Caring for students is a big job. It takes a lot of people, dedicated doctors, nurses and many more to make sure our kids stay healthy.
A shout out to the following leaders who help make this program possible:
Steven M. Safyer, MD
President & Chief Executive Officer
Steven M. Safyer, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore in New York City. Montefiore is the University Hospital and academic medical center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a full-service, integrated delivery system caring for patients from the New York metropolitan region. An accomplished physician leader and highly respected healthcare executive, Dr. Safyer has been at Montefiore since 1982, previously serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.
Throughout his career at Montefiore, Dr. Safyer has been a leader in advancing Montefiore’s position as a preeminent, innovative and equitable healthcare system. He has been a strong advocate for delivering excellence to New York City’s most vulnerable patient populations. Dr. Safyer was a leader in expanding Montefiore’s ambulatory healthcare network and developing innovative business and clinical strategies to provide care management under prepayment arrangements. He championed the adoption of cutting-edge clinical information systems and created nationally recognized quality and safety programs. In his position as President and CEO, he has strengthened Montefiore’s partnership with Einstein which has resulted in superior, comprehensive specialty care being provided in Montefiore’s notable Centers of Excellence in the areas of heart, transplant, cancer, child health, neurosciences and others.
Dr. Safyer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Social Medicine at Montefiore. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Einstein. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, founding member of The Health Management Academy and a member of the Healthcare Institute.
David Appel, MD
Director, Montefiore School Health Program
Caring for kids has been Dr. Appel’s passion for over 20 years. His fundamental career interest has been to develop a financially stable, comprehensive and collaborative model for primary care services for children and adolescents in a poor urban environment. He has done it…he has spearheaded Montefiore’s School Health Program growth into the largest, most comprehensive program of its kind in the country. Speaking of comprehensive, for his role in pushing the city in better directions in student nutrition and reproductive health, he was named by New York magazine as one of New York’s “Influentials.” Dr. Appel received his medical education from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.
Administrative Director, Montefiore School Heath Program
As the Administrative Director of the Montefiore School Heath Program, Grace Walfall has more than 21 years of non-profit experience in community service and organizational development. Prior to being appointed to the position of Administrative Director, Grace was the Director of Community Health Initiatives for the MSHP. In that capacity she led a team of Community Health Organizers who use a public health approach to eliminate health disparities. Prior to joining the MSHP, she was the Executive Director for Cool Girls, Inc., a self-empowerment non-profit organization in Atlanta, GA whose mission is to break the cycles of poverty, low self-esteem and teen pregnancy for girls living in low-income communities. Grace was also an Intervention – Prevention Specialist with DeKalb County School System, where she managed programs designed to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, teen pregnancy, and violence for the largest school system in Georgia. Grace earned her B.S. in Human Nutrition from Rutgers University and a MBA from Rutgers Business School.
Margee Rogers DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Director, Primary Health Care, Montefiore School Health Program
Margee Rogers is the Director of Primary Health Care at the Montefiore School Health Program. She has been with us since the beginning, over 20 years ago. She coordinated the clinic at DeWitt Clinton High School and oversaw the introduction and integration of mental health, dental and community health services to the site. In her capacity as the Training and Education coordinator at MSHP, she oversees a multidisciplinary training program for over 100 medical, nursing, mental health and community health trainees annually. Her passion for school health does not end at Montefiore; she is the current chairperson of the board of the New York State Coalition for School-Based Health Centers. She is also a frequent presenter at the National Association of School Based Health Centers annual convention on topics that include training, reproductive health, and orienting new staff. Margee received her doctorate in nursing practice with the first graduating class from Pace University’s College of Health Professions in 2011.
Kari Collins, Ph.D.
Director, Mental Health Services, Montefiore School Health Program
Kari Collins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Mental Health Services at Montefiore’s School Health Program. Beginning her career at Montefiore in 1999, Dr. Collins provided direct services at MSHP elementary, middle, and high school clinics for over 8 years. As the leader of the MSHP Mental Health Division since 2001, she has overseen the development and implementation of numerous, important programs to the health and well-being of children, including a healthy relationship classroom program (STAR) and a reproductive health curriculum for pre-coital girls (HEART). Her newest project is organizing a therapeutic initiative to identify and treat trauma in the school-based setting. Dr. Collins received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology (child track) from St. John’s University. She completed a postdoctoral clinical psychology fellowship, with specialized training in child/adolescent therapy and neuropsychological assessment, at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
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