Officers of GLIPS
SCOTT KRAKOWER, DO
Dr. Krakower completed his training in general psychiatry at the Albert Einstein-Long Island Jewish Medical Center Psychiatry program, and served as Chief Resident. He subsequently completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ fellowship program, and served as Chief Fellow and is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He currently serves in the North Shore-LIJ Health System as the Medical Director of the Mineola Community Treatment Center, where he treats patients with addiction disorders. He also works for the School Based Health Center to help provide psychiatric care to children in the underserved schools. Dr. Krakower has a private outpatient practice for General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
SCOTT FALKOWITZ, DO
Dr. Falkowitz is a full time Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwell Health-Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Falkowitz had an early interest in the intersection of emotional and biological mechanisms of health and morbidity. He received a Bachelor of Science with All University Honors and recognition as an Honored Graduate for Distinguished Research in Psychobiology from Binghamton University in 2006. After graduating from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010, he went on to complete his residency and Chief Residency in General Psychiatry at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, graduating in 2014. During this time, he served as a Member-In-Training representative to the Board of Directors of GLIPS. He next completed his specialty training in June of 2016, serving as a Chief Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell and Columbia University combined program. In July of 2016, he returned “home” to the Northwell Health system and is currently working in a diverse clinical role, which incorporates outpatient work with children and families, telepsychiatry, school based mental health care, and collaborative care with General Pediatric and Adolescent medicine.
MICHAEL GREENSPAN, MD
Dr. Michael Greenspan is Board Certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry, and is currently the Associate Director of the Residency Training Program at Zucker Hillside/Northwell. Prior to this role, he served as Unit Chief of the Women’s/Perinatal Unit at Zucker Hillside, leading a multidisciplinary specialized team expert in the treatment of perinatal psychiatric illness as well as other women’s mental health issues. Before joining Northwell, Dr. Greenspan was Associate Program Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. His forensic work has included consultation for the NYS Division of Forensic Services/Office of Mental Health (particularly around risk management for both violent and sexual offenses), consultation for court related diversion programs, fitness to return to duty evaluations, civil law consultation, and teaching. He has published and presented at national conferences on forensic issues including asylum, violence risk management, landmark legal cases, and hunger strikes. He received his BA (Cum Laude) from Yale College with a double major in Biology and Economics. He stayed at Yale to complete his medical school training, residency training in General Psychiatry, and Fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry. If elected to the Board, Dr. Greenspan will aim to foster increased and improved resident participation in GLIPS activities, including facilitating mentorship connections between our members and those entering our field.
Ms. Cast served as Executive Director of the former Nassau Psychiatric Society and the Suffolk District Branch, APA before their consolidation to form the Greater Long Island Psychiatric Society. In addition to overseeing the general operation of the organization, Ms. Cast is the link between members, the public and the organization. She served as a Consultant to the American Psychiatric Association’s National Membership Committee for ten years (1999-2009), and chaired the Ad-Hoc Workgroup on Centralized Membership Processing.
RUTH WALDBAUM, MD
Dr. Waldbaum is a Past President of GLIPS and currently President of Doctors 4 Gun Safety. She also serves as a Co-Chair of the GLIPS Task Force for Gun Safety. A Distinquished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Waldbaum is a graduate of The George Washington University School Of Medicine. She did her Pediatric Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and practiced Pediatrics with a special interest in Endocrinology for approximately 20 years. During that time while at North Shore Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Cornell University Medical College she established one of the first Obesity Centers in the country for Children and Adolescents. She did her Residency in Adult Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at North Shore Hospital where she is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She has taught Medical Students and supervises Residents and Fellows. Dr. Waldbaum is in private practice of Adult Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
RISA GOLD, MD
After graduating from Harvard College, Dr. Gold completed her residency training in Psychiatry at Paine Whitney Clinic and a Child Psychiatry Fellowship at North Shore University Hospital. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Gold is currently as assistant attending at North Shore University Hospital, where responsibilities have included supervision of residents and mock Board exams. Since completing her Fellowship in 1987, Dr Gold has been in private practice for Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Cold Spring Harbor. In response to a request from Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Gold helped organize a network of Long Island psychiatrists and social workers to help the New York City Police Department treat officers after 9/11. The program has been a success and Dr. Gold is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her clinical interests include guided imagery and visualization as well as psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy and play therapy.
