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                   The Coalition of Asian-American IPA (CAIPA) and  The  Medical Society of the County of Queens joined together for an important                                    event –        VETO the Wrongful Death Bill" Press Conference held on Thurs., 9/21/2023 at 2 pm    




  Dr. Lorraine Maria Giordano is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Disaster Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine. She has over 50 years of experience in Emergency Medicine having practiced clinically in urban, suburban, rural and military environments. She has served as an Emergency Department Chair at three institutions, a Residency Director, the Medical Director of the Emergency Medical Services System of New York City and a Consultant to the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

 Dr. Giordano has lectured throughout the US, the Caribbean and Europe, and is the author of multiple articles related to Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine. She is a past President of the Queens County Medical Society, the first woman Chair of the Board of Trustees, and longtime Delegate to the Medical Society of the State of New York. The American College of Emergency Physicians designated Dr. Giordano a Hero of Emergency Medicine, a peer recognition Award; and the American Medical Association awarded her their prestigious Medal of Valor for Meritorious Service Achievements.

 Now semi-retired, Dr. Giordano is employed as an On Line Medical Control Physician for Fire Department of New York Emergency Medical Services providing continuing Patient Care modalities to Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in the field. She also serves as the Medical Director of the LaGuardia College of the City University of  New York Prehospital Program, actively involved in the training of future allied health professionals.            


David A. Fishman, MD is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cancer Center Director and Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Vice Chair Obstetrics and Gynecology New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens. Dr. Fishman is an internationally recognized gynecologic oncologist, especially noted for his innovative research on the regulation of ovarian metastasis and in developing new methods for risk assessment and the detection of early stage ovarian carcinoma. He established The National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program in 1999 with a grant from the National Cancer Institute and philanthropic support. Dr. Fishman received his medical degree from Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Most recently he was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research within the Cancer Center. Dr. Fishman has authored over 230 scientific papers, abstracts, book chapters and several books on gynecologic malignancies. His research has received awards from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, Society of Gynecologic Investigation, and the Berlex Foundation.

Penny Stern MD, MPH, FACPM, FACOEM, DiplABLM is the Chief, Preventive & Lifestyle Medicine at the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, and Prevention at Northwell Health. Dr. Stern maintains a Lifestyle Medicine practice at the Katz Institute’s Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine. Dr. Stern is also the Co-Chair of Northwell’s CME/IPCE Committee.  She is a past president of the Faculty Council of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Deeply involved in public health education, she routinely presents to dozens of community and workplace groups each year through the Katz Institute, as well as at various Northwell sites under the auspices of the Employee Wellness Team. She is also a facilitator and speaker throughout Northwell Health for Unconscious Bias training as part of the Center for Equity of Care and has presented numerous Unconscious Bias workshops.  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. Dr. Stern maintains appointments at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and at Weill-Cornell and 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 (ACPM) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.  Dr. Stern is New York State-certified in medical acupuncture.  She is an experienced medical editor and journalist, having worked in television, on-line, and print. In those capacities, she published hundreds of medical news articles for both consumer and professional audiences. Dr. Stern is a Past President of the New York Occupational & Environmental Medicine Association (NYOEMA) and the Queens County Medical Society (QCMS) and holds a number of positions in ACPM, ACOEM, MARCOEM and QCMS. 

 Michael Richter, MD  

 I have been in private practice in Rego Park for the past 31 years, educated in Israel at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and completed a Med/Ped residency at Brookdale Hospital. The path here has been a fascinating journey. Honing the craft of Medicine as it has evolved has made this the most interesting life I could imagine. Adding a board specialty of Addiction Medicine has been especially rewarding, always reminding me that many of us are so fragile. The trust patients have in us has been an honor that every physician should appreciate.

     Sophia Spadafore,MD (she/they) is a Chief Resident at the Mount Sinai/Elmhurst Emergency Medicine residency, and will graduate this year. She will then be establishing a Health and Public Policy fellowship at Mount Sinai, and participate as a fellow. Sophia has been involved in organized medicine since medical school, she is a former member of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) Board of Directors, and currently sits on the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Legislation. She enjoys studying healthcare delivery systems and how reimbursement and regulation affect health equity and access to care.

 Charles Lopresto, DO is an Internal Medicine Hospitalist in the Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital. He completed his undergraduate B.A. in Biology at Columbia College, Columbia University, his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York and his Residency in Internal Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. He is passionate about the intersection between Evidence Based Medicine and Legislation / Advocacy. He has maintained an active and broad level of participation in organized medicine groups to explore the above interests. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the culinary, arts and music scenes of NYC and playing Saxophone in several bands in the local NYC / Long Island area.

Sohayla Rostami, DO obtained her undergraduate degree at the Pennsylvania State University in biochemistry and molecular biology with honors in neuropsychology in University Park, Pennsylvania. She then attended medical school at the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. She is currently a general surgery resident at St John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens, New York. During her training, Dr. Rostami incorporated a fellowship year where she completed training in acute burn and reconstructive surgery and surgical critical care at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an active member with the Medical State Society of New York (MSSNY) and American Medical Association (AMA) where she explores her interest in health policy and advocacy. As an Iranian American, Dr. Rostami grew up traveling extensively where her passion for cultural exchange, collaboration, and global and public health flourished. As a Colorado native, she also enjoys winter sports, spending any time she can on the ice figure skating or on the slopes skiing.

      NYC Healthcare Workers To Be Trained On

   “Lifestyle Medicine”Through $ 44M Partnership 


The New York Daily News (12/5, Shahrigian) reports

New York City Mayor Eric “Adams’ office

is joining forces with the American College of Lifestyle

Medicine to provide free training on 

better eating and healthier lifestyles to every

health care practitioner in the city.”  

As many as 200,000 physicians, nurses

and other healthcare workers will l learn

“how to use ‘lifestyle medicine’ in their practices”

through the $44-million partnership.



       Special Offers for our Members from our Partners   

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