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JOWMA (Jewish Orthodox Women's Medical Association) Podcast

JOWMA (Jewish Orthodox Women's Medical Association) Podcast

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Dr Alisa Minkin, MD hosts JOWMA's podcast and shares preventative health information geared to members of the Orthodox Jewish community.
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CLICKBAIT: Follow the Data, Not the Headlines! With Nini Munoz
Nini Munoz, originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, obtained her PhD in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 2014. She completed her BS from Cornell as well. She currently works as the fabrication, design, and process integration lead engineer of inertial navigation systems for Garmin International in Goleta CA. Prior to working in the aviation sector, she worked extensively on the design of vacuum systems and materials characterization for semiconductor processing. She specialized in the design of sensors for electrochemical detection and neural interfaces, culminating with her graphene sensor work interfacing with the enteric nervous system of mice. When not working, Nini enjoys spending her time producing bilingual STEM content for the science communication community, taking long walks with her husband, sewing, and playing with her dog, Kona. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
August 5, 2021
Love Shouldn't Hurt With Anna Sherman, RP MFT
Anna Sherman is a Registered Psychotherapist, Maternal Mental Health Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor in Toronto. She works with individuals, couples and families, as well as supervises qualifying therapists in their training. She helps her clients to heal and overcome trauma, fears and emotional blocks in their lives and relationships by building skills and tools to help them help themselves! Anna loves working with new mama's and helping women to live empowered, authentic and intentional lives. Anna holds a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is specially trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), The Gottman Method, Maternal Mental Health, Family Systems Theory, Mindfulness Meditation and Psychodynamic Therapy. Anna can be found at and on instagram @anna_sherman_psychotherapist Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
July 29, 2021
All About Seizures in Children With Shefali Karkare, MD
Dr. Karkare is the director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, designated as a level 4 center by the NAEC (National Association of Epilepsy Centers). She is board certified in Epilepsy, Child Neurology and Pediatrics. She completed her training from Children’s Hospital of Michigan, University of Michigan and New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. Before joining Northwell, Dr. Karkare was the director of pediatric epilepsy surgery program at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY where she successfully established a pediatric surgical program and streamlined complex diagnostic testing that was previously not available in the region. She served on the professional advisory committee of Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana and continues to serve on the advisory board of EPICLI (exceptional partners in care Long Island). Dr. Karkare is the principal co-investigator on HEP-3 ( Human Epilepsy Project-3) trial. She has authored book chapters and has multiple publications and presentations pertaining to pediatric epilepsy. As an assistant professor at Hofstra University Medical School and the program director for Child Neurology residency, Dr. Karkare takes avid interest in teaching and training future child neurologists. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
July 22, 2021
Hyper Healing: Parenting the Instant Gratification Child With Avigail Gimpel
Avigail Gimpel is a mom and educator who is the author of Hyper Healing: The Empowered Parent’s Complete Guide to raising a healthy child with ADHD symptoms. Avigail received her BA from Touro college and completed her graduate studies at Touro college graduate school for Special Education in Manhattan, New York. She taught in Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway from 1995 to 1998, where she developed an intervention program for student struggling with ADHD symptoms, after which she married and made aliyah. In Israel she earned advanced degrees in teaching reading to children with Dyslexia and cognitive education for children with ADHD symptoms. After returning  to Israel, she immersed herself in studying and developing treatment options for ADHD for her own kids and many struggling students. She collaborated with her father-in-law, Dr. Amnon Gimpel (psychiatrist and neurologist), and developed a parent training program. She then developed a teachers training program and now teaches in Hertzog college as well as lectures in Israeli schools and to parent groups all over Israel. She works in private practice, training parents to become ADHD coaches to their children and spouses to learn a new love language to communicate with respect. She has recently published her first book “Hyper Healing,” based on many years of research and practice both as a mother of a good number of kids diagnosed with ADHD, as well as a classroom teacher of children struggling with ADHD symptoms. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
July 15, 2021
What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer Screening With Dr. Meira Abramowitz
Dr. Meira Abramowitz is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Attending Physician at the Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Weill Cornell. Dr. Abramowitz received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College in 2005 where she graduated summa cum laude, and was awarded her medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in 2009, where she graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha society. She completed internship and residency training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2012. She subsequently completed her fellowship in Gastroenteroogy at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2015. Dr. Abramowitz is a physician educator and has lectured on both regional and national levels. Dr. Abramowitz sees patients at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian both at the Upper East Side location and at the Lower Manhattan location. For appointments, consultations, or to schedule your colonoscopy, Dr. Abramowitz can be reached at Weill Cornell/New York Presbyterian at 212-746-5077 Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
