Course Directors:

Robert Ira Koppel, MD

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Dr. Robert Koppel earned his MD from McGill University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children and his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Toronto Shared Program in Neonatology.

Following his training, he joined the faculty at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Dr. Koppel’s clinical focus is the care of infants with congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, and perinatal asphyxia.

Additionally, Dr. Koppel serves as the Medical Director of the Regional Perinatal Centers – North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Dr. Koppel’s areas of research interest include the development of non-invasive screening methods for coarctation of the aorta, patent ductus arteriosus, and sudden unexpected postnatal collapse.

Timothy Rafael, MD

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Dr. Timothy Rafael received his medical degree from the Jacobs School of Medicine at the University at Buffalo.  He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, and his fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.  Dr. Rafael joined the faculty of North Shore University Hospital in 2019, and is an Assistant Professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.  His clinical focus is the care of pregnancies with high risk maternal or fetal conditions, particularly in the areas of prenatal diagnosis of fetal conditions, and patients with prior adverse pregnancy outcomes.

His research interests include preterm birth and cervical length.  Dr. Rafael serves as the Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, as well as Co-Director of the Pregnancy Loss and Evaluation Program at the Center for High Risk Pregnancy and Fetal Health at Northwell.

Keynote Speaker:

Mary E. Norton, MD

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Perinatologist and Clinical Geneticist Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Professor, University of California and San Francisco Medical Center

Faculty:

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Frank Chervenak, MD

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Frank A. Chervenak, MD currently serves as Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital; Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean of International Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University with highest distinction, and his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University where he was elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Chervenak served his internship in Internal Medicine at New York Medical College, residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College in St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He was Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where he was also Director of Perinatal Research and received the Dr. Solomon Silver Award for application of advances in research to the practice of Clinical Medicine. He had served as the Given Foundation Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief and the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell University from 1999 to 2018.

Dr. Chervenak was appointed Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Obstetric Ultrasound and Ethics at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1987. In 1991 he was named Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of Obstetrics. In 1992 he was made Full Professor with tenure, in 1998 he was named Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and in 1999 was named Acting Chairman of that department. Dr. Chervenak was named Chairman and Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief in 2000. He received his Master in Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001 and earned fellowship status from the American College of Physician Executives in 2008.

Dr. Chervenak has published 342 papers in peer review literature and has co-authored or co- edited 43 textbooks. Research interests include ultrasound and ethics in obstetrics & gynecology and physician leadership. He has been named a member of The National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies. Dr. Chervenak has served on the Board of Governors of the American Institute in Ultrasound and Medicine and the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians. He has served as President of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, International Fetal Medicine in Surgery Society, the New York Perinatal Society and the New York Academy of Medicine Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the New York Obstetrical Society. Currently, Dr. Chervenak serves as President of the International Society of the Fetus as a Patient, Vice-president of the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine, and Co- director of The Ian Donald Inter-University School of Medicine and Ultrasound and serves on the ethics and professionalism committee of FIGO.

He has been awarded doctor honoris causa from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary; University of Athens, Greece; Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania; University of The Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay; Siberian State University, Tomsk, Russia; University of Buenos Aries, Argentina; Dubrovnik International University, Croatia; Ott Scientific Research University of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St Petersburg; Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow; Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology, Moscow and Surgut University, Russia, Kuban State University Krasnodar, Russia. He has been admitted as a fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Great Britain and as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has been named an Honorary Member of the Mexican Academy of Pediatrics and a “Knight of Medicine” by the University of Georgia. He was named an Adjunct Professor at the Medical University of Vienna.

Lyndsey Garbi, MD

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Lyndsey graduated neonatal fellowship from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. With her special interest in perinatal palliative care, she completed a certificate in Pediatric Bioethics from Mercy Children’s and The Boston Children’s Palliative Care Education and Practice Course. She created the Perinatal Complex Care Team at Northwell to better serve families with complicated and challenging pregnancies. She lives in Long Island with her husband, 3 children, and wheaten terrier.

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Kimberly Kudlack, MS, CGC

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Kimberly Kudlack, MS, CGC is currently the senior genetic counselor within the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at North Shore University Hospital. Ms. Kudlack obtained her Bachelors of Science from Boston College. Upon completion of her studies, she worked for the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories as a Middle School Educator. Ms. Kudlack went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in genetic counseling at Northwestern University. She worked at Mt.Sinai School of Medicine with Dr. Maria New, the world’s expert in congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), as a lab genetic counselor coordinating and managing genetic testing for all forms of CAH. Ms. Kudlack joined the Northwell Health Division of Medical Genetics where she practiced prenatal, pediatric, and adult genetic counseling. Currently, within the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Ms. Kudlack provides prenatal genetic counseling for high risk pregnancies exclusively.

