University Administration

Executive Leadership

President


Ravi Bhooplapur
Ravi@xusom.com

President Bhooplapur has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years and is Founder & CEO of Vision Financial Services, New York. He has been awarded many industry awards and entered into “Hall of Fame” of insurance for his outstanding commitment & service to the industry. Ravi is a board member of numerous charities, hospitals, and businesses. He is the founder of the “Gift of Life, India” and has been instrumental in saving over 1500 children’s lives to date by providing heart surgery to children under the age of 15.

Ravi has worked with many hospitals and physicians nationwide (through his work with “Gift of Life, India”). He became the President of Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba almost 8 years ago. He is a very active member of Rotary International and was installed as District Governor of Rotary International July 2, 2009. The Rotary Foundation has awarded Mr. Bhooplapur:

  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Rotary Foundation’s highest award “Service above Self” for Ravi’s commitment to humanitarian work worldwide

He is a Hall of Fame Member at the Rotary Foundation and his portrait was installed at world headquarters in Evanston, Chicago in 2005. Mr. Bhooplapur was recognized by the United States Congress and presented an award by Congressman Gary Ackerman, for his outstanding contributions to local & international humanitarian causes.

Chief Academic Officer


Arun Kumar Dubey, MBBS, MD
DubeyMD@xusom.com

Dr. Arun Kumar Dubey is a Physician, Clinical Pharmacologist, and an administrator by training. After completing M.B.B.S. degree from Guwahati Medical College in India, Dr. Dubey completed three years Residency in Clinical Pharmacology from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). For the past 15 years, he has been involved in teaching Clinical Pharmacology to medical students in India and abroad. Dr. Dubey has also been involved in key administrative roles at different levels in medical schools for the past 10 years. Dr. Dubey joined Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba in August 2008 and went on to become Dean of Student Affairs and then Dean of Basic Sciences in 2010. Dr. Dubey’s principal role is providing leadership in all aspects of Medical Education in Basic Sciences at XUSOM, Aruba. Dr. Dubey takes keen interest in recent developments and challenges in Medical Education and has been instrumental in taking the leadership to implement an integrated Organ System-Based Curriculum at XUSOM, Aruba. His main area of research includes different aspects of Medical education and “Ginkgo biloba”. He has published more than 60 research articles in indexed journals.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Clinical Sciences


Richard George Pestell, MB, BS, MD, PhD, MBA, FRACP, FACP, FRS (Medicine), FAAAS

Dr. Pestell received an M.B.B.S. from the University of Western Australia, an F.R.A.C.P. (Endocrinology and Oncology training), an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, an F.A.C.P. (Fellow American College of Physicians), and an M.B.A. from New York University. He has been in executive leadership at USA Universities and Medical Centers since 2002.

He completed Post Doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was subsequently faculty at Northwestern University Medical School, Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Oncology at Georgetown University and Associate Vice President at Georgetown University Medical School. He has previously Executive Vice President of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He has served as Director of two NCI-designated Cancer Centers (Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, 2002-2015), founded two biotechnology companies and is the author of multiple issued patents.

He is concurrently Distinguished Professor, Translational Medical Research, and the President of the Pennsylvania Cancer and Regenerative Medicine Research Center at the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute.

He has received a number of awards for his work in clinical activity, research and education in Medicine including elected membership to the  American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elected Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Western Australia, Doctorus Honorus Causa Medical Science from University of Melbourne,  RD Wright Medallion, and the Eric Sussman Prize.

Dr Pestell’s work has more than 56,700 citations and an H-index of 129, i10 index 413 (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RYlsfBQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao). He is top ranked by Google Scholar for his areas of research including: cell cycle (#1), prostate cancer (#1), Oncology (#6) and Breast cancer (#7)

Vice President, Finance


Daniel Moses
DMoses@xusom.com

Admissions

Director of Admissions

Michael Neely

MNeely@xusom.com

Michael Neely serves as Xavier University School of Medicine’s Director of Marketing and Admissions. He has more than 12 years of experience in higher education marketing at both Hofstra University (Long Island, NY) and Brown University (Providence, RI). Neely, a 2010 magna cum laude graduate of Hofstra with Bachelor degrees in Public Relations and French, also earned an MBA degree from Hofstra in 2012. 

Admissions Coordinator

Admissions Coordinator

Housing / Immigration Coordinator

Jeane-Betsy Irausquin-Mackintosh
JMackintosh@xusom.com
(516)417-5674

Admissions Representative – Venezuela

Ada Emperatriz Ortiz Cordova
AOrtiz@xusom.com

Admissions Representative – India

Student Finance

Vice President, Finance

Daniel Moses
DMoses@xusom.com

Student Finance Representative

Student Finance Representative

Henry Beckford
Henry Beckford is our newest addition to the Student Finance team! He has over 3 years of experience working in accounts receivable and accounts payable. Henry is driven and highly self-motivated. He has his B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems, which gave him a strong understanding of information technology and skills in the usage of many different types of software systems. Henry’s hobbies include going to the gym, hiking, photography, graphic design, cartoon animation, drawing, and playing with his 3-year-old Pomsky named Harley Quinn.

