Faculty / Staff

Health Professions

Department Chair

Beckerman, Bernard
Beckerman, Bernard
Associate Professor
P:718-262-5318
O: SC-112-E

Dr. Beckerman is an Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant Program within the Department of Health Professions and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.  He has spent 30 years as a practicing physician in large, very busy emergency departments within the New York City area.  He also has a long-standing interest in Emergency Medical Services and serves in numerous positions in EMS in Nassau County, NY.  In addition, he is currently the Deputy Chief for Medical Affairs, Department Surgeon and Medical Director for the Plainview Fire Department.


Full-Time Faculty

Brugna, Robert
Brugna, Robert
Associate Professor
P:718-262-2460
O: SC-112C

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Castellone, Donna
Adj Asst Professor
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Davidson, Emily
Davidson, Emily
Associate Professor
P:718-262-2848
O: SC-112B

Dr. Davidson is the Associate Director of the York College Physician Assistant Program.  She teaches courses in Physical Diagnosis, Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Correlations - the capstone course for PA students.  Her clinical experience spans more than 30 years and includes experience as a Pulmonary Technician, Physician Assistant, Chiropractor, and Cancer Guide.  Her research interests include geriatric medicine and integrative medicine.  Her research in the scholarship of teaching and learning has focused on inquiry into methods of teaching and learning medical writing - especially when working with English L2 students.


DePalma, Helene
DePalma, Helene
Associate Professor
P:718-262-2273
O: SC-004A
Helene DePalma is an associate professor in York College’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program in the Department of Health Professions. She teaches courses in Immunohematology, Hematology, Molecular Pathology and Laboratory Management. Her professional experience includes over 25 years of laboratory management in various hospital and blood center clinical laboratories. Her expertise and research interests include laboratory management, quality assurance and transfusion medicine, particularly blood group genomics.

Deutsch-Keahey, Diane
Deutsch-Keahey, Diane
Assistant Professor
P:718-262-2811
O: SC-008

Graffeo, John
Graffeo, John
Associate Professor
P:718-262-3793
O: SC-112A

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Orlowski, Barbara
Assistant to Higher Education Officer
P:718-262-2847
O: SC-112D

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Pavletich, Kathleen
Professor
P:718-262-2659
O: AC-1E13

Persaud, Harrynauth
Persaud, Harrynauth
Associate Professor
P:718-262-2839
O: SC-115A
Harrynauth Persaud, MS, CLT, PA-C, is the Associate Professor and the Academic Coordinator of the PA program. He is a two-timed York graduate, with Bachelors of Sciences in Medical Technology in 2004 and Physician Assistant Studies in 2008. Mr. Persaud also completed his Master of Sciences Degree in Health Systems from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2008 and is currently completing his Doctor of Public Health Degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. His health care experiences include many years as a Medical Assistant, Medical Technologist and as a Physician Assistant where he worked in Primary Care serving the community of Jamaica, Queens and also in the hospital setting at St. Francis Hospital, in Long Island, in areas of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is also published in the peer reviewed Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Rampersaud, Edward
Rampersaud, Edward
Doctoral Lecturer
P:718-262-3758
O: SC-112F

Saint Martin, Manuel
Saint Martin, Manuel
Administrative Non-Teaching Adjunct
P:718-262-2460
O: SC-112

Shearin-Patterson, Tonya
Shearin-Patterson, Tonya
Assistant Professor
P:718-262-5284
O: SC-008

I received my instruction and training from St. John’s University and St. Vincent’s Hospital and have been a Clinical Laboratory Scientist for 20 years. I am proficient in all areas of the laboratory but my specialties are Microbiology and Hematology.  I have trained students during their internships and now have the privilege to teach future laboratory scientists at York College.  My hands on experience enable me to bring practical experience to the classroom.


Williams, Shawn
Williams, Shawn
Associate Professor
P:718-262-2907
O: SC-115B
Dr. Williams, DC, PhD the Program Coordinator of Health Science @ CUNY York College. He has obtained clinical sub-specialty certifications in Functional Medicine, Clinical Biomechanics of Posture, and Chiropractic Pediatrics. Dr. Williams’ scholarly works are in the social science arena - focusing on occupation stressors of Alternative Medicine Practitioners. His scholarly interests include methodological, conceptual, and theoretical contributions to regeneration medicine; specifically examining the role of chiropractic and complementary/alternative healthcare within the larger health care system (organization, financing, utilization, practice/provision, policy).

Professor Emeriti

Part-Time Faculty

 Cheruvillil, Mary, Adjunct Lecturer

 Cruz, Michael, Adjunct Lecturer

 Goldstein, Elizabeth, Adjunct Associate Professor

 McFadden, Barbara, Adjunct Associate Professor

 Rankine, Shanique, Adjunct College Laboratory Technician

 Stephens, Nikeisha, Adjunct Lecturer

 Urgiles, Andrea, Adjunct Lecturer

 Verma, Sameer, Adjunct Lecturer

College Laboratory Technician

 Sivarajah, Nanthakumary, College Laboratory Technician

Staff

 Denn, Susan, Non-Teaching Adjunct

 Mohamed, Sajid, Admin Non-Teaching Adjunct

 Orlowski, Barbara, Assistant to Higher Education Officer

 Spain, Tenesha, CUNY Office Assistant

Health Professions Directory

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
Science Building Lower Level Room 004
(718) 262-2659

Physician Assistant Program
Science Building 112
(718) 262-2823

Health Science
Science Building 115
(718) 262-2907