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Our Physicians

Chairman of the Department

Dr. Arnold Friedman

Dr. Arnold Friedman is currently the chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and specializes in pelvic surgery. Born and raised in New York, Dr. Friedman graduated from NYU School of Medicine.  He completed his internship at NYU and his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Before coming to Beth Israel Medical Center in September 1999, Dr. Friedman spent twelve years as the director of gynecology at the George Washington School of Medicine, Washington D.C. He then became chief of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey, where he developed the Urogynecology and Female Incontinence Center.  He is currently a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Jacqueline C. Brown

Dr. Jacqueline C. Brown currently serves as the assistant residency director for Beth Israel's Ob/Gyn Residency Training program, and was the recipient of the APGO excellence in teaching award in 2006.  She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, and completed her residency training in Ob/Gyn at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in upper Manhattan.  Dr. Brown is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and practices both in addition to her teaching responsibilities.

Dr. Suzanne Frasca

Dr. Suzanne Frasca is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She attended medical school at Midwestern University's Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She did her Ob/Gyn residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center where she received an award for Special Excellence in Endoscopy from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).  Her interests include all aspects of obstetric and gynecologic care.  She is currently the director of the Ob/Gyn QI Committee and the patient safety program here at Beth Israel

Dr. Valerie Lewis-Morris

Dr. Valerie Lewis-Morris received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC and completed her residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center.  She is board-certified and practices general obstetrics and gynecology. 

Dr. Lewis-Morris is an assistant professor of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and she is actively involved in medical student education.  She holds the position of medical-student site director for the Ob/Gyn clerkship.  She also serves as a member of the Clinical Committee of the Division of Education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  Dr. Lewis-Morris is the recipient of the 2005 Samuel M. Rosen Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for excellence in clinical teaching.

Dr. Ximena Matamala

Dr. Ximena Matamala received her medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center, where she received an award for Special Excellence in Endoscopy from the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). She practices general obstetrics and gynecology and is a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Afua Mintah

Dr. Afua Mintah received her medical degree from George Washington University in Washington DC. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center. During her residency she received numerous awards for excellence in teaching continues to be actively involved in medical student and resident education.

She practices general obstetrics and gynecology. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery and family planning. She is fluent in French.

Devendra Patel

Dr. Devendra Patel completed his medical training at TN Medical College in Mumbai, India. Upon graduation from medical school, he moved to England to begin his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Leeds General Infirmary.

He later moved to the United States, where he completed a second residency in OB/GYN at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Immediately following his graduation from Bronx Lebanon, he began working at Lincoln Hospital. In 2006, he joined the OB/GYN faculty at Columbia University.

Dr. Patel joined the OB/GYN department at Beth Israel Medical Center in 2009 and now serves as a senior in the Division of Gynecology.

His fields of expertise are comprised of Minimally Invasive Surgery including Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery, Surgery for Endometriosis, Fibroids and Pelvic Pain. Incontinence and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Operative Hysteroscopy and Hysteroscopic Ablation Procedures, Treatment of Menstrual Disorders.

Dr. Patel has been the recipient of the ACOG/CREOG National Faculty Award for promoting high standards of residency education in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology six times in his career to date.

Dr. Teresa Perretta

Dr. Teresa Perretta received her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.  She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center. 

Dr. Perretta has done research on methotrexate use for ectopic pregnancies.  She practices general obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Zoe Rodriguez

Dr. Zoe Rodriguez received her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.  She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and at Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan.

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Rodriguez serves as medical director of the Ob/Gyn offices of Phillips Ambulatory Care Center.  Dr. Rodriguez also currently holds the position of assistant professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  As assistant professor, she has twice been awarded the title of “Faculty Teacher of the Year.”

Dr. Rodriguez is affiliated with the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

For more information about Dr. Zoe Rodriguez, please visit her website.

Dr. Susan Rothenberg

Dr. Susan Rothenberg began practicing at Beth Israel Medical Center in 1997 as a member of Downtown Women Ob/Gyn Associates, later joining the faculty practice in 2000.  Dr. Rothenberg earned her medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse.  She then completed her residency at Maimonides Medical Center, where she received an award for Outstanding Woman Resident and pursued special coursework in resident teaching.

Dr. Rothenberg serves as the division director for our Obstetric program, while maintaining an active general obstetrics and gynecology practice.  Board-certified, she is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Mariya Rozenfeld

Dr. Mariya Rozenfeld earned her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center.  During her training, Dr. Rozenfeld received multiple teaching awards and an award for special excellence in endoscopic procedures. 

Dr. Rozenfeld has done research on postpartum hemorrhage, leading her to receive the annual Elliott Blumenthal research award.  She practices general obstetrics and gynecology and is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian.

Lana Selitsky

Dr. Lana Selitsky is earned her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She specializes in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and part time family planning. She finished her undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University and after completing her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Selitsky began as an attending in 2009.

