Expert in Infectious Disease, Immune Deficiencies, Molds, Toxins, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine
Expert ID: 725970 New York, USA
A graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine who completed a three-year Internal Medicine Residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, in the years before HIV was discovered, Expert became acutely interested in recognizing immune weakness. Thus she sub-specialized in Infectious Disease at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has treated a wide range of patients with different immune deficiencies, medical conditions and infectious complications, both pediatric and adult.
Expert is particularly experienced with infections in immunodeficient patients such as those with cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, alcoholism, autoimmunity, age, malnutrition or on immunosuppressant medications, such as chemotherapy, steroids, TNF-alpha inhibitors, and anti-metabolites. Her expertise in infectious disease includes viral, bacterial (including, Tuberculosis, other mycobacteria, Nocardia and Actinomyces),
parasitic and fungal infections in children and adults with normal immunity and those with immunosuppression. In addition, her premedical work experience and research in bacterial microbiology has equipped her to understand the processing of specimens in the microbiology laboratory.
As the first full-time Infectious Disease Specialist at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center from 1988 through 2000, Expert was pivotal in developing the Department of Infectious Disease, the AIDS Program, the Infection Control Committee as well as policies governing environmental safety in regard to communicable or hazardous exposures to microorganisms. She has encountered countless patients with fungal complications.
Since transferring to private practice, Expert has acquired extensive experience diagnosing and treating fungal infections in patients with documented heavy environmental mold exposure and persistent mold-related illness. A significant portion of her current practice is dedicated to treating mold-exposed patients,
including allergic, toxic and invasive infectious complications requiring treatment with anti-fungal medications.
Expert's experience with fungal infections and toxic complications includes, but is not limited to Pneumocystis, Histoplasma, Coccidioides, Mucor, Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Alternaria, Chaetomium, Trichophyton, Tinea, and Stachybotrys. Her training and experience in hospital-based Infection Control combined with collaborating with Industrial Hygienists and environmental mold-remediation specialists has given her facility with analyzing environmental mold data, and helping patients identify sources of their illnesses and eliminate continued exposures.
Expert’s experience treating persistently ill mold-exposed patients with anti-fungal therapy has been presented at three locales, including a major international conference of clinical and allergy immunology; a major medical mycology congress; and a major internal medicine congress. Expert also gave an oral presentation of her experience treating those with neurological disease after mold exposure at a major conference on antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, as well as at a major fungal research conference.
Combining years of inner-city experience of Western internal medicine, nutritional medicine, alternative medicine and infectious disease with Asian acupuncture and herbology, Expert has helped many patients with immune deficiencies, autoimmune diseases, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, heavy metal toxicity, malnutrition, and infections.
Her expertise in medical nutrition is based a strong foundation in basic sciences, and years of working with patients with AIDS. She also attended 1) a 2 week intensive Clinical Nutritional Fellowship at the New York Academy of Medicine with Dr. Darwin Deen. 2) The Columbia-Presbyterian course on Botanical Medicine in Modern Clinical Practice with Andrew Weil in 1997, and 3) matriculated at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine studying both Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, and 4) a 1 year internship in Japanese Herbology with Nigel Dawes. She is on faculty at Albert Einstein and NY Medical College teaching Nutrition and Alternative Medicine to medical students.
Her expertise includes recognizing and treating both overnutrition, and undernutrition, including vitamins, trace minerals, and other essential nutrients, as well as toxic pollutant exposures (metals, environmental chemicals, and mycotoxins).
After acquiring certification in Medical Acupuncture in 1997, Expert enrolled in the Oriental Medicine Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she completed all the courses offered in Acupuncture and herbology, and the required clinics. She also completed a one-year internship in Japanese Herbology, Kanpo, with Nigel Dawes. She is currently a member of the New York State Board for Acupuncture. She also is certified in ear acupuncture for helping detoxification from substance abuse. She has also helped insurance companies investigate various acupuncture clinics for fraudulent practices.
She recently consulted and reported as the infectious disease expert for a man who developed acute mycotoxicosis, and subsequent granulamotous nodular pneumonia after demolishing his basement with documented infestation with Stachybotyrs, Aspergillus and Penicillium. The case settled the day after her deposition.She consulted and testified as the infectious disease expert for a woman who acquired chronic maxillary osteomyelitis and refractory Clostridium difficel colitis after a dental procedure using inappropraite antibiotics. The case was won.She consulted and reported as the infectious disease expert for a child with leukemia and hospital-acquired pneumonia with Mucor and Aspergillus after debris from a vent was vacuumed without protection. The case settled. She consulted and reported as the infectious disease expert for the Phipps Building Mold litigation, personally evaluating multiple persons exposed to Stachybotrys in a NYC building. The case settled.She testified and passed a Frye Hearing for a man disabled following residential mold exposure.
