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NYC Health + Hospitals Honors 24 Physicians at Doctors’ Day Event

Doctors are recognized for their outstanding achievements

The event included a congratulatory video message from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

May 10, 2022

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today honored 24 doctors at Doctors’ Day event. These physicians were nominated for their outstanding achievements, such as establishing ​a weight management clinic in the South Bronx, connecting to a treatment-resistant patient through music, or growing an award-winning stroke unit. The event included a video message from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, available here. President and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz joined staff at The View at Battery Park to recognize outstanding doctors in the nation’s largest public health system.

“The doctors we’re recognizing today are invaluable members of our health system,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Mitch Katz. “Whether they are making emergency department admissions more efficient or increasing the rate of pediatric immunizations, these doctors help us improve patient care every day.”

“These doctors are shining examples of the compassion, work ethic, and dedication of our staff,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Machelle Allen. “Today is a day to celebrate their achievements as essential members of our healthcare family.”

At the height of the pandemic, in early April 2020, NYC Health + Hospitals had over 4,000 patients with COVID-19, with 900-plus patients in the ICU on ventilators. Today, the hospital system has 60 patients with COVID-19 and 6 patients in the ICU with COVID-19.

Below are the NYC Health + Hospitals Doctors’ Day award recipients:


NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
Nail Cemalovic, MD
Director, Intensive Care Unit

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania
Nelly Maseda, MD, FAAP
Director of Pediatrics

NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services
Frantz Medard, MD
Attending Physician

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis
Frances W. Quee, MD

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
Jessica Stoeckel, MD
Director, Intensive Care Unit

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
Elana Sydney, MD
Chief of Ambulatory Care


NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland
Nayaz Ahmed, MD
Primary Care Physician

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
Susan W. Law, DO, MPH
Neurology Attending Physician

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
Lucia Palladino, MD
Attending Critical Care Physician

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York
Tess Punnapuzha, MD
Primary Care Physician

NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney
Inna Sosina, MD

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
Michelle Soto, MD, MBA
Chief of Ambulatory Care


NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Judson
Rachel Bring, MD
Attending Physician

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur
Michael Goldstein, MD

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
Nicola Kotchev, MD
Attending Physician, Geriatrics

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
Leonardo Lopez, MD
Associate Chief of Psychiatry

NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter
Sanjay Patel, MD
Infectious Diseases Physician

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
Cara Taubman, MD, MPH
Assistant Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler
Deane Tsuei, MD, PhD
Associate Director of Medicine


NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
Parampreet Bakshi, MD
Associate Director of Ambulatory Care

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
Devorah Judith Nazarian, MD
Associate Director, Emergency Department


NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View
Edward Rendon, MD
Attending Psychiatrist


Sanjiv Shah, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer

NYC Health + Hospitals/Simulation Center
Tricia Camille Yusaf, MD
Associate Education Director

Biographies of the 24 doctors recognized in this year’s event are available here.

NYC Health + Hospitals launched a website to help preserve the legacy of the system’s heroic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The website, found at, serves as a public platform to recognize the more than 40,000 brave healthcare workers whose dedication is helping thousands of New Yorkers recover from COVID-19 and return home. To date, over 15,000 COVID-19 patients cared for at NYC Health + Hospitals have returned home because of the hard work and dedication of the system’s health care heroes.