LEARN ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS BELOW AND THEIR DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS!
*Please note the speakers below are from 2019. We are working on updating our 2020 speakers and will have it out shortly.
Dr. Bruce Bonanno
cme cONFERENCE pROGRAM dIRECTOR
SGUSOM graduate 1983, current President of SGUSOM Alumni Association and a member MSNJ (Medical Society of NJ) Opiate Task Force. Recently appointed to the NJ State Trauma System Advisory Committee.
Currently practicing in CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. Has been practicing EM for over 30 years in various settings from 12 bed rural hospitals, to a Level One Trauma Center. These hospitals have been in several states including NJ, NY, PA, IA, and SD. Some unusual sites have included an Indian Reservation and a Cruise Ship.
Examiner for Board Certification in Emergency Medicine Oral Board.
Chief Medical Consultant for News12NJ and host of a thirty-minute TV medical show.
Spokesperson of the Opiate Task Force of National ACEP and NJ-ACEP,
President of NJ American College of Emergency Physicians (NJ-ACEP), President of National Association of Medical Communicators (NAMC), President of Monmouth-Ocean County Medical Society (MSNJ), and Chairman of National ACEP Public Relations Committee.
Dr. MICHAEL aquino
Dr. Aquino attended St. George’s University from 1985-1987 and then transferred and graduated from Albany Medical College in 1990. He did his Internal Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and did a Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital /University of Rochester where he served as Chief Fellow.He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Beginning in 1995, he joined Shore Gastroenterology Associates in New Jersey in private practice and was on the teaching staff at Jersey Shore University Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center.He served on many committees at the hospitals and regularly was involved in the teaching of residents.He served as President of NJ Scope , a group of local Gastroenterologists who arranged local CME conferences.
Currently, he is on the Board of the SGUSOM Alumni Association and has been a visiting clinician to Grenada providing gastroenterology care to the residents of Grenada.
His life outside private practice has included being a co-founder of an Anatomic Pathology lab in 2005 that operated in 13 states with over 170 employees.He is Chairman of the Board for The Aquino Family Foundation, a not for profit organization that has donated over $500,000 to worthwhile charities since its inception in 2010.He is married for 27 years towife Cheryl and has 2 sons Gabriel and Nathaniel. His 20 year old son Gabriel is on the Spectrum for Autism and he has been intimately involved with Autism NJ for 20 years which is an advocacy group for people with Autism.. He has served astrustee and Board Chairman for the organization. He currently serves on the Governors Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism in the State of New Jersey
Dr. Gerard Iru Irantha Fernando
Dr. Fernando graduated from St. George’s University in 2012, did his psychiatry residency at Harvard South Shore and completed his addiction fellowship in Boston University. He is double-board certified in general and addiction psychiatry.
He is currently practicing at Psychiatric Wellness Center (PWC) in Bakersfield, CA where he does work in the inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization settings. He is the Division Medical Director for Aspire Behavioral Health, Medical Director of Addiction Services at PWC and provides in-patient psychiatric services at Bakersfield Behavioral Health Hospital.
Dr. Fernando has experience in political advocacy regarding harm reduction practices and quality improvement projects involving substance use disorders, in particular opioid use disorder.
Dr. craig conoscenti
Craig S. Conoscenti, MD, FCCP, completed his undergraduate education at Fordham University and obtained his MD at St George’s University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Hackensack University Medical Center, where he additionally served one year as Chief Medical Resident. Following this, he completed his Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship in the Norwalk Hospital/Yale University Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship where he was awarded the Brady International Fellowship Award at the Royal Brompton Chest Hospital in London.
For the following 17 years, Dr Conoscenti remained on staff at Norwalk Hospital as a clinician, research team member and faculty. In addition to his clinical roles, he served as the Chief of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. Following this, Dr Conoscenti joined the Clinical Development and Medical Affairs department at Boehringer Ingelheim within the respiratory therapeutic area. He is the Director and US program area leader for the Boehringer Ingelheim Pulmonary Fibrosis Program. Dr Conoscenti has been a frequent speaker and has published numerous articles in the field of pulmonary medicine. He is an active member of the European Respiratory Society,American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society, where he has been actively involved in several committees.
Dr. Daniel Herr
Daniel L. Herr, MD is the Chief of Surgical Critical care services and Director of the Cardiac Surgery Unit at the University of Maryland. He is responsible for the oversight of the clinical ICU care of cardiac surgery patients, heart transplant, lung transplant, ventricular assist devices and, extracorporeal lung support. Dr Herr serves as an Associate professor of Medicine. Dr Herr’s research interests are in use, of Extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for lung failure, avoidance and treatment of acute confusional states in the ICU and the use of hypothermia for resuscitation. Dr Herr is boarded in the fields of Internal medicine, Critical Care and certified in Neuro-Critical care.
A Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Herr is an experienced principal investigator with special interest in novel therapies and devices. He is proficient in regulatory compliance, protocol design, and pharmacology. His research findings have been published in prominent medical journals such as JAMA, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Critical Care Medicine. He has also authored two book chapters on the subject of nutrition in critical care and endocrine management of the cardiac surgical patient. Most recently he was one of the authors of the Guidelines for Sedation in critically ill patients.
As a recognized expert in the field of critical care, Dr. Herr is frequently invited to speak at medical conferences on topics concerning novel/new treatments and therapies for crucially ill patients. He has served on several Data Safety Monitoring Boards, and often provides consultative services to pharmaceutical companies. Throughout his career, he has been an active member of several medical organizations.
Dr. Herr received a Masters of Science in Pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, and a Medical Degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, W.I. He completed a residency at York Hospital in York, PA, and completed post-graduate training in critical care (medical, surgical and trauma) at Maryland Institute for mergency Medical Services (MIEMSS), University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Cornell University, New York, NY.
