NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Awards Dinner


NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Awards Dinner

May 1, 2024
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Garden City Hotel

Seven members of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine community will be honored for their roles in medicine and their impact on the school at the 2024 NYITCOM Alumni Awards Dinner, Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel.

This year’s awards include Distinguished Alumnus, Alumnus of the Year, Alumna of the Year, Legacy Alumnus, Excellence in Medicine, and Community Partner.

Registration has closed for this event. Please contact Katie, assistant director of alumni relations, at kkarwosk@nyit.edu with any questions.


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Distinguished Alumnus:

Humayun "Hank" Chaudhry, D.O. (‘91), MACP, FRCP

Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, is President and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. The FSMB represents all state and territorial medical boards that license physicians and physician assistants and operates the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) and Physician Data Center (PDC), while co-managing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) with the National Board of Medical Examiners.

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Born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Chaudhry graduated at age 16 from Midwood High School and matriculated at NYU, where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He graduated from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991 and has a Master’s degree from Harvard School of Public Health, where he was later a Guest Lecturer. Dr. Chaudhry completed a rotating internship at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York, followed by an ACGME-accredited residency in Internal Medicine at NYU Langone-Long Island Hospital, where he served an additional year as Chief Resident. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1996.

Dr. Chaudhry served as Director of Medical Education at Long Beach Medical Center, New York, from 1996-2001, and then as Chair of the Department of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Pre-Clinical Education at NYITCOM, from 2001 to 2007. He became a Flight Surgeon and rose to the rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, serving from 1999 to 2013 with the 514th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and 732nd Air Refueling Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. His military decorations include medals for service in the U.S. Global War on Terrorism, and for USAF Commendation and USAF Achievement, as well as ribbons for National Defense Service, Outstanding Aeromedical Staging Squadron, and USAF Small Arms Marksmanship.     

In 2007, he was nominated by Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and confirmed by the Suffolk County Legislature as Health Commissioner, supervising 1,500 employees and a budget of $400 million. He is credited with creating a new Division of Preventive Medicine within the department through a restructuring of 72 personnel that went into effect on January 1, 2008. Dr. Chaudhry served as President of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, he played a critical role as public health leader, educator and advocate during the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, when he was recognized by Newsday and its editorial board for “intently but calmly … (steering) the public on a better middle course between apathy and alarm.”

He is the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and a co-author of two books: Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine and Medical Licensing and Discipline in America. From 2016-2018 he was Chair of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA), the first time that an osteopathic physician was elected to that role. In 2022 and again in 2023, he was listed by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He is a Knight of the Equestrian, Secular and Chapterial Order of Chivalry of Saint Joachim, which was founded in Europe in 1755. In 2023, Dr. Chaudhry was recognized by the ACOI as its “Internist of the Year.”

Elizabeth Haines

Alumna of the Year:

Elizabeth Haines, D.O. (‘05)

Elizabeth Haines, DO, MSc, FACEP is the Service Chief of Quality and the Patient Safety Officer at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital-NYU Langone Health. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at NYU and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. Dr. Haines completed primary residency training in Emergency Medicine followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

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She is currently double board certified in both adult and pediatric emergency medicine. She previously held departmental roles in Emergency Medicine clinical, clinical operations, and safety before moving into systems-level work in pediatric clinical quality & safety. Following her post-graduate training in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, she completed a Masters of Applied Science in Healthcare Quality & Safety at The Johns Hopkins University- Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to acting as the Service Chief of Quality for the Children’s Hospital, Dr. Haines is the Clinical Director of the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care. In this role she supervises a staff of pediatric clinicians, administrators, and project managers who support all aspects of clinical quality, safety, experience, integrated behavioral health, equity and family centered care for the pediatric patients and families of NYU. Sala is a philanthropically funded institute founded by the Gottesman Family that aims to improve the care of children and families cared for at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU.

Chris Kyriakides, D.O. (‘89)

Alumnus of the Year:

Chris Kyriakides, D.O. (‘89)

A proud graduate of NYITCOM (formerly NYCOM) Class of 1989 and distinguished Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Christopher Kyriakides, DO is founder and medical director of New York Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, a multi-specialty practice. He is also on staff at NYU Rusk Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and was the 2018 Honoree at the NYU Langone Musculoskeletal Ball.

