MVHS medical staffs elect new officers

The medical staffs of the Mohawk Valley Health System have announced their 2020 officers.

The 2020 Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare medical officers are:

— Waleed Albert, president

Albert is an infectious disease physician at the St. Luke’s Campus. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria.

He completed a residency in internal medicine at Trenton Affiliated Hospitals in Trenton, New Jersey, and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Albany Medical College and the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, both in Albany.

Albert is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He is a fellow of the American Association for Physician Leadership and the American College of Healthcare Executives.


— Jonathan Block, vice president

Block is a urologist with Associated Medical Professionals of NY, PLLC. Block received his Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Stony Brook in Stony Brook and his Master of Business Administration in healthcare administration from California Pacific University, Pinole, California. Block completed graduate medical education in general surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Urology and a partner in Associated Medical Professionals. In addition, Block served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged as a major.


— Mathew Ulahannan, treasurer-secretary

Ulahannan is an internal medicine physician at the St. Luke’s Campus. Ulahannan received his medical degree from Government Medical College in Kottayam, Kerala, India.

He completed his residency in internal medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Flushing. He is board-certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The 2020 St. Elizabeth Medical Center medical officers are:


— Sushma Kaul, president

Kaul is a specialist in pulmonary and critical care at MVHS. Kaul also serves as medical director for the intensive care unit and medical director for respiratory therapy.

Kaul earned her Doctor of Medicine and a premedical degree in medical sciences from Kashmir University in Srinagar, India. She completed a fellowship in critical care medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, a fellowship in pulmonary diseases from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital at Columbia University in New York, and a residency and internship in internal medicine at Catholic Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Cornell University in Jamaica, New York.

Kaul is board-certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine as well as a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.


— Jonathan Wigderson, vice president

Wigderson is a specialist in orthopedic trauma with the MVHS Orthopedic Group. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio.

Wigderson received his Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from SUNY Albany.

He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway and fellowships in orthopedic trauma at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and in orthopedics at Booth Memorial Medical Center in Flushing.

He also completed a rotating internship at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Wigderson is board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.


— Michael Kelberman, treasurer

Kelberman is a specialist in general and interventional cardiology and is a senior member of the Central New York Cardiology Group.

He has been the director of clinical research for CNY Cardiology and is the director of cardiology at the St. Elizabeth Campus of MVHS.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton and his medical degree from the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, where he also completed his internal medicine residency, was selected as chief resident and then went on to complete a fellowship in cardiology.

He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Medical Specialties, and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Kelberman is also the founder and president of the board of the directors of the Kelberman Center, a comprehensive organization providing autism services across Central New York.

Photo: Albert