Update January 2014


ACOG District II eNewsletter
 January 2014 | Volume 29 No. 1


From the Chair
Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS

Safe Motherhood Initiative Leaders Finalize Maternal Safety “Bundles”

ICD-10 Coding Workshops

New Year - New Legislative Outlook

Attn: Young Physicians, Junior Fellows & Medical Students - Awards Available

2013 Annual District II Meeting
We value your opinion!


Fun Facts About:

George T. Danakas, MD, FACOG - Chair, Section 6 (Buffalo)

David L. Gandell, MD, FACOG - Chair, Section 10 (Rochester)

Adina Keller, MD, FACOG - Chair, Section 7 (Hudson Valley)

Murray L. Nusbaum, MD: One of the Founding Fathers of the District II Office


From the Chair - Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer takes more lives each year than colorectal, breast and prostate cancers combined. Now, The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has approved new lung cancer screening guidelines for older adults. The USPSTF recommends annual screening with low-dose computed tomography in people ages 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. You can find more details on the USPSTF website.

The new recommendations are intended to help prevent some of the 160,000 annual lung cancer deaths in the United States. The guidelines are largely based on a National Cancer Institute-funded study showing the benefits of such screening - and, for the most part, align with recommendations from many key oncology groups, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

According to the American Cancer Society, half of all smokers who keep smoking will end up dying from a smoking-related illness. Meantime, a CDC analysis of national cancer registries finds that lung cancer incidence is dropping most rapidly in men and younger adults. The authors, noting that the declines reflect changes in tobacco use, call for "continued attention and support to proven population-based tobacco prevention and control strategies." Ob-Gyns are in a unique position to encourage female smokers to quit. Through our Smoking Cessation Initiative, ACOG District II created a smoking cessation electronic toolkit, which includes steps to help you develop an office-based smoking cessation program. The e-toolkit also contains additional resources and tools such as posters, access to quit lines and stop smoking programs, and a smoking cessation video that you are free to share with patients. I encourage you to utilize the contents of the e-toolkit - as we do our part to encourage smokers to kick the habit for good.

Safe Motherhood Initiative Leaders Finalize Maternal Safety “Bundles”
Leaders in the field of ob/gyn, nursing, midwifery, family practice, and anesthesiology from the state’s leading academic and clinical institutions met on January 18th at the Hofstra University School of Medicine on Long Island hosted by Adiel Fleischer, MD, FACOG, Chairman of the OB/GYN Departments at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. This was the fifth in-person, quarterly meeting led by Mary D’Alton, MD, FACOG, and Cynthia, Chazotte, MD, FACOG. The goal of each meeting is to reach consensus on the content of the maternal safety bundles in obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy, and venous thromboembolism. These protocols, resources, posters, and other educational resources are slated to roll out to all obstetric hospitals across the state this spring.

Cynthia Chazotte, MD, ACOG, SMI Co-Chair, kicked off the morning with a presentation about her recent trip to India for Merck for Mothers, followed by workgroup co-leaders who gave detailed presentations on each of the bundles. An open dialogue on hospital data collection parameters was had in the afternoon with a candid and heartfelt presentation by Ilene Corina, President of PULSE NY, a consumer patient safety advocacy organization, to round out the day.

The next SMI meeting will be held on April 4th. Please visit the SMI website for more information.

If your hospital is interested in being part of the SMI, or if you would like further information, please contact Kristin Zielinski, Medical Education Director, at 518-436-3461 or at

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New Year - New Legislative Outlook
The New Year brings with it another New York State legislative session. On January 8th Governor Cuomo presented his annual State of the State address and on January 16th the DII’s Legislative Committee held its first conference call of 2014. The committee’s January agenda included a review & discussion of the 2014 legislative priorities: maternal depression, retail clinics, and environmental health among other issues.

On January 21st G
overnor Cuomo unveiled his 2014-2015 Executive Budget proposal which, along with a projected fiscal surplus on the horizon, includes: allocations for an expanded medical information technology infrastructure, capital funding to help hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities restructure to provide better quality; and a potentially controversial Medicaid expansion that would provide matching funds from the federal government for enrolling undocumented immigrants into a basic health care program. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact

SAVE the DATE: DII’s Annual Lobby Day is Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014.

Attention: Young Physicians, Junior Fellows & Medical Students - Awards Available

Mentor Award

Are you a Young Physician or Junior Fellow and know an ACOG Fellow who has mentored you? If you would like to recognize this Fellow as your mentor, click here for more details and to nominate him or her today. Any ACOG Fellow, including academic faculty, who has actively mentored a Young Physician or a Junior Fellow or group of such persons as they begin post-residency practice is eligible for nomination.
Deadline: Extended to March 1, 2014

John Gibbons Medical Student Travel Award for ACM
Interested in attending the 2014 Annual Clinical Meeting in Chicago? The John Gibbons Medical Student Travel Award is available to provide financial help for medical students to attend. Click here for more information on the travel award.

2013 Annual District II Meeting - We value your opinion!
Please take this brief 6-question survey to help us assess how the 2013 ACOG District II Annual Meeting affected you and your practice. This information is used to help inform future programming.

Fun Facts About:

George T. Danakas, MD, FACOG - Section 6 Chair (Buffalo) 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, NY
Favorite quotations: "Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it" - Lou Holtz
"You can never give up because quitting is not an option. No matter how dark it is or how weak you get, until you take that last breath, you must fight" - Wayman Tisdale
Hobbies & interests: Reading mystery novels and real estate
Favorite sports team: Buffalo Bills
Pets: Two dogs
Favorite vacation destination: Greek Isles
Favorite movie(s) of all time: The Godfather
Favorite food(s): Lobster Ravioli, Chicken Parmigiana
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? Love bringing new life into the world and doing surgery.

David L. Gandell, MD, FACOG - Section 10 Chair (Rochester) 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Strong Memorial Hospital - Rochester, NY
Favorite quotation: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you
Hobbies & interests: Scuba diving, photography (including underwater)
Favorite sports team: Georgia Bulldogs
Pets: Toeby - ½ Anatolian Shepherd, ½ Great Pyrenees; Smithwicks - Golden Retriever; Gaia - Anatolian Shepherd; James and Angel - Cats; Saltwater fish
Favorite vacation destination: Palau, Micronesia
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Ghost
Favorite food(s): Grilled chicken, chocolate ice cream
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? I loved delivering babies, and being a part of my patients’ lives throughout their life cycle from adolescence to menopause.

Adina Keller, MD, FACOG - Section 7 Chair (Hudson Valley) 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Mount Kisco Medical Group, Northern Westchester Hospital
Hobbies & interests: My children and their many sports activities, exercise, wine tasting, food
Favorite sports team: Yankees
Pets: Cockapoo named Rookie
Favorite vacation destination: Miami
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Splendor in the Grass
Favorite food(s): Sushi and chocolate chip cookies
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? I love everything about women’s health. First delivery I witnessed was that of my nephew, who is now 21. I knew immediately and I was hooked.

Save the Date – ACOG DII’s Annual Lobby Day will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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