Internal Medicine Providers

Surbhi Agarwal, MD

Surbhi Agarwal, MD

Internal Medicine

Dr. Surbhi Agarwal is board certified in Internal Medicine. She graduated from Sawai Man Singh Medical College in India and came to New York to complete her internship and residency at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center.

Dr. Agarwal has been an attending physician at sub-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities at various Westchester County and New York City locations for over 10 years. As Medical Director, Dr. Agarwal helped improve quality care and prevent hospital readmissions. She is also experienced working in urgent care and outpatient based settings.

Dr. Agarwal loves to cook and paint in her free time, and she lives in Briarcliff Manor with her husband and two boys. She is fluent in English and Hindi.

Terry Alexander, NP

Internal Medicine

Terry Alexander has been a family nurse practitioner for more than 30 years. She practices traditional internal medicine, but believes in a holistic approach, utilizing alternative methods of healing. Terry is well-known for her sense of humor, as well as for her compassionate care. Her hobbies include meditation, hiking, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She lives in Peekskill with her extended family, and has been working with Dr. Ligenza in Cold Spring for many years.

Michael Christensen, MD

Michael Christensen, MD

Internal Medicine

D. Michael Christensen, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Christensen graduated from the University of Monterrey in Mexico and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

After his internship, residency, and chief residency at Mount Sinai Hospital Services at Elmhurst City Hospital Queens, he stayed on in a faculty position in the primary care residency program. He was also appointed Medical Director of the hospital’s diagnostic clinic, where care was provided to hundreds of patients daily from one of the most diverse communities in New York City.

Dr. Christensen has been in practice for more than 20 years and is a member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Christensen received the “Excellence in Education Award” from New York Medical College during his time of preceptorship. Dr. Christensen is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Richard I. Findling, MD

Richard I. Findling, MD

Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

Richard Findling, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Findling graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel , and then completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, which is affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship and served as Chief Fellow in Gastroenterology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

Dr. Findling has served as an Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hospital and as a Director of Endoscopy in a private practice.

He serves as a preceptor to interns, residents, and fellows and provides instruction on the principals of Gastroenterological and Liver Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Findling is also an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology. He is fluent in Hebrew.

 
 
 
Bruce Heckman, MD, MPH

Bruce Heckman, MD, MPH

Internal Medicine

Bruce Heckman, MD, MPH, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Heckman earned his medical degree from New York Medical College where he also completed his residency and Hematology fellowship. In addition, Dr. Heckman obtained a Master’s of Public Health degree from Yale University.

Dr. Heckman has been providing expert care to his patients for the past 40 years and has held directorships in multiple organizations over the course of his career.

His greatest satisfaction in medical practice comes from the long-term relationships he has formed with his patients and their families. Dr. Heckman is an avid fly fisherman, collects antiques, and enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren.

Ellen Higgins, FNP-C

Ellen M. Higgins, FNP-C

Internal Medicine

Ellen M. Higgins, FNP, is a certified family nurse practitioner and an allied health professional at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. Ellen received a master’s degree in nursing and her nurse practitioner license from the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University.

As a family nurse practitioner, Ellen performs physical examinations, diagnoses and treats health conditions and injuries, prescribes medications, and provides follow-up care to patients. 

Ellen is an advocate for geriatric patients and continues to be an active supporter of the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

She lives locally with her husband, Bill, who is the Vice President and Regional Executive Medical Director of NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group.    

William Higgins, MD, MBA

William J. Higgins, MD, MBA

Internal Medicine

Vice President, Regional Executive Medical Director
NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services Division

William J. Higgins, MD, MPH, is the Vice President and Regional Executive Medical Director of NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group. He has served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital since 2011. Prior to that, he worked as President of the Medical Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital.  He was also a clinical preceptor at New York Medical College in Valhalla.