STEPHEN PERRET, MD
Dr. Perret recently completed training in both General and Child Psychiatry at Hofstra North Shore- LIJ. Currently, he is a full-time Attending at Long Island Jewish, working as both an Adult Psychiatry Attending in the Consultation-Liaison Department where he supervises residents, fellows, and students and also serves as the staff Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Fay J. Lindner Center in partnership with A.H.R.C., treating adults and children with Developmental Disabilities and Autism.
STEPHEN GEISLER, MD
Dr. Geisler is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency training at the Zucker Hillside Hospital of the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System where he also completed a Psychotherapy Fellowship. Dr. Geisler is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been on staff at the Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH) since 1985 and is currently the Clinical Director of Adult Ambulatory Services.
Dr. Geisler has been the recipient of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, the APA’s Irma Bland, MD Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Residents Award and twice received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from ZHH graduating residents’ classes. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Geisler is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
PATRICE REIVES-BRIGHT, MD
Patrice Reives-Bright, MD is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. She then went on to complete both General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent fellowship at Zucker-Hillside Hospital. Following graduation from the two-year fellowship, she developed a private practice in Merrick, NY where she treated a child, adolescent and adult population with individual psychotherapy and medication management services. The time following residency also included part-time work as a consulting psychiatrist at St. John’s University Counseling Center. During these years, Dr. Reives-Bright also took on the role of Medical Director for Harmony Heights Residential Treatment Center, a therapeutic school-based placement for high school females and continues to provide weekly consultation there at present. In 2008, Dr. Reives-Bright joined the staff at South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, NY. There she helped to develop the hospital’s child and adolescent outpatient program that currently provides comprehensive psychiatric services to youth and their families. Dr. Reives-Bright is currently the Director of Child Psychiatry where she now provides predominantly inpatient services to children and adolescents. She is currently the President of the Medical staff at South Oaks Hospital. Other activities include previous term of service on the Board of Mental Health Association in Suffolk County.
LAURA SCHNEIDER, MD
Dr. Laura Schneider is a Board Certified psychiatrist, who has been in practice for over 25 years. She graduated from Yale College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in the major of psychology. She went to NYU Medical School, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received a Women’s Medical Association Citation for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She completed her psychiatric residency training at NYU-Bellevue Medical Center and served as Chief Resident at Bellevue and the Manhattan VA Hospital. Following residency, Dr. Schneider worked on the Resident Teaching Unit at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, teaching residents and treating chronically mentally ill patients. She then served as an attending at the Hillside Hospital Walk-In-Clinic for five years, where she provided assessment, crisis intervention and referral of patients as well as supervision of residents. In 1996, Dr. Schneider joined the staff at Pride of Judea, a community mental health center in Douglaston, New York, where she worked for the next ten years. At Pride, she treated adults suffering from a wide range of both acute and chronic psychiatric disorders, working closely with a team of other mental health professionals. Dr. Schneider has been in private practice in Roslyn, New York, since 2004, where she provides psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to adults with a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Schneider has been a lifelong resident of Long Island, has been a GLIPS member for many years and has served on the GLIPS Board for the past two years. She is excited by the prospect of continuing to serve on the Board, where she hopes to continue to represent the GLIPS membership and also the community that it serves. She plans to draw upon her diverse experiences in the mental health arena to ensure that Long Islanders in need have easy access to the care provided by psychiatrists and other resources afforded by GLIPS. At a time of great changes in our healthcare system, Dr. Schneider will work to help GLIPS remain responsive to the needs of its members, including solo practitioners, like herself, so that they are well equipped to continue providing the highest level of care. She looks forward to working with the entire GLIPS community in the spirit of collegiality and patient service that has always defined this organization.
LAUREN HANNA, MD
Dr. Hanna is a Board-Certified psychiatrist on faculty at the Zucker Hillside Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BA in Linguistics and Anthropology and a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. She completed medical school at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She completed residency at the Hofstra Northwell Health Psychiatry Residency Program at the Zucker Hillside Hospital. She continued her training concentrating in first episode psychosis at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
Dr. Hanna develops curricula and teaches mental health professionals for the Care Transitions Network for People with Serious Mental Illness, the only behavioral health focused Practice Transformation Network and part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. She is study psychiatrist for the Zucker Hillside Hospital’s first episode psychosis research team. She is a repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation practitioner for the Bioelectronic Medicine for Neuropsychiatric Disorders (BioMEND) clinical research center. She cares for young people in their first episode of psychosis via the OnTrackNY program at Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Early Treatment Program where she also provides mentorship and supervision for psychiatric residents in their longitudinal continuity clinic rotation.