|Year: 1982||Degree: M.D.||Subject: Medicine||Institution: Albert Einstein College of Medicine|
|Year: 1975||Degree: B.A.||Subject: Comparative Literature||Institution: University of Pennsylvania|
|Year: 1997||Degree: C. Ac.||Subject: Acupuncture||Institution: New York Medical College|
|Year: 1978||Degree: Post-Bac Premedical Degree||Subject: Pre-Medicine||Institution: Columbia U|
|Years: 1996 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Executive||Department:|
Responsibilities:She evaluates and treats patients with complicated illness. Her expertise is in managing complex cases with immunosuppression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, environmental & chemical sensitivity, Mold diseases, mycotoixicosis, and pain.
|Years: 1988 to 2000||Employer: Bronx-Lebanon Hopitsl Center||Title: Associate Medical Director, AIDS Program,||Department: Infectious Disease|
Responsibilities:She started the Infectious Disease division, actively developed the AIDS Division, HIV Surveillance System, the Infection Control service, and became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
|Years: 1994 to 1995||Employer: Highbridge Woodycrest Center for HIV Lonterm Care||Title: Medical Director, 1994 – 1995||Department:|
Responsibilities:She established the employees Health Division, set standards and suprvised medical care
|Years: 2003 to 2015||Agency: New York State Education Department, State Board for Acupuncture||Role: Chair||Description: She participates in establishing standards for accredation of schools of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and reviews individual cases cited for potential negligence, malpractice, etc.|
|Years: 1994 to 1995||Agency: AIDS Institute, NY State||Role: Member, Council of HIV Long Term Care Clinical Directors||Description: She collaborated in setting standards of care for longterm care facilities caring for HIV/AIDS patients.|
|Years: 1994 to 1995||Agency: AIDS Institute, NY State||Role: Chair, Quality Assurance and Clinical Services Subcommittee||Description: She chaired and established the managed care clinical guidelines for HIV care for the HIV Special Needs Planning (SNP) Expert.|
|Years: 1997 to 2000||Agency: AIDS Instiute||Role: FDA HIV Fraud Task Force, Member||Description: She participated in reviewing and evaluating for fraudulent activities related to HIV management, services and remedies.
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 1985 to 1985||Country / Region: Paris, France||Summary: Immunology Rotation at L'Hôpital NECKER, attending rounds at the Pasteur Institue, and an Immunology Conference.|
|Years: 1998 to Present||Country / Region: Geneva, Switzerland||Summary: presented two posters at the Twelfth Worlds AIDS Conference: 1) A Novel HIV Tracking System for an Inner City Hospital of High HIV Seroprevalence, 2 )HIV Seroconversion Rate in Inner City Inpatients 1995 – 1996|
|Years: 1991 to Present||Country / Region: Florence, Italy||Summary: presented a poster at The Seventh International Conference on AIDS on Gender Differences in AIDS–Defining Illnesses.|
|Associations / Societies|
|Infectious Disease Society of America,
New York Society of Infectious Diseases,
International Society for Human and Animal Mycoses
American College of Nutrition,
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
American Society for Microbiology
|Licenses / Certifications|
|Medical License, New York 1984,
Internal Medicine 1986,
Infectious Disease 1988,
Acupuncture Certification, New York 1997,
Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist Certification, New York 1998
|Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, NY Medical College 1998,
Employer – Director 1998;
New York Medical College – Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine 1997;
Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Teaching Faculty 2000;
State of New York Education Department, State Board for Acupuncture – Member 2003, Chair 2010;
Minwendam Foundation – President 2003
|Awards / Recognition|
|Cum Laude, Dean’s List, University of Pennsylvania 1975,
Outstanding Medical Resident Award, Montefiore Medical Center New York, 1985,
Leading Physician of the World, Doctors of Excellence, Top Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, 2012
|Medical / Professional|
|Internal Medicine Internship & Residency. Montefiore Medical Center 1982-1985,
Fellowship Infectious Disease, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York 1985 – 1988
Protocol Chief, BLHC – Toxoplasmic Encephalitis Prevention Study,
Community Programs for Clinical Research in AIDS, 1990
Co-Principal Investigator for Centers for Disease Control Expanded
Sentinel Hospital HIV Serosurvey, 1992
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|Her publications cover campylobacter, cryptococcosis, Chagas'Disease, infectious complications in AIDS, toxoplasmosis, Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium and persistent illness, obstetrical, neonatal pediatric outcomes associated with immune weakness and neurological disease following mold exposure.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|She has consulted on HIV care in prisoners for the Legal AID Society, on Acupuncture for insurance companies, and on dental-related infections, orthopedic prosthetic joint infections, invasive fungal infections, mycotoxicosis, toxic mold, C. difficile, Lyme Disease, envoronmental chemical sensitivity and MVA-related injury.|
|Training / Seminars|
|She developed and delivered comprehensive training courses for doctors on management of infectious complications in HIV at BLHC.