Dr. Higgins graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at Lenox Hill Hospital.  He received his MBA at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

For the past 26 years, Dr. Higgins has maintained a thriving medical practice with his wife, Ellen, a nurse practitioner. Dr. Higgins is well-respected in Hudson Valley’s senior community and was appointed by the Governor of the State of New York to sit on New York State Coordinating Council for Services Related to Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias. He is a past director of the Hudson Valley region of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ihor Iwaniw, MD

Ihor Iwaniw, MD

Internal Medicine

Ihor Iwaniw, MD, has been in practice for more than 20 years, caring for patients in the Hudson Valley. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and, in addition to working in outpatient care, Dr. Iwaniw has worked in emergency room and urgent care settings and has coordinated the opening of two medical care facilities.

After graduating from Universidad CETEC/Universidad Del Noreste School of Medicine in Tampico, Mexico, Dr. Iwaniw completed a Fifth Pathway Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his residency in Buffalo, NY, at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Iwaniw is a member of the American College of Physicians and Dutchess County Medical Society.

Madhavi Kancharla, MD

Madhavi Kancharla, MD

Internal Medicine

Madhavi Kancharla, MD, is a board-certified Internist with more than 15 years of experience practicing inpatient and outpatient care. Dr. Kancharla earned her medical degree from the University of Mysore in India. She relocated to the US for further medical training and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York. She also observed in their oncology department for a year.

Dr. Kancharla has served as a member of the Medical Board, the Medical Services Review Committee, and as a preceptor to medical students from New York Medical College.

Through working in urgent care settings, Dr. Kancharla has gained experience addressing non-routine concerns, making crucial diagnoses, and providing rapid attention to patients. She has also served as a physician in a hospital.

Dr. Kancharla believes in the power of preventative care. She encourages patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to have routine wellness visits.

In her free time, Dr. Kancharla likes to meditate, spend time with her family, and participates in community events.

Satish Kapoor, MD

Satish Kapoor, MD

Internal Medicine

Satish C. Kapoor, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Kapoor earned his medical degree and completed a rotating internship at Panjab University Medical College in India. Following Dr. Kapoor’s relocation to the US, he completed his Internal Medicine residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at LIJ Medical Center.

Dr. Kapoor brings more than 30 years of expertise to his patients and has experience serving patients at correctional facilities, private practices, and hospitals. Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley, Dr. Kapoor served as the medical director at his prior medical group, and as a senior attending physician at Phelps Memorial Hospital.  

Dr. Kapoor believes in the importance of patient counseling and encourages his patients to practice a healthy lifestyle. He participates in international marathons and enjoys skiing in his free time.

Urmil Kapoor, MD

Urmil Kapoor, MD

Internal Medicine

Urmil Kapoor, MD, specializes in Internal Medicine .  She earned a medical degree from Punjab University Medical College in India. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, after relocating to New York.

Recently, Dr. Kapoor completed a comprehensive medical review course at St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey. In addition to being licensed in multiple states, Dr. Kapoor has extensive experience in outpatient and ambulatory care.  She serves as an Associate Member of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Kapoor was formerly in private practice, and has also worked in large-scale hospital facilities as an attending physician.

Dr. Kapoor strives to provide quality care to her patients and encourages them to exercise and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys practicing yoga and swims in her spare time. Dr. Kapoor is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi, and fundamental Spanish.

 
 
Gary Lehrman, MD, FCCP

Gary Lehrman, MD, FCCP

Internal Medicine

Gary Lehrman, MD, FCCP, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and is board certified in Internal Medicine, with a subspecialty in pulmonary disease, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Lehrman completed his medical degree at New York University Medical School and his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Lehrman continued his specialty training with a fellowship at Queens Hospital Center, an affiliate of Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Dr. Lehrman was drawn to practicing pulmonology because he had asthma as a child and saw a wonderful doctor who became his role model. He enjoys helping his patients improve their health.

In his spare time, Dr. Lehrman likes to ice skate, play hockey, and watch his favorite sports team, the New York Rangers.   

 
 
Cynthia Ligenza, MD

Cynthia Ligenza, MD

Internal Medicine

Cynthia Ligenza, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in pulmonary disease. She graduated from University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed her residency at Harlem Hospital Center in Internal Medicine. She also completed a fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in pulmonary disease.