Dawnette Lewis, MD, MPH

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Dr. Dawnette Lewis, Lead for the Center for Maternal Health, wears many hats in the maternal-fetal medicine community. She serves as the Associate Program Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at Hofstra/Northwell, Associate Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine of Ambulatory, North Shore University Hospital, Associate Director of Patient Quality and Safety, North Shore University Hospital, and Physician Lead for New York State Birth Equity Improvement Project.  She is also an Associate Professor at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. With over 20 years in maternal-fetal medicine, Dr. Lewis’s leadership in the field has always been guided by her passion – birth equity for Black-birthing mothers.  Her passion fuels her goal of providing care that ensures the best pregnancy outcomes for patients and their babies.

Dr. Lewis’s value of her work is reflected in her investment in the relationships she fosters with her patients, colleagues, and fellows. An MFM fellow recently thanked Dr. Lewis for her “enthusiasm and passion for the institution.”  Dr. Lewis prioritizes the people in the institution. She engages in relationships from a place of compassion, thoughtfulness, sensibility, and authenticity. Her strong ethos of people-first plays a crucial role in ensuring the best outcomes possible.

An equally matched passion of Dr. Lewis is her family. From her two school-aged children to her extended family of sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and mother, Dr. Lewis’ first and foremost love is her family. Born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, and raised in the Bronx, Dr. Lewis embodies the idea of strong cultural grounding with a commitment to one’s community. When not playing with her children or enjoying her great-nieces and nephews, she can be found serving as the class photographer for her children’s school, reading a good book, or coaching the New York Giants from her living room. 

Natalie Beth Meirowitz, MD*

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Michael Nimaroff, MD, MBA, FACOG

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Dr. Michael Nimaroff is the Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Ob/Gyn at Northwell Health and serves as the Chair of Ob/Gyn at North Shore University Hospital & Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Nimaroff is an Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. In these roles, Dr. Nimaroff drives the strategic vision and quality initiatives for the division. He has been a member of the Northwell community for over thirty years, where he began his career as a resident and subsequently became a member of the voluntary staff. Initially trained as a General Ob Gyn, his practice dealt with the full range of obstetrical & gynecologic conditions. With the birth of the field of minimally invasive surgery in the early 1990’s, Dr. Nimaroff began to focus his practice on this new area of specialization, becoming a leader in this field and teaching new minimally invasive techniques to other physicians, locally, regionally, and nationally. Dr. Nimaroff founded the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery in 2009, and established one of the first gyn robotic programs in New York. In his clinical practice, he has a special interest in fertility preserving minimally invasive procedures, and management of recurrent pregnancy loss. Currently, Dr. Nimaroff and his team are spearheading a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to combating the crisis of racially disparate outcomes in maternal care.

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Sarah Pachtman, MD

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Board certifications
Obstetrics and Gynecology – American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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

Chief resident
North Shore University Hospital

Education
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Residencies
North Shore University Hospital

Fellowships
North Shore University Hospital

Lane S. Palmer, MD, FACS, FSPU

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Dr. Lane S. Palmer is Professor of Urology and Pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine and has been Chief of Pediatric Urology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York since 2004.  He graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Biochemistry and then completed his medical school education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  His postgraduate training included preliminary General Surgery followed by a Urology Residency at Montefiore Medical Center, and then a 2-year Fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Children’s Memorial Medical Center in Chicago (currently Lurie Children’s).

Dr. Palmer is currently President of the New York Section of the American Urological Association and a Governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is Past-President of the Societies for Pediatric Urology and also the Committee on Pediatric Urology Fellowship Programs.  He is the editor of 1 book, and author of 31 book chapters and 168 peer-reviewed contributions to the literature; he has served on the editorial boards of several journals. As Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program Director, he has graduated 19 fellows in pediatric urology and mentored 15 residents into fellowships in pediatric urology.

Barrie Rich, MD, FACS, FAAP

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Board certifications
Surgery – American Board of Surgery
Pediatric Surgery – American Board of Surgery / Pediatric Surgery

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

Chief resident
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Education
New York University School of Medicine

Residencies
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Fellowships
North Shore University Hospital
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Burton Rochelson, MD

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Dr. Rochelson serves as Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High Risk Pregnancies) for the Northwell Health.  He is also the Obstetrical Director of the Regional Perinatal Center at North Shore University Hospital, which is responsible for education, performance improvement and transport of high risk mothers and babies from System hospitals to the tertiary care center at North Shore University Hospital.

Dr. Rochelson also serves as the Director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell,

Active in both clinical and translational research, Dr. Rochelson has authored or co-authored over 130 peer reviewed publications, and his research has been presented at over 150 national and international conferences.

Dr. Rochelson maintains an active clinical practice, specializing in consultation, prenatal diagnosis, and the care of women with high risk pregnancies.

A graduate of Columbia College and the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Dr. Rochelson then pursued a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and completed a Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook/Winthrop University Hospital.