HOWARD HAO, MD
Dr. Hao received his Doctorate in Medicine from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Biomedical Sciences in 2003. From there, he returned to his native hometown of NYC and completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Zucker Hillside Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2007. He was a Chief Resident there from 2006-2007. Dr. Hao then completed a Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine/ Consultation-Liaison also at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2008. Dr. Hao is board certified in Psychiatry by the ABPN.
During his training in medical school, Dr. Hao became especially interested in how medical illnesses, such as cancer or heart disease, can affect a person emotionally as well as physically. He noticed that people often also suffered mentally when sick and wanted to learn more on how to better globally help people heal from illness. This experience also piqued his interest in how people’s minds work from a deeper sense as he noticed that sometimes people were not equipped to deal with unpleasant emotions or memories from their lives. This led him to pursue further nonclinical psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education at NYU.
For a year after residency, Dr. Hao worked as an attending psychiatrist for the outpatient department at Zucker Hillside. He then worked for four years as a consultant psychiatrist on the medical floors of Long Island Jewish. There, he enjoyed working closely with other types of physicians, residents, and students in helping them understand that patients are people with feelings and reactions, and not “just illnesses.” During this period, Dr. Hao decided to branch out to better serve the community and moved into private practice in Great Neck, Long Island. He has been enjoying work in his private practice full-time since 2010.
MARIA BENETOS, DO
Dr. Benetos is a Board Certified adult Psychiatrist with expertise in geriatric psychiatry and the treatment of neuropsychiatric and cognitive diseases. She is an active participant in the Neuroscience Education Institute and the master classes for Neuroscience Professional Development. Dr. Benetos completed her medical education at the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. Fluent in Greek, Spanish and French, Dr. Benetos completed her medical education at the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005 and entered residency training in General Surgery at Northwell University Medical Center. Her interest to understand the myriad connections between the brain and body motivated her to join the psychiatry residency program at Zucker Hillside Hospital at LIJ Medical Center in 2006, which was followed by a Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at Zucker Hillside Hospital in 2009. The fellowship opportunity allowed Dr. Benetos’ further study of cognitive disorders and understanding of neuropsychiatric disease, which is her prominent interest today. Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Benetos joined the attending staff at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. While treating patients in the psychiatric and medical floors, she is proudly followed by enthusiastic medical and physician-assistant students from NYCOM and Touro Medical College, respectively, to whose psychiatric medical education she is actively devoted.
Dr. Benetos also maintains a private practice in Smithtown in which her focus is the treatment of primary psychiatric disorders and of cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders, with an important emphasis on the impact of diet and environmental health.
ROSALIND HOFFMAN, MD
Dr. Rosalind Hoffman has been in the field of psychiatry since she completed her psychiatric residency training at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in Westchester, NY in 1997. She then completed her Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center followed by a year of research fellowship at Hillside Hospital which she completed in 1999. She received her MD at SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn, NY in 1993.
Dr. Hoffman has been with Northwell Health since July 2007, first at North Shore University Hospital with the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service for five years and then at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, with the Consultation Liaison Service there until 2019 when she became the director of psychiatry at Syosset and Plainview Hospitals. She has also been on faculty at Hofstra University.
She had been the assistant director of AIDs psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital where she began working in 1999 following her training in psychiatry prior to coming to Northwell Health.
Dr. Hoffman has supervised medical students, psychiatry residents and geriatric fellows during their C-L rotations and participated in the didactic teaching of both psychiatry residents and C-L fellows, and geriatric psychiatry fellows at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is now involved in teaching physician assistant students at Syosset Hospital since she began working there. Her main interests are in treating adult and geriatric patients, and patients with substance use, eating disorders, and women with pregnancy, postpartum or reproductive issues. She is board certified in general psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, and addiction medicine.
HOWARD LINDER, MD
Dr. Linder received his Doctorate in Medicine from New York Medical College in 2005. From there, he completed a residency in psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2009. He was a Chief Resident there from 2008-2009. Dr. Linder then completed a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison at Northshore/ Long Island Jewish Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Linder is dual board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Linder is currently the Associate Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry as well as the Interim Medical Director at Zucker Hillside Hospital. During this time, Dr. Linder has been the Division Director of the Outpatient and Inpatient Services for brief periods of time. Prior to returning to Zucker Hillside Hospital, he was the Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Emergency Room Psychiatry, as well as the Site Director of Psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital from 2010-2016. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at The Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He has presented several posters at national meetings and co-authored 2 chapters in a book called, Psychiatry in Pandemics: A Mental Health Response to Infection Outbreak.