Student Finance Representative

Operations

Vice President, Finance


Daniel Moses

DMoses@xusom.com

Director of Information Systems

Barry Adunmo
BAdunmo@xusom.com

Executive Secretary to President / Marketing Coordinator

Emily Buchman
EBuchman@xusom.com

Emily Buchman joined the New York team as the Executive Assistant in June 2021. She has a background in auto insurance, where she spent 7 years and held a variety of different positions, including Upper Level Claims Adjuster, Litigation Examiner, and Trainer for the Medical Bill Review Department where she taught classes, coached associates, and audited bills. In March 2020, Emily and her now-husband adopted 2 kittens, Claire and Pumpernickel, who are the loves of their lives! Emily is looking forward to working with Staff, Faculty, and Students to make all daily processes run as smoothly as possible.

Administrative Assistant- New York

Andrea Alvarez
AAlvarez@xusom.com

Our new NY Administrative Specialist Andrea Alvarez has eight years of experience working alongside C-suite executives, directors, and supervisors at for-profit and non-profits alike. Andrea specializes in all administrative functions as well as technology, and has been responsible for educating others on using progressive systems and applications, including client management software, mass communication procedures and organizational apps. Andrea has great energy and uses her positive attitude to encourage others to work hard and succeed. She is inspired daily by her husband and family. In her free time, Andrea enjoys reading, meditating and playing with her dog, Charlie.

Administrative Assistant- Aruba

Selimah Krozendijk

Registrar

Registrar

Clinical Department

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Clinical Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard George Pestell, MB, BS, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCP, FACP, FRS (Medicine), FAAAS

RPestellMD@xusom.com

Dr. Pestell received an M.B.B.S. from the University of Western Australia, an F.R.A.C.P. (Endocrinology and Oncology training), an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, an F.A.C.P. (Fellow American College of Physicians), and an M.B.A. from New York University. He has been in executive leadership at USA Universities and Medical Centers since 2002.

He completed Post Doctoral studies at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He was subsequently faculty at Northwestern University Medical School, Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Oncology at Georgetown University and Associate Vice President at Georgetown University Medical School. He has previously Executive Vice President of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He has served as Director of two NCI-designated Cancer Centers (Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, 2002-2015), founded two biotechnology companies and is the author of multiple issued patents.

He is concurrently Distinguished Professor, Translational Medical Research, and the President of the Pennsylvania Cancer and Regenerative Medicine Research Center at the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute.

He has received a number of awards for his work in clinical activity, research and education in Medicine including elected membership to the  American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elected Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Western Australia, Doctorus Honorus Causa Medical Science from University of Melbourne,  RD Wright Medallion, and the Eric Sussman Prize.

Dr Pestell’s work has more than 56,700 citations and an H-index of 129, i10 index 413 (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RYlsfBQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao). He is top ranked by Google Scholar for his areas of research including: cell cycle (#1), prostate cancer (#1), Oncology (#6) and Breast cancer (#7)

Dean of Clinical Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ahmad Abazid

AbazidMD@xusom.com

Dr. Ahmad graduated from Aleppo University School of Medicine in 2004. After that he became the Assistant Medical Director at Carolina Medical Lab before he started a family medicine residency in Wichita Falls, Texas in 2007. During his last year he was Chief Resident. Upon completion of his residency, he became core faculty. At that time he was the Vice Chairman and then the Family Medicine Department Chairman at United Regional Health Care System. In 2016, he and his family moved to New York so his wife could begin her OB residency. He has practiced as a hospitalist in LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, and practiced urgent care in Brooklyn. His passion for academia led him to start a geriatric fellowship at State University of New York, Downstate Brooklyn.

Clinical Coordinator

Clinical Chairs

Clinical Chair of Family Medicine

Ahmad Abazid, MD
Program Director – Family Medicine
North Texas Medical City Consortium
Dr. Abazid graduated from Aleppo University School of Medicine in 2004. After that he became the Assistant Medical Director at Carolina Medical Lab before he started a family medicine residency in Wichita Falls, Texas in 2007. During his last year he was Chief Resident. Upon completion of his residency, he became core faculty. At that time he was the Vice Chairman and then the Family Medicine Department Chairman at United Regional Health Care System. In 2016, he and his family moved to New York so his wife could begin her OB residency. He has practiced as a hospitalist in LIJ Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, and practiced urgent care in Brooklyn. His passion for academia led him to start a geriatric fellowship at State University of New York, Downstate Brooklyn.

