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Luca Giliberto, MD, PhD*

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Dr. Giliberto’s approach to Medicine, Neurology and Alzheimer’s disease has always been dual: basic research and clinical practice. He has worked and collaborated with great scientists, such as Massimo Tabaton, George Perry, Mark Smith, Pierluigi Gambetti, Antonio Uccelli, Luciano D’Adamio and Peter Davies. The work with Dr. D’Adamio at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, lead to identify APP processing modulators, including ITMB2 (BRI2). At the Feinstein Institutes, Dr. Giliberto collaborates with a diverse range of excellent scientists, expanding the focus of his research to tau, microglia and the immune response, cell cycle and the treatment of tau pathology with engineered antibodies.

Dr. Giliberto works with patients affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, providing clinical care and trials, helping them and their families to cope with the disruption that this disease brings to their lives.

This dual role has allowed him to broaden his view of the disease, as the inspiration he receives from patients at every encounter is invaluable.

Dr. Giliberto teaches clinical neurology to medical students, Neurology, Medicine and Psychiatry residents at Hofstra University and North Shore University Hospital, and trains MD/PhD and PhD students in the laboratory at the Feinstein Institutes.

Dr. Giliberto graduated summa cum laude at the University of Milano Medical School, in Italy, completed his Neurology residency at the Medical school of Genova, Italy and at North Shore University Hospital, Northwell-Hofstra. He obtained his PhD in neuroscience from the Medical school of Genova, Italy while doing research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Jessica M. Alvarez-Mongelli, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CCRN*

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Dementia Care Specialist, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care (ADC) Program, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Northwell Health

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Maria Torroella Carney, MD*

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Dr. Maria Torroella Carney is a board-certified internist, geriatrician, and palliative care physician with clinical, research, administrative, and public health leadership experience.  She has been at Northwell Health since 2012 and is currently Medical Director for Continuing Care and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.  She is Professor of Medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra / Northwell.

Dr. Carney received her medical degree at New York Medical College, carried out her residency training in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill/Cornell Medical Center and completed a research-oriented fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.  She served as commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Health on Long Island, New York serving a population of 1.3 million residents from 2008-2011.

She has dedicated most of her career to promoting longevity, healthy aging and high-quality care for older adults and those with serious illness.   She has been selected into the 2022-2023 cohort of incoming Health and Aging Policy Fellows, a national leadership program.

Ana Franceschi, MD

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Professionally, I am highly motivated and dedicated to making significant contributions to the neurological molecular imaging filed. Specifically, I have developed a special emphasis on the advancement of brain PET/MRI and hybrid imaging techniques in dementia and neurodegenerative disease. I was awarded the 2021 Foundation of the ASNR Boerger Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease and Neurocognitive Disorders for the project “[18F] PI-2620 in Primary Progressive Aphasia” (Franceschi AM, PI), with the goal of characterizing biodistribution of abnormal tau accumulation in PPA subtypes using the novel second generation tracer PI-2620 and correlating these findings with clinical disease severity and neurodegeneration. I am also PI for the project “Utility of [18F] PI-2620 as Universal Biomarker for the A/T/N Classification of Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease”, which aims to establish the efficacy of PI-2620 as a single, universal biomarker for the A/T/N classification scheme of dementia, with the eventual goal of its use in descriptive classification, patient selection and target engagement assessment in disease-modifying clinical treatment trials. In addition to multiple scientific publications on this topic, I am lead editor of the textbook Hybrid PET/MR Neuroimaging: A Comprehensive Approach (Springer Nature, 2022).


Yun Freundenberg-Hua, MD

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Dr. Freudenberg-Hua is an associate professor of psychiatry, molecular medicine and genetics in the Feinstein Institutes’ Litwin-Zucker Alzheimer’s Research Center and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She is also an attending psychiatrist at the Geriatric Center at the Zucker Hillside Hospital.

Dr. Freudenberg-Hua received her medical degree from the University of Hamburg in Germany. Following clinical and research work in Medical Genetics at the University of Bonn School of Medicine, she completed her medical specialization in General and Geriatric Psychiatry at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Marzena Gieniusz, MD

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Board certifications
Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
Geriatric Medicine – American Board of IM / Geriatric Medicine

Academic titles
Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Ross University School of Medicine

NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn

North Shore University Hospital


Madeline Gittleman, PSYD

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Pace University

Columbia University College-Physicians & Surgeons


Marc L. Gordon, MD, FAAN

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Marc L. Gordon, MD, is chief of neurology at Zucker Hillside Hospital and professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He received his BA and MA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons. He completed his neurology residency training and a fellowship in neuropsychopharmacology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1990. Dr. Gordon is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.


Paul J. Mattis, Ph.D., ABPP*

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Paul J. Mattis, PhD, ABPP-CN, specializes in neuropsychology, which is concerned with the relationship between cognition and brain functioning. Many neurological, psychiatric and medical disorders are associated with changes in cognitive functioning, evident by the symptoms such as trouble remembering, inability to pay attention, and inefficient communication. In turn, these deficits are associated with decreased everyday functioning and declining quality of life.

