Congratulations to Ms. Danielle Marsh


Congratulations to Danielle Marsh, OMS II, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harlem! Danielle received the Empire State Medical Association scholarship award in recognition of her outstanding academic achievements and leadership in healthcare by the Manhattan Central Medical Society (MCMS). On hand to present the award to Danielle was Dr. Aleytha Maybank, assistant commissioner of the NY state department of health as well as Congressman Charlie Rangel, Dr. Glenn McWilliams, president of the MCMS, and Dr. Nadege Dady, dean of Students, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

2017 Scholarship Fundraiser Recipients

A very special thank-you to all of our members who came out to support the Scholarship Fundraiser Event on April 19th at Chocolat Restaurant Lounge in Harlem. We were all pleased and deeply moved from hearing the heart-felt words of appreciation expressed by the Scholarship Award Recipients: 2016 MCMS Scholar, Etoroabasi Ekpe (3rd Year Medical Student, Columbia University College of Physician’s & Surgeons) and 2016 ESMA Scholar, Oseogie Okojie (2nd Year Medical Student, Stonybrook Medical School).

Thanks again for another successful scholarship fundraiser!!!! We are still away from our goal. You may help by making a donation either online via PayPal or via a check which may be mailed to the address below:

c/o Dr. Leon Scrimmager, Treasurer
210 East 86th Street, Suite 202A
New York, NY 1002

Thanks to our sponsors, American Diary Association Northeast and Ms. Stacey Jackson, and Mr. Al Canal. Thanks to our MCMS administrator, Ms. Stephanie Quinn and our Volunteer, Ms. Irene Edwards. Thanks to Mr. Leon Ellis and the staff of Chocolat for helping to make it a special night for all our guests. Thanks to Dr. Christopher Phang, President of the Empire State Medical Association for his continued support of our scholarship efforts. Thanks to the National Medical Fellowships for administering our scholarship and Ms. Esther Dyer and her team for their support. Check out the NMF website to learn more about our Scholarships.

Renew your Membership by February 16, 2017 and Save $50

Renew your association dues by February 16th during the National Medical Association (NMA) annual membership drive and receive a $50 discount on most membership rates. Your 2017 membership will be valid until December 31st, 2017. To renew please access the membership website platform at using your NMA ID # as your login. If you have not previously used the new membership website please contact the Membership Department at 1-800-662-0554 or via email for assistance.

2016 ESMA Student Research Poster Competition

Please share this exciting opportunity for High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students (including Medical School)




 Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2016

The Empire State Medical Association (ESMA) is pleased to announce their 8th Annual Student Research Poster Competition. Each year, ESMA holds this competition to create an environment for high school, undergraduate and graduate students to share ideas and research findings.  The posters are evaluated by a committee comprised of ESMA members and are judged on the basis of quality, significance to the field, thoroughness, and clarity of presentation.

The Empire State Medical Association is the New York affiliate of The National Medical Association (NMA) which promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies.


  • The competitor must be a student enrolled in a high school, college, university or medical school at the time the research was undertaken and completed.
  • The competitor must have completed original research.  The competitor’s Research Advisor must be able to attest that the competitor’s work is original research of the type that is characteristic of the field.
  • The competitor must be listed as first or second author of the paper from which the poster is presented.
  • The competitor must attend the poster presentation and judging sessions during the conference on Saturday, December 17, 2016 in New York City, NY.
  • The competitor must be of African/Latin descent.

Scholarships Awarded to Winners in Each Category

High School, Undergraduate and Graduate/Medical School


Young Physician Reception – June 17, 2015

Join the Empire State Medical Association’s Young Physician’s Committee of NY for our Spring meeting and reception! Enjoy networking, conversation, and delicious appetizers, while gaining financial management knowledge from MassMutual.  
Space is limited! 

RSVP Required:

Young Physician Reception 
Presented by MassMutual 

Wednesday, June 17th
6:30 PM

Chocolat Restaurant & Lounge 
2223 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Harlem, NY 10019

MCMS Meeting: June 11, 2015

You are cordially invited to attend a special

Manhattan Central Medical Society Meeting

Special Topic:

Addiction: The Often Unspoken Factor Affecting Clinical Outcomes Across Many Medical Specialties

Presentation by: Dr. Lawrence S. Brown, Jr. Chief Executive Officer of START

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time: Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Tour of Facility @ 7:00 p.m. (Optional)
Refreshments & Dinner will be Provided
Location: START Treatment & Recovery Centers
119 West 124 St. Harlem, NY 10027 (bet. Lenox Ave. – Seventh Ave.)
Please RSVP by June 4, 2015 to:

Special Thanks to Our Meeting Sponsors

  • RiverMend Health
  • National Medical Association
  • Start Treatment & Recovery Centers



Job Posting – New York City Dept of Health – Division of Mental Hygiene

The Division of Mental Hygiene is looking for an Assistant Commissioner to bring innovation, inclusion and diversity to the position. See job posting. Please share with your networks.

Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Mental Health

**AMENDED IN SALARY RANGE: $71,360.00 – $184,130.00 (Annual)

Job Description:
The Mental Hygiene Division of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is responsible for policy, programs, and provider oversight related to mental health; alcohol and drug use; developmental delays and disabilities; and early intervention services. The Bureau of Mental Health is responsible for DOHMH programs related to mental health service delivery to residents of New York City. Through contracting with NYC service providers and administering programs directly, the Bureau is responsible for procuring and overseeing over 500 treatment, rehabilitation, housing, case management, and Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs comprising over $200 million. The Assistant Commissioner will be responsible for managing and overseeing the Bureau of Mental Health.

You will:

-Direct, oversee, manage and assess all activities, policies and operations of the Bureau of Mental Health.

-Assist in determining the strategic direction for the Bureau, including the development of measurable goals, objectives, targets and metrics for assessment and tracking progress.

-Engage in new planning activity for new managed care system for behavioral health in New York State.

-Ensure clarity of organizational focus and values for all mental health activities and communications (internal and external) consistent with the Division and Department’s priorities.

-Direct planning, implementation and evaluation of all programmatic activities.

-Coordinate policy and advocacy activities and work closely with the community.

-Establish solid working relationships with constituent groups, consumers/parents, advocates and foundations.

– Serve as the principal advisor to the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene on all issues related to the bureau.

– Collaborate with the other Mental Hygiene divisional bureaus, other divisions within the Department and with City, State and Federal agencies.

-Provide presentations at numerous forums and panels; testify and assist with City Council hearings and meetings.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and five years of full-time professional satisfactory experience acquired within the last fifteen years, in a health services setting such as a laboratory, hospital, or other patient care facility, or in a public health, environmental health, or mental hygiene program, at least 18 months of which must have been in a managerial capacity, consisting of managerial experience clearly demonstrating the ability to perform difficult and responsible managerial work, requiring independent decision-making concerning program management, planning, allocation of resources, and the scheduling and assignment of work

2. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above. Education may be substituted for experience on the basis that each 30 graduate semester credits from an accredited college in hospital administration, public health, public administration, business administration, management or administration can be substituted for one year of non-managerial experience up to a maximum of 60 semester credits for two years. However, all candidates must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and 18 months of managerial experience as described in “1” above.

Preferred Skills
Strong organizational, leadership and management abilities; minimum of 5 years of administrative and supervisory experience; excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills; ability to handle multiple priorities and motivate staff; vast knowledge of the behavioral health system in both New York City and New York State as well as familiarity of mental health systems in other states and countries; knowledge of the NYS Medicaid System and Managed Care; strong competency in epidemiological analysis and use of data to inform , drive and improve programming; experience developing and implementing new programs that support and influence behavioral health ; ability to evaluate and programs. Completion of a masters or higher degree in related areas preferred.

To Apply
Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 170610.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
Work Location
42-09 28th Street, Queens, NY, 11101

Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.
POST UNTIL: Until Filled
POSTING DATE: 10/06/2014

Commissioner’s Medical Ground Rounds: Your Practice and NYS DOH

Your Practice and the New York State Department
of Health’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct

One of the most important roles of the Health Department is ensuring patient safety. In this Grand Rounds, we’ll take a look at the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, how they handle complaints, conduct investigations and manage cases of medical misconduct involving physicians, physician and specialist assistants, and unlicensed medical residents. The discussion will examine exactly how the department defines misconduct and explore the role of physician peer review in the process. It will also present updates and new initiatives.

Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Zucker is the Acting Commissioner of Health
New York State Department of Health


Keith W. Servis
Deputy Director of Office of Primary Care & Health Systems
Management, Director of The Center for Health Care, Quality and Surveillance, Director of Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC)

Paula M. Breen
Deputy Director of Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6-8pm
University at Albany School of Public Health
1 University Place, Conference Room 110A
Rensselaer, New York 12144-3445

There is no charge for this event, but advance registration is required.

Please visit: to register.

Sandwiches and light refreshments will be served

NYC Health Commissioner’s Medical Grand Rounds – Ebola: Past and Present

Date: December 9, 2014  – Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location:  New York Academy of Medicine- 1216 Fifth Avenue @ 103 St, New York, NY

The recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa presented the medical community with previously unencountered vulnerabilities.The arrival of the Ebola virus in the United States demanded immediate public health interventions, treatment of those infected and measures to protect New York State residents against its spread.

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