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New Medical Staff Leadership at White Plains Hospital

February 1, 2022

New Section Chiefs of Cardiology, Plastic Surgery Also Named

White Plains, N.Y. (February 1, 2022) – White Plains Hospital announced today that George Anastasian, M.D., FASA, has been elected the new President of the Medical Staff at White Plains Hospital, a position he will hold until the end of 2023. Dr. Anastasian, who was previously Vice President of the Medical Staff, succeeds Dr. Richard Weinstein as President.

Serving as Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at White Plains Hospital, and Site Director for North American Partners in Anesthesiology, Dr. Anastasian oversees a group of over 45 clinicians in several locations. Having completed a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery, he is subspecialty-trained in Regional Anesthesiology and has over 20 years of experience in the field of medicine. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine in 2002, and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian-Cornell Medical Center. He is a member of the White Plains Hospital Board of Directors.

In addition, Claudia Felberg, M.D., who specializes in Pulmonology, Internal Medicine and Critical Care, moves up from Treasurer to succeed Dr. Anastasian as Vice President. Dr. Felberg is associated with Scarsdale Medical Group. Finally, Jk Rasamny, M.D., Otolaryngologist at White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, has been appointed the new Treasurer.

The Hospital also announced that Dr. Dimitrios Bliagos has been elected Chief of the Section of Cardiology, succeeding Dr. Roger Cappucci who completed his term. Dr. Bliagos is currently Director of Interventional Cardiology at White Plains Hospital, where he has been affiliated since 2010. A member of the Westmed Medical Group, Dr. Bliagos earned his medical degree with honors from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Columbia University. He went on to complete fellowships in interventional cardiology and endovascular intervention at Columbia University and completed a fellowship in cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center before beginning his career at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Additionally, Dr. Vadim Pisarenko has been elected Chief of the Section of Plastics, succeeding Dr. Michael Suzman who completed his term. Dr. Pisarenko is a board-certified plastic and general surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body who practices at Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of Westchester in Harrison. He earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, where he also completed a fellowship. He completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

"I'm very pleased that these talented physicians will be expanding their roles into the leadership of the Hospital," said Michael Palumbo, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at White Plains Hospital. "Their knowledge and experience in clinical and administrative functions will continue to be a great asset to our entire medical staff."  

About White Plains Hospital 

White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit healthcare organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer CareThe William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 64,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.

The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2012, 2016 and 2021 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Hospital earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital's Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has also received full accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2021, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the sixth time and was the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded with an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 6th consecutive time.