Prior to assuming his current positions, Dr Herr was Assistant Vice President of Scientific Affairs at MedStar Research Institute, as well as Director of Critical Care Research, and Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Washington Hospital Center (WHC) in Washington, DC. Dr. Herr was responsible for all critical care research conducted at WHC, and oversaw all MedStar-administered research projects conducted in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the past several years, Dr. Herr served as a key scientific contributor to MedStar’s Office of Research Integrity and served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for eight years. In addition to his clinical and research responsibilities, Dr. Herr was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University. Prior to those appointments, Dr. Herr served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at George Washington University in Washington DC, and was Medical Director of MedSTAR, the renowned trauma transport and emergency program at WHC.
Dr. vincent lam
Dr. Lam is a 2008 graduate of St. George’s University. He did his residency training in ophthalmology at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. This was followed by a uveitis fellowship at the world-renowned Francis I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California at San Francisco and cornea fellowship at Columbia University in New York City. Prior to medical school, Dr. Lam was a practicing optometrist.
Currently in private practice with a multi-specialty group in Toronto, ON, Dr. Lam’s practice focuses on cornea, uveitis, cataract and refractive surgery. He is also a lecturer at the University of Toronto Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Lam is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Canadian Ophthalmological Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons
Dr. Dolland Noel
Dolland Noel, was born in Marli, St. Patrick’s, Grenada. He attended the Mac Donald College and subsequently, the Grenada Institute of Further Education. Following graduation from GIFE he taught at the St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary School after which he went to the University of The West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, where he obtained a double major in Chemistry and Biology, graduating with honours. He then returned to UWI to pursue postgraduate studies in Chemistry during which he received a scholarship to study Medicine at the St. George’s University graduating in December 1996. He then went on to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Jamaica) Program at Queens Hospital Center where he did post graduate studies in Internal Medicine. He graduated as a Board Certified Internist in 2003 after which he was selected for Chief Resident. He returned to Grenada as a Board certified Internist in 2004 and was employed by the Ministry of Health at the St. George’s General Hospital. He also obtained a Post graduate Diploma in Endocrinology and Metabolism from the Queen Mary College, University of London. He was re certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2015 and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He currently holds the position of Consultant and Head, Department of Internal Medicine, Director of Medical Education, Chair of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee, at the St. George’s General Hospital and Associate Dean of Clinical Studies (Grenada), St. George’s University. He is married with one son.
Dr. shannon o’connor
Dr O’Connor is a native of the Washington DC area and is a partner in her private practice in Rockville, Maryland. She is board certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology and has special training in clinical cancer genetics. She did her undergraduate degree at The George Washington University and completed a Master’s Degree in physiology at Georgetown University. She graduated as valedictorian of her 2005 medical school class at St George’s University. She did her residency and fellowship at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC.
Other than medicine, she enjoys baking, bird watching and traveling with her husband and 2 children.
Dr. G. Richard Olds
An educator, physician, and administrator during a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. G. Richard Olds was named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. George’s University on August 28, 2015. Prior to joining SGU, he was the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Founding Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). In 2010, Dr. Olds joined UCR to lead the creation of a new school of medicine – the first LCME-accredited medical school in California in more than four decades.
Dr. Olds is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was an infectious disease fellow and one of the nation’s first geographic medicine fellows at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also served as medical chief resident and faculty member. He served as full professor of medicine, pediatrics, molecular, cell and development biology at Brown University, and professor and chairman of medicine at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University. His role at UCR was preceded by a stint as professor and chair of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to his academic background, Dr. Olds is a tropical disease specialist with extensive experience working in Asia and Africa.
Dr. SWARNA RAJAGOPALAN
Dr. Swarna Rajagopalan graduated from St. George’s University in 2011. She did her Neurology residency at Temple University Hospital, where she was Chief resident. She then stayed in City of Brotherly Love for the wonderful pretzels, people and more training and completed her Neurocritical Care Fellowship at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania.
She is currently a practicing Neurologist and Neurointensivist at West Virginia University/ Ruby Memorial Hospital. She is the Director of Multimodality Monitoring and oversees efforts in integration of invasive intracranial monitoring with traditional hemodynamic monitoring and neurologic examinations. Being a lifelong student, she is also currently halfway through her Masters in Clinical and Translational Science at West Virginia University. Her research interests include multimodality monitoring, brain death, Traumatic Brain Injury, secondary brain injury and drug pharmacokinetics in ECMO and TBI rehabilitation. In her free time, she loves traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with her husband Marc and 2-year-old goldendoodle Moose.
Dr. Guha Venkartraman
A native of Queens, New York, Dr. Guha Venkatraman received his Bachelor of Science in the biological sciences in the division of neuroscience at the University of Rochester. After receiving his medical education at the St. George's University School of Medicine, he completed a medical internship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. This was followed by a residency in neurology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where he also served as chief resident. During this period, he had also received the American Academy of Neurology residents' research scholarship award. Dr. Venkatraman completed his fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, at the Drexel University School of Medicine. Subsequent to that, he has practiced in private group practice in Northern New Jersey for the past 7 years and is affiliated primarily with St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey that is a principal teaching site for St.George's University School of Medicine where he serves as attending neurologist/neuromuscular specialist and vascular neurologist. He is also an associate professor of medicine in the division of neurology at the University. In addition, he serves as the chief credentialing consultant for IMPACT testing at the Morahan Center for Athletes.He has won numerous clinical awards.
His research interests are, disorders of muscle and nerve, autoimmune neurology and transient global amnesia. He has published numerous case reports, primary research articles, presented numerous posters and has authored a chapter in inborn errors of metabolism. Presently he is working on critical illness neuropathy after receiving the prestigious Harvey Nussbaum grant. He has regularly participated in clinical trials.