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In November, PAGNY celebrated the hires of new colleagues and the promotions of current ones. These doctors individually and as a group reflect the best of PAGNY. They deliver exceptional service to diverse and vulnerable communities throughout NYC. They leverage high-quality professional development and learning opportunities, and they provide the same to others through mentorship and education. They excel in leadership roles by lifting their patients and colleagues. We are grateful for their contributions!

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Vani Dandolu as the new Chief Urogynecologist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. Dr. Dandolu brings extensive leadership experience to this position, having previously served as Division Director of Urogynecology at University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas, NV and at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Besides her clinical and leadership roles, Dr. Dandolu has published prodigiously on diverse topics relating to urogynecology, she has led numerous clinical trials, and she is an awarding-winning educator.

PAGNY eagerly welcomes Dr. Neeru Chopra back to PAGNY in her new role as Director of Pathology at NYC H+H/Harlem. She has provided exceptional leadership in diverse labs for over two decades, including most recently served as Director of Clinical Pathology Laboratories at Planned Parenthood. These commitments to her community are matched by her excellence in research—demonstrated by many scientific publications—and her award-winning teaching at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University.

PAGNY also celebrates the promotions of Drs. Slava Gladstein, Sundari Periasamy, and Eleonora Gashi Baraliu, each of whom has contributed in remarkable ways to their PAGNY and NYC communities. They embody so much of what PAGNY is all about: leadership , mentorship, and service.

Dr. Gladstein is now Director of Trauma and Pre-Hospital Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at NYC H+H/South Brooklyn. In addition to his previous role as Attending Physician, Dr. Gladstein has served as Clinical Faculty for the Coney Island Emergency Medicine Residency, mentoring and educating future generations of emergency physicians.

Dr. Periasamy is the new Associate Chief of Pediatrics at NYC H+H/Harlem, where she had served as Attending Physician since 2008. In addition to her hospital appointments, Dr. Periasamy teaches as Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia university, supervising and mentoring CUNY Physician Assistant students and Columbia medical students through their journeys. Dr. Periasamy is also an active researcher and publisher, and she serves on the NYC Department of Health’s Board of Early Intervention Council, contributing to public health in the city beyond the hospital.

Dr. Gashi—the new Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Medicine Quality at H+H/Jacobi—has worked extensively throughout New York City, transitioning into leadership roles that serve communities most in need. She has also served as Associate Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai West and the Icahn School of Medicine—teaching and mentoring early-career medical professionals—while also publishing peer-reviewed articles on neuroscience and cardiology.

Whether joining PAGNY for the first time, building their careers at PAGNY, or returning from other professional experiences, these physicians each demonstrate PAGNY’s commitment to outstanding, patient-centered healthcare, and we are grateful for their expertise and talents. We are eager to see what our new and continuing colleagues accomplish in these new roles!