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Division of Pre-Clinical Sciences
General Overview | Full-Time Faculty | Adjunct Professors
Adjunct Laboratory Personnel | Pre-Clinical Courses


Eileen Daly Chusid, Ph.D.
Dean and Associate Professor
Pre-Clinical Office Room 500
Telephone: 212-410-8169
Email: echusid@nycpm.edu

THE DIVISION OF PRE-CLINICAL SCIENCES
The Pre-Clinical Science faculty coordinates and teaches all the first year and most of the second year courses of podiatric medical education at NYCPM. The Pre-Clinical courses provide the academic and scientific foundations necessary for students’ in-depth study of clinical podiatric medicine. Knowledge about the whole human body is given in courses including general and lower extremity anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, infectious diseases, immunology, human genetics, histology, molecular biology/molecular genetics, pathology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and neuroscience.

The Division of Pre-Clinical Sciences has six full-time faculty members, two of whom also hold adjunct faculty appointments at other medical schools, eight adjunct faculty from neighboring medical schools and universities, and distinguished guest lecturers. NYCPM has the largest full-time Pre-Clinical Faculty of any Podiatry School, and all of the first-year preclinical courses at NYCPM with the exception of Immunology and Neuroscience, are taught by these full-time faculty members. The second year preclinical courses are taught by a combination of full-time and adjunct professors. The presence of a full-time Pre-Clinical faculty encourages strong student-faculty interactions and promotes effective formal and informal teaching. Detailed information about the faculty is given below. Guest lecturers, many from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, are also invited to give lectures in the Pathology and Pathophysiology courses and in other pre-clinical courses.

Highlights of the Division of Pre-Clinical Sciences Faculty

  • Six full-time faculty – the largest number of full-time Pre-Clinical Faculty of any Podiatric Medical School
  • Most of the courses in the first year at NYCPM are taught by full-time faculty
  • Two full-time faculty also hold appointments at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Many adjunct professors are faculty members at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    PRE-CLINICAL SCIENCES FACULTY

    Full-Time Faculty

    Eileen Daly Chusid, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Dean of Pre-Clinical Sciences
    B.S., College of Mount Saint Vincent
    Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York
    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY
    Courses Taught: Cell Biology and Histology; Research Methodology
    Research Interests: Clinical Trial Design; AIDS Clinical Trials
    Email: echusid@nycpm.edu

    Kenneth H. Astrin, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    B.A., University of Chicago
    Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
    Professorial Lecturer, Department of Genetics & Genomic Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY
    Courses Taught: Biochemistry, Introduction to Genetics, Molecular Biology & Molecular Genetics
    Research Interests: Human Genetic Diseases, especially Fabry Disease and the Porphyrias; Personalized Medicine
    Email: kastrin@nycpm.edu

    Peter Barbosa, Ph.D.
    Professor
    B.S., Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
    Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
    Courses Taught: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics
    Research Interests: Empathy in Health Care, HIV/HPV Co-Infection
    Email: pbarbosa@nycpm.edu


    Anthony V. D’Antoni, D.C., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    B.S., Biology, Seton Hall University
    B.S., Human Biology, National University of Health Sciences
    M.S., Bacteriology, Wagner College
    D.C., National University of Health Sciences
    Ph.D., School of Health and Medical Sciences, Seton Hall University
    Courses Taught: Research Methodology and Epidemiology, General Anatomy, and Histology
    Research Interests: Mind Mapping In Medical Education, Evidence-Based Medicine, Biomechanics of the Spine, Biomechanics of Injuries Due to Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Email: adantoni@nycpm.edu

    Zev Leifer, Ph.D.
    Professor
    B.A., Yeshiva University
    M.A., Harvard University
    Ph.D., New York University
    Courses Taught: Bacteriology, Pathology Laboratory
    Research Interests : The Effect of Small Molecules on Genetic Regulation. In Particular, the Effect of Lead on the Binding of the Lac Repressor to the Lac Operator, as a Model System, and its possible Regulation of the Synthesis of Prodigiosin, a Red Pigment with Antibacterial, Antifungal and Antitumor Properties in Serratia Marcescens.
    Email: zleifer@nycpm.edu

    Patricia D.Wade, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    B.A., University of California, Berkeley
    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
    Courses Taught: Physiology Lecture and Lab
    Research Interests: Practical Physiology: 1) Effects of Light in the Visible Range on Nervous and Other Tissues and 2) Minimalist Exercise and Nutritional Underpinning Approaches Toward Optimizing Peripheral Blood Flow
    Email: pwade@nycpm.edu

    Mark Swartz, M.D.
    Professor, Department of Medical Science
    Vice President, Medical and Professional Affairs
    B.A., University College, New York University
    M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    Course Taught: Pathophysiology Course (Director) and Physical Assessment
    Research Interests: Performance-Based Assessment Utilizing Standardized Patients; Teaching of Clinical Skills
    Email: mswartz@nycpm.edu
    (Dr. Schwarz is a Professor in the Department of Medical Sciences but is also the Course Director of the Preclinical Sciences Course Pathophysiology)


