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Mohawk Valley Health System Medical Staffs Elect New Officers

UTICA, N.Y. – The medical staffs of Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have announced the 2020 officers.

The 2020 Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) medical officers are:

Waleed Albert, MD, FACP, president.

Dr. Albert is an infectious disease physician at the St. Luke’s Campus. He received his Doctor of Medicine 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 board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is a fellow of the American Association for Physician Leadership and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jonathan Block, MD, vice president.

Dr. Block is an urologist with Associated Medical Professionals of NY, PLLC. Dr. Block received his Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Stony Brook, New York, and his MBA in Healthcare Administration from California Pacific University, Pinole, California. Dr. Block completed graduate medical education in General Surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, New York. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Urology and a partner in Associated Medical Professionals. In addition, Dr. Block served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged as a Major.

Mathew Ulahannan, MD, treasurer/secretary.

Dr. Ulahannan is an internal medicine physician at the St. Luke's Campus. Dr. Ulahannan received his medical degree from Government Medical College in Kottayam, Kerala, India. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Flushing, New York. He is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.


The 2020 St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC)medical officers are:

Sushma Kaul, MD, president.

Sushma Kaul, MD, is a specialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care at MVHS. Dr. Kaul also serves as medical director for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and medical director for Respiratory Therapy. Dr. Kaul earned her Doctor of Medicine and a premedical degree in Medical Sciences from Kashmir University in Srinagar, India. She completed a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, a fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital at Columbia University in New York, New York, and a residency and internship in Internal Medicine at Catholic Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Cornell University in Jamaica, New York. Dr. Kaul is board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine as well as a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Jonathan Wigderson, DO, vice president.

Dr. Wigderson is a specialist in Orthopedic Trauma with the MVHS Orthopedic Group. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. Dr. Wigderson received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from the State University at Albany in Albany, New York. He completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway, New York, and fellowships in Orthopedic Trauma at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York, and in Orthopedics at Booth Memorial Medical Center in Flushing, New York. He also completed a rotating internship at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Dr. Wigderson is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Michael Kelberman, MD, treasurer.

Dr. Kelberman is a specialist in General and Interventional Cardiology and is a senior member of the Central New York Cardiology Group. He has been the director of Clinical Research for CNY Cardiology and is the current director of Cardiology at the St. Elizabeth Campus of MVHS.

He received his bachelors degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and his medical degree from the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York, where he also completed his internal medicine residency, was selected as chief resident and then went on to complete a fellowship in Cardiology. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular and Interventional Cardiology by the American Board of Medical Specialties, and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Kelberman is also the founder and president of the board of the directors of the Kelberman Center, a comprehensive organization providing autism services across Central New York.

Headshots attached: Waleed Albert, MD, FACP, Jonathan Block, MD, Mathew Ulahannan, MD, Sushma Kaul, MD, Jonathan Wigderson, DO and Michael Kerlberman, MD.

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