Dr. Dean Straff Appointed Director of Emergency Medicine at White Plains Hospital


White Plains, NY – White Plains Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Dean J. Straff as Director of Emergency Medicine. In this role, Dr. Straff will be responsible for managing the clinical operations of the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County. In addition to his clinical expertise in emergency medicine, Dr. Straff has a professional focus on driving quality improvement, enhancing patient experience, and increasing hospital efficiency with the use of data analytics.

Dr. Straff previously served as the Hospital’s Associate Director of Emergency Medicine. Prior to that, he was the Hospital’s Assistant Director of Education and Simulation. Before joining White Plains Hospital, Dr. Straff was an Emergency Medicine Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, where he also served as the Medical Director of the Emergency Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Straff’s extensive professional development includes a 15-month Clinical Quality Fellowship with the Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund and a training program with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Department Directors Academy.

“Dr. Straff has proven himself as an exceptional and innovative leader. His experience, expertise, and commitment to the practice of emergency medicine will be invaluable as we continue to be the number one choice for patients needing urgent, lifesaving care in Westchester,” said Dr. Michael Palumbo, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of White Plains Hospital.

Dr. Straff completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Straff did his residency in Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and The University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell. He served as Chief Resident at Cornell, where he was awarded the Distinguished House Staff Award for all-around excellence.

About White Plains Hospital

White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer Care, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 64,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.

The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2012 and 2016 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Hospital earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has also received full accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2020, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the fifth time and, was once again named Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.