UHF’s Excellence in Health Care Award honors extraordinary personal leadership to improve quality of care, patient safety, and patient experience. Honorees are selected for their vision and accomplishments by participating hospital systems, long-term care facilities, home care organizations, independent practice associations, and federally qualified health centers from across the greater New York metropolitan region.

The 2023 honorees will be celebrated at the Tribute to Excellence in Health Care on May 8 at Cipriani 42nd Street. To register for the event, please cick here.

Following are the 2023 honorees, listed by organization. 



BronxCare Health System
Gilda Diaz-Fuentes, MD, Chief, Pulmonary/Critical Care

The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Anu Iyer, MS, CPHQ, CJCP, Senior Director, Quality Management

Coalition of Asian-American IPA (CAIPA)
Xiaoxia Zhang, MD, CAIPA Member, CAIPA Shareholder

Catholic Health  
Chukwuma J. Egbuziem, MS, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Vice President for Performance Improvement

Community Healthcare Network
Nicholas Martin, Center Director – Crown Heights Health Center

Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center 
Caryn B. Leggio, BSN, RN, CPN, Nursing Supervisor

Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Maria L. Franco, PharmD, BCGP, Chief Pharmacy Officer

Hackensack Meridian Health 
Jose M. Azar, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Quality Officer

Hospital for Special Surgery 
Catherine H. MacLean, MD, PhD, Chief Value Medical Officer

Institute for Community Living
Edward Tabasky, MD, Medical Director, East New York Health Hub

Institute for Family Health 
Alba C. Pumarol, MD, Regional Medical Director, Bronx

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
Laura M. Yacino, RN, Chief Nursing Officer

Maimonides Health

Maimonides Medical Center
Sameh Samy, MBBCh, MSA, CPHQ, CSSBB, Chief Quality Officer and VP, Quality Management Department

Maimonides Midwood Community Hospital
Charmaine Rose, MBA-Healthcare, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Vice President of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement

MediSys Health Network
William Lynch, MPA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Tania N. Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Senior Director, Infection Prevention and Control


Isabella Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care
Karen Harper, BS, MS Ed, CNA, CTRS, CDP, Director of Dementia Care

Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care
Kendra D. Ray, PhD, MPH, MBA, MT-BC, LCAT, Dementia Program Director

MJHS Home Care and MJHS Hospice
Anna Briskman, MSN, RN, COS-C, Clinical Director

Montefiore Health System  

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital 
Kathleen Dundee, MSN, RN, CWON, Director of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Care

The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore 
Kevin Fiori, MD, MPH, MSc, FAAP, Director of Social Determinants of Health in the Office of Community & Population Health and Director of Community Health Worker Institute

Montefiore Medical Center, Einstein Campus
Brenda Pinder, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, Assistant Vice President of Nursing

Montefiore Medical Center, Moses Campus
Kristine Torres-Lockhart, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Montefiore Medical Center, Wakefield Campus  
Daniel G. Fein, MD, Director of the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Director of Inpatient Pulmonary Services for Montefiore Medical Center

Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital   
Jill M. Ferson, MA, LCSW-R, ABD, Program Director, Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital
Maureen Miller, MSN, FNP-BC, RNC-OB, C-EFM, RN, Maternal Child Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Montefiore Nyack Hospital  
Thomas J. Mattice, CHESP, CMIP, T-CHEST, Senior Director, Support Services

Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall  
Veronica Ferencz, DO, FACOS, MBA, Breast Program Director

White Plains Hospital 
Karen M. Banoff, DNP, Vice President, Organizational Performance

Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Joy A. McIlvaine, MS, RN, NPD-BC, ANP-BC, L.Ac., Director Patient Care Services, Quality, Standards and Practice

Mount Sinai Brooklyn 
Karen Brody, MSN, RN, GERO-BC, CIC, Infection Preventionist

The Mount Sinai Hospital 
Amanda J. Rhee, MD, MS, Medical Director of Patient Safety, System CMO Office, and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Mount Sinai Morningside 
Alondra Hernandez, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing

Mount Sinai Queens
Yendy L. Ozoria, Population Health and Administrative Director

Mount Sinai South Nassau 
Lina Hoyos, BA, Certified Healthcare Interpreter™-Spanish, Manager of Language Services and DEI Development Programs

Mount Sinai West 
Danielle Kaufman, PA, Chief Physician Assistant, Department of Orthopedics
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai 
Masako Chen, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Clinic

The New Jewish Home

Manhattan Campus
Shiny Mathew, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CCRN, WCC, Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Neuman Westchester Campus
Leeada Durant, BSN, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing

Northwell Health 

Center for Equity of Care
Johanna Martinez, MD, MS, Vice President of Health Equity

Center for Global Health
Eric Cioè-Peña, MD, MPH, Director

Center for Gun Violence Prevention
Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc, FACS, FRCSC, Director

Center for Maternal Health
Dawnette Lewis, MD, MPH, Director

COVID Related Outpatient Work Navigators (CROWN) Program
Gita Lisker, MD, Director

Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Margaret Murphy, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Associate Executive Director Patient Care Services

Long Island Jewish Valley Stream 
Isabel Law, RN, MSN, CCRN, Director of Patient Care Services

Northwell Health at Home
Irina Mitzner, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations, Nurse Executive

Plainview and Syosset Hospitals
Marianna Vazquez, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Associate Executive Director for Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive

NuHealth/Nassau University Medical Center
Matthew J. Bruderman, Chairman of the Board of Directors

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
Jillian Diuguid-Gerber, MD, Medical Director, Adult Primary Care and Health Equity Lead

One Brooklyn Health

Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center
Sandra R. Scott, MD, Executive Director

Interfaith Medical Center
Andrea Schulters, RN, Director of Quality and Performance Improvement
Donna A. Pritchard, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, Director of Nursing Perioperative Services

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
Tony Renteria, Vice President for Operations

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation
Lorraine Breuer, Senior Vice President, Research and Grants and Compliance Officer

Richmond University Medical Center
Philip E. Otterbeck, MD, MBA, Chair, Department of Medicine and Chief, Division of Endocrinology

SBH Health System 
Manisha Kulshreshtha, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical and Strategy Officer

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital 
Leigha Clarkson, MD, Chairperson Emergency Medicine

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children 
Ariana Ruiz, Associate Director Quality, Safety and Emergency Preparedness

SOMOS Community Care
Henry S. Chen, MD, Co-Founder and President

Stamford Health 
Mary A. Laucks, MSHA, BSN, RN, CCM, Executive Director, Care Management

Summit Health
Ashish D. Parikh, MD, Chief Quality and Population Health Officer

Urban Health Plan
Debbie Lester, LMSW, MS, Chief Quality and Social Impact Program Officer