Statement from Dr. Mark Raden, Chairman
As Chairman of the Department of Radiology, I am commited to providing world class imaging to our patients with high quality, compassionate and convenient radiology services. My goal is to make each and every visit to our facility as comfortable as possible for our patients and to provide them with personalized care.
I have recruited outstanding physicians from the top training programs in the nation. Our physicians have all received subspecialty training after residency in such areas as musculoskeletal imaging, pediatric radiology, nuclear medicine, women’s imaging, vascular and interventional radiology, and abdominal and cardiac imaging. Just as important, our radiologists remain focused on making your visit as pleasant as possible and in getting the results to you and your doctor as quickly as possible.
I look forward to being able to provide you with the best service available and to ease any concerns you may have when visiting Verrazano Imaging.
Chief of Nuclear Medicine and PET
Dr. Brenner brings decades of experience in Nuclear Medicine, teaching, research, and Medical Management and Healthcare Quality to Staten Island University Hospital. As Chief of Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography at SIUH since 2004, he developed the first PET/CT service in Staten Island.
Dr. Brenner has held prestigious positions such as Chief of Staff at United Hospitals / Children’s Hospital of NJ, and as a physician executive at the corporate level at St. Barnabas Healthcare System. He was formerly a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Radiology at UMDNJ. While performing research at Garden State Cancer Center and Center for Molecular Medicine and Immunology he successfully collaborated on a number of scientific papers. Most recently, he is collaborating with other medical specialties, such as Oncology and Urology, on a number of research projects.
After graduating from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine he trained in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ and Nuclear Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Brenner was certified by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine in 1979. He completed the Master in Medical Management program (MMM) at Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. He is also certified by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management (CPE), the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and is a Fellow in the American Institute of Healthcare Quality. He has been voted to “Best Doctors in America”, “Top Doctors in NJ” and “America’s Top Physicians”.
Certified by the American Board of Radiology in 1979 with CAQ in pediatric radiology, Dr. Farruggia has served as an attending radiologist at SIUH since 1998. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Radiology at Cincinatti Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Farruggia has published several articles dealing with ultrasound of infant brain, imaging osteomyelitis as well as case reports in gastrointestinal radiology.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as a Magna Cum Laude graduate, he received his MD from SUNY Downstate. He completed a pediatric residency at Beth Israel Hospital, NYC and radiology residency at Nassau County Medical Center, NY.
Dr. Farrugia is highly respected by the pediatric physicians at SIUH and is actively involved in the training of radiology residents. He is currently a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society.
Certified by the American Board of Radiology in 2011, Dr. Shirley Hanna joined the Staten Island University Hospital faculty in 2012 after completing her fellowship in musculoskeletal and breast imaging at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Dr. Hanna graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University after earning several awards. She then attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School where she was a member of ΑΩΑ, the National Medical Honor Society, as well as the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Dr. Hanna completed her transitional year of residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY followed by her radiology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was the recipient of a research award in 2009. During her fellowship training at Yale, Dr. Hanna became proficient with arthrograms as well as minimally invasive breast biopsies.
Dr. Hwang is a native of Hyde Park, New York. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she studied Neurobiology and Behavior and served as teaching assistant in both Biochemistry and General Biology, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001. She then studied medicine at New York University School of Medicine where she served as teaching assistant in Physiology, earning the Homer Smith Physiology Award for excellence in Physiology. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Cabrini Medical Center – Mount Sinai School of Medicine, then joined Staten Island University Hospital as a resident in 2007, serving as Chief Resident in her final Year. After completing a fellowship in Diagnostic Neuroradiology at New York University School of Medicine in 2012 she returned to SIUH as a member of the radiology staff, specializing in Neuroradiology.
Dr. Hwang is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology. She is a member of several national medical organizations including the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, American Society of Neuroradiology, the American Association for Women Radiologists, and the Radiologic Society of North America. She has authored electronic presentations at multiple radiology conferences.
