Hematology & Oncology Group Joins White Plains Hospital Physician Associates


White Plains, NY (July 15, 2013) – The practice of Dan Costin, M.D.; Karen Green, M.D.; Subuhee Hussain, M.D.; Carol Lederman, M.D.; Afshan Malik, M.D. and Julie Monroe, M.D.; has joined White Plains Hospital Physician Associates, the newest division of the hospital which aligns local physicians with Hospital services. The group will be known as Cancer and Blood Specialists of New York and will continue to provide comprehensive medical care to patients with cancer and malignant and non-malignant blood disorders.

“We are very pleased to welcome this esteemed group into White Plains Hospital Physician Associates,” said Susan Fox, President of White Plains Hospital. “Drs. Costin, Green, Hussain, Lederman, Malik and Monroe all have well-deserved reputations as exceptionally skilled, dedicated and compassionate leaders in the medical community who make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many of our patients.”

The physicians at Cancer and Blood Specialists of New York have a longstanding history of leadership in and around the hospital and pride themselves on providing highly individualized, advanced patient care with an emphasis on cutting-edge treatments and personalized medicine.

The practice, formerly known as the Westchester Institute for the Treatment of Cancer and Blood Disorders, was established in 1999 by Dr. Dan Costin, a recognized oncologist and hematologist who is also the co-Medical Director of the White Plains Hospital Cancer Program. Dr. Costin has been a dedicated leader in the White Plains Hospital professional community for years, serving as Section Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Chair of the Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference for 15 years, as well being an active member of the Medical Board, By-laws Committee, and Chair of the Transfusion Committee.

He and his practice colleagues have been enthusiastically involved in cancer research throughout their careers. Dr. Costin has been the principal investigator in numerous research protocols for the treatment of pancreatic, colon, and breast cancers. The most recent trials include an international phase IIB clinical trial for pancreatic cancer and the DEALS-EPS study of exercise and nutrition in cancer patients.

“We are tremendously excited about implementing new cutting edge treatments into our practice in the months ahead,” said Dr. Dan Costin. “With the support of the hospital, we will continue to offer our patients access to groundbreaking research and revolutionary new therapies to help give them the best possible outcomes.”

Before joining the group in 2003, Dr. Karen Green spent eight years on the full-time faculty at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, where she served as Assistant Professor of Medicine. She has authored scholarly articles in the fields of hematology and oncology and has served as a co-investigator on several clinical oncology trials. She has expertise in cancers affecting women, including breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies, as well as in a wide range of other cancers and blood disorders. Dr. Green also has been extensively involved in the development of continuing medical education programs for clinical oncologists.

Dr. Subuhee Hussain has broad experience with all types of solid tumors, gynecologic malignancies, hematologic malignancies, benign hematologic conditions, and has been an investigator as part of several clinical trials. She has been a member of the White Plains Hospital medical staff since 2008 and is the current Chair of the Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board at Dickstein Cancer Treatment Pavilion.

Prior to coming to White Plains Hospital, Dr Carol Lederman worked at the New York Blood Center Transfusion Service at Westchester Medical Center. Since coming to WPH in 1999, she has served as a member of the Tumor Board and Transfusion Committee, which she chaired for five years. She has a particular interest in the treatment of patients with benign blood and coagulation disorders as well as hematologic malignancies.

Dr. Afshan Malik has broad experience with all types of solid tumors, hematologic malignancies and benign hematologic conditions. She has been an investigator in several clinical trials, and has been a member of the White Plains Hospital medical staff since 2012.

Dr. Julie Monroe is the Director of Clinical Research at the White Plains Hospital Dickstein Cancer Treatment Pavilion. She served as the hospital’s Division Chief of Hematology & Oncology from 2006 – 2010 and is an active member of numerous hospital committees including the Tumor Board, Cancer Committee, Transfusion Committee, Internal Review Board, and Ethics Committee. She also serves as Board Member and medical consultant for Gilda’s Club of Westchester. Dr. Monroe treats all types of cancer with a particular focus on the treatment of breast cancer and other women’s malignancies.

“We have always been a group dedicated to growing and strengthening the Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital,” said Dr. Monroe. Having all trained at large academic medical centers in Manhattan, our goal has been to deliver quality, state-of-the-art cancer care in an environment close to home that is comfortable and convenient for our patients and their families.”

For more information on each of these physicians or to make an appointment, visit the White Plains Hospital Physician Associates website at:
www.wphphysicianassociates.org or call (914) 684-2779.

About White Plains Hospital

White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care 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 Dickstein Cancer Treatment PavilionThe William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity CenterThe Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopedic Institute. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is a ten-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.