University Administration

Executive Leadership

President


Ravi Bhooplapur
ravi@xusom.com

Biography: 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

Biography 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

Biography: 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)

Financial Controller/Director of Operations


Daniel Moses
dmoses@xusom.com

Special Assistant to the President


Luiza Waldrick
lwaldrick@xusom.com

Admissions

Associate Director of Admissions

Immigration and Enrollment Coordinator

Enrollment and Housing Coordinator

New Student Coordinator

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

Admissions Representative – Jordan

Student Counselor / Administrative Assistant – Jordan

Administrative Assistant- Jordan

Rahaf M. Omar

Admissions Representative – Colombia

Erika Lasso
elasso@xusom.com

Admissions Representative – Venezuela

Ada Emperatriz Ortiz Cordova
aortiz@xusom.com

Admissions Representative – India

Student Finance

Financial Controller/Director of Operations

Daniel Moses
dmoses@xusom.com

Student Finance Representative

Student Finance Representative

Student Finance Representative

Operations

Financial Controller/Director of Operations


Daniel Moses

dmoses@xusom.com

Director of Information Systems

Barry Adunmo
badunmo@xusom.com

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

Andrew Sheldon
asheldon@xusom.com

Administrative Assistant- Aruba

Jurina Lanoy Maduro

Administrative Assistant- New York

Shannon Mondesir
smondesir@xusom.com

Registrar

Registrar

Ast. Registrar / Clinical Coordinator

Clinical Department

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Clinical Science

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

rpestellmd@xusom.com

Biography: 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)

 

Assistant Dean of Clinical Science

Ahmad Abazid, MD
abazidmd@xusom.com
Biography: 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 Witchita 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/Assistant Registrar

Clinical Chairs

Clinical Chair of OBGYN

Paul Liu, JD, MD
Chief of the Division of Gynelogic Oncology
South Nassau University Hospital
pliu@xusom.com
Biography: Dr. Liu is a Board certified Gynecologic Oncologist and is the Chief of the Division of Gyneocologic Oncology at South Nassau University Hospital. He also serves as a professor and Chair at Xavier University School of Medicine. Prior to beginning his medical career, Dr. Liu received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.

Regional Chair/Professor of Family Medicine

Lakshmi Dodda
Dean of Post Graduate Medical Education
Jackson Park Hospital
Biography: 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
Biography: 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.

Family Medicine Chair

Cheryl Carrao, DO
Director of Medical Education
South Nassau University Hospital
Oceanside, NY
Biography: After graduating from NYU with a Bachelors of Arts, Dr. Carrao enrolled in The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated with her Doctor of Osteopathy Degree in 1993. After this, Dr. Carrao completed her residency and Chief residency in Long Beach Medical Center. After graduation, she worked in various practice settings in Family Medicine, in suburban and urban areas, in hospital sponsored and private practices. This allowed her to see and to experience first-hand the many different models of family medicine. Dr. Cheryl Carrao returned to academia in 2007 and has held various offices and titles in graduate medical eduation. In addition to being chairman of Family Medicine at Xavier University School of Medicine, she is the Director of Medical Education at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY, and Director of the Family Practice Residency.

Surgery Chair

Madhu Rangraj, MD, FACS
Montefiore New Rochelle
Biography: 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
Biography: 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.

Psychiatry Chair

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

Pediatrics Chair

Sanjivan Patel, MD, FAAP
Chairman Department of Pediatrics
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

Biography: Dr. Patel graduated from B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad, India and completed his residency in Pediatrics with Kings County Hospital Downstate University in Brooklyn, New York. He is General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Board certified. Dr. Patel has been published in peer review journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the Infectious Disease Committee at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

Internal Medicine Faculty/Vice Chair of Internal Medicine

Ramesh Naik, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
New York Medical College