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Meet the Chiefs of Psychiatry at Our PAGNY Facilities

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island

Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg

“There is tremendous suffering for individuals that are afflicted with severe mental illness; recognizing their humanity and personhood, and letting them know that they are heard and matter, can provide great comfort, knowing that they are understood.”

Dr. Goldberg has been Chair of Behavioral Health at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island since 2007. Previously, he was Vice Chair of Education and Psychiatry Residency Training Director at Maimonides Medical Center, where he had completed his own residency in psychiatry in 1985. He is dual-board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem

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Dr. Zafar Sharif

“By the time patients seek help for emotional problems they are usually at the lowest point in their life; as treatment providers, we must show genuine compassion and commit ourselves to provision of quality care to relieve suffering and return dignity and meaning to their lives.”

Dr. Sharif is Director of the Department of Psychiatry at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Sharif’s clinical and research career has focused on schizophrenia, with a specific interest in treatment research and the evaluation of novel treatment interventions. He has published articles in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and has authored three book chapters on the pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

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Dr. Maryann Popiel

“With all of the changes to the delivery of psychiatric care on the horizon, what better time than Mental Health Awareness Month for us to refocus on the basics: Education, Advocacy and Responsibility. Our aim is to improve our patients’ safety and satisfaction by maintaining wellness and creating integration into the community and throughout the healthcare system.”

Dr. Popiel has been the Chairperson of Behavioral Healthcare Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi and NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx (NBHN) since 2014 after having served as Interim Chairperson for seven months. She previously held the position Vice Chairperson of Behavioral Healthcare Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi.

Dr. Popiel received her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her internship and residency with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was the Chief Resident of Outpatient Psychiatry at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in the Bronx. Dr. Popiel is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. She has developed a new research division at the Department of Behavioral Health at NBHN and is very active in investigational research through her academic appointment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Popiel is the President of the Bronx District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association and is also involved in numerous professional and academic activities as well as professional societies. Dr. Popiel believes in community involvement and is active in the local Community Advisory Board.

Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center

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Dr. Miklos Losonczy

“Our treatments are mostly focused on diagnosis and medications, which are necessary but not sufficient to reverse the impact of loss of hope for the future that many of our patients are struggling with. Fighting the stigma of mental health is crucial to enable our patients to lead the most fulfilling lives they can, with the support of integrated recovery oriented services, including peer specialists, supported employment, adequate housing and case management when needed. Transformation of our approach to care is now HHC policy, and needs rapid and complete implementation to meet our patients needs.”

Dr. Losonczy has been the Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln since 2012. Previously he was the Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, at the VA New Jersey Health Care System.

Dr. Losonczy completed his PhD at New York University. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Losonczy is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology.

He has held numerous university teaching positions and has served on major local and national committees. He has provided research support, authored peer-reviewed articles and written several book chapters. Dr. Losonczy has been an invited reviewer of articles that have been submitted to journals, and an invited lecturer.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan

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Dr. Ronnie Swift

“If you are suffering get help. Treatment works! You can feel happier and healthier.” According to Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States, “There is no health without mental health.”

Ronnie Gorman Swift, M.D., is the Chief of Psychiatry and Associate Medical Director at Metropolitan Hospital. In addition, she is a Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College, and a Professor in the School of Health Sciences at New York Medical College.

Dr. Swift is a graduate of City College of New York, where she graduated with Honors in Chemistry. She attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and awarded the George C. Thrasher, Jr., Award for the most outstanding performance and ability in Psychiatry. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, where she was elected as a Falk Fellow

A Falk fellowship is given annually to only 20 Psychiatry residents in the United States who represent a “unique leadership group of physicians in residency training in Psychiatry.” In 2004, Dr. Swift was elected as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the World Psychiatric Association for her “outstanding contributions to Psychiatry.” In 2005, Dr. Swift was named by New York Medical College Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science as the first Sidney E. Frank Visiting Professor to Hadassah University Medical Center in Israel.

Dr. Swift has been listed in Who’s Who in America yearly since 2007, and serves on numerous clinical committees and task forces. She lectures on many topics both locally and nationally. She has several online learning activities for CME credit, and has peer-reviewed many presentations, articles and books on psychiatry and substance abuse. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx

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Dr. Scott Rogge

“It is said that the maturity and integrity of a society—a measure of its soul—is the care and compassion it shows to its most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Studies indicate that 25% of Americans have unmet mental health needs, and almost 5% are challenged with serious mental illness, yet most receive no mental health treatment services. As blessed as we are to live and work in a free and prosperous America, it is imperative that we– as a society and as individuals—commit ourselves to be more mindful and more attentive to the mental health needs of those among us less fortunate than ourselves.” According to Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States, “There is no health without mental health.”

Dr. Rogge is Site Director for Psychiatry at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx (NCBH), Vice Chair of Psychiatry for the North Bronx Healthcare Network, and President of the North Central Bronx Medical Board. In the network since 1985 (14 years at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, and the remainder at NCBH), Dr. Rogge is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he is also Associate Director of the AECOM Law and Psychiatry Fellowship program.

He earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College, and his law degree at Rutgers School of Law, and completed his psychiatry residency training at Albert Einstein. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry, with added qualifications in forensic psychiatry, and has served as a board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. From 1999 to 2011 he served as director of the Assistant Outpatient Treatment Program for the Bronx, established under Kendra’s Law.