Her accomplishments have been recognized throughout her career by receiving honors such as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Medical Student Teaching Award from 2005-2009, Administrative Chief Resident from Beth Israel Medical Center in 2008-2009, and the Blumenthal Senior Research Award in 2009. She has also been publicly recognized in her field by presenting at an ACOG District II meeting, at the 8th European Congress of Menopause, London, and through co-authoring “What Factors Influence Women’s Contraceptive Decisions?” Future presentations include showing at the Reproductive Health Conference in September 2010.

Also showing Dr. Selitsky’s dedication to her field is her membership to the American Medical Association and her position as Junior Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Selitsky speaks Russian fluently and when she’s not pursuing her studies in her field, she enjoys reading and horseback riding.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr. Janet Stein

Dr. Janet Stein is board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. After attending medical school at Wayne State University, she completed her residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk obstetrics) at Nassau County Medical Center.

Dr. Stein serves as the vice chair for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She also serves as the director of our Residency Training program.  In recognition of the value she places on caring for her patients, she was awarded the 2001 Wholeness of Life Award.

Reproductive Endocrinology

Dr. Peter Chang

Dr. Peter Chang serves as the division director of our Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility program.  He completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Columbia University College of Physicians, where he remained as Assistant Professor before joining Beth Israel.  He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. 

Dr. Chang is fully trained in minimally-invasive endoscopic surgery.  His particular clinical interests are in infertility, premature ovarian failure, and polycystic ovary syndrome. He has authored book chapters and more than forty articles and abstracts in the fields of Ob/Gyn and reproductive endocrinology. He is fluent in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Urogynecology

Dr. John Andrew Fantl

Dr. John Andrew Fantl joined our practice in September 2006 as a member of the Division of Urogynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center. A graduate from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, he is board-certified in obstetrics & gynecology.

Dr. Fantl is a nationally-known expert in the areas of incontinence and pelvic disorders.  He serves the president of Women's Gynecologic Care in Smithtown, New York, and also holds the position of clinical professor of Ob/Gyn at the SUNY and NYU Medical Center.

Dr. Laurence Orbuch

Dr. Laurence Orbuch completed his training at the Weill Cornell Hospital and SUNY Upstate/Syracuse Medical Center. He was formerly the director of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  Dr. Orbuch is presently a member of the Division of Urogynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center and the director of the Advanced Laparoscopic and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Associates in New York City.

Gynecologic Oncology

Dr. Valentin Kolev, MD
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Dr. Valentin Kolev has been appointed as the director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and as an Attending in the division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center. His primarily clinical interests include cervical, uterine, ovarian and vulvar cancers, with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic and robotic surgery and fertility preserving options. His research interests are focused on ovarian and uterine cancer.

Dr. Kolev completed his residency in OB/GYN at Beth Israel Medical Center in July of 2007. Subsequently, he went on to a Research Fellowship in GYN Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Clinical Fellowship in GYN Oncology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Board-certified, Dr. Kolev is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. Additionally, he belongs to the ACOG and AAGL.

Dr. John Koulos

Dr. John Koulos has been appointed as the director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center.  He has been recognized as a Top GYN Oncologist in New York City for 2007 by both US News & World Report and New York Magazine. His primarily clinical interests include cervical, uterine, ovarian and vulvar cancers, with research interests concerning pre-invasive cervical cancer.

Dr. Koulos previously served in Saint Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center as the residency program director and acting chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He also served as an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and as director of gynecologic oncology at New York Medical College.

Board-certified, Dr. Koulos is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a member and past-president of the Society for Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists. Additionally, he belongs to the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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Family Planning

Dr. Laura MacIsaac

After joining the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as director of the Family Planning Division, Dr. Laura MacIsaac has started the new Family Planning Program at Beth Israel.

Dr. MacIsaac received her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology from Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University.  She then did post-doctoral fellowship training in Family Planning and Reproductive Research at the University of California, San Francisco. She later received her Masters in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, also in Columbia University.

Dr. MacIsaac has built family planning programs at New York University School of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center of Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She has published original research and medical education studies on contraception and on how to improve teaching of medical students and residents in reproductive health. She is currently an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has received the highest medical student teaching award at the medical School.

Dr. Rachel Masch

Dr. Rachel Masch is a native of New York.  She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where she majored in International Relations.  Her interest in women's reproductive rights and health care issues steered her into medical school at Brown University School of Medicine and then into a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She did her internship and residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania.  After completing her training, she came back to New York and joined the faculty of New York University School of Medicine.

In keeping with her desire to further women's health care internationally, Dr. Masch obtained a Masters in Public Health from The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.  This degree enabled her to further her work in reproductive rights, and she began the Reproductive Choice Service at NYU/Bellevue, where she was the Medical Director and also became a Fellowship Director in Family Planning.  She has received multiple medical student and resident teaching awards throughout her career and has continued her international work, providing medical consultation and clinical care in American Samoa, Vietnam, South Africa and El Salvador.

She has published in peer-reviewed journals in her main areas of interest: contraception, education and the culturally-sensitive provision of care. Her research is ongoing.  Dr. Masch has recently joined the faculty at Beth Israel Medical Center where she is the Associate Director of the Division of Family Planning.