's articles are written by Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC) staff using the name "Editor." All articles written by "Editor" are reviewed by our Health Advisory Board (HAB) to make sure they are correct and complete. Our HAB is made up of health professionals, some of whom work independently in the community; others are connected with schools such as Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Touro College of Pharmacy; others work at Harlem Hospital Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, North General Hospital, or community clinics. These HAB members are an important part of the website because their work in this community allows them to provide information that is tailored to site users. The HAB is also an important part of the website's Honesty on the Net (HON) certification that requires all content to be reviewed by health professionals and updated regularly.

For information about what the letters following each advisory board member's name mean, please see the end of this page.Please note: The information provided on does not replace the relationship between you and your health care provider.

The following are members of's Health Advisory Board:

Ahluwalia, Kavita, DDS, MPH: School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Columbia University

Akabas, Sharon, PhD: Columbia Institute of Human Nutrition

Amesty, Silvia, MD: Columbia University, Farrell Community Health Center

Bailey, Lawrence, DDS, MPH: Renaissance Health Care Network

Bell, David, MD, MPH: Columbia University, Young Men's Clinic

Bruning, Nancy, MPH: Nanercize 

Cohall, Alwyn, MD: Harlem Health Promotion Center

Contento, Isobel, PhD, CDN: Columbia University Teacher's College

Cruz, Ma Michelle Q., PT: Manhattan-based InterFysio, LLC

Dotson-Newman, Ogonnaya, MPH: WEACT for Environmental Justice

Drago, Lorena, RD, MS, CDN, CDE: Private practice

Eddy, Martha, RSMT, CMA: The Center of Kinesthetic Education

Gathings, Aleah, MPH: Manhattan Smoke-Free Partnership

Hayes, Roger, MA: NYC Department of Health

Hedmann, Monique, MPH: Hip Hop Public Health Education Center

Hoepner, Lori, MPH: Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Joseph, Kathie-Ann, MD, MPH: The Comprehensive Breast Center at Columbia University

Keller, Kathleen, PhD: Columbia Institute of Human Nutrition

Kligler, Benjamin, MD, MPH: Continuum Center for Health and Healing

Koch, Pam, EdD, RD: Columbia University Teacher's College

Kringas, Pat, RN, MA, CDE: Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center

LeMelle, Stephanie, MD: NYS Psychiatric Institute

Martinez, Robert, L.Ac, MSTOM: Laughing Monkey Acupuncture

McGregor, Carlton, MD: New York Presbyterian, Columbia University

Moats, Harmon: Neurological Institute, New York Presbyterian

Nelson, Maudene, RD, CDE: Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition

Nickolas, Thomas, MD: New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University

Priestly, Lisa, CPT, HLC, RYT200: WholeLife Styles Inc.

Sokoloff, Tracey, BSN, MPH: Isabella Home and Community Services

Vargas, Ileana, MD: Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center

Weil, Richard, CDE: St. Luke's and Behavioral Health Program, NYU Medical

Whyatt, Robin M., DrPH: Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Williams, Olajide, MD: Harlem Hospital

Witherspoon, Bill, LMSW: Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center

Younge, Richard, MD: New York Presbyterian, Columbia University


BSN - Bachelor of Science of Nursing

CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

CDN - Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist

DDS - Doctor of Dental Surgery 

DrPH - Doctor of Public Health

EdD - Doctor of Education

L.Ac - Licensed Acupunturist

LMSW - Licensed Master Social Worker

MA - Master of Arts

MD - Doctor of Medicine

MPH - Master of Public Health

MS - Master of Science

MSTOM - Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine

Pharm D - Doctor of Pharmacy

PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

PT - Physcial Therapy

RD - Registered Dietitian

RN - Registered Nurse

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Last modified: July 28, 2011

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