William B Inabnet III, MD, FACS (Director)
Dr. Inabnet is the Eugene W. Friedman Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Metabolic, Endocrine and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. An international authority in the field of minimally invasive endocrine and laparoscopic surgery, Dr Inabnet has pioneered new techniques in minimal access endocrine neck surgery as well as adrenal and pancreatic surgery. In 1998, he performed the first endoscopic thyroid excision in the United States (2nd in the world) with his colleague Dr Michel Gagner. Dr. Inabnet is also a leader in the field of minimally invasive metabolic surgery with a keen interest in disorders of the endocrine system in obese patients, especially type 2 diabetes. Prior to returning to the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai, Dr. Inabnet served as the Chief of Endocrine Surgery and Co-Director of the Thyroid Center, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City.
He received his medical degree as well as his bachelors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which is close to his home town of Greensboro, NC. Dr. Inabnet completed a 5 year residency in general surgery with Dr. Richard Prinz at Rush Medical College and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He then fulfilled a fellowship in endocrine surgery at Cochin Hospital in Paris, France where he trained under Professor Yves Chapuis, who was a pioneer in minimally invasive parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal surgery. Professor Chapuis was a pioneer in developing targeted parathyroid surgery under local anesthesia, having started this approach in the 1980's before surgeons in the United States. Dr. Inabnet has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as 3 textbooks, including the recently released book Endocrine Surgery: Principles and Practice. He lectures throughout the world and was recently inducted into the Society of University Surgeons as well as the French National Academy of Surgery, a rare honor for a non-French surgeon. Dr. Inabnet oversees the multidisciplinary thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal programs at Mount Sinai.
Dr Inabnet competes in triathlons, somehow managing to balance training (swim, bike and run) with work and family time. Other interests include music, sailing, skiing and fishing.
Randall Owen, MD, FACS (Endocrine Surgery)
Dr. Owen's clinical and research interest center on Head & Neck and Endocrine Surgery. This includes a broad range of entities including thyroid nodules, goiters and cancer, hyperparathyroidism and other diseases of the head and neck.
Consultation in the office is undertaken and includes a detailed interview and physical examination, along with possible sonogram, needle biopsy or fiberoptic laryngoscopy. Surgical procedures employed to cure these conditions include minimally invasive parathyroid surgery under local anesthesia and thyroid surgery performed through the axilla.
Dr. Owen received a B.A. with honors in science and humanities from Seattle Pacific University. He then obtained his M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Subsequently, he completed a general surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He then completed a Head & Neck surgery fellowship at Montefiore after which he joined the faculty. In 2006 he became the chief of the Head & Neck Division at Montefiore. In 2009 he was recruited to The Mount Sinai Medical Center to join the Division of Metabolic, Endocrine & Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Dr. Owen has a strong interest in medical and other missions. He has overseen a re-housing effort in Haiti since the earthquake in January 2010. Previous mission trips have been to the Philippines, Kenya, Romania, Pakistan and Gabon. Dr. Owen is President of the New York City Council of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.
Alice C. Levine, MD (Endocrinology)
Dr. Alice Levine received her MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She then completed her internal medicine residency at Bellevue Hospital Center and New York University. After completing her fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Mount Sinai Hospital, she joined the faculty member of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1986. She divides her time between clinical, teaching and research activities. Dr Levine co-director of the Endocrine Neoplasia Program, in which the Parathyroid Center is housed. She is the Course Director for the Second Year Medical School Endocrine Pathophysiology Course and is often cited as one of the outstanding Faculty Teachers by Medical Students, Residents and Fellows. She also mentors students and faculty in clinical and basic science research.
Jessica Lambert, MD (Endocrinology)
Dr Jessica Lambert completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MD was obtained from Temple University. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine at NYU, she completed her fellowship in Endocrinology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She has considerable expertise and interest in treating patients with parathyroid disorders and is a welcomed new member of our parathyroid care team.
