Information and Contacts

MSSNY sections are interest-based groups that offer members the opportunity to shape MSSNY policy, increase relevant knowledge and skills, and interact with peers with similar interests or backgrounds. No matter the career stage, practice setting, or background, these sections provide access to resources and colleagues who share topics and concerns.


OFFICERS: 2024- 2025
Chair Toni-Ann Lewis, MD
Vice Chair Karim Makhoul, DO
Secretary/Treasurer Mustfa Manzur, MD
Immediate Past Chair Mustfa Manzur, MD
RFS MSSNY Councilor Anna Heffron, MD
RFS Delegates – 2024 MSSNY HOD Toni-Ann Lewis, MD
Mustfa Manzur, MD
Alternate Delegate: Junaid Farooq, DO
RFS Delegates – 2024 AMA-RFS Sabba Sarwar, MD
Anna Heffron, MD
Toni-Ann Lewis, MD
Mustfa Manzur, MD
AMS RFS Sectional Delegate Toni-Ann Lewis, MD
Resident And Fellow Section
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 396
[email protected]

The Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among resident physicians in New York State; provides programs and services that enhance the educational environment of resident physicians; and serves as a mechanism for representation of New York resident physicians at the American Medical Association.


Contact [email protected] for information on the following projects:

  • Poster symposium
  • AMA participation
  • MSSNY committee participation

The Resident and Fellow Section works for:

•  Improved quality of resident life
•  Ensuring employment upon completion of residency
•  Protecting the huge investment you’ve made in your medical education

RFS advocates on your issues, and keeps you informed.

If time and interest allow, there are many opportunities within the AMA and MSSNY for residents. Besides two national meetings, residents are invited to join MSSNY committees or to get involved in the leadership of the RFS.

Link to AMA-RFS Website

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Young Physicians Section  
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516-488-6100  Ext. 396
Kathy Rohrer

Chair Charles Lopresto, DO
Vice Chair Jane Simpson, DO
Secretary/Treasurer James Docherty, DO
Immediate Past Chair Erik Blutinger, MD
YPS Councilor
Jocelyn Young, DO


2024 MSSNY HOD Delegates:
Vanessa Cutler, MD
Jane Simpson, DO
Purvi Parikh, MD

Alternate Delegates:
Ravi Parikh, MD


2024 AMA-YPS Delegates:
Jocelyn Young, DO
Charles Lopresto, DO
Jane Simpson, DO
Vanessa Cutler, MD


The Young Physicians Section (YPS) is the voice of young physicians in the State of New York.

It accomplishes this mission by identifying and responding to needs and goals of young physicians as they seek to deliver the highest quality of care to patients. YPS advises the MSSNY on how to focus its resources to better serve the needs and goals of the young physician, provides the perspective of young physicians in policy processes, and educates young physicians on professional matters and on the structure and function of MSSNY and the Federation.

A young physician is defined as anyone age 40 and under who has completed residency training or anyone, regardless of age, who has completed residency training within the past eight years. In order to actively participate in the activities of the Section, a physician must be a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and the county medical society where he or she resides or practices.


Chair L. Carlos Zapata, MD
Vice Chair Carole Moodhe, MD
Secretary Alan Klitzke, MD
Charles S. Lopresto, DO
At Large
David Page, MD
At Large Charles S. Lopresto, DO
Deligate to MSSNY HOD
Alan Klitzke, MD
Alternate Deligate to MSSNY HOD
Melissa Grageda, MD
Immediate Past Chair
Howard Huang, MD



Organized Medical Staff Section
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
516-488-6100 x 396
Kathy Rohrer

Welcome to the Organized Medical Staff Section of the Medical Society of the State of New York. OMSS is MSSNY’s grassroots physician organization, composed of representatives from organized medical staffs in hospitals, group practices, and other physician organizations. We keep you informed, and we can help your medical staff organization stay effective and strong. OMSS ensures that control of the quality and safety of care, treatment and services provided to patients resides with physicians.


