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

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

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


    Full-Time Faculty

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

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

    Kemal Oral Yariz, PHD, Professor, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. University of Miami
    Courses Taught: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics
    Research Interests: Mindfulness Meditation, Chronic Inflammation in HIV Infection, Empathy in Podiatric Medical Education, HIV/HPV Co-Infection

    Maria C. Moschella, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    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 Interests: Role of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) Prolyl Hydroxylases in Cell Differentiation and Development.

    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

    Mark H. Swartz, M.D.
    Professor, Department of Medical Science
    Vice President, Medical and Professional Affairs
    Professor of Medicine, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
    Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Adjunct Professor of Medicine, New York Medical College
    Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Taipei Medical University School of Medicine
    B.A., University College, New York University
    M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    Courses Taught: Director, Pathophysiology Course and Physical Assessment
    Research Interests: Performance-Based Assessment Utilizing Standardized Patients; Teaching of Clinical Skills
    (Dr. Swartz 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, Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration
    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
    Courses Taught: Neuroscience
    Research Interests: Neurogenesis, Motor Control, Depression, Alzheimer Disease and Brain Stimulation

    Robert S. 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

    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 College of Podiatric Medicine
    Courses Taught: Pharmacology

    Garrett T. Desman, M.D.
    Assistant Professor, Departments of Pathology and Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, 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
    Courses Taught: Pathology 1 and 2 (Director)
    Research Interests: Manifestations of Inflammatory Diseases of the Lower Extremity; Cutaneous Neoplasms of the Lower Extremity.

    Cheryl Delbridge, M.D.
    B.S., City College of New York, NY
    M.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
    Courses Taught: Histology
    Research Interests: Pulmonary Pathology

    Daria Dykyj, Ph.D.
    Department of Anatomy, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    B.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York
    Ph.D., Graduate Center of the City University of New York
    Courses Taught: Director Emeritus of Lower Extremity Anatomy (LEAN)
    Research Interests: Joint Morphology

    Annette Kirchgessner, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration, School of Health and Medical Sciences
    Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
    B.A., Hunter College, CUNY, New York NY
    M.A., Queens College, CUNY, New York, NY
    Ph.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn NY
    Courses Taught: General Anatomy, Director of Lower Extremity Anatomy (LEAN)
    Research Interests: Enteric Neurobiology

    Josef Michl, M.D.
    Associate Professor, Departments of Pathology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
    M.D., Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
    Courses Taught: Immunology
    Research Interests: Carcinogenesis of Pancreatic Cancer and Drug Development

    Steven Salvatore, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
    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 
    Research Interests: Glomerular disease, kidney transplantation and pathology.

    Zev Leifer, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus
    B.A., Yeshiva University
    Professorial Lecturer, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    M.A., Harvard University
    Ph.D., New York University
    Courses Taught: Bacteriology, Pathology Laboratory
    Research Interests: The Effect of Small Molecules in Genetic Regulation. The Use of Digital Pathology in Medical Education and Research- A Wiki, A Website and 3D printing. The Use of the FoldScope in Urinalysis and Telepathology.

    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
    Research Interests: Improved Methods of Teaching General Anatomy

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