daughters Sydney, Haley and Carly.

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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MSSNY Thanks Rep. Carolyn Maloney for Leadership on Legislation to Provide Loan Forgiveness to Frontline Medical Professionals


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MSSNY Thanks Rep. Carolyn Maloney for Leadership on Legislation to Provide Loan Forgiveness to Frontline Medical Professionals

May 6, 2020, Westbury, NY—MSSNY applauds Representative Carolyn Maloney (D- Manhattan) for introducing legislation (H.R. 6720) that would forgive private and federal student loans taken out by physicians, medical residents and a range of other healthcare professionals, caring for COVID-19 patients. The bill also includes researchers working to find a cure and vaccine for the disease. Representative Maloney modeled her proposal after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

“New York physicians have been on the frontlines since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, risking their lives to save as many victims of the virus as possible,” said Dr. Art Fougner, President of MSSNY. We’re grateful to Rep. Maloney for her leadership in advancing this important bill, as it’s a critical step in thanking frontline medical professionals for their service during this unprecedented time.  We urge the US Congress to incorporate these ideas into its next stimulus package that is currently under development.

The bill establishes a commission to work with the Education and Treasury Departments to review applications from borrowers and to determine which frontline applicants are eligible for loan forgiveness.

New York State is the hardest hit in the country with 319,000 confirmed cases and 19,415 deaths, to date.

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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Empire Advancing Payments to Certain Independent Primary Care Physicians


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For Immediate Release
May 5, 2020 

Empire Advancing Payments to Certain Independent Primary Care Physicians

Statement Attributable to:
Art Fougner, M.D.
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

To support these essential providers during the COVID-19 crisis, Empire is advancing payments to certain independent primary care physician organizations and multi-specialty groups that include primary care. Empire (and Anthem) will offer these payments to hundreds of physician organizations across the country, beginning in May.

Dr. Art Fougner, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York, applauds Empire and Anthem, its parent company, for this action for physicians during the pandemic.

“With physicians reporting dramatic drops in patient visits and revenue in our collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we thank Empire Blue Cross for implementing a program to help its network physicians with an advance payment program. It will provide a lifeline to these practices until regular patient visits can resume.

“We are also aware that United and CDPHP have, importantly, also adopted advance programs.  We urge other health insurers to similarly work with their network physicians to implement advance payment programs.”

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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MSSNY Objects to Ambulatory Surgery Center Exclusion for “Elective” Surgeries


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For Immediate Release
May 1, 2020 

MSSNY Objects to Ambulatory Surgery Center Exclusion for “Elective” Surgeries

Statement Attributable to:
Art Fougner, M.D.
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“MSSNY has reached out to Governor Cuomo and to the New York State Department of Health to more clearly understand the rationale behind the seemingly arbitrary exclusion of Ambulatory Surgery Centers from Executive Order 202.25 that permits “elective” surgeries in selected counties across New York State where there is a reduced threat of a coronavirus surge.

“We were perplexed to see that such procedures could only be performed in hospitals, rather than other facilities regulated by the New York State Department of Health that regularly provide outpatient procedures. MSSNY and other specialty societies believe that there is compelling need to permit their patients in these 35 counties to be able to receive needed treatment to address their patients’ pain needs and other serious medical conditions that are adversely affecting these patients’ lives.

“To be clear, elective does not mean ‘not medically necessary’.  Patients in these counties deserve to have the choice to receive these services in facilities where there is likely less risk of inadvertent coronavirus transmission, provided certain protocols are met to protect these patients’ health.

“We look forward to further fruitful discussions to better ensure patients can receive the care they need in the most appropriate care setting.”

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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Medical Society Proposes “Peer to Peer” Program for Physicians’ Post Traumatic Stress


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For Immediate Release
April 28, 2020 


Medical Society Proposes “Peer to Peer” Program for Physicians’
Post Traumatic Stress


Statement Attributable to:
Art Fougner, M.D.
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“The tragic suicide of emergency physician Dr. Lorna Breen is yet one more terrible consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and the leadership of the Medical Society of the State of New York wishes our condolences to her family. We fear that there could be many more physicians and other health care workers who have been on the front lines of treating the unending number of gravely ill patients in New York hospitals who may also be confronting post-traumatic stress and at risk for taking similar action.

To assist these physicians, MSSNY has proposed to create a “Peer to Peer” program similar to programs for veterans and police officers to help these physicians in coping with their post-traumatic stress. However, many physicians in need of this help will not feel comfortable in sharing their experiences unless they know that what they share will be kept strictly in confidence. To that end, MSSNY is working with the New York State Department of Health to approve the parameters of this proposed peer to peer program including ensuring that physician peers providing this greatly needed assistance will not be required to divulge any element of these conversations to any person or governmental body.”

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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MSSNY Calls on Gov Cuomo to Involve Community Physicians in Statewide Testing Program


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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2020 


MSSNY CALLS ON GOV CUOMO TO INVOLVE COMMUNITY PHYSICIANS IN STATEWIDE TESTING PROGRAM 


Statement Attributable to:
Art Fougner, M.D.
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“Physicians across the state share Governor Cuomo’s goal to significantly increase New York’s COVID-19 testing capacity, and applaud his unceasing efforts to confront this pandemic. However, we are very concerned about the Executive Order 202.24 provision to enable pharmacists to become collection sites for these tests without any clear details for how these test collections and results will be coordinated with a physician or hospital.

“In particular, we are concerned that there has not been any specification for how such test results will be shared with the patient’s primary physician or physicians, to help explain to the patient what the results mean regardless of whether there is a positive or negative test finding as well as what the patient should do.

“We also believe that there should be a concerted effort to involve community physicians in any statewide testing program, including helping them with obtaining the necessary medical and protective equipment to help provide these tests. Not only are community physicians an integral part of New York’s healthcare system but many of them have been, unaware to many, working tirelessly to keep the surge of patients from becoming a tsunami which would have overwhelmed our hospitals pushed to the brink.

“New Yorkers place a great deal of trust in these dedicated professionals. We ask Governor Cuomo to enlist these doctors to fully expand New York’s testing capabilities so vital for any reopening.”

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Communications / Marketing
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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MSSNY Applauds Legislation to Replenish Small Business and Health Care Provider Relief Funds


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For Immediate Release
April 22, 2020

MSSNY Applauds Legislation to Replenish Small Business and Health Care Provider Relief Funds

Statement attributable to:
Art Fougner, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“MSSNY thanks Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and the New York Congressional delegation for their efforts to advance legislation to replenish the small business and health care provider relief pools initially passed in the CARES Act. This additional funding stream is critically important to maintaining the availability of physicians to their patients as we continue to manage and begin to recover from this horrific outbreak.

This funding stream is also a critically important lifeline to physicians in their efforts to maintain jobs for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers they employ. A MSSNY survey released last week finds that 80% of the physician respondents noted that there had been at least a 50% reduction in patient visits since the beginning of the outbreak, and more than a quarter have had to lay off or furlough at least 50% of their staff.

MSSNY looks forward to the U.S. House passage of these relief funds later this week as well as development of the next stimulus package, which we hope will more fully address the enormous financial consequences to New York’s health care and economic infrastructure, as well as providing a mechanism to ensure both office based and hospital based medical staff have the protective equipment they need.”

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About the Medical Society of the State of New York
Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

MSSNY Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
516-488-6100 ext 302
rraia@mssny.org

 

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