Saturday, February 25 – 1:00 PM
OMSS Meeting Agenda



International Medical Graduates Section
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516-488-6100  Ext. 396
Kathy Rohrer

Chair Sumir Sahgal, MD
Vice Chair Open
Secretary/Treasurer Open
Section Councilor Suresh Sharma, MD


2024 MSSNY HOD Delegates
Delegates Neha Pawar, MD
Amit Saxena, MD
Venkata Chintaluri, MD
Alternate Delegate Caleb Atkins, MD



The International Medical Graduate Section has been established as a MSSNY member forum for international medical graduates (IMG) wherein section members can collaborate on solutions to the unique challenges facing IMG physicians in the State of New York.



Minority Affairs Section
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516-488-6100  Ext. 389
[email protected]


The Minority Affairs Section will provide a forum for racial and ethnic population physicians to lobby on issues that impact the professions and the health of the communities they serve.

Membership in the MSSNY Minority Affairs Section shall be open to those paid members of the Medical Society of the State of New York who are members in good standing of an ethnic or racial minority medical association.

Open to any MSSNY member who expresses interest in racial and ethnic minority physician or minority health issues.


Alliance with the Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave.
Westbury, NY 11590
516-488-6100 ext 396

[email protected]

The MSSNY Alliance is a volunteer association of spouses of medical society members. Physician’s spouses have changed a great deal since our founding, but we still want to support one another, support our spouses and promote health in our communities.

Your spouse might be looking for social or professional networking opportunities or a meaningful way to support your goals for legislative or regulatory changes that will improve healthcare delivery and reduce the hassle factor associated with the practice of medicine today.

If you think your spouse might be interested in learning more about the Alliance in your community or what the State Alliance can offer, please click this link: to provide us with contact information so that we can reach out to him or her. This information will NOT be shared with any outside parties.

Why You Should Join The Alliance

The AMA Alliance is a national volunteer organization comprised of physicians spouses — male and female –working to further the aims of the AMA through community programs, projects and services. It was founded in 1922 and its more than 40,000 members are dedicated to promoting good health in America and improving safety within our communities. The Alliance is also committed to the legislative grassroots efforts affecting today’s health care.

As a federated member of the Alliance –a member of your county, state and national –you become an important part of the medical family. Your dues allow members across the country to take advantage of the information and materials developed and distributed by the AMA Alliance.

These include initiatives such as the SAVE program –Stop America’s Violence Everywhere –which has already reached over 1,000,000 school children with materials designed to teach peaceful resolutions to conflicts. The Alliance has joined General Colin Powell’s crusade, America’s Promise, in an attempt to provide resources to help children become successful adults and General Powell has acknowledged and commended our efforts. We have also initiated a SAVE-A-Shelter program to assist battered women and, in the aftermath of the school shootings, a SAVE Schools From Violence program. Violence prevention and intervention materials are available to all Alliance members.

Members are also involved in a nationwide initiative that brings awareness to the need for organ and tissue donation. The AMA and the AMA Alliance urges all physicians and their families to sign donor cards and to make their wishes known. Federated membership allows members to educate the public on this issue and to lend support to centers as they attempt to come to the aid of the nearly 70,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant.

Smoking cessation programs are yet another way that your dues help to inform and educate the people of our communities about healthy living. Smoking-related illnesses and deaths are 100% preventable! The tobacco settlement money was intended to be used to educate children about the hazards of tobacco use and to control the tobacco industry in its promotion of tobacco products, especially as it pertains to children. Find out what your county has done with its settlement money! Call or write your County Executive and urge him to use the funds as they were intended.

Our Alliance is working in conjunction with– and supported by –the AMA. We are advocates for medicine. The AMA and the AMA Alliance speak with one voice as they attempt to make a change in health care delivery .The more powerful our voice, the stronger our message and the more likely legislators will listen to what is being said. YOU can make this difference! Begin by urging physicians to encourage their spouses –and the spouses of their physician friends –to join the Alliance. Tell them of the worthy projects and programs now being implemented. Be proud of what we do! Assure them that Alliance members ARE making a difference as we contact our legislators and advocate for better health care. We need YOU to help to solve some of the problems facing medicine today. Won’t you join our efforts? Won’t you encourage others to join our efforts? Won’t you become a part of the solution?