Family Medicine Regional Chair/Professor of Family Medicine

Dr. Lakshmi Dodda
Dean of Post Graduate Medical Education
Jackson Park Hospital
Dr. Dodda is a graduate from Nagarjuna University in Guntur, India. She is Board certified in Family Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and also Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Dodda is the Dean of Post Graduate Medical Education and was the Program Director at Jackson Park Hospital, where our students are sent prior to beginning their core rotations.

Regional Chair of Internal Medicine

Richard Pomerantz, MD, CPE, FACP, FACC, FSCAI
Chairman of Department of Medicine
St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Richard Pomerantz is Chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and Regional Chair of Internal Medicine for the Xavier University School of Medicine. Dr. Pomerantz is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and did his residency in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He subsequently did his fellowship training in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Prior to assuming his current position at St. Agnes, Dr. Pomerantz was Professor of Medicine at the University Of Rochester School of Medicine, where he was also Clinical Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiology Fellowship training program at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Dr. Pomerantz has been actively involved in medical education at the pre- and post-graduate level for almost 25 years while also holding various leadership roles at his hospitals and in organized medicine as past President of both the New York State Chapter and a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology.

Surgery Chair

Madhu Rangraj, MD, FACS
Montefiore New Rochelle
Dr. Rangraj graduated from Grant Medical School in Mumbai, India. He received a Bachelor of Medicine degree as well as a Bachelor of Surgery Degree. In 1994 he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University State of NY. He currently serves as the Director of Surgery and Residency Program Director at Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester. Dr. Rangraj is currently a member of the Surgical Society at New York Medical College.

Internal Medicine Chair

Parvez Mir, FACP, FCCP
Director of Pulmonary Medicine
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
Dr. Parvez Mir graduated from University of Kashmir Government School of Medicine in India and completed his post-graduate training after graduation which was done in the UK School of Medicine affiliated hospitals in Chest Medicine and Surgery. He trained at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in internal medicine training program with a year spent as a Chief Resident and also trained in Pulmonary diseases at Long Island Jewish Hospital, currently Northwell Hospital System
Dr. Mir is ABIM Certified and Re-Certified in Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Disease. He has been at Wyckoff as an Associate Director of Pulmonary Critical Care since 1998 through April 2013, and as a Director of Pulmonary Critical Care since April 2013. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Thoracic Society.
Besides being a Pulmonologist and intensivist, he is also an Ethicist; he has served as a Chair to the Bioethics committee since 2001.
In addition to all of the above, he is the President of Medical Staff Society at WHMC and serves as a Chair to the IT and Co-Chair to the Critical Care Committees.

Pediatric Medicine Chair

Sergey Kunkov, MD, MS, MBA

Dr. Kunkov graduated with his Medical Degree from the Pediatric Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. He then went on to complete his  pediatric residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York in 1999. He pursued his interest in pediatric emergency medicine, and in 2002 completed his pediatric EM fellowship at Jacobi Medical Center- Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2005 he graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine with his MS Degree in Clinical Research Methods. Since 2010 he has been the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department at Stony Brook University.

OBGYN Chair

Isha Mehta, MD, 

Dr. Isha Mehta is a third-generation MD and the Chief of Gynecology at NYCHHC-Elmhurst. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Associate Professor at St. George University.  In addition, she served as President of the Rotary Club of Jericho Sunrise from 2017-2018, where she and her all-women team raised funds for various charities in Long Island, U.S., and around the world. Dr. Mehta has been working with women in need ever since she commenced her study of medicine over 25 years ago. Her research and opinions on women’s health and medical practices have been published in peer-reviewed journals and medical texts.  Dr. Isha Mehta is also a co-founder of A Stitch in Time, an organization creating clear-cut impacts on the lives of the women they treat and their families. Since its inception, A Stitch in Time has grown and the impact it has made on women’s lives, young and old, is immeasurable. Her team has helped more than 500 women all over the world to give them access to prolapse surgery and other health care services for them to return home happier and healthier.

Psychiatry Chair

Ronald Brenner, MD
Chairman Department of Psychiatry
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital

Assistant Psychiatry Chair

Dr. Sumeet SinghDr. Sumeet Singh
Dr. Sumeet Singh is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
in General Adult Psychiatry. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Howard
University Hospital and Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC., where he was voted as Chief resident. He went on to serve as Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Adventist HealthCare in Maryland where he worked in both an administrative and clinical role to treat adults in an inpatient setting. Additionally, he served as a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, teaching medical students about the art of medicine. Dr. Singh received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and received his medical degree from Xavier University School of Medicine.
Most recently, Dr. Singh worked for LifeStance Health, an outpatient telehealth company, where he treated patients between the ages of 18-65 years old with both medication management and therapeutic interventions. Dr. Singh has years of experience treating the following disorders/diagnoses: depression, anxiety and panic attacks, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and insomnia.