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MVHS medical staffs elect new medical officers

By Journal Staff


UTICA — The Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) medical staffs have named their 2019 officers, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) announced. The 2019 FSLH medical officers are:

Dr. Waleed Albert, president

Albert received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Syria. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Trenton Affiliated Hospitals in New Jersey, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Albany Medical College and the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. 

Dr. Jonathan Block, VP 

Block received his M.D. degree from Stony Brook University, and his MBA in health care administration from California Pacific University. He completed graduate medical education in general surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Block is a partner in Associated Medical Professionals. He previously served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged as a major. 

Dr. Mathew Ulahannan, treasurer/secretary

Ulahannan received his medical degree from Government Medical College in India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in the New York City area. 

The 2019 SEMC medical officers are:

Dr. Sushma Kaul, president

Kaul, M.D., a specialist in pulmonary and critical care, has joined the MVHS Pulmonary and Critical Care Group and has admitting privileges at FSLH and SEMC. She also serves as medical director for the intensive care unit, and medical director for respiratory therapy. Before MVHS, Kaul was affiliated with Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates, LLP in New Hartford. She earned her medical degree and a premedical degree in medical sciences from Kashmir University in India. 

Dr. Jonathan Wigderson, VP

Wigderson is a specialist in orthopedic trauma with the MVHS Orthopedic Group. He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Wigderson received his bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Peninsula Hospital Center in Queens, and fellowships in orthopedic trauma at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, and in orthopedics at Booth Memorial Medical Center in Queens. 

Dr. Michael Kelberman, treasurer

Kelberman is a specialist in general and interventional cardiology and is a senior member of the Central New York Cardiology Group. He has been the director of Clinical Research for CNY Cardiology and is the current director of cardiology at the St. Elizabeth Campus of MVHS. Kelberman received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, and his medical degree from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, where he also completed his internal medicine residency, was selected as chief resident, and then went on to complete a fellowship in cardiology.                

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