LEARN ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS BELOW AND THEIR DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS!
*Please note, some of these presenters are from 2018. We are awaiting updated profiles.
Dr. Bruce Bonanno
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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. patrick buddle
Dr. Buddle is a graduate of St. George’s University Class of 1982. Prior to that he graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Biology. He did his internship at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ and completed a year of general surgery at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ; prior to completing his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Since 1987 he has been and remains in private practice in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is the Director of Rehabilitation at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. During his over 30 years of practice he has been involved in many professional, hospital, and community affiliations. This includes 31 years as the team physician for Manasquan High School, Medical Director of the Atlantic Sports and Fitness Club, and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Health Care Academy at Manasquan High School. In 2002 he donated a kidney to a physician colleague and became active in the New Jersey Sharing Network, the organ procurement organization of New Jersey. He is presently a physician member of the organ donor council at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Educational Advisory Board which developed the New Jersey High School Heroes Act, member of the New Jersey State Joint Organ Task Force, and past Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sharing Network. He remains active in multiple hospital committees at Jersey Shore University Hospital. He continues to lecture on and remains an advocate for those on the waiting list for a life saving organ transplant and tissue donation.
He has received multiple accolades including 2003 Physician of the Year, Nurses choice; 2004 American Heart Association Leadership Award for Stroke Rehabilitation; 2005 Physician Champion Award New Jersey Sharing Network; and 2008 National Regional Physician Champion, US Dept. of Health and Human Resources. During his free time Dr. Buddle enjoys golf, running, teaching martial arts and spending time with with his wife Nancy, and two children Samantha and Vincent.
Dr. ralph caradmone
Dr. Cardamone is a 1982 graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine. He did his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, MD and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, he also completed a Fellowship Program in Cardiology at UPMC Shadyside.
Dr. Cardamone established his private practice as a cardiologist in Clearfield, PA, where he has served his community for over 28 years. Dr. Cardamone is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Nuclear Cardiology. His practice includes an Echocardiography Lab and a Nuclear Cardiology Lab, both of which are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Dr. Cardamone is the Director of Cardiology and the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Penn Highlands Clearfield Hospital. He is the former Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and former Chief of Medicine at Penn Highlands Clearfield Hospital. He is also a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Pennsylvania Medical Association, and the Clearfield County Medical Society.
Dr. Cardamone has always felt it is important to give back. He volunteers his time as a cardiologist in 3 free medical clinics, the Free Medical Clinic of DuBois, the Susquehanna Rural Free Clinic in Frenchville, PA, and one that is most near and dear to his heart, the Grenadian Adult Free Cardiology Clinic. Dr. Cardamone is one of the physicians who helped to develop this clinic in 2000 and one of the founders of the free Cardiology Centre dedicated in 2010 located on Grand Anse Beach at the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Grenada. He is in his 19th year of providing free cardiology services for the people of Grenada and looks forward to many more years.
Dr. TITA CASTOR
Dr. Castor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City and fellowship in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai in New York City where she held the position of Chief Fellow.
Dr. Castor has been on faculty at Mount Sinai since completion of her fellowship. Medical Education has been an important part of Dr. Castor’s career. She has served as Site Director at the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Mount Sinai Geriatrics fellowship program and later as their Director of Medical Education. In the year 2000, Dr. Castor moved to Elmhurst Hospital, a primary teaching affiliate of Mount Sinai. At Elmhurst co-directed the Geriatrics Unit until 2007 when she helped develop their Palliative Care Program. Dr. Castor has been one of the key faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency program at Elmhurst, responsible for Geriatrics and Palliative Care education. Dr. Castor has also been directly involved in the education of St. George’s University students at NYC Health & Hospitals/ Elmhurst and Queens Hospitals since their program began in 2005. Since 2008 she has served as the Director of Medical Education for the program.
Dr. Castor is the Medical Director of the Palliative Care program at Elmhurst. Dr. Castor also serves as Co-Chair of the Palliative Care Council for NYC Health and Hospitals.
Dr. Castor’s most recent publication is a chapter she co-authored, “Pain Management in Geriatrics Patients” in the textbook “Pain Management and Palliative Care” published by Springer in 2015 which brings together her 2 passions Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Castor holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is Assistant Professor in Medicine, as well as Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is Adjunct Professor at her alma mater, St. George’s University.
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. WILLIAM difilippo
Dr. William DiFilippo graduated from St. George’s in the Spring 1988 class. Following graduation, he began his internship and residency in General Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center/Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. In January 1991, Dr. DiFilippo began training in Internal Medicine at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. He became Chief Resident in Internal Medicine in June 1993 at St. Barnabas Medical Center, followed by his fellowship training in Nephrology at The University of Medicine and Dentistry-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Following his Nephrology fellowship, Dr. DiFilippo began the next decade of his professional career as a private practitioner in Nephrology and Internal Medicine in practices in Clarksburg, WV and New Hartford, NY. In December 2006, Dr. DiFilippo joined as an associate in Nephrology at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA, where he served as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Temple University, School of Medicine, Assistant Program Director and Program Director in the Nephrology Fellowship program director, and clinical hypertension research. He also established the hospital’s Resistant Hypertension program. In May 2015, Dr. DiFilippo joined the faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY as an Assistant Professor in Medicine-Nephrology. Subsequently, he joined the faculty at West Virginia University, School of Medicine in Morgantown, WV as an Assistant Professor in Medicine-Nephrology. Currently, Dr. DiFilippo has returned to private practice at the Guthrie Health System in Sayre, PA, where he also serves as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Geisinger Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Scranton, PA.
Throughout his career Dr. DiFilippo has remained involved in clinical education of medical students, residents, and fellows and clinical research/publications in hypertension. He became a certified specialist in hypertension in 2011 through certification by the American Society of Hypertension and continues to remain active in the management of resistant hypertension in his clinics in Sayre, PA and Corning, NY. He is board certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine. Dr. DiFilippo currently lives in Elmira, NY and has three children: William Jr., 26; Stephanie, 24; and Nicole, 22.
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. 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. 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. JOHN OROPELLO
New York’s One of the most reputed Internal Medicine specialist Dr. Oropello has an outstanding 34 year experience in its subject. He is working as a Doctor of Internal Medicine in New York, NY. He is now working with Icahn School Of Medicine At Mount Sinai in a group of other 1189 Doctors. Dr. John obtained its degree in Internal Medicine from Other in the year 1984 with A43366 grades. He is currently practicing at 1 Gustave L Levy Pl in New York. Doctor has been awarded more than 7 times for A43366 work in Internal Medicine field. He is an affiliated MD in Mount Sinai Hospital and many other Hospitals.
Dr. nirav shah
Dr. Shah graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with a BS in Biology with Honors and a Minor in Chemistry and then went on to pursue his medical education at St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. Upon graduating from St. George's University, he did his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center Program in Washington, D.C. He completed his fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the National Institutes of Health and his fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he is the director of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program, the Course Director for Pathophysiology & Therapeutics for 2nd year medical students, and the faculty advisor for the Humanism Symposium.