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Dr. Kyriakides is a current member of the NYU MSK Board of Directors. Beyond his clinical work, he has spearheaded ventures in academia, serving as chief executive officer of a publicly-traded biotechnology company. During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Kyriakides successfully collaborated with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a patient-specific immunotherapeutic vaccine for the treatment of B-cell lymphoma. He currently serves as managing director for two other biotechnology companies involved in drug discovery; Anaplasi Pharmaceuticals and Trixogenesis. Throughout his career, Dr. Kyriakides has consistently advocated for the DO profession, paving the way for osteopathic graduates at major academic institutions, such as NYU.

One of Dr. Kyriakides’ lifelong passions has been clinical education. He began teaching NYITCOM students through clinical rotations as soon as he began his physiatry practice. Since then, he has continued to mentor medical students and residents at his offices, remaining committed to growing their clinical, business, and personal skills.

Dr. Kyriakides completed his undergraduate education at NYU, medical education at NYITCOM (formerly NYCOM), and is a proud graduate of NYU Rusk Institute for his residency training. He and his wife of 37 years, Anna, have four children and a grandchild on the way. He remains dedicated to medical education, mentorship, and patient care.

Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O.

Excellence in Medicine:

Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O. (‘02)

Sonia Rivera-Martinez received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) in 2002. She completed her internship, family practice residency, and chief residency at the Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC), Long Beach, N.Y. in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, she worked as an attending physician for the Department of Family Medicine at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Jamaica, N.Y. She earned her board certification in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment in 2005.

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In April 2010, she joined the Family Medicine Department at NYITCOM as full-time clinical teaching faculty. At NYITCOM, she teaches first-year and second-year osteopathic medical students in the Doctor Patient Relationship course and precepts third-year osteopathic medical students while providing patient care at the NYITCOM Academic Health Care Centers.

From early in her osteopathic medical career, she set several goals for herself which include expanding the public's knowledge of osteopathic medicine through research and advocacy, teaching medical students the art and science of osteopathic medicine, providing medical services in an underserved area, and educating patients about healthy lifestyles. In keeping with these goals, she has been very active serving the profession in various national, state, and local organizations. To name a few, Dr. Rivera Martinez has been instrumental in running the NYIT Community Free Clinic as the Director since 2017 and a member of the NYITCOM Dean’s Advisory Board since 2019. She is the Faculty/Physician Advisor for the Latino Medical Student Association – and the National Advisor as well and currently sits on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiner’s Faculty. She is a current Board of Trustee of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF). Dr. Rivera Martinez was the NYITCOM Faculty Senate President from 2018-2019.

Dr. Rivera Martinez has been the recipient of many local and national awards and has numerous publications.

Catholic Health

Community Partner:

Catholic Health

Catholic Health is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. The health system has approximately 17,000 employees, six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home health service, hospice and a network of physician practices. Under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Catholic Health serves hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders each year, providing care that extends from the beginning of life to helping people live their final years in comfort, grace and dignity.



Mikhail "Mike" Varshavski D.O. (‘14)

Doctor Mike Varshavski is a board-certified family medicine physician and social media influencer with an audience of over 25 million followers across platforms. After graduating from NYIT, Doctor Mike began his social media career on Instagram, sharing his experience as a young medical professional who was also trying to explore the world and live a fulfilling life outside of the hospital. This ballooned into a massive following and eventually a highly popular YouTube channel, where he educates his audience about their health and bodies while also debunking medical misinformation. When he's not practicing medicine in New Jersey or making YouTube videos, Doctor Mike trains as a professional boxer, having made his debut fighting on Showtime Pay-Per-View in 2022. He lives outside New York City with his Newfoundland dog, Bear.


Dr. Oskar Varshavski is a board-certified family medicine physician and proud graduate of NYIT, which he completed later in life after immigrating from Russia in the 1990s. Dr. Varshavski was a practicing physician in Russia, but decided to move his family to the United States to escape economic and religious persecution. After arriving in the US, he began the process of attending medical school and completing his residency, all for the second time in his life, in an entirely new language. He is a very proud father of his son, Mike, and his daughter Dasha, as well as a proud grandfather of his three grandchildren, Steven, Daniel, and Ari. He lives in Staten Island with his husky, Roxy.