Alan R. Roth, DO, FAAFP​

Chairman, Department of Family Medicine
Director Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Dr. Roth is a dually certified Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He is also Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He presently serves as Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Roth’s primary goal is to develop and enrich the training experiences of physicians interested in urban Family Medicine. He has completed a Residency Program Director Fellowship with the American Academy of Family Physicians and lectures nationally on urban Family Medicine Residency training and curriculum development. His special areas of interest include cultural competency training in graduate medical education, palliative medicine, disease prevention, health promotion and procedural skills. Dr. Roth is a community minded physician who regularly mentors many of our local youth interested in becoming family physicians.

Gina M. Basello, DO

Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Associate Director, Palliative Care Fellowship Program
Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Basello is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She completed her residency training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program. She has always been passionate about education and immediately accepted a faculty position at the program and was quickly promoted to Associate Program Director. She was appointed Program Director in 2008 and her favorite part about being a Program Director is mentoring residents. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Palliative Care Fellowship Program and Director of Graduate Medical Education at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Her professional areas of interest include cultural sensitivity training, faculty development and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Philip Cruz, DO

Osteopathic Director

Dr. Cruz is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. Subsequent to graduation, Dr. Cruz went on to complete a primary care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine and co-coordinates the Sports Medicine curriculum. Dr. Cruz is also active in Osteopathic Manipulative medicine and promoting education in this area.

Luigi Tullo, MD, FAAFP

Vice Chair, Ambulatory Care
Chairman of Performance Improvement Committee 

Dr. Tullo is a graduate of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He was Chief Resident during his final year of residency and achieved special recognition with the STFM Resident Teacher Award. Dr. Tullo has a special interest in procedural skills and is the coordinator of the community medicine curriculum. He chairs the family medicine performance improvement committee, working to ensure efficient high quality patient care within the context of residency education.

He is currently a member of the STFM membership committee.

James E. Villavicencio

Administrator, Department of Family Medicine and Ambulatory Care Network

Mr. Villavicencio serves as the Administrator for Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine as well as the institution’s extensive Ambulatory Care Network. Mr. Villavicencio is a graduate of Binghamton University and subsequently completed a Masters of Public Administration with a health care focus from Long Island University. Mr. Villavicencio maintains complete administrative responsibility for 10 primary care centers which span throughout Brooklyn and Queens and our Family Medicine Department. As a result of Mr. Villavicencio’s leadership, there has been significant improvements in the network in areas such as access to care, patient satisfaction and patient volume. Mr. Villavicencio joined the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center executive team in 1994 as an Administrative Fellow. He was the recipient of the Greater New York Hospital Association minority fellowship award in 1994. His vast experience serves as an invaluable resource for resident education regarding the principles and practices of healthcare administration.

Radeeb Akhtar, MD, FAAFP

DR Akhtar is a graduate of New York Medical College. He completed his residency training at Kaiser Permanante San Diego Family Medicine Program in San Diego, CA. He completed a fellowship year in Community Medicine at Kaiser Permanante Southern California. He is credentialed in HIV Primary Care. His main interests include Minor Procedures, Public Health and Health Policy, and Global health.

David Dovnarsky, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. Dovnarsky is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the West Jersey-Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in New Jersey and stayed on as a faculty member at the residency, serving as Associate Program Director for many years. More recently, he was on the faculty at SUNY Stony Brook’s Family Medicine Residency Program and served as Program Director there for two years. He also completed Duke Family Medicine’s Faculty Development Workshop Series. Dr. Dovnarsky is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics and is the coordinator of the geriatrics curriculum.

Peter F. Harvey, DO, FAAFP

Dr. Harvey is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Jamaica Hospital. Dr. Harvey is a Board Certified family physician who has distinguished himself in Sports Medicine and has earned his Certificate of Added Qualification. He co-coordinates the Sports Medicine curriculum and is the team physician at Archbishop Molloy High School and Christ the King High School. Dr. Harvey also adds the breadth of his private practice experience to residency education.

Kamica Lewis D.O.

Dr. Lewis is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training at Georgetown University/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Program in Washington, DC. Dr. Lewis is coordinator of the Women’s Health curriculum, which includes prenatal care and GYN procedures. She also coordinates the International Medicine curriculum and travels with the residents throughout the year on different medical mission trips. Dr. Lewis is currently a fellow in the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program and plans to use her training to educate the residents on how to implement this approach to improve both their personal health and the health care of their patients. Lastly, Dr. Lewis is a certified Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence teacher and collaborates with Dr. Basello to incorporate these skills into the residency education.
 

 

Cameron Nienaber M.D.

Medical Director, Family Medicine Center

Dr Nienaber is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Brown University’s Family Medicine Program at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket RI , where she served as Chair of their Recruitment Committee. Her areas of interest include Reproductive and Women’s Health and Humanism in Medicine. She is a co-coordinator of the women’s health curriculum.

Karen Birgit Pols, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Pols is a graduate of Brown University’s Program in Medicine. She is board certified in Family Medicine and certified in Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies through examination by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She completed her residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was the Volunteer Medical Consultant to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Hugo. She was the first Medical Director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center at NYC’s LGBT Center. She helped design two additional health centers, including the Student Health Center at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus. What Dr. Pols enjoys most about family medicine is the diverse interests it has allowed her to pursue, from LGBT health to dive medicine to college health.