Full-Time Family Medicine Faculty

Scott Ippolito, M.D. Scott Ippolito, MD
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Scott Ippolito completed his residency in family medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Queens, New York. He subsequently become a fellow in both obstetrics/gynecology and faculty development at the State University of New York Downstate Medical School. After spending time in private practice, Dr. Ippolito returned to academic family medicine. He quickly rose to Associate Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York where he founded and then directed their family medicine residency. Dr. Ippolito next served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, New York, where he created both the clinical Department of Family Medicine and its family medicine residency. In 2000, Dr. Ippolito came to South Nassau as Chair of the Department. In his current role, he oversees the clinical department, its family medicine residency, its in- and out-patient services, and our hospital's employee health service. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Education Consortium as well a member of various leadership boards and committees at both South Nassau and the Long Island Health Network. Dr. Ippolito is Clinical Assistant Professor at the State University of New York Downstate Medical School, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences at Ross University School of Medicine. He is an active teacher to our residents, regularly participating in office-based precepting and as a teaching attending on our inpatient service. Dr. Ippolito has published several textbook and review book chapters.
Samuel Sandowski , M.D. Samuel Sandowski , MD
Program Director
Dr. Samuel Sandowski graduated cum laude from the Technion Faculty of Medicine in Israel, and completed his family medicine residency here at South Nassau Communities Hospital from which he went on to complete a faculty development fellowship at the State University of New York Health Science Center, Brooklyn. After serving as Medical Director of their family medicine center, he returned to South Nassau as our residency Program Director, and he has since been appointed Director of Medical Education for our entire hospital. He has particular expertise in faculty development and academic medicine and has published several articles and book chapters, and co-edited the textbook, Primary Care. He takes pride in teaching as well, being a family doctor providing direct patient care. Dr. Sandowski is double-boarded in Family and Adolescent Medicine.
Thomas Zimmerman, DO, FACOFP Thomas Zimmerman, DO, FACOFP
Director of Osteopathic Medical Education
After earning a Bachelor's of Science from Cornell University, Dr. Thomas Zimmerman graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). He completed his residency in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment at Long Beach Medical Center, Long Beach, New York. After working in private practice for several years, he joined the full-time faculty at NYCOM as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman served as Medical Director of the school's Academic Health Center and received NYCOM's Standard of Excellence Award in 2006 for his leadership, planning, and implementation of an electronic medical records system. Dr. Zimmerman lectures locally and nationally on EMRs, health information technology, and the patient-centered medical home. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society as well as the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics. Dr. Zimmerman is actively involved in in-patient and outpatient precepting as well as providing direct patient care. He has a particular interest in practicing and teaching osteopathic manipulative treatment. Dr. Zimmerman continues to teach doctor-patient relations and physical diagnosis as an Assistant Professor at NYCOM.
Paul Moglia, MA, PhD Paul Moglia, MA, PhD
Associate Program Director
Dr. Paul Moglia received his MA and PhD in counseling psychology from Boston College where he was awarded several graduate assistantships and teaching fellowships. He was also Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School's Department of Psychiatry and Faculty Development Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A peer reviewer for Family Medicine, Journal of Family Practice, Magills Medical Guide, and Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine, he is a member of the Networking Resource Line, a panel of experts who provide consultation and assistance to residencies throughout the United States. He is author of numerous articles, from premature birth and behavioral economics to sexuality and death and dying. He is a co-editor for the six-volume, 3400-page, Magill's Medical Guide and co-editor of the reference work Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. An award-winning educator, he has made dozens of presentations at national and regional conferences and holds associate professorships at several of the area's medical schools. In addition to his responsibilities as the Associate Residency Director and the Director of Behavioral and Faculty Education, he maintains a full-time private practice in Nassau and Westchester counties.
Shepard Gorman, PhD (Psychologist) Shepard Gorman, PhD
Dr. Shepard Gorman is a graduate of Hofstra University and has extensive post-doctoral training in clinical psychology. He is a full Professor at Nassau Community College and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy. He has special interests in health psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, short-term therapies, and the use of technology in medical education. He has career-long academic involvements in both psychology and family medicine and has been a member of the family medicine faculty for over 25 years.
Emad Hanna, MD, MSc Emad Hanna, MD, MSc
Coordinator, Occupational Medicine
Dr. Emad Hanna, an alumnus of our program, was the recipient of the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in his graduating year. Prior to training in Family Medicine, he had over 10 years of active clinical practice in general surgery from which he went on to complete a residency in preventive medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Hanna's particular areas of focus are office procedures, preventive medicine, occupational medicine, community medicine and epidemiology.
Dr Russell Porter, MD Russell Porter, MD
Coordinator, Geriatrics and Sports Medicine
Dr. Russell Porter is a family physician with over 20 years of private practice experience in Rockville Center, New York. He has been an active staff physician at South Nassau Communities Hospital during this time. In addition to board certification in family medicine, he holds board certification in both geriatric and sports medicine. Dr. Porter is a clinical instructor in the Family Medicine Center, as well as on our inpatient medicine service.
Linda Roethel, MD Linda Roethel, MD
Coordinator, Women's Health
Dr. Linda Roethel is a graduate of the Universidad del Noreste, Mexico, and St. Joseph's Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program, Yonkers, NY. After her residency, Dr. Roethel completed a fellowship in obstetrics/gynecology at Montefiore Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital in New York City. She is an active preceptor for inpatient medicine and in our Family Medicine Center. Additionally, Dr. Roethel is the Coordinator of Women's Health and provides obstetrical care and teaching in the Family Medicine Center and in our hospital's Labor and Delivery unit.
Lillian Carolina, MD Lillian Carolina, MD
Coordinator, Graduate Medical Education

Our newest faculty member, Lillian Carolina, MD, was born in nearby Manhasset and began her residency here having just graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her pre-medicine course of study at our affiliated New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) where she was inducted into Nu UpsilonTau Honor Society for academic excellence over four years. She additionally lauded the Presidential Honors Award and the school’s Life Sciences Award for having the highest grade point average in her graduating class. Doctor Carolina has also worked locally as a home health aide and pharmacy tech, and volunteered for the March of Dimes and the Emergency Room at Long Beach Medical Center. While at NYIT, she was active in their Women’s Association which addressed work, stress, and health issues among women on campus. After graduating from our residency, Dr. Carolina was awarded a faculty development fellowship with a concentration in hospitalist medicine which she completed she before joining the faculty as the Coordinator of Family Medicine Didactics. A violist, Dr. Carolina enjoys running and reading.

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