Chairman, Department of Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
When a gunman shot seven people and killed one at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center this summer, Dr. Sridhar Chilimuri spoke on behalf of the hospital, addressing questions about the tragedy and highlighting the facility’s essential role in the community.
At the hospital, which has more than 1.1 million visits each year, Chilimuri oversees more than 100 residents, 200 physicians and 15 major divisions as physician-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Medicine. Chilimuri has since 1988 been a part of the the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, where he served as an intern upon finishing Andhra Medical College in India. Since then, he has applied his knowledge to help fellow physicians, prevent medical errors and expand the hospital’s outpatient services and facilities.
Dean, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr. Allen Spiegel has served since 2006 as the dean of the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which was transferred from Yeshiva University to Montefiore Medical Center in 2015. Spiegel, who also serves as Montefiore’s executive vice president and chief academic officer, is also an internationally renowned researcher who specializes in endocrinology.
He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and previously served as the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ Division of Intramural Research. In his current leadership role, Spiegel oversees more than 300 laboratories, more than 1,000 students and some 2,000 faculty members.
Executive Director and CEO, Bronx Community Health Network Inc.
With more than 33 years of health care experience, Eleanor Larrier is one of the most influential leaders in the Bronx health care world. She currently serves as the executive director and CEO of the Bronx Community Health Network, two leadership positions that she had held for 18 years.
Under her guidance, BCHN, which was founded in 1996 with a goal of serving the uninsured or medically underserved, has tripled its community and school health centers and solidified its partnerships with the Montefiore Medical Center and the Acacia Network. Larrier’s goals include continuing to improve the health status of the members of local communities and to make sure all individuals and families have affordable medical insurance.
Medical Center Director, James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center has served military veterans for over 75 years, making it New York City’s oldest VA facility. Dr. Erik Langhoff has since 2012 served as the director of the medical center, which provides care to more than 35,000 veterans.
Langhoff has been a part of the VA for more than 17 years, holding multiple leadership positions over the course of his career.
Under his direction, the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been able to provide free temporary housing the family members of veterans being treated there with the help of the Fisher House Foundation and the facility earned the “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” designation from the Human Rights Campaign.
President and CEO, Calvary Hospital
Since its humble beginnings in 1899, when its staff tended to destitute women in their own homes, Calvary Hospital has grown and now specializes in acute care for adult patients with advanced cancer and other terminal illnesses.
The hospital, which has a Bronx campus with 200 beds, tends to a patient’s medical, emotional and spiritual needs and is known for its palliative care.
Frank Calamari, the hospital’s president and CEO, oversees the medical center’s funding and patient services. Under Calamari’s leadership, the Calvary Fund in 2016 cared for more than patients and families, raised nearly $8 million and continued its expansion around the city with the Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home.