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MVHS Announces New Board of Directors Members

UTICA, NY – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) recently announced four new members of its Board of Directors: Waleed Albert, MD, Catherine Brownell, PhD, Alicia Marie DeTraglia, MD, FACP, and Karen Leach, MBA.

Waleed Albert, MD, is a board-certified physician and the chairman of the Antibiotic Stewardship committee for MVHS. Dr. Albert earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Trenton Affiliated Hospitals in Trenton, New Jersey, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Albany Medical College and the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, both in Albany, New York. Dr. Albert is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Physicians Executives.

Catherine Brownell, PhD, is a tenured associate professor of Nursing at Utica College, in Utica, New York, where she currently serves as director of Nursing Programs and associate dean of Health Professions and Education. Prior to teaching at Utica College, Dr. Brownell was a nursing instructor at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, and a public health nurse with the Visiting Nurses Association. She received her master’s degree in Nursing from Syracuse University, and her doctoral degree in Nursing from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.

Alicia Marie DeTraglia, MD, is a private practitioner in Hematology and Oncology with Atul Butala, MD, and Samir Desai, MD, in Utica, New York. She previously worked as an attending physician in Hematology Oncology at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, also in Utica. Dr. DeTraglia is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and received her medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. She has served as a board member of the Clinton Central School District Foundation.

Karen Leach, MBA, is the vice president for Administration and Finance at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She previously held the position of Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts with honors from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and her master’s degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She has numerous publications and was a Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare board member from 2009 to 2014. 

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