Souhel Najjar, MD

Souhel Najjar, MD

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Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Neurology Service Line Northwell Health

Co-Director, Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Chair of Neurology

North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital

Medical Director, Center for Executive and Global Health Services

Internationally recognized for his clinical, research and teaching expertise, Souhel Najjar, MD, has dedicated his career to diagnosing and treating epilepsy of all ages, complex neurological disorders, and autoimmune disorders of the peripheral and the central nervous system. As Co-Director of the Northwell’s Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Dr. Najjar directs a multidisciplinary team of experts shaping the field of neuroscience. Under his leadership, the Team’s accomplishments include our hospitals’ continued preeminent rankings in US News and World Report, top accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and The Joint Commission and NYS Accreditation of 2 Comprehensive Stroke Centers, 15 Department of Health Primary Centers; creating the first of its kind inpatient Parkinson’s Program, and developing our Memory Disorders and Headache Centers. Founder of the Autoimmune Brain Disorders and Autoimmune Encephalitis Center, he is internationally recognized for his expertise in diagnosing and managing complex CNS autoimmune disorders attracting patients from all over the world. Serving as Chief Medical Director for the Center for Executive and Global Services, Dr. Najjar brings our world-class practices to medical professionals worldwide.

MD – Damascus University Faculty of Medicine

Anatomic/Clinical Pathology – Albany Medical Center Hospital; Neurology – Albany Medical Center Hospital

EEG/Epilepsy – New York University; Neuropathology – New York University

Board Certification
Neurology – American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology

Research Interests
Neuroinflammation and Epilepsy; Neuroinflammation and Psychiatric Illnesses; Autoimmune Encephalitis

Professional Recognition
Top Doctors, New York Magazine, 2010-2021; Medal of Honor, Ellis Island Honors Society, 2020; Renaissance Award, Wagner College DaVinci Society, 2019; Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award, Exceptional Parent Magazine, 2015

Professional Membership
Medical Advisory Board Member, Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, Durham, NC; Board Member of Scientific Planning Committee, Psychoimmunology Expert Meetings, Günsberg, Germany; Co-Director, Scientific Planning Committee, Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance

Pollak TA, Lennox BR, Najjar S, et al. Autoimmune psychosis: an international consensus on an approach to the diagnosis and management of psychosis of suspected autoimmune origin. Lancet Psychiatry. 2020 Jan;7(1):93-108. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30290-1. Epub 2019 Oct 24. Erratum in: Lancet Psychiatry. 2019 Dec;6(12):e31. PMID: 31669058.

Neurophysiology; EEG/Epilepsy; Neurology

Clinical Focus
Neurology; EEG/ Epilepsy; Clinical Neurophysiology; Autoimmune Disorders of the Central Nervous System

Hospital Affiliation
North Shore University Hospital; Lenox Hill Hospital; Staten Island University Hospital; Long Island Jewish Medical Center


Kevin Pao, PharmD*

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Neurology Clinical Pharmacist
Northwell Health

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Guest Speakers:


Effie Batis, Special Guest Speaker

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Director at Southern New York Association, New York Health Care Alliance, Audacia Foundation, Inc.


Hennie Friedman, RN

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Joe Verghese, MBBS

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Dr. Joe Verghese graduated from St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, India in 1989. He did his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Neurology in United Kingdom. He completed his Neurology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY in 1998. He did his fellowship training in Neurophysiology as well as Aging & Dementia in 1999 at the same institution. He received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research Methods with Distinction in 2001. Dr Verghese is board-Certified in Neurology.

Dr. Verghese is Professor of Neurology and Medicine, Murray D. Gross Memorial Faculty Scholar in Gerontology, and Director, Resnick Gerontology Center at Einstein. He is the Chief of the Integrated Divisions of Cognitive and Motor Aging (Neurology) and Geriatrics (Medicine).

Dr. Verghese is a recipient of the Beeson award from the National institute on Aging and the Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award from the American Geriatrics Society. His research interest is the effects of disease and aging on mobility and cognition in older adults. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and several federally funded grants in this area. His current projects include studying the influence of cognitively stimulating activities on reducing risk of dementia, the role of divided attention tasks such as walking while talking in predicting outcomes such as disability and cognitive decline, cognitive interventions, and global health.


Kelly Wexlar

Program Director
Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery

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Kelly Wexlar serves as Program Director for Northwell Health’s Neurosciences. Kelly leads the program’s Continuing Medical Education and community outreach events throughout New York. She also builds Northwell Neurosciences’ presence in our medical and patient communities through marketing, PR, corporate partnerships, and various initiatives across the health system.

Receiving an M.B.A from Fordham University, Kelly previously worked at The Boston Consulting Group for the firm’s global Private Equity and Principal Investors group. Kelly is deeply passionate about bringing diverse perspectives to neurosciences and committed to further innovating the department by leveraging new thought leadership and cutting-edge technologies shaping the field.