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A team approach to neurological care

We know that receiving a diagnosis for a neurological condition can be frightening. That’s why we’ve assembled a team of renowned experts who have specialized training in diagnosing and treating all types of neurological disorders.

Our robust team is dedicated to bringing you the best in neurological care. We offer the latest evidence-based therapies for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Headaches
  • Movement disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system

In addition, our specialists are actively involved in clinical research to help improve the future of neurological care. Our areas of clinical research include:

  • Immune epilepsy
  • Autoimmune encephalitis
  • Neuro-inflammation and autoimmunity in neuro-psychological disorders 

Recognized for epilepsy and stroke care

  • Lenox Hill Hospital has been recognized as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, the highest rating by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).
  • Lenox Hill Hospital has been a New York State Department of Health Designated Stroke Center since 2006. We also received the Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for implementing specific quality improvement.

Our team

Clinical leadership

Souhel Najjar, MD

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Neurology Service Line, Northwell Health

Chair, Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital, Chair, Neurology , North Shore University Hospital, Chair, Neurology , Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chair, Neurology , Staten Island University Hospital

Derek Jeffrey Chong, MD

Director - Epilepsy of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Vice Chairman of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine, EEG / Epilepsy

Salman Azhar, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Our doctors

Virginia Ann De Sanctis, PhD

Specialties: Psychology

Alexis Matthew Demopoulos, MD

Specialties: Neurooncology, Neurology

Svetlana Faktorovich, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Meghan Elizabeth Fleming, DO

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Tatyana R. Gitlevich, MD

Specialties: Neurophysiology, Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Deborah Beth Gruber, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Neurooncology

Asaff Harel, MD

Specialties: Neurology

Sanjeev Vithal Kothare, MD

Co-Director - Pediatric Sleep Program/Neurology,CCMC,

Director - Pediatric Neurology Service Line, , Director - Pediatric Neurology, CCMC,

Specialties: Child Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy, Sleep Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology

Ruben Itamar Kuzniecky, MD

Director - Research& Clinical Trials NS, LIJ, LHH,

Vice Chairman - Academic Affairs - NS, LIJ, LHH,

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy

Brittany Catherine LeMonda, PhD

Specialties: Psychology

Aviva Lubin, MD

Associate Director - Stroke Program of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Jamie Roberts Mitchell, MD

Specialties: Ophthalmology

Steven Vincent Pacia, MD

Director - Neurology, Eastern Region,

Director of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, Vice Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, EEG / Epilepsy

Sami Saba, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine

Nadia Sotudeh, MD

Specialties: Neurology, EEG / Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology

David Langer, MD

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Director, Moyamoya Center, Professor, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

John Andrew Boockvar, MD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Jason Andre Ellis, MD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Mitchell Edward Levine, MD

Chief of Division - Spinal Neurosurgery of Neurosurgery, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Rafael Alexander Ortiz, MD

Chief - Neuro-Endovasc Surg and Int NeuroRad of Neurosurgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Specialties: Neurological Surgery, Vascular Neurology, Vascular / Intervent Radiology, Neuroradiology, Neurology

Aashish Raman Patel, DO

Specialties: Neurology, Critical Care Medicine

Heustein Lu Sy, MD

Specialties: Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

David Barrett Weintraub, MD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Clinical professionals

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Jessica Parisio, MSN, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Jessica M. Peterson, RN, BSN

Stroke Nurse Coordinator

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Mary Ellen Samis, MBA, RN, CNRN, SCRN

Stroke Nurse Coordinator

Valerie Saha
NP Nurse Practitioner

Omaru Barrie
EEG Tech

Anum Khan
EEG Tech

Avery Post
EEG Tech

Loleta Rumble
NP Nurse Practitioner

Olena Prasolova
Nerve Conduction Tech

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