    Adjunct Professors



    Fortunato Battaglia, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
    M.D., University of Messina, Italy
    Ph.D., University of Messina, Italy
    Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York
    Course Taught: Neuroscience
    Research Interests: Neurogenesis, Motor Control, Depression, Alzheimer Disease and Brain Stimulation
    Email: fbattaglia@nycpm.edu

    Robert Bressler, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Preclinical Sciences, New York College of Podiatric Medicine
    Chairman and Professor, Biology Department, Touro College, Brooklyn, NY
    Professorial Lecturer, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    B.S., College of the City of New York
    M.S., New York University, New York
    Ph.D., School of Medicine of New York University
    Courses Taught: Cell Biology and Anatomy; General Anatomy
    Research Interests: Role of Hormones in the Development and Function of the Reproductive System
    Email: rbressl@nycpm.edu

    Cheryl Delbridge, M.D.
    Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology
    Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY
    B.S., City College of New York, NY
    Ph.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
    Course Taught: Pathology
    Research Interest: Pulmonary Pathology

    Gus Constantouris, DPM, Pharm D.
    Podiatric Private Practice
    B.S., Pharmacology, St. John's University, College of Pharmacy, Queens, New York
    Registered Licensed Pharmacist, State of New York
    D.P.M., New York of Podiatric Medicine
    Course Taught: Pharmacology
    Email: gconstantouris@nycpm.edu

    Garrett T. Desman, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Pathology in the Division of Dermatopathology, Department of Pathology, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, NYC, NY
    B.S. Ohio University, Athens, OH
    M.D. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
    Residency: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY
    Fellowship: Oncologic Surgical Pathology Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY
    Fellowship in Dermatopathology: Weill Cornell Medical College & Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY
    Courses Taught: Pathology 1 and 2 (Director)
    Research Interest: Manifestations of Inflammatory Diseases of the Lower Extremity; Cutaneous Neoplasms of the Lower Extremity.
    Email: garrettdesman@yahoo.com

    Daria Dykyj, Ph.D.
    Department of Anatomy, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY
    B.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York
    Ph.D., Graduate Center of the City University of New York
    Course Taught: Director of Lower Extremity Anatomy (LEAN) Course
    Research Interest: Joint Morphology
    Email: ddykyj@nycpm.edu

    Josef Michl, M.D.
    Professor of Pathology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
    M.D., Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
    Course Taught: Immunology
    Research Interest: Carcinogenesis of Pancreatic Cancer and Drug Development

    Steven Salvatore, M.D.
    Instructor
    Weill Cornell Medical College
    B.S., Wake Forest University
    M.D., St. Louis University School of Medicine
    Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital –Cornell
    Fellowship: Weill Cornell Medical College
    Courses Taught: Pathology 1 and Pathology 2

    Julie D. Trachman, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Natural Science, Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, Bronx, NY
    B.S., Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    M.S., New York University, Sackler Institute of Biomedical Sciences
    Ph.D., New York University, Sackler Institute of Biomedical Sciences
    Course Taught: Infectious Diseases
    Research Interests: Environmental and Genetic Factors Involved in Control of Heat-Labile Enterotoxin Expression by Enterotoxinogenic E. coli; Association of Microorganisms with Spiders
    Email: jtrachman@nycpm.edu

    Adjunct Laboratory Personnel

    Anthony C. DiLandro, Ed.D.
    B.A., College of New Rochelle, New York
    M.S., Fordham University, Bronx, New York
    Ed.D., City University of Los Angeles
    Courses Taught: General Anatomy, Lower Extremity Anatomy, and Pathology Laboratories
    Research Interests: Improved Methods of Teaching General Anatomy
    Email: adiland@nycpm.edu

    Maria C. Moschella, Ph.D.
    B.A., University of Messina, Messina, Italy
    Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Courses Taught: Lower Extremity Anatomy, General Anatomy and Cell Biology and Histology
    Research Interest: Role of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) Prolyl Hydroxylases in Cell Differentiation and Development
    Arline Faustin, M.D.
    B.A., The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, City University of New York Medical School
    M.D., SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
    Course Taught: Cell Biology and Histology

    Kiran Matthews, M.D.
    M.B.B.S., Bangalore Medical College, Karnatake, India
    D.C.P., Clinical Pathology, Mysore Medical College, Mysore, India
    M.D.: Pathology-MR Medical College Karnataka, India
    Courses Taught: Lower Extremity Anatomy and General Anatomy
    Research Interest: Role of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) Prolyl Hydroxylases in Cell Differentiation and Development

    PRE-CLINICAL COURSES OFFERED DURING THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF NYCPM
    Schedule For Students Starting in Sept 2012
    (See Catalog for Detailed Description of Courses and Credits)

    First Year
    First Semester:

  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Histology/Cell Biology (Lectures and Lab)
  • Introduction to Human Genetics
  • Neuroscience

    Second Semester:
  • Physiology (Lectures and Lab)
  • General Anatomy (Lectures and Lab)
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics

    Second Year
    Third Semester:
  • Infectious Disease
  • Lower Extremity Anatomy (Lectures and Lab)
  • Pathology I (Lectures and Lab)
  • Clinical Courses offered by the Clinical Departments

    Fourth Semester:
  • Pathology II (Lectures and Lab)
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
    Clinical Courses offered by the Clinical Departments

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