Robert Yanagisawa, MD (Endocrinology)
Dr. Yanagisawa, a graduate of Brown University, is board certified in both endocrinology and internal medicine. He is a specialist in the treatment of metabolic disorders such as obesity and obesity-associated conditions, diabetes, thyroid and parathyroid disorders. He has been a faculty member of Mount Sinai's Division of Endocrinology since 2001. Dr. Yanagisawa is also the Program Director of the Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Bone Disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Puneet S. Pawha, MD (Radiology)
Dr. Puneet Pawha is our program's dedicated radiologist who performs and reads all of the parathyroid CT scans performed at Mount Sinai. He received his MD degree from Albany Medical College, then completed his residency in Radiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. After completing his fellowship in Neuroradiology at Yale, where he helped perfect the technique of parathyroid imaging, he joined the Department of Radiology at Mount Sinai.
Josef Machac, MD (Nuclear Medicine)
Dr. Josef Machac received his undergraduate degree of Bachelor in Science, Magna Cum Laude, in 1975 from Brown University, where he received an M.D. in 1978. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital between 1978 and 1981, and between 1981 and 1983, a residency in nuclear medicine. This was followed be a fellowship in nuclear cardiology from 1983 to 1984, and a fellowship in clinical cardiology from 1985 to 1986. Dr. Machac is board certified in internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and cardiology.
Dr. Machac has been an attending in nuclear cardiology from 1984 to the present time. He became Director of Nuclear Cardiology in 1988 and held that position until 1996. In 1993, he became Director of Nuclear Medicine. In 1985, he because Assistant Professor in Medicine, and in 1993, Associate Professor in Radiology. In 2003, he became Professor in Radiology.
Throughout his career in nuclear cardiology, Dr. Machac has been responsible for many innovations in diagnostic cardiology at Mount Sinai. This includes the introduction of SPECT (single photon emission tomography) cardiac imaging, pharmacological stress imaging, imaging with Tc-99m labeled perfusion agents, myocardial viability imaging, and more recently, cardiac PET imaging.
Dr. Machac has delivered many invited lectures at Mount Sinai, at regional, national, and international meetings and symposia, has organized numerous educational symposia at regional and national meetings, and recently was president of the Cardiovascular Council of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. He has authored or coauthored many papers and numerous chapters.
Michael Bialos, MD (Anesthesia)
Dr Michael Biolos is the Endocrine Surgery Parathyroid Center's dedicated anesthesiologist in our state of the art Ambulatory Surgery Suite. Dr Bialos received his MD degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, then went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, followed by a residency in Anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Since the majority of our parathyroid procedures are performed under local anesthesia, having a dedicated parathyroid anesthesiologist is paramount to the success of the program.
Maria Skamagas, MD (Bone Metabolism)
Dr. Maria Skamagas completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Endocrinology at the Mount Sinai Hospital. She was Chief Fellow during her Endocrinology training. Dr. Skamagas is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Bone Disease. Her clinical interests include type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, bone diseases, adrenal disorders, female reproductive disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, and pituitary disease.
Barrie Weinstein, MD (Bone Metabolism)
Dr Barrie Weinstein is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology. Along with Dr Skamagas, she manages the Bone Density Unit at Mount Sinai.
Denise Williams (Patient Coordinator)
Denise is the Parathyroid Center's patient coordinator. She coordinates all aspects of the patient experience including scheduling of appointments and surgery, coordination of care with the Center's many parathyroid specialists, and the ordering of imaging studies. Denise approaches patient care with an unparalleled compassion, leading to an excellent patient experience. Denise promptly returns calls and is responsive to our patients' many needs.
Yelena Fuzaylova (Financial Coordinator/Office Manager)
Yelena is the practice manager and financial coordinator of the Parathyroid Center. Yelena was successfully recruited to our program to assist patients with all their financial needs, including insurance precertification and negotiations. Yelena approaches patients with the utmost professionalism to help them navigate through the complexity of today's very complicated healthcare environment. Yelena is always available to take your call or answer questions.
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