Dr. Ligenza has been in practice for more than 26 years and has practiced in the Cold Spring community for the last 10 years. She has served as attending physician at Harlem Hospital ICU, Medical Clinics, Woodhull Hospital Pulmonary and Internal Medicine Services, Lincoln Hospital Pulmonary and Medicine Departments, and its tuberculosis clinic.

Since moving to Cold Spring in 1998, Dr. Ligenza has become an active presence in her community.  She is well-known for her availability, patient care, and experience in integrative medicine and complementary therapies. In her spare time, Dr. Ligenza is involved in regional musical and cultural projects.

Alexis Oliveros, MD

Alexis Oliveros, MD

Internal Medicine

Alexis Oliveros, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her medical degree at the American University School of Medicine in St. Marteen and her residency in Internal Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Following her residency, Dr. Oliveros relocated to the Hudson Valley area and worked in a hospital setting before becoming an internist with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group.

Dr. Oliveros focuses her efforts on preventative care to reduce the need for inpatient hospitalizations. She believes in forming strong doctor-patient relationships and working together with her patients as a team to meet their health goals.

Aaron Richman, MD

Aaron Richman, MD

Internal Medicine

Aaron Richman, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine. He completed his medical degree at the University of Florence in Italy and attended Roger Williams Hospital at Brown University Medical School for both his internship and residency.

Dr. Richman has been the Chairman of the Credentialing Committee and Member of the Medical Board at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital for more than 10 years. He has been a member of New York-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester since August 2010.

Dr. Richman has been practicing in Cortlandt Manor since 1995. In his practice, Dr. Richman emphasizes patient education and believes when patients understand their medical problems they often have better health outcomes.

Dr. Richman was born in Bologna, Italy, but he grew up in Cortlandt Manor, New York. He is fluent in English and Italian.

Steve Rocker, MD

Steven Rocker, MD

Internal Medicine

Steven Rocker, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York.

Dr. Rocker has been practicing Internal Medicine in Peekskill and Cortlandt since 1987. He has experience in skilled nursing facilities and is a former medical director of The Cortlandt Nursing Center.

Dr. Rocker lives in Pleasantville with his family.

Daniela Spitzer, MD

Daniela Spitzer, MD

Internal Medicine

Daniela Spitzer, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine. She graduated from the Medical University of Sofia in Bulgaria and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Northeastern Pennsylvania Hospital, which is affiliated with Hahnemann University. Dr. Spitzer is a volunteer faculty member of New York Medical College. She is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Spitzer has been practicing medicine in the Yorktown since 2002. She lives locally with her spouse and children.

 
 
James Trapasso, DO

James Trapasso, DO

Internal Medicine

Medical Director, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley

James Trapasso, DO, is board certified in Internal Medicine and specializes in the primary care treatment of adults. He serves as the Medical Director for NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley.

Dr. Trapasso graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center, where he was named Resident of the Year in 2000. 

Dr. Trapasso‘s professional interests include comprehensive diabetes care, hypertension, and cardiovascular risk reduction. Dedicating to helping all patient populations, Dr. Trapasso received the National Health Service Corps Scholarship to practice in underserved areas.

Dr. Trapasso lives locally with his wife and two boys. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, running, music and photography.

Terry Wei, MD

Heng Chao Terry Wei, MD

Internal Medicine

Heng Chao Terry Wei, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Wei graduated from Zhongshan School of Medicine at Sun Yat-Sen University in China and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, which is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Wei is experienced in helping patients with complex medical conditions and has a focused interest in providing care for the Chinese community. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Mary Wolfe, MD

Mary Wolfe, MD

Internal Medicine

Mary Wolfe, MD, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Wolfe graduated from Cornell University and earned her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She completed her internship at Rochester General Hospital of the University of Rochester Health System and her residency at Westchester Medical Center at New York Medical College.

Dr. Wolfe previously served as a senior attending physician in the emergency department at Westchester Medical Center. She is also a member of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Wolfe enjoys taking a vacation that is full of adventure and likes to travel.