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.

Acting Chief Academic Officer, Dean of Basic Science


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.

Associate Provost


Burton Herz, MD, FACS, FACG
blherzmd@xusom.com
Biography: Dr. Herz previously served as the Dean of Clinical Science at XUSOM. Dr. Herz is the past Chairman and Program Director of Surgery for over 20 years at Montefiore New Rochelle Medical Center (formerly Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester). Additionally, he was a Professor of Clinical Surgery and Associate Dean at New York Medical College. He was also a Professor of Surgery and Director of Medical Education at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Dr. Herz is the former Governor of the American College of Surgeons, as well as the first Clinical Dean at UMHS in St. Kitts. He is a founding member and President of the CIMG P.C. (a 144-physician multi-specialty group practice) in Brooklyn, New York. His primary areas of interest in clinical practice and research include Trauma / Critical Care and Surgical Infections. He has been interested in both graduate and post-graduate medical education for his entire career. This includes being an editor and author of multiple articles and books. In addition, Dr. Herz has taught and lectured in various countries including the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, and South America.

Dean of Clinical Science


Joseph Balsamo, MD
jbalsamomd@xusom.com

Biography: Dr. Balsamo has attained many reputable achievements throughout his medical career. This includes his current position as a Partner at the West Haven Medical Group where he brings the full range of medical care in both ambulatory and hospital, sub-acute, and long-term settings. He is also currently a Medical Director at the Branford Hills Rehabilitation Center and a Medical Student Preceptor at Quinnipiac University. He was also given the award of “Outstanding Ambulatory Care Teacher” from 2009-2010 by the Hospital of Saint Raphael due to his prestigious background in medical training. He has also received a wide range of certificates. This includes his board certification in Internal Medicine, which he attained in 1990 and still holds to this day. Additionally, he also served as a Clinical Instructor for both Downstate University and Yale University. He has also taught students while working at the Netter School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine.

Financial Controller/Director of Operations


Daniel Moses
dmoses@xusom.com

Special Assistant to the President


Luiza Waldrick
lwaldrick@xusom.com

Executive Assistant

Admissions

Associate Director of Admissions

Immigration and Enrollment Coordinator

Financial Aid and Enrollment Coordinator

New Student Coordinator

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

Enrollment Coordinator

Admissions Representative – Jordan

Student Counselor / Administrative Assistant – Jordan

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

Financial Aid and Enrollment Coordinator

Operations

Financial Controller/Director of Operations


Daniel Moses

dmoses@xusom.com

Director of Information Systems

Barry Adunmo
badunmo@xusom.com

Marketing Coordinator

Vanessa Bak
vbak@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

Dean of Clinical Science

Joseph Balsamo, MD
jbalsamomd@xusom.com
Biography: Dr. Balsamo has attained many reputable achievements throughout his medical career. This includes his current position as a Partner at the West Haven Medical Group where he brings the full range of medical care in both ambulatory, hospital, subacute, and long-term settings. He is also currently a Medical Director at the Branford Hills Rehabilitation Center and a Medical Student Preceptor at Quinnipiac University. He was also given the award of “Outstanding Ambulatory Care Teacher” from 2009-2010 by the Hospital of Saint Raphael due to his prestigious background in medical training. He has also received a wide range of certificates. This includes his board certification in Internal Medicine, which he attained in 1990 and still holds to this day. Additionally, he also served as a Clinical Instructor for both Downstate University and Yale University. He has also taught students while working at the Netter School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine.

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. Madhu Rangraj obtained his Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery back in 1973 and went on to obtain his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University State of NY in May of 1994. He currently serves as the Director of Surgery and Residency Program Director at Montefiore New Rochelle.

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

Internal Medicine Faculty/Vice Chair of Internal Medicine

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