July 8, 2021
Nothing is Risk-Free: Putting Risks of the Covid19 Vaccines in Context with Dr. Gregory Poland
Gregory A. Poland, M.D., is a physician-scientist and the founding and current director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group — a state-of-the-art research group and laboratory that seeks to understand genetic drivers of viral vaccine response and application of systems biology approaches to the generation of immunity, as well as the development of novel vaccines against emerging pathogens important to public health. The Poland lab developed the field of viral vaccine immunogenetics, the immune response network theory, and the field of vaccinomics and adversomics. Dr. Poland holds the academic rank of professor of medicine and infectious diseases and molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. He is the Distiguished Investigator of the Mayo Clinic, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Vaccine. Dr. Poland received his medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, and completed his residency and advanced post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota. He has published over 650 professional papers and book chapters.  Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
July 1, 2021
Attention: Focusing on ADHD with Dr. Jennifer Bain
Jennifer Bain, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of neurology at CUIMC, in the Division of Child Neurology. Dr. Bain completed her MD and PhD at Rutgers—New Jersey Medical School and child neurology residency at Columbia University. She sees both inpatient and outpatient pediatric neurology patients, with special interest in behavioral neurology caring for children with developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, genetic disorders. She works closely with families to provide reasonable, scientifically sound and ethically safe treatments for children with these concerns.  Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
June 24, 2021
Time 2 Talk Addiction with Lianne Forman of Communities Countering Substance Abuse
Lianne Forman, a corporate and employment lawyer by training, is the Executive Director of Communities Confronting Substance Abuse (CCSA), the organization she and her husband, Etiel, founded in 2018. Through their own family’s struggles, they founded CCSA to create greater community awareness and education about substance misuse and addiction in the Jewish community. CCSA’s mission is to eliminate stigma around addiction in Jewish communities through awareness events and facilitating evidence-based educational programming in schools for students and parents about substance use. Visit for more information. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
June 17, 2021
Migraine: Not Just a Headache
Dr. Sara Crystal MD is a board certified neurologist and (UCNS certified) headache specialist. She completed her neurology residency at NYU, where she served as a chief resident, followed by a fellowship in Headache and Facial Pain at the Montefiore Headache Center of Albert Einstein. Dr. Crystal is a neurologist at the New York Headache Center and a member of the American Headache Society and International Headache Society. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
June 10, 2021
Infodemic: Dr. David Gorski Discusses Anti-vaccine Tactics and Tropes
Dr. David Gorski is a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, specializing in breast cancer surgery and a professor of surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Gorski attended the University of Michigan, where he received an MD in 1988. In 1989, he entered a residency in general surgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Gorski left residency for a PhD in cellular physiology at Case Western Reserve University, completed in 1994. Dr. Gorski continued his residency (1993–96) and completed a surgical oncology research fellowship (1996–99) at The University of Chicago. He is the author of a blog, Respectful Insolence, and the managing editor of the website Science-Based Medicine, which are both “ science skeptic “ sites. Dr. Gorski has been writing about vaccine misinformation and other pseudoscience topics since 2004- prior to that, he fought Holocaust denialism.
June 3, 2021
Aging in Place: Aging in Covid Times
Dr. Hindi Mermelstein is an adult psychiatrist with added specialties in geriatric psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry/psychosomatic medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree at Touro College and was the first female graduate to go to medical school. She obtained her MD degree at SUNY:Upstate College of Medicine, followed by an Internal Medicine internship at Beth Israel Medical Center, a psychiatry residency at NYU-Bellevue and a fellowship in the Dept of Neurology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She has served in a variety of clinical, administrative and academic positions and has been involved in a number of community and professional organizations including JOWMA and is currently the Chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee for the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry as well as the Community Practice SIG. She currently splits her professional time between her positions at NYU, Northwell and her private practice. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
May 27, 2021
Covid Vaccine and Children: You Have Questions, We Have Answers
Dr. Rebecca Pellett Madan is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and is an attending physician at the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, where she serves as Director of Pediatric Transplant Infectious Diseases. Dr. Pellett Madan’s interest in transplantation began at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she received her MD in 2001. She completed her pediatric residency and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She developed and led the Pediatric Immunocompromised Host Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine for 10 years before joining NYU in 2017. She serves as a voluntary consultant for LiveOnNY, the organ procurement organization for the New York City metropolitan area, and is a contributor to infectious diseases guidelines for the American Society for Transplantation and The Transplantation Society. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
May 21, 2021
Ladies, We Need to Talk!
