Surgeons Join NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital as part of Surgery Center Expansion

Oct 10, 2013

Cortlandt Manor, NY

Surgeons Join NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital as part of Surgery Center Expansion

NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital announced that seven new surgeons have joined its staff as part of an expansion of surgical services at its state-of-the-art Surgery Center.

Joining the Hospital’s staff are thoracic surgeons; Drs. Cynthia Chin, Scott Berman, Todd Weiser and Robert Streisand; hand surgeon Dr. Ari Mayerfield; foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon Dr. Katherine Ma and Breast Surgeon Dr. Melita Charles, the newest member of the Ashikari Breast Center.

"The combined experience and talents of these new members of our team add to the outstanding expertise of our existing staff and will give our institution a competitive advantage in serving the needs of our community and doctors," said Dr. William Higgins, Vice President of the Medical Affairs at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital.

Drs. Chin, Berman, Weiser and Streisand bring extensive experience in treating both benign and malignant conditions of the chest to NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital’s Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Chin is director of woman's cancer services at White Plains Hospital. She was formerly an assistant professor of cardio thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Berman, also practicing at White Plains Hospital, performed the first video assisted thoracic surgical procedure in Westchester County in 1993. Dr. Weiser is director of thoracic surgery at White Plains Hospital and like Dr. Chin was also on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Streisand performed the first video assisted thoracotomy in Westchester County in 1990 and has been a member of the White Plains Hospital Thoracic Surgery Service for more than 30 years.

Dr. Melita Charles recently joined the Ashikari Breast Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. Dr. Charles most recently served as a member of the department of surgery at SUNY Downstate at Long Island College Hospital. Prior to that, she served as Director of Breast Surgery at Nassau University Medical Center. The Ashikari team has pioneered a breast reconstruction procedure that has attracted women from all over the world, most notably a nipple-sparing procedure that allows them to remove cancerous or potentially cancerous breast tissue, minimizing the trauma of a mastectomy.

Dr. Ari Mayerfield specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and injuries of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow. Dr. Mayerfield attended Cornell University and Harvard University before attending the Sackler School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship at the world-renowned Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Louisville. He is practicing with the New York Group for Plastic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital.

Dr. Katherine Ma completed her fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She was a member Orthopedic Surgery house staff at New York Medical College/ Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital’s state-of-the-art, all digital Surgery Center was constructed as part of the hospital’s major renovation and expansion project in 2010. The 9,800 square-foot Surgery Center includes two, new state-of-the-art operating rooms designed to accommodate larger equipment for minimally invasive procedures, including High Definition video for most laparoscopic and orthopaedic surgeries such as hip resurfacing and joint replacement.

For more information about these physicians visit or call NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital Physician Referral Assistance line at 1-800-482-HVHC.