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Hospital Medicine at Community Campus

Section of Hospital Medicine

Hospital Medicine, Community Hospital
Upstate Community Hospital
4900 Broad Road
Syracuse, NY 13215
Map & directions
Phone: 315 492-5305
Fax: 315 492-5320
Name: Christine Arabik, Program Assistant
Email: arabikc@upstate.edu

A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in treating hospitalized patients. At Upstate Community Hospital, hospitalists concentrate on the unique aspects of patient care during their stay. Hospitalists manage medical problems throughout your hospital admission, coordinating and consulting with specialists, closely monitoring your progress, and staying in close contact with you, your family and your primary care physician.

Hospitalists at Upstate Community Hospital are available around the clock and are dedicated to providing safe, high quality care to you during your hospital stay.

The benefits of a hospitalist include:

  • Professional 24-hour care by highly trained physicians experienced in the specialized area of inpatient hospital care.
  • Prompt follow up of tests and adjustment of your treatment regimen throughout the day as needed.
  • Intense focus on patient education.
  • Convenient and timely access to hospitalist staff for medical treatment and family conferences.
  • Member of the hospitalist team is available immediately in case of an emergency.

What role will your primary care physician have during your hospital stay?

Your hospitalist knows that excellent communication is the key to providing quality care and will be in close contact with your primary care physician when you are admitted to the hospital, throughout your hospital stay as needed and again when you are discharged. Of course, your physician can also contact the hospitalist at anytime during your stay to learn about your progress.

When you go home

When you are discharged from the hospital, your primary care physician will resume management of your medical care. To continue your care with as little interruption as possible, our hospitalists will provide you with discharge instructions regarding medications, activity, and information about when to schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care physician or other specialist. It is essential that you keep your follow up appointments made at the time of discharge. Additionally, to make this transition as smooth as possible, your primary care doctor will have direct access to all medical records from your hospitalization.

Our Team

Housam Hegazy, MD, FACP

Housam Hegazy, MD, FACP
Chief of Hospital Medicine,
Medical Director of Utilization Management,
Medical Director of Hospital Medicine

Ali Khan CHCQM

Ali Khan, MD
Associate Medical Director of Hospital Medicine


Rebecca L Akers, NP-C
Rebecca L Akers, NP-C
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Primary Care
Research Interests:

Effect of repeated trauma on EMS service personelle 

Clinical Interests:

Air Medical Transport-critical care, Post incident stress management, Member of Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association, Emergency Nurses Association. 

Associations/Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Emily L Albert, MD, MPH
Emily L Albert, MD, MPH
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Medical Emergencies
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Clinical Interests:

Public Health

Associations/Memberships: American Medical Association; Society of Hospital Medicine

Kathryn B Anderson, MD/PhD
Kathryn B Anderson, MD/PhD
315 464-5815
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Dengue Fever and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever; Primary Care
Education: Emory University School of Nursing
Research Interests:

Field epidemiology

Arboviral disease pathogenesis and transmission

Respiratory viral disease pathogenesis and transmission

Clinical Interests:

Internal Medicine

Global Health

Traveler and Immigrant Health

 


Adil S Bhutta, MD
Adil S Bhutta, MD
315 464-8668

Brian A Changlai Jr, MD
Brian A Changlai Jr, MD
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Associations/Memberships: American Medical Association

Ilona Chepak, MD
Ilona Chepak, MD
315 464-5774

Timothy M Creamer, MD
Timothy M Creamer, MD
315 492-5305
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: New York Medical College
Associations/Memberships: Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM); Onondaga County Medical Society; Medical Society of The State of New York; New York State Society of Internal Medicine

Ian F Dargon, MD
Ian F Dargon, MD
315 464-5774

Parth D Desai, MD
Parth D Desai, MD
315 464-5774

Amit S Dhamoon, MD, PhD
Amit S Dhamoon, MD, PhD
315 464-1775
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Carolee R Dornau, MSN, ANP, FNP
Carolee R Dornau, MSN, ANP, FNP
315 464-6527
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Family Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Chronic Disease Management; Health Maintenance & Clinical Prevention; Primary Care
Research Interests:

Evaluation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Army National Guard Soldiers Returning From Iraq.  Co-investigator in collaboration with Syracuse VA.  Study in progress.