Dr. Hwang particularly enjoys her roles in residency education and working as a team with the internists, neurologists and neurosurgeons to provide excellent medical care for Staten Island residents. She lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Section Chief, Musculoskeletal Imaging
Certified by the American Board of Radiology in 2001, Dr. Marlena Jbara has served as Director of the Bone and Joint division of Radiology at Staten Island University Hospital since joining the team in 2008. In addition to overseeing all MSK imaging, she continues to be an active educator holding educational rotations for radiology, podiatric and emergency residents.
Dr. Jbara, a summa cum laude graduate of the accelerated BA-MD Program at the State University of New York, was actively recruited by Dr. Javier Beltran for his nationally recognized MRI musculoskeletal and body fellowship program. There she underwent rigorous musculoskeletal and body imaging training and became the Director of the first “New York Diagnostic Radiology Review Course”. Practicing in all radiological practices, she is experienced in providing imaging interpretation for private practice, teleradiolgy and academic medicine.
Dr. Jbara has published articles and book chapters on the shoulder, knee and ankle. Her current interests include sports related altered biomechanics, femoro-acetabular impingement and congenital/development foot and ankle disorders.
Section Chief, Thoracic Imaging
Following his Radiology training at NYU , where he was elected Chief Resident, Dr. Lowry came to Staten Island Hospital in 1982. As continuous member of the SIUH Medical staff since that time, he has served as Assistant Director, Associate Director as well as Director of the Department of Radiology.
Dr. Lowry has developed a much deserved reputation for being proficient in many radiology disciplines, including Abdominal, Thoracic and Neuro imaging. Under the tutelage of Leonard Berliner M.D. he developed his interventional skills, performing many interventional procedures, becoming a Member of Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology in July 1989.
He was named the original MRI section chief in 1990 when MRI services first came to Staten Island. In 2007, he introduced CT Colonoscopy services to SIUH by giving a Medical Grand Rounds lecture on the subject. This CT application has proven a valuable adjunct to our GI colleagues who, on occasion, are unable to complete conventional colonoscopy procedures.
Dr. Lowry has served as the Abdominal Section Chief and has recently been named chief of Thoracic Imaging. He provides a continuous presence at the Outpatient Imaging facility (Verrazano Radiology) and is always available to our referring physicians, providing experienced consultative services.
As part of the Radiology resident education program, he provides weekly lectures to our radiology residents and has given GI and GU board review sessions over the last 3 years. He was named Radiology Attending of the Year (2008-2009) by the residents for those efforts.
Dr. Lowry received his Board Certification in 1982. He is an active member of the American College of Radiology and the American Roentgen Ray Society.
Dr. Neuman is a native of New York, born and raised in Queens and Long Island. He earned his undergraduate degree from Queens College, graduating Summa Cum Laude while earning The Donald E. Kirkpatrick Award for outstanding academic achievement and admission to The Phi Beta Kappa Society. He attended medical school at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed his internship at Weill Cornell - New York Hospital Queens. He first joined Staten Island University Hospital in 2006 as a radiology resident, receiving the Roentgen Resident Research Award in 2008 and serving as Chief Resident in his final year. After completing a Pediatric Radiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, he returned to SIUH as a member of the radiology staff, specializing in Pediatric Imaging.
Dr. Neuman is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology by The American Board of Radiology and is a member of The American College of Radiology (ACR) and The Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR). He has presented at multiple radiology conferences and has authored a number of publications. Imaging of children, specifically with respect to radiation dose reduction, is his area of expertise. He particularly enjoys his teaching responsibilities, giving frequent conferences to radiology residents and students.
Dr.Patel is Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology with added certification of special competency in Nuclear Medicine by the American Board of Radiology. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York and is a member of the Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology.
Following completion of radiology residencies at Brooklyn Hospital and Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Patel completed a fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at New York University Medical Center. She was an attending in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital for eleven years prior to joining the Radiology Department at Staten Island University Hospital in 1990.