Rivki Chudnoff PT, MSPT has over twenty years of experience specializing in the treatment of women’s health-related issues and pelvic floor dysfunction, with a focus on pelvic pain, unconsummated marriages, prenatal and postpartum care, and incontinence. Rivki has written extensively on women’s health issues and presented on pelvic health internationally at marriage retreats, community events, and to physicians and sexual educators. Rivki has worked closely with Rabbis and Kallah teachers to create specialized treatment plans that meet the religious needs of her clients. Rivki is an instructor for the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Institute, where she provides continuing education for healthcare professionals in the area of pelvic health. Rivki sees patients at her private practice in Teaneck, NJ.
May 13, 2021
Mind Over Matter: Empowering Health with Dr. Jordana Rothschild
As a physician specializing in Preventive Medicine, Dr. Rothschild has spent her career helping people stay healthy before they get sick. Dr. Rothschild holds an MD from the Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine and studied Mind-Body Medicine at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, as well as Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine Dr. Rothschild can be found on Instagram @jordanarothschild For more information about Alpine Health visit: Guided Meditations on YouTube: Alpine Health Fitness Videos on YouTube: Adult Recess Like on Facebook:Alpine Health Join Facebook Alpine Health Community: And you can even join Alpine Health's FREE 5 Day Mind-body Boot Camp starting May 24: Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
May 6, 2021
Approaching Herd Immunity: Lessons from Israel's Covid-19 Vaccine Campaign
Deena R Zimmerman MD MPH IBCLC is a physician with a lifelong love of Judaic Studies. One of the first graduates of Nishmat's Keren Ariel Program as a Yoetzet Halacha, she has authored “A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life” and “Mi Dor L’Dor: Genetics and Genetic Diseases: Jewish Legal and Ethical Perspectives", co-authored Nishmat’s on-line interactive textbooks – the Kallah Companion and the Marriage Companion and. as well as a number of articles related to women’s health issues and halacha. As a yoetzet, she directs of Nishmat Women’s Health and Halacha website ( As a physician, she works as the Director of the Maternal Child and Adolescent Department of the Public Health Services in Israel’s Ministry of Health. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
April 29, 2021
Long Covid: Comparing Known Long-term Effects of Covid to Theoretical Ones of the Vaccine
Dr. Sharon Stoll is a board-certified neurologist and assistant professor, in the department of neurology at Yale School of Medicine. She completed her neurology residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and her Neuroimmunology fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Stoll continues to play an active role in academic development and continuing medical education. She is an investigator on several international trials and currently serves on several advisory boards. Dr. Stoll has received numerous awards including Top Neurologist 2019, Rodney Bell teaching award and is a national multiple sclerosis society grant recipient. Dr. Stoll also spent time as a medical editor at ABC news and is currently a medical commentator for several news outlets and shows including “The Doctors”. She has most recently served as the keynote speaker for the annual “Women in Science Symposium and is an internationally renowned speaker and patient advocate. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
April 22, 2021
JScreen: Knowledge is Power
Estie Rose is a certified genetic counselor and outreach coordinator for JScreen, a national non-profit Jewish genetic disease screening program based out of Emory University School of Medicine. Estie graduated from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and then went on to complete her Masters in Genetic Counseling from the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has a special interest in community education and outreach, and is proud to be a resource for individuals of her own community who are facing genetic health issues.  Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
April 15, 2021
"If you've met one individual with autism, you've met one individual with autism." The Journey of Dr. Stephen Shore, Autistic Professor of Special Education
Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonspeaking until 4, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a full time professor at Adelphi University and adjunct at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, focusing on aligning best practice in supporting autistic people to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is an internationally renowned educator, consultant and author on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, and self-advocacy. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education. A current board member of Autism Speaks, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF), president emeritus of the Asperger/Autism Network, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore also serves on the advisory boards of AANE, and other autism related organizations. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
April 8, 2021
Marrying Well
Anna Sherman is a Registered Psychotherapist, Maternal Mental Health Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor in Toronto. She works with individuals, couples and families, as well as supervises qualifying therapists in their training. She helps her clients to heal and overcome trauma, fears and emotional blocks in their lives and relationships by