Course Directors:

Stacey E. Rosen, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA

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Stacey E.  Rosen, MD, Partners Council Professor of Women’s Health and Professor of Cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, is one of the leading experts in the field of cardiovascular disease in women’s health in her role as the Senior Vice President for the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, she oversees the development and coordination of a comprehensive and integrated approach to women’s health services at Northwell Health. In this role her mission has been to focus primarily on the elimination of health care disparities through comprehensive clinical programs, gender-based research, community partnerships and education.  She has been a practicing cardiologist for over 30 years.

Stacey has recently co-authored the book, Heart Smart for Women: Six S.T.E.P.S IN Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living, published in October 2017 and the Spanish version of the book, Un Corazón Saludable PARA La Mujer Moderna”, Seis P.A.S.O.S. En Seis Semanas Para Mantener La Salud Del Corazón, published January 2019., and has co-produced her first documentary titled “MsDiagnosed” which premiered at the Cinequest film festival on March 7, 2020.

She has served as a longtime volunteer for the American Heart Association with leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels and has been and has been a national spokesperson for the AHA’s Go Red for Women Movement. She served as a member of the AHA national committee 2016-2018 and currently serves as the President, Board of Directors, Eastern States for the AHA. In 2018 she received the AHA’s Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award.

Stacey is a graduate of the six-year medical program at Boston University School of Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, and the American Heart Association (AHA).

Stacey is a recipient of numerous media, industry and healthcare awards and is regularly called upon by the media as an expert on women’s heart health.

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Neil Tanna, MD, MBA, FACS

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Dr. Neil Tanna is a Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with a practice focused on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and breast. Dr. Tanna is a leader in his field, a respected educator, and a prolific author. He serves as Professor of Surgery at Zucker School of Medicine, Associate Program Director of Plastic Surgery at Northwell Health, and Medical Director of the Northwell Health Syosset SurgiCenter.

Dr. Tanna is among a very small group of Plastic Surgeons in the world to have completed formal training in Otolaryngology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. After completing his medical training in one of the few combined six-year accelerated track medical programs in the country, Dr. Tanna spent an additional eight years training to become a Plastic Surgeon. He completed a full Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery residency at The George Washington University. He then pursued further training and completed a second full residency in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This was followed by a fellowship in advanced reconstructive and microvascular surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University (NYU).

Dr. Neil Tanna is passionate about the art and science of plastic surgery. His work has been published in over 90 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious medical journals. He has been invited to present at more than 100 national and international scientific meetings. He is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons.

In 2018, Dr. Tanna was promoted to the rank of Professor of Plastic Surgery with the Zucker School of Medicine, making him one of the youngest full professors at Northwell Health. This title was granted after rigorous internal and external review of Dr. Tanna s extraordinary accomplishments. This rank has national significance, as the average full professor in the United States is 55 years old.

As a leader in his field, Dr. Tanna has often been featured in national and international media outlets. He has frequently appeared on television and in award-winning newspapers and magazines. Among several noteworthy honors and awards, Dr. Tanna has also been listed in the New York Magazine Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Top Doctors, New York Times Super Doctors, and Newsday Top Doctors lists. This is a prestigious honor that is reserved for the small percentage of top practitioners that are true standouts in their field, nominated by their peers. Only the most accomplished plastic surgeons are chosen for inclusion on these lists.

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Catherine Alfano, PhD

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Dr. Alfano is an international leader in cancer survivorship and cancer rehabilitation. Before joining Northwell, she served as the Vice President of Survivorship at the American Cancer Society where she provided vision and leadership to ACS research, programming, and policy efforts nationwide to improve the lives of cancer survivors. She previously served as the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship where she created funding opportunity announcements to fill gaps in cancer survivorship and transdisciplinary research and administered a grant portfolio of rehabilitation, symptom management, and behavior change trials in cancer survivors. She has led work with the American Society of Clinical Oncology to help American healthcare systems develop risk/need-stratified survivorship care that focuses on helping patients self-manage their health and delivers care outside of clinic walls. She has held leadership positions as the Chair of the Cancer Special Interest Group of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and Co-Chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Panel: Diet, Physical Activity and Weight Management During Cancer Treatment. She has served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Survivorship Committee and Energy Balance Sub-committee, and on the Research Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Cancer Networking Group.

Dr. Alfano has extensive expertise in population-based prospective cohort studies of cancer survivors understanding the chronic and late effects of diverse groups of cancer survivors. She has conducted behavior change trials and developed mobile health technologies to help survivors improve healthy behaviors, ameliorate symptoms, self-manage their health and optimize physical functioning and ultimately morbidity and mortality. She has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. Dr. Alfano has both a clinical care design and a research role at Northwell. Clinically, she leads, plans, develops and oversees the implementation and integration of a high- quality cancer survivorship program for the Health System with a goal of reducing unnecessary costs as a result of more timely and effective care while simultaneously improving patient outcomes. She also oversees the growth of new research development and training programs and research projects to ensure future organizational growth in cancer clinical care research.