Dr. Patel has extensive experience in Diagnostic Radiology and all aspects of Nuclear Medicine imaging and radionuclide therapy, particularly RAI 131 therapy for thyroid carcinoma and hyperthyroidism. She has special interest and experience in Positive Emission Tomography and has been a key participant in the development of the PET program at SIUH.
Dr. Patel has actively participated in the Radiology Residency program at Staten Island University Hospital since its inception in 2004. She has developed a curriculum based program designed to teach residents the basics of general radiology, achievable due to her broad scope of knowledge and experience.
Chairman, Department of Radiology, Staten Island University Hospital
Medical Director, Verrazano Radiology
Section Chief, Neuroimaging
Dr. Raden graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then went on to complete a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). After additional fellowship training in Neuroradiology at Montefiore Medical Center, he went on to subspecialize and receive added qualifications in Neuroradiology, and Vascular & Interventional Radiology (VIR). He joined the department in 1996.
He has previously served as section chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, also known as Image-Guided Surgery, a subspecialty of radiology in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance. The field encompasses performing procedures such as biopsies or angiograms by minimizing physical trauma to the patient through peripheral interventional techniques.
As Section Chief of Neuroradiology, a subspecialty dealing with imaging of the brain, spine, head and neck, Dr. Raden works in close collaboration with local neurologists, neurosurgeons and ENT specialists to provide the best possible care to his patients. He runs the Neuroradiology teaching section at Staten Island University Hospital and gives numerous lectures and multidisciplinary conferences to his colleagues and resident trainees.
He is currently the Chairman of the Department and is the Medical Director of Verrazano Radiology.
Active in the local community, Dr. Raden, his wife and four children are long time Staten Islanders. He has an active interest in the health care of the local community that he lives in and serves, and looks forward to hearing about any of his patient’s concerns.
Associate Chair of Radiology
Director, The Breast Imaging Center at Staten Island University Hospital
Section Chief, Breast Imaging
Board certified in 1994, Dr. Raia joined the Radiology Department at SIUH after completing a fellowship in Breast Imaging and Ultrasound at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Prior to that, she completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at St.-Luke-Roosevelt Hospital in NYC, serving as Chief Resident in her final year.
A native of Brooklyn, Dr. Raia graduated from Brooklyn College Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. While at Brooklyn College she received numerous awards, culminating in being awarded the Dr. Jonas E. Salk Scholarship for medical study. She then completed her medical training at The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Raia was appointed Section Chief of Breast Imaging at SIUH in 1997 and was instrumental in the planning, organizing and management of The Breast Imaging Center, which opened its’ doors in 2002. She has coauthored several articles that have appeared in peer reviewed journals and actively participates in the training and education radiology, surgery and ob-gyn residents at SIUH. She has been an invited speaker at local and national meetings.
Active in the community, Dr. Raia is a member of the advisory board of the Staten Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society. She has been a chair of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for the past ten years and was recently honored at the ACS Sword of Hope Ball. Her current areas of interest include all aspect of breast health and care, in particular breast cancer screening. She has over 15 years experience in minimally invasive breast biopsies, including stereotactic-, ultrasound- and MR-guided biopsies. Dr. Raia is currently working closely with leadership at SIUH in the development of the Comprehensive Breast Center.
Residency Program Director
Abdominal and Chest Imaging
Dr. Sarkany was certified by the American Board of Radiology in 2004. He completed a Body Imaging fellowship in CT, MRI, and Ultrasound at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Sarkany has served as Attending Radiologist at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) since July 2006 and has been Clinical Assistant Professor of SUNY Downstate at SIUH since October 2007.
In June of 2009, he began to serve as the Medical Student Coordinator for the Radiology Department. His love of education can also be seen in the many lectures he provides to our Radiology residents.
At the end of his Cornell University undergraduate years, he received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction. He belonged to three college honor societies; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, and Honor Society of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell (Ho-Nun-De-Kah).