Clinical Interests:

Travel Medicine

Military Health and Combat Injuries

Associations/Memberships: Syracuse Nurse Practitioner Association; Sigma Theta Tau, Omicron Chapter (International Honor Society of Nursing); Society of Hospital Medicine

Sakshi Dutta, MD
Sakshi Dutta, MD
315 464-5774

Vincent E Frechette, MD
Vincent E Frechette, MD
315 464-6527
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine
Education: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse
Research Interests:

Hypertension; diabetes; hypercholesterolemia; depression; coronary artery disease; obstructive lung diease/asthma; arthritis; headache; gastroesophageal reflux disease; sinusitis; bronchitis

Associations/Memberships: American College of Physicians (ACP)

Harvir Singh Gambhir, MD
Harvir Singh Gambhir, MD
315 464-5774
Education: Santosh Medical College, Uttar Prasdesh, India

Sindhuri Gayam, MBBS
Sindhuri Gayam, MBBS
315 464-5774

Tanya George, MD, FACP, CHCQM
Tanya George, MD, FACP, CHCQM
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: Maulana Azad Medical College

Aart Geurtsen, MD
Aart Geurtsen, MD
315 492-5305
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Hospital Medicine; Family Medicine; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Ghanshyam Ghelani, MD
Ghanshyam Ghelani, MD
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients
Education: B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Matthew G Glidden, MD
Matthew G Glidden, MD
315 492-5551
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Abha Harish, MD, MPH
Abha Harish, MD, MPH
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Medical Emergencies
Education: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Housam Hegazy, MD, MLS, SFHM, FACP, CHCQM
Housam Hegazy, MD, MLS, SFHM, FACP, CHCQM
315 464-7020
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients
Education: University of Damascus, Syria
Research Interests:

Coronary Artery Disease

Clinical Interests: Heart disease; Hypertension; Diabetes; Dyslipidemia; COPD/Asthma; Arthritis; Headache; Preventive medicine.
Associations/Memberships: American College of Physicians (ACP), Fellow

Matthew J Hess, MD
Matthew J Hess, MD
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Geetanjali Johri, MD
Geetanjali Johri, MD
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients

Ciara Kazakis, DO
Ciara Kazakis, DO
315 464-8668

Ali Khan, MD
Ali Khan, MD
315 492-5305
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: Ross University School of Medicine

Susi Koshy, FNP, DNP-C

Michael D Kuhn, MD
Michael D Kuhn, MD
315 492-5940

Jivan Lamichhane, MD
Jivan Lamichhane, MD
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: Nepal Medical College
Education Interests:

Artficial Interlligence.

Medical Informatics

Clinical Interests:

Pulmoanry Ultrasound and POCUS

High Altitude Medicine

Associations/Memberships: American Medical Informatics Association; Society of Hospital Medicine

Aisha Lubega, FNP-C, MSN
Aisha Lubega, FNP-C, MSN
315 464-6579
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Hospital Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Associations/Memberships: Sigma Theta Tau, Omicron Chapter (International Honor Society of Nursing)

Anupa Mandava, MBBS
Anupa Mandava, MBBS
315 492-5205
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider; Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
Associations/Memberships: American College of Physicians (ACP)

Eposi S Mbame, MD
Eposi S Mbame, MD
315 464-5774

Amitpal S Nat, MD
Amitpal S Nat, MD
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients
Education: Medical University of Lublin, Poland
Clinical Interests:

Influenza, Sepsis, Anticoagulation

Associations/Memberships: American College of Physicians (ACP); American Medical Association

Zaher M Oueida, MBCHB
Zaher M Oueida, MBCHB
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients
Clinical Interests:
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care
Associations/Memberships: American College of Physicians (ACP); American Medical Association


Hammad U Rahman, MD
Hammad U Rahman, MD
315 464-5774

Diana M Ramirez, PA
Diana M Ramirez, PA
315 464-6571
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients

Erik P Rufa, MD
Erik P Rufa, MD
315 464-3825

Rachel L Samardak, PA
Rachel L Samardak, PA
315 464-8668
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Hospital Medicine

Zachary J Shepherd, MD
Zachary J Shepherd, MD
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Medical Emergencies
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Associations/Memberships: American College of Physicians (ACP)

Dinesh Subedi, MD
Dinesh Subedi, MD
315 464-5774
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute Illness & Injury Management; Chronic Disease Management
Education: Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Research Interests:

Clinical Informatics

Education Interests:

Bedside teaching pearls with humor

Clinical Interests:

Perioperative Medicine

High Altitude Medicine

Associations/Memberships: American Medical Association

Adaora S Udekwu, MD
Adaora S Udekwu, MD
315 464-5774

Jessica L Wagenblatt, FNP-C
Jessica L Wagenblatt, FNP-C
315 464-5910
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Internal Medicine; Hospital Medicine

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