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Three physicians at Phelps Hospital named “doctors of distinction”

Three Phelps Memorial Hospital Center physicians were honored at the first-annual “Doctors of Distinction” awards ceremony.Doctors

The event was co-sponsored by Citrin Cooperman, Westchester County Medical Society, Westfair Communications, and the Bristal Assisted Living facility, where the awards ceremony and reception were held.

“We are particularly proud that three of the seven doctors honored are members of the Phelps medical staff,” Keith E. Safian, the hospital’s President and CEO, said. “Our congratulations go to all the honorees, but particularly to Dr. Larry Faltz, Dr. Robert Raniolo and Dr. Avraham Merav for these well-deserved recognitions.”

Robert Raniolo, MD, received the Community Service Award

A trauma-trained and board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Raniolo has maintained a private surgical practice in Westchester and has been a member of the medical staff at Phelps Memorial Hospital since 1988. In addition to being a well-respected general surgeon, Raniolo is known in the community as a doctor people can talk to about their medical problems–very often having nothing to do with surgery.

In accepting his award, Dr. Raniolo spoke about the life experiences that led him to become a surgeon–including his humble beginnings in a tightly knit family, his medical school years in Guadalajara, Mexicowhen the care he offered to the indigent was so gratefully receivedand his placement in a surgical residency program by a mentor physician who saw his potential. He closed by thanking his family and many friends and colleagues who supported him on his path to becoming and practicing as a general surgeon.

Avraham Merav, MD, received the Lifetime Achievement Award

A cardiothoracic surgeon for several decades, Dr. Avraham Merav has performed thousands of open heart and thoracic surgical procedures. He did pioneering work on lung transplantation while at Montefiore Medical Center, where he was chief of thoracic surgery. In addition to being chief of thoracic surgery and medical directory of surgical services at Phelps Memorial Hospital, he is an associate clinical professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At Phelps, he recently established the Westchester Lung Nodule Center for lung cancer screening in response to new guidelines that recommend low-dose CT scan screening for high-risk individuals.

In accepting his award, Dr. Merav said his greatest reward has been helping to save, prolong and improve the quality of thousands of lives over several decades and he marveled about the profound experience of seeing a heart start beating again following a surgical procedure. He mused about receiving a lifetime achievement award when he feels that there is so much more for him to do in years to come.

Lawrence Faltz, MD receives Leadership in Medical Advocacy Award

Lawrence Faltz, MD, MACP, is senior vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer at Phelps, where he has been the head of the medical staff since 1994. He was instrumental in founding the Family Medicine Residency program at Phelps in partnership with New York Medical College and Open Door Family Medical Centers. He was recently appointed as clinical professor of medicine at NYMC.

In addition to his activities at Phelps, Dr. Faltz was chairman of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Institute and is a member of the Quality Steering Committee of the Hospital Association of New York State. He is a master and former governor of the American College of Physicians, the national internal medicine specialty organization. In 2009, he completed a six-year term as the American College of Physicians representative to The Joint Commission Hospital Professional Technical Advisory Committee.

In accepting the award, Dr. Faltz said his medical advocacy is not for physicians or hospitals–it is for patients because, ultimately, it is they who benefit from improvement in the delivery of healthcare.


Rye Arts Center Music School introduces new teachers

Marirose Dempsey (violin, viola, beginning cello) received her BM and MAT in music education for Manhattanville College.Rye-Arts-Center

Howard Levy (trombone, baritone horn) received his BM from Manhattan School of Music and his MAT from Lehman College. Howard is also the band director at Blind Brook High School.

Anthony Meloni (piano) attended Manhattan School of Music and received his BA in music from SUNY Purchase.

Grace Kim (piano) received her BA in music from Queens College and her MM in piano performance from SUNY Purchase.

The Rye Arts Center Music School offers lessons and classes to more than 200 students.

Lessons and classes are offered in piano, guitar, drums, piccolo, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, harp, cello, trumpet, trombone and baritone horn.


New Ro’s Leghorn named Super Lawyer

Thomas A. Leghorn of New Rochelle has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” from the Metro New York region in the area of professional liability defense. This is the seventh year in a row that Leghorn, a partner at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, has been named. The publication “showcases attorneys who exemplify excellence in the practice of law.”

Leghorn, a native of Brook-lyn, attended Stuyvesant High School and New York University, where he graduated with a BA in history. He received his law degree from St. John’s University Law School, returning to NYU for his LL.M. from the law school.

Leghorn clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York before joining the law firm of Wislon, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, where he is a senior partner and one of the six members of the firm’s operations group. His practice focuses on professional liability, intellectual property, complex civil litigation and international litigation.

Leghorn has written numerous articles published in the New York State Bar Journal and publications of the American Bar Association. He served as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics for nine years and he speaks at several continuing legal education seminars each year, generally on the topics of legal professionalism and ethics.

Tom Leghorn is married to Theresa Kump Leghorn and is the father of Nick, 25, and Juliana, 21. Since moving to New Rochelle, Tom Leghorn has served his community as a volunteer, coaching both soccer and baseball, and serving as a Boy Scout leader for 12 years.

Leghorn became involved with the New Rochelle Public Library as a founding member of the non-profit Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library, which established the Huguenot Children’s Library. Leghorn was appointed to the New Rochelle Public Library’s Board of Trustees and was twice re-elected to that post in a citywide election. He served three terms as president of the Board of Trustees. Leghorn serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in Larchmont. Leghorn is also a partner in the restaurant Alvin & Friends.


Adam Bryant to kick-off Manhattanville’s 20th anniversary speaker series 

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Manhattanville College will host a networking reception and special program featuring Adam Bryant, The New York Times “Corner Office” columnist, on Monday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be held at Manhattanville’s historic Reid Castle in Purchase, attracting members of the Manhattanville community, including Adam-Bryant-1alumni, students, and faculty as well as the Westchester and Fairfield business communities.

In addition to his work at the Times, Bryant is the best-selling author of “The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed.” His next book, titled “Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation,” will be published in January 2014.

On Nov. 18, Bryant will present “Lessons from the Corner Office: Qualities of Effective Leadership.” Having interviewed hundreds of CEOs and business leaders, Bryant has identified qualities that set high-performers apart, and will share key lessons with the audience that will help speed the trajectory of their careers.

Learn what top CEOs consider to be the secrets to effective leadership and what it takes to lead an organization—whether it’s a sports team, a nonprofit, a start-up or a multinational corporation.

Bryant will share memorable stories and eye-opening insights from chief executives such as Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, Alan Mulally of Ford, Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard, and Tony Hsieh of Zappos.

The “Insights into Leadership” series will offer speakers with a broad range of business expertise, presenting their views on local, national and global trends. These are scheduled to include presentations on global finance, sport business, marketing communications, and human resource management.

Tickets for the Nov. 18 event are $25 each and reservations are strongly encouraged at Limited space is available. The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Bryant’s best-selling book “The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed.” The event is sponsored by Westfair Communications, Heineken USA and LSW Chauffeured Transportation.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Julia Emrick at 914-323-5413 or

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