November 14th, 2013 − Grand Hyatt Hotel, Manhattan

On the evening of Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, the College held a Convocation honoring Women in Podiatry. This honor was given to three podiatrists – Dr. Susheel Bathla, Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon, and Dr. Halina M. Semla-Pulaski, all graduates of NYCPM – who were recognized by President Louis L. Levine and the Board of Trustees both for their professional and personal contributions to Podiatric Medicine, and for their community service. The evening, which was one of the most memorable events the College has ever held, included the Convocation, a silent auction, dinner and entertainment.


Dinner Journal

For a digital copy of the night's Journal, please click here.

Our Honorees

Susheel Bathla, DPM is CEO of Staten Island Podiatry, a 30-year-old practice in Staten Island, NY. Dr. Bathla also serves as a doctor of primary podiatric medicine within the practice and also has two additional offices, one in Brooklyn and one in Jamaica, New York. Dr. Bathla has taught Education in Human Values for almost twenty years to pre-teen & teen students. She has been active in organizing and participating in health fairs and podiatry awareness events, and is a frequent visitor and service provider to soup kitchens, shelters in her New Jersey neighborhood, and several senior citizen homes. Dr. Bathla received her BS degree in Medical Sciences, with honors, from Government College for Women, Punjab University, in India, and her DPM degree from NYCPM. She served her Residency at Long Beach Medical Center, in Long Beach, NY.

Kathleen Reilly Fallon, DPM is a Board-Certified Wound Care Specialist and Foot & Ankle Specialist. She has worked at the Midtown Health Center in Manhattan for the last 16 years, and for over 10 at St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital and St. Vincent's Family Health Center as a doctor/surgeon, as well as a Clinical Supervisor, Department of Surgery. She has lectured at St. Vincent's for Medical Grand Rounds, and served on the hospital's Executive Board. She is also an Executive Board member of the NY State Chapter – Northern Metro Division of the March of Dimes, and is Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation. She has authored several medical journal articles and books. In June of 2013, she received an award from the Knights of York for her service to the community. Dr. Reilly Fallon was born in NY City, received her undergraduate degree from the College of New Rochelle, and studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and at the University of London-Imperial College. She obtained her DPM degree in 1994 from NYCPM.

Halina M. Semla-Pulaski, DPM has been in private practice since 1990, maintaining offices in Copiague, NY and Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Semla-Pulaski received her DPM degree from NYCPM in 1989. Earlier, she served as Medical Lab Director, Medical Technologist, and Senior Medical Technologist at such institutions as Glubczyce District Hospital, in Kietrz, Poland; Long Island Jewish Hospital/The Hillside Medical Center; and Nassau Hospital (now Winthrop University Hospital). Dr. Semla-Pulaski also holds an MS degree in Analytical Medicine from Professional Medical School Number 4, in Warsaw, Poland, and an MS in Toxicology from St. John's University, in Jamaica, NY. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Orthopaedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine – Specialty – Podiatric Medicine. She is fluent in Polish, conversant in Russian, and has a literary knowledge of Russian, German and Latin.