Graduating Cum Laude from SUNY Downstate Medical School in 1999, he went on to complete a one year medicine internship. During medical school, he took part in summer research, and received a special Dean’s letter for the special Physician-Patient relationships he developed during his clerkships.
He, then, completed his radiology residency at Westchester Medical Center, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. At his residency graduation, he received the Rita F. Girolamo, MD, Radiology Award for being the single resident that had best exemplified clinical, academic, and research excellence.
Dr. Sarkany is a member of multiple radiology societies including, the American Roentgen Ray Society, American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, and New York Roentgen Society
Associate Chairman of Radiology
Section Chief, Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Certified by the American Board of Radiology in 1999, Dr. Scheiner then completed fellowship training in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Scheiner received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Yeshiva University and his Medical Degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at Montefiore Medical Center.
Since joining Staten Island University Hospital in 2000, Dr. Scheiner has been instrumental in the development of the Vascular & Interventional Department. His major interests are in carotid stenting, endovascular repair of the abdominal and peripheral vasculature, tumor embolization, urinary tract intervention, minimally invasive image-guided biopsies and pain management.
As Associate Chairman of Radiology, Dr. Scheiner is responsible for operations, quality assurance and performance improvement. He has developed systems to accomplish computerized tracking and reporting of peer review. In addition to his involvement with resident education both at SIUH and throughout New York City, he is actively involved in research, having published several articles in scientific journals. Most recently, along with his colleagues at SIUH, Dr. Scheiner has submitted a number of abstracts to the Radiologic Society of North America, among them: “Evaluation and Treatment of Cystic Adventitial Disease of the Popliteal Artery” and “The Impact of Transitioning from Card-based Radpeer to Integrated E-Radpeer”.
Dr, Serras is currently an Attending Neuroradiologist at Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York. Dr. Serras completed his fellowship in Neuroradiology at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. He received his undergraduate and post Baccalaureate from the City College of New York and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. He is associated with the American Society of Neuroradiology, the Radiological Society of North Amnerica and the American College of Radiology.
Certified by the American College of Radiology in 2001, Dr. Trenkmann has been an Attending Radiologist at Staten Island University Hospital since 2003. After graduating as a magna cum laude James Bowdoin Scholar from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics, Dr. Trenkmann received a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.
While working as a computer scientist for IBM, Dr. Trenkmann decided to pursue a career in medicine. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, receiving his MD degree in 1993. He went on to complete his radiology training at Montefiore Medical Center in 2001 and completed his Breast Imaging Fellowship at New York University in 2002.
Dr. Trenkmann has author several papers that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His current area of interest and concentration is in Breast Imaging, including interventional breast procedures.
Dr. Voutsinas has been an attending physician at Staten Island University Hospital since 1991. Dr. Voutsinas is a residency-trained, board-certified Diagnostic Radiologist and also holds a Certificate of Added Qualification (board certification) in Neuroradiology.
Accepted to the prestigious Sophie-Davis medical program, she received her medical degree from New York Medical College. Dr. Voutsinas did her residency at St Vincent’s Medical Center in Manhattan where she was elected to serve as chief resident for the last two years of her residency. Following the completion of a 2 year Neuroradiology Fellowship at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset New York. Additional certifications include Board certification from the American College of Physician Executives and Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology.
Dr. Voutsinas currently holds an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at Downstate Medical School. She is an active member of several national medical organizations including the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, American Society of Neuroradiology and the Radiologic Society of North America.
Co-Section Chief, Abdominal Imaging and Emergency Radiology
Certified by the American Board of Radiology in 2008, Dr. Yarmish specializes in body imaging, with particular interest in CT, MRI and PET imaging, and serves as Co-chief of ED/Body Imaging at SIUH.
A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Yarmish completed her internship in internal medicine at SIUH, followed by residency training in diagnostic radiology at Montefiore Medical Center and fellowship in Body Imaging at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Yarmish has written and co-authored articles in several peer-reviewed radiology journals and has presented educational exhibits at several meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.