She has spoken in public seminars, and schools. She is on Faculty teaching seminars on integrative medicine, nutrtions, and acupuncture for 1) trainees in National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 2) medical students at both Albert Einstein and New York Medical College. She also taught medical courses at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1998-2000.
|Other Relevant Experience|
|She also has extensive experience in inner city medicine.
Fields of Expertise
actinomycosis, AIDS, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, alternative medicine, avitaminosis, bacterial pneumonia, bacterial skin disease, beriberi, blastomycosis, Borrelia infection, bronchitis, brucellosis, cardiovascular infection, central nervous system infection, Chagas disease, chickenpox, chromomycosis, chronic respiratory disease, conjunctivitis, cysticercosis, cytomegalovirus infection, E. coli infection, echinococcosis, encephalitis, endocrine tuberculosis, environmental health, ephedra, ergosterol, ergotism, erysipelas, farmer's lung, fever, furunculosis, gonorrhea, helminthic disease, herbal supplement, histoplasmosis, legionellosis, leptospirosis, listeria meningitis, lupus erythematosus, Lyme disease, lymphogranuloma venereum, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, molluscum contagiosum, neurosyphilis, nocardiosis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, pellagra, pertussis, prostatitis, pyelonephritis, rickettsial disease, scarlet fever, septicemia, splenomegaly, streptococcal infection, strongyloidiasis, viral disease, immunodeficiency, respiratory tract infection, parasitic disease, staphylococcal infection, bacterial disease, infectious cardiovascular disease, infectious gastrointestinal disease, infectious lymphatic system disease, infectious mononucleosis, infectious musculoskeletal disease, infectious ocular disease, infectious skin disease, biomedicine, fat-soluble vitamin, holistic medicine, lymphatic disease, rickets, malnutrition, aspergillosis, candidiasis, coccidiosis, cryptococcal meningitis, decubitus ulcer, fibromyalgia, laryngitis, mycotoxicosis, otitis, pharyngitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Chagas disease, chickenpox, cholecalciferol, cholera, chromomycosis, chronic respiratory disease, common cold, conjunctivitis, cysticercosis, cytomegalovirus infection, E. coli infection, echinococcosis, encephalitis, endocrine tuberculosis, environmental health, ephedra, ergosterol, ergotism, erysipelas, farmer's lung, fever, filariasis, foot-and-mouth disease, furunculosis, gonorrhea, granuloma inguinale, helminthic disease, herbal supplement, histoplasmosis, legionellosis, leptospirosis, listeria meningitis, lupus erythematosus, Lyme disease, lymphogranuloma venereum, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, molluscum contagiosum, neurosyphilis, nocardiosis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, pellagra, pertussis, plague, prostatitis, pyelonephritis, rickettsial disease, scarlet fever, septicemia, splenomegaly, streptococcal infection, strongyloidiasis, viral disease, immunodeficiency, respiratory tract infection, parasitic disease, staphylococcal infection, bacterial disease, infectious cardiovascular disease, infectious gastrointestinal disease, infectious lymphatic system disease, infectious mononucleosis, infectious musculoskeletal disease, infectious ocular disease, infectious skin disease, acupuncture, fat-soluble vitamin, fish oil, herbal medicine, holistic medicine, lymphatic disease, rickets, malnutrition, aspergillosis, candidiasis, coccidiosis, cryptococcal meningitis, decubitus ulcer, fibromyalgia, laryngitis, mycotoxicosis, otitis, pharyngitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, dacryocystitis, gram-negative bacterial infection, herpes virus infection, lice infestation, chronic bronchitis, AIDS dementia complex, gram-positive bacterial infection, acupuncture analgesia, ascorbic acid deficiency, bacillary angiomatosis, hospital negligence, vitamin K, bronchiolitis, hemorrhagic fever, calcium fortification, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, anthrax, cholesterol removal, dietary protein, vitamin analysis technique, ear disease, mercury chemistry, magnesium chemistry, mercury, lead, influenza, impetigo, hookworm disease, herpes zoster, herpes simplex, hair disorder, frozen dairy dessert, fluid dairy product, erysipeloid, diphtheria, diabetes, dengue, dairy product, Colorado tick fever, clonorchiasis, clinical medicine, boutonneuse fever