Maria Torroella Carney, MD, FACP

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Dr. Carney is an internist specializing in geriatric and palliative medicine. She is Medical Director of Post Acute Services and Chief for the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Northwell Health. She is a Professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.  Dr. Carney served as Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Health 2008 -2011.  She has dedicated her career to promoting longevity and advocating for the needs of an aging society.

Dr. Carney is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

She has published in the area of dementia, advance directives, palliative medicine and emergency response for vulnerable populations.

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Karina Davidson, PhD, MASc

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For more than 25 years, Dr. Davidson has served in leadership roles of diverse stakeholder teams focused on the advancement of scientific and educational missions, through both the generation and utilization of research-based evidence. She previously served as the Vice-Dean for Organizational Effectiveness and Executive Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University and as the Chief Academic Officer for New York Presbyterian Hospital. She has been the Principal Investigator of more than 27 federally-funded grants, and authored over 302 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Davidson currently holds a number of roles at Northwell Health: she is the Senior Vice President of Research for Northwell Health, as well as a Professor of Behavioral Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and runs the Center for Personalized Health, part of the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research.

Reva Gajer, RN, MSN, ANP *

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Reva Gajer is a senior nurse practitioner in clinical cardiology for the Katz Institute for the Women’s Cardiac Program for the last 7 years. She acts as the supervising clinical coordinator for the program.

Her clinical practice includes the subspecialties of cardio oncology and high-risk cardio obstetrics.

Prior to her role in the Women’s Cardiac program, she was the senior nurse practitioner for 10+ years in Electrophysiology as an arrythmia consultant and supervisor for the cardiac device clinic.

Her clinical experience includes surgical management of cardiothoracic patients, adjunct professor at Nassau Community College and staff educator in critical care.

Eugenia Gianos, MD, FACC, FASE, FNLA

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Dr. Eugenia Gianos is the director of Women s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital and director of Cardiovascular Prevention for Northwell Health. As a clinical cardiologist with expertise in preventive cardiology, lipidology, imaging and women s heart disease, she sees patients with various cardiovascular diseases and has a specific interest in those with a genetic predisposition or heart disease, at a young age, lipid disorders, complex coronary disease, and uncontrolled risk factors for heart disease. Her main goal through education, research and clinical care is to recognize those patients at risk for cardiovascular disease and use lifestyle programs and optimal individualized medical therapy to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

After earning an undergraduate degree in psychiatry from Barnard College at Columbia, Dr. Gianos earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as her fellowship in cardiology at Northwell s Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Gianos holds board certification in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology and she is certified in lipidology through the National Lipid Association. Dr. Gianos comes to Lenox Hill from NYU Langone Health (Bellevue and Tisch Hospitals), where she held various clinical and administrative roles of progressive responsibility for the past 11 years. In her first years at NYU, she won a cardiology faculty teaching award and most recently, served as co-clinical director of the NYU Langone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, associate professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, and director of the NYU Preventive Cardiology fellowship program. In addition, she was an active member of the hospital s women s heart group. Dr. Gianos s experiences at NYU over the past 11 years have prepared her well to return to the health system she considered home with a clear vision for advancing patient-centered care.

Noah Kauff, MD

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Dr. Kauff is the Chief of the Cancer Genetics Program of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute. His research interests include: a) analyzing the role of genetic risk markers on the assessment and treatment of individuals with a potential inherited predisposition towards cancer; b) evaluating methods for incorporating genetic risk assessment into the routine care of oncology patients; c) characterizing the efficacy of risk-reducing strategies performed for the prevention of inherited cancers; and d) elucidating differences between inherited and sporadic cancers to assist in the development of targeted therapies for hereditary malignancies.

His clinical areas of expertise include cancer risk counseling, screening for and prevention of inherited cancers, and providing gynecologic care to cancer patients. He has served on multiple national and international committees, including the Cancer Prevention and Control Committee of the Gynecologic Oncology Group and NRG Oncology, the Education Committee of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the Committee on Genetics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network panel addressing risk assessment for familial breast and ovarian cancers.


Deborah McElligott, DNP, ANP-BC, AHN-BC,

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Deborah McElligott, DNP, ANP-BC, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, CDE, is a board certified Adult and Holistic Nurse Practitioner, an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Her nursing career spans 40 years (30 with Northwell) with experience in Cardiac Surgery, Integrative Medicine, Administration and Education. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra –Northwell and Associate Faculty with the International Nurse Coach Association, mentoring both medical students and nurses.

