PAGNY is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the PAGNY Board of Directors: Dr. Ashok Khanna, Attending Physician, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, and Dr. Daniel Contractor, Chairperson of the Department of Radiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island.
Dr. Ashok Khanna, F.A.C.C.
Dr. Khanna served as Director of Coney Island’s Division of Cardiology from 2001 to 2016 and also serves as clinical associate professor of medicine at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.
“The reason I joined Coney Island was because I wanted to treat patients irrespective of their ability to pay,” said Dr. Khanna, a native of India. “That was my main objective. I came from a place where a patient could not be treated without insurance. I want to treat patients whether or not they have insurance.”
Dr. Khanna earned his medical degree at Government Medical College, Punjabi University, Patiala, in Punjab, India. He did his internship at Long Island College Hospital and his residency at Beekman Downtown Hospital. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Coney Island Hospital, where he became an attending physician in the Emergency Department and in the Division of Cardiology.
Dr. Khanna is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Emergency Medicine and also is certified by the American Society of Echocardiography and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the American Society of Echocardiography. He has authored several publications and abstracts in the field of cardiology.
Dr. Daniel Contractor
Dr. Contractor is Chairperson of the Department of Radiology and section chief of the Department of Interventional Radiology since 2004 at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. As chairman, he has significantly upgraded the department by eliminating a large case backlog, hiring more radiologists, creating the Department of Interventional Radiology and offering radiology services 16 hours a day at Coney Island.
“As a board member,” Dr. Contractor said, “I want to make sure PAGNY does well and that PAGNY doctors get their share of input in the running of PAGNY. I want people to get reimbursed appropriately and help establish uniformity in hiring and salaries across the networks.”
Dr. Contractor earned his medical Degree and completed a residency in general surgery from Grant Medical College in Bombay, India and is Board Certified in General Surgery. He moved to the United States and completed a residency training in General Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center, as well as a residency in Diagnostic Radiology from New York Methodist Hospital, both located in Brooklyn, NY.
He went on to do a Fellowship in Interventional Radiology from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Texas. Dr. Contractor is Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology with a certificate of added Qualification in Interventional Radiology. Prior to joining Coney Island Hospital he was Assistant Professor in Radiology at UMDNJ at Newark NJ.