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Charles L. Schleien, MD, MBA

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Dr. Charles Schleien is the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics for the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is past Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons as well as Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. Prior to that, he was Director of the division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, which he founded on his arrival to Columbia in 1999, and served as medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of Columbia University.

Dr. Schleien attended the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, completed his pediatrics residency at Texas Children’s Hospital, and his anesthesiology residency and pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he remained on the faculty as Assistant Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and was NIH funded for his research in brain metabolism, brain resuscitation and CPR. He directed the Critical Care division at the University of Miami where he led a major research effort in brain resuscitation.

He was a longstanding member of the American Heart Association-Emergency Cardiovascular Committee instrumental in formulating the international pediatric guidelines in CPR. He has been honored with prestigious fellowships from the Society of Critical Care Medicine as well as the American Heart Association. He received his MBA from the Columbia Business School in the Spring 2008. He lives in New Rochelle, NY with his wife Debbie and has two sons, Eric and Zachary.

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Katherine Schwartz, MD

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Katherine Schwartz (she/her) is a junior attending in the Northwell Health division of Neonatology. She completed pediatrics residency at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, and neonatal-perinatal fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Katherine is completing a master’s degree through the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Science in Medical Ethics. Her academic interests include neonatal-perinatal ethics, parent identity development in the NICU, and communication.

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Christine B. Sethna, MD, EdM

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Christine Sethna, MD, EdM, is the division director of pediatric nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). Dr. Sethna earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Doctorate of Medicine from SUNY Downstate School of Medicine. She completed her post-graduate training in general pediatrics and pediatric nephrology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As part of her fellowship training, she received a professional certificate in biostatistics and epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sethna is the director of Pediatric Fellowships and director of Resident Scholarly Activity for the Graduate Medical Education program at CCMC. She is also a member of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell admissions committee and faculty council. In addition, Dr. Sethna is an active member of numerous professional and scientific societies, including the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) and American Society of Nephrology and Society for Pediatric Research. She is the course director for the ASPN Pediatric Nephrology Board Review Course and was the former section editor of nephrology for American Academy of Pediatrics Grand Rounds. Dr. Sethna received the designation of Nephrotic Syndrome Specialist from the NephCure Kidney International Foundation and is the current section editor for the online journals Frontiers in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology.

The Division of Nephrology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for pediatric kidney diseases and end stage renal disease in children. Under Dr. Sethna’s tenure, the Division of Nephrology has grown in faculty, developed a robust clinical research program, and started a kidney transplant program and a fellowship. The division is nationally recognized and ranks within the top 50 pediatric nephrology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Bernadette Smith, RN

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Annemarie Stroustrup Smith, MD, MPH*

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Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She is also the Vice President of Neonatal Services for the Northwell Health System.

Dr. Stroustrup received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, completed medical school in the Health Sciences and Technology program of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned her Master in Public Health degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

She completed residency training in General Pediatrics and fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is board certified in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. In addition to attending in the NICU, Dr. Stroustrup heads a research program exploring the impact of hospitalbased environmental exposures on multi-system adverse outcomes related to prematurity. Her transdisciplinary research interests span the fields of children’s environmental health, perinatal epidemiology, neonatology, and neurodevelopment.

She is the PI of the NICU Hospital Exposures and Long-Term Health (NICU-HEALTH) cohort, which is part of the NIH-initiated national children’s environmental health research program, ECHO (Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes). Dr. Stroustrup has received numerous honors and awards for her work in patient-oriented research and is currently funded under mulitple NIH grants.

Dr. Stroustrup lives in Harlem, New York, with her husband and four children.

Nidhi Vohra, MD*

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Board certifications
Obstetrics and Gynecology – American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maternal / Fetal Medicine – American Board of OB / Gyn / Maternal & Fetal Medicine

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

Chief resident
Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Education
Maulana Azad Medical College

Residencies
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Fellowships
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Jeanne Woods Ludwig, RNC

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Jeanne Woods Ludwig has been a registered nurse for 34 years. She graduated from Beth Israel School of Nursing in 1987 and from Pace University in 1992 with her BSN. She has been working at North Shore University Hospital for the past 30 years in a variety of positions. She has been a staff nurse, nurse manager, Regional Perinatal Coordinator, all in the Department of OB GYN.

Her current position is Patient Navigator in Maternal Fetal Medicine. In this role, she provides personalized guidance to patients after a fetal diagnosis is made. She serves as a point of contact, assisting patients with appointments for diagnostic testing and consultations. She works hand-in-hand with the Maternal Fetal Medicine team, the pediatric subspecialty teams, and the patient’s obstetrician to optimize the patient experience and neonatal outcome. Jeanne is also the Patient Navigator for the Center For Cancer, Pregnancy, and Reproduction, providing navigation services to patients facing a diagnosis of cancer during their pregnancy.

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