Deborah has practiced in both acute and out-patient settings with her most recent focus on health promotion, wellness and healing. In the past three years, Deborah has collaborated with the Integrative team at the Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine and the many donors who support programs to develop and hold groups, trainings and programs to meet the needs of Northwell employees and the community. These include health and wellbeing education, a focus on comfort management with chronic diseases and expanding the skills of employees who wish to become certified or trained in Integrative Therapies. She facilitates numerous community support groups focused on wellness including the Heart Healthy Living Program and the Diabetes Prevention Program. Deborah works closely with integrative health care teams to focus on whole person wellbeing, risk assessment and the prevention and self-management of cardiac disease, cancer and diabetes.

Deborah has been the primary investigator in nursing research studies involving imagery, massage, and three studies focusing on health promotion and wellness. She has published these studies, papers and book chapters on topics including self-care, reflection, integrative assessment, coaching, reflexology and healing. A frequent speaker in the community, faith -based and professional organizations, she has presented the results of her research both nationally and internationally.

Deborah’s formal education included various outstanding universities. She received her BSN from Hunter –Bellevue, her MA from NYU, her Post Masters NP from SUNY Stonybrook and her DNP from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds certifications in AMMA Massage, Reflexology, Integrative Imagery, Reiki, and as an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist. Long Island has always been her home, and she enjoys living in a beach community with her family.

Stephanie McNally, MD, FACOG, FACS

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Stephanie Trentacoste McNally, MD, FACOG, FACS is a practice director for one of the largest OB/GYN practices at Northwell Health. She plays an integral role in ambulatory growth and under her leadership has strengthened the partnership between OB/GYN and the Katz Institute of Women’s Health.

Dr. McNally also is the co-founder and co-director of Northwell Health’s first leadership program for women early in their academic careers. The CALLS (Career Advancement Learning Leadership & Strategy) program provides mentorship and high level advocacy for its selected cohorts.

Dr. McNally is an active member of ACOG and will be joining its administrative team for District II in the upcoming year. She is active clinically and maintains an academic presence at the medical school and with her research endeavors. She was a former Fulbright Scholar and never has lost her passion for academic excellence.

Dr. McNally was a medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and did her residency in OB/GYN at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell where she was the academic Chief Resident. She joined the health system in 2013 after working both at Weiler and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Areta Podhorodecki, MD

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Dr. Areta Podhorodecki completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne and completed her Rehab Medical Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York. She was in private practice for 25 years until joining Northwell Health Physician Partners last year.

Dr. Podhorodecki is a Rehabilitation specialist with interest in musculoskeletal conditions, sports and overuse syndromes as well as sprains or more serious injuries. Her therapeutic approach focuses on restoration (incorporating physical therapy, exercise, posture reeducation, stress reduction, biomechanics) and empowerment through the mind-body connection (meditation, journaling, breathing, etc.).

She is an experienced and board certified Electromyographer (teaching residents and medical students) with expertise in Carpal Tunnel, other entrapments and neuropathic pain.

Women’s Health is a new focus for her and she has recently been invited to serve on a panel for Northwell Women’s Health Initiative. She is a certified medical Botox injector for chronic migraine, dystonias, facial pain syndromes and hyperhidrosis.

Dr. Podhorodecki combines warmth, Aussie humor, lifelong learning and wisdom gleaned from raising three boys into her practice.

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Benjamin Schwartz, MD, MHCM, FACOG, FACS

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As senior vice president and regional physician executive for Northwell Health’s Eastern Region, Benjamin Schwartz, MD, MHCM, serves as the region’s key physician executive, working to optimize ambulatory operations, improve patient experiences and assist with overall clinical strategy.

Dr. Schwartz also serves as the Eastern Region director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Southside Hospital.

A board-certified subspecialist in gynecologic oncology and minimally invasive and robotic surgery, Dr. Schwartz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons.

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Dr. Schwartz obtained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and served as administrative chief resident.

During his residency, Dr. Schwartz completed a Galloway Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He then completed subspecialty training in Gynecologic Oncology at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Schwartz has a master’s degree in health care management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS

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Dr Mark Smith is an internationally recognized expert in microsurgical breast reconstruction, lymphatic surgery and enhanced recovery after breast surgery. He received his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his residency training in surgery and plastic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He completed two fellowships, one in microsurgery and oncologic reconstruction at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the other in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at the University of Washington.

He holds the rank of professor of surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and serves as the system vice chair of surgery for Northwell Health System. His administrative roles include vice president of surgical services for the eastern region of Northwell Health System, director of reconstructive oncology for Northwell’s Cancer Institute, and executive director of the Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery at Northwell.

Penny Stern, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACOEM *

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Penny Stern MD, MPH, FACPM, FACOEM is the AVP of Preventive Medicine & Clinical Programs in the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, and Prevention. She is also a team member of the Center for Equity of Care and serves on the Employee Wellness Team. Dr. Stern is the Immediate Past President, Faculty Council of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, the Co-Chair of Northwell’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee and an Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, where she serves on the Admissions Committee.

Dr. Stern earned her MD with special distinction for research in neuropathology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society. As part of her residency training in Preventive Medicine at Cornell, she earned her MPH at the Columbia (now Mailman) School of Public Health. She completed an additional residency in Occupational Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. She maintains appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor at both Weill-Cornell and Mount Sinai and has taught medical students at Cornell for over two decades. Dr. Stern is board-certified and is a fellow of both the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is also New York State-certified in medical acupuncture. Prior to coming to Northwell, Dr. Stern was the Associate Medical Director and later the Deputy Medical Director at the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai and served as Medical Director at the Pfizer manufacturing facility in Brooklyn NY until its closure. At Pfizer, where she oversaw the medical department, she was responsible for the workplace health and safety of over 1200 employees.

A former president of the Queens County Medical Society and the New York Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association, Dr. Stern continues to be involved in organized medicine on both the local and national levels. She is also an experienced medical editor and journalist, having worked in television (Lifetime Medical Television), on-line (, and print (multiple outlets). At ReutersHealth, she published hundreds of medical news articles for both consumer and professional audiences.


Sharon Zarabi, RD, CDN

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Sharon Zarabi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (RD, CDN) and Certified Personal Fitness Trainer with the International Fitness Professional’s Association (IFPA) and Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA.) Sharon’s appreciation for the human body began with her love of sports from an early age. Participating in activities such as dance, while playing competitive soccer, basketball, and running track, taught her important lessons about physical performance and wellness through lifestyle choices. For these reasons, it was in her teenage years Sharon became an advocate for an active lifestyle.

While athletics were an integral part of Sharon’s life, family has always been a priority as well. Growing up surrounded by a large family who would gather on a regular basis for various reasons always meant a great deal of dinners. It was here where Sharon’s true love of food was born. From childhood she would help her mother in the kitchen when she would prepare meals. As she learned her way around the kitchen, she began to experiment and create her own dishes. While some weren’t always a success, for the most part Sharon wound up not only surprising herself with her culinary intuition, but also impressing those who tasted her dishes.

As her college years approached, Sharon realized more than ever how synonymous her food intake was with her lifestyle. The further she explored this concept, the more she realized how far beyond athletics this went. It was this particular concept which led to Sharon’s choice of professional study. In 2005, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University with a major in Nutrition and Dietetics before continuing her studies at Long Island University CW Post. It was here she obtained her credentials as an RD.

As her enthusiasm in the field continued to blossom, Sharon found herself seeking out any and every extracurricular mediums she could to enhance her knowledge in the fields of nutrition, exercise, and wellness. Ms. Zarabi partook in significant internship programs throughout her education, granting her the experience she has today. At St. Francis Hospital, she specialized in cardiac, and expanded her skill with weight management working with children of Adolescent Medicine of the Northwell Health System.

Committed to a life and career of promoting healthy living, Sharon is an active member of several nutritional associations, including: The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND), SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition), Weight Management Practice Group, IDEA Health and Fitness Association, Greater New York Dietetic Association, Long Island Dietetic Association, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM.)

Throughout her career, it seems what has set Sharon apart is her depth and diversity in the field. Her experience has allowed her delivery of expertise to carry an unprecedented range. Ms. Zarabi has co-authored The Singer’s Guide to Complete Health and The Ultimate Guide to Singing and contributes to various media outlets including, but not limited to CBS, Fox, The Bariatric Times, Reader’s Digest, Shape Magazine, Men’s Health & Fitness. She is an expert presenter for Ethicon, BariMD, and ASMBS, and currently lectures extensively on weight management and wellness at various community centers throughout the New York area. As the Bariatric Program Director of Lenox Hill Hospital she runs the monthly support groups for both post-operative and pre-operative patients and served as 2007-2011 Walk From Obesity Leader. Ms. Zarabi also serves as a private counselor for Weight Loss Surgery patients of Lenox Hill Hospital of New York.

In the midst of the diverse activities she participates in, Sharon’s love of health and fitness has not wavered in the slightest bit. She continues to better her own fitness with an extensive multi-day training regiment, while working as a private fitness instructor, helping patients and clients to bridge the gap between fitness and nutrition. She is a realistic optimist who leads by example. Sharon understands, first-hand, the dynamic impact of life choices because of the role it has played in her own life. Devoted to furthering education, she is currently fulfilling her Masters Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Specialty. As she continues her life’s work, her vision is to continue to use fitness and nutrition as a means to offer spiritual and emotional relief in the face of upheaval in people’s lives.

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