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Robert K. Ansbach, MA, PA-C
Associate Director Student Health/ Physician Assistant

School attended:
State University of New York at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center, Physician Assistant Program
State University of New York at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center, Department of Continuing Education

Board Certification:
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Brief Profile:

Mr. Ansbach is a New York State Registered Physician Assistant, and is nationally certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants. He graduated from the Stony Brook University Physician Assistant Program in 1985 and also received his Masters degree in 1995 from Stony Brook University. Mr. Ansbach has been working for the Stony Brook University Student Health Service since 1987 as a Physician Assistant. Since 1999 he has been working in dual capacity as the Associate Director of Student Health and also as a practicing Physician Assistant in the Medical / Dermatology Clinics. Mr. Ansbach is the chairperson of the Student Health Service Quality Improvement Committee and the Accreditation Committee. Mr. Ansbach also holds an academic appointment at Stony Brook University as an Associate Clinical Professor and actively teaches PA Students in the SBU Physician Assistant Program.


Lewis Lee Bateman, MD
College Physician

Medical School attended:
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire

Residency:
Family Medicine South Side Hospital, Bay Shore, N.Y.

Board Certification: Family Practice

Brief Profile:
Dr. Bateman
has attended Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. Prior to entering medical school Dr. Bateman taught high school history for 3 years. Dr Bateman has been practicing Family Medicine on Long Island for 27 years. He is an attending physician at Mather and St. Charles Hospitals in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Dr. Bateman has been working at the SBU Student Health Service part time for 27 years.


Rachel Ann Bergeson, MD
Medical Director, Student Health Service

Medical School attended:
M.D.,University of Massachusetts

Residency:
Internship, Rhode Island Hospital
Pediatric Residency, Rhode Island Hospital

Fellowship:
Adolescent Medicine: Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center

Board Certification:
Diplomat, American Academy of Pediatrics

Brief Profile:
Dr. Bergeson graduated from The University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1978. She completed a pediatric residency at Rhode Island Hospital and a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical - Center / Schneider's Children's Hospital. Dr. Bergeson has been at Stony Brook University for over 20 years. She is Board Certified by The American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bergeson is active in the teaching and supervision of Medical Students, PA students, and Medicine, Family Practice and Pediatric Residents. Some of her personal interests include: swimming, skiing, and traveling.


Karen R. Dybus, PA-C
College Physician Assistant


School attended:
State University of New York at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program

Board Certification:

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Brief Profile:
Ms.Dybus
is a graduate of the Stony Brook University Physician Assistant Program. She is nationally certified as a Physician Assistant in both general medicine and primary care. Ms.Dybus received her Master's Degree in Community Health Education in 1998 from Stony Brook University. She has been trained as a Lifestyle Counselor in both weight Management and Stress Management. Ms.Dybus has been at Stony Brook University since 1991.


Linda Hamilton, APRN, BC
Nurse Practitioner

School attended:
Hunter College/Bellevue School of Nursing

Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner

Brief Profile:
Ms. Hamilton is a New York State Registered Nurse Practitioner in Family Health and is nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Hamilton has worked in pediatrics, emergency medicine, teen health , prenatal, family planning, community health centers, and correctional institutions before coming to college health in 2007.


Leah Holbrook, RD
Nutritionist


School attended:
C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University

Internship:

Stony Brook University Hospital Department of Family Medicine

Brief Profile:
Ms. Holbrook
is a Registered Dietitian who has been working in the field of nutrition since 2000. She divides her time between Student Health and the Department of Family Medicine, where she is project coordinator for a community nutrition grant funded by the state department of health. Ms. Holbrook enjoys writing, counseling and working with clients to help them make small but permanent changes in their eating and physical activity habits. She believes that targeting students is important as many of them are on their own for the first time and establishing patterns, good or bad, that are likely to last a lifetime. Her special interests include weight management and heart health.


Sujatha Palat, MD
College Physician


Medical School attended:
Stanley Medical College Madras, India

Residency:

Family Medicine Atlanta Medical Center

Board Certification:

Diplomat, American Board of Family Medicine


Brief Profile:

Dr. Palat
is a Board Certified Family Physician who started working at the Stony Brook Student Health Service in September of 2003. Prior to that, she had been in private practice in Family Medicine in Atlanta Ga. for more than 3 years. She enjoys working with the student community and takes an active interest in medical student and resident education. Her special interests include General Medical issues, Women's Health, Preventative Medicine, and patient education.


Anthony Pesce, MD
College Physician


Medical School Attended:
Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Residency:
Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey

Board Certification: Diplomat, American Board of Family Medicine.

Brief Profile:
Dr. Pesce began working part-time at student health in January of '07. Prior to that he was full-time academic faculty in Stony Brook School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine. He enjoys educating student patients about their medical conditions and concerns. Dr. Pesce also works part-time teaching at the Southside Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, and in a busy walk-in center in Sayville.


Kulsoom Shah, MD
College Physician


Medical School attended:
Allama Iqbal Medical College, University of Punjab Lahore, Pakistan

Residency: Family Medicine - St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Chicago, IL.

Board Certification: Diplomat, American Board of Family Medicine.

Brief Profile:
Dr. Shah
joined the Stony Brook University Student Health Service in 2002. She enjoys working with the diverse student population here at SBU. Dr. Shah has a special interest in women's health care issues which include medical, social, and gynecological health issues. Dr. Shah has served on the committee for the development of the Eating Disorder Protocol at SBU. She is also involved in teaching medical students and residents rotating through the Student Health Service. Dr. Shah was previously affiliated with the Family Practice Residency Program of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She worked as an attending physician for the program. Clinical practice involved all aspects of medicine, with a concentration in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. Dr. Shah has been a member of committees for infection control, quality assurance, and continuing medical education.


Richard E. Tuckman, MD
College Physician


Medical School attended: State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn

Internship & Residency:
Internal Medicine at The Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York

Fellowship:
Gastroenterology, Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, N.Y.

Board Certification: Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine.

Brief Profile:
Dr. Tuckman
has been at the SBU Student Health Service since 1999. Prior to that, he had been in private practice. Dr. Tuckman has broad experience in general Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He finds working with the undergraduate and graduate students at SBU very rewarding.


Jean Tully, PA-C
College Physician Assistant


School Attended: State University of New York at Stony Brook

Certification: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Brief Profile:
Ms. Tully
is a New York State Registered Physician Assistant and is nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She graduated from the Stony Brook Physician Assistant program in 1995 and received her Masters degree in 1998 with a concentration in Mathematics. Ms. Tully worked as a Physician Assistant in Women's Health for fifteen years before joining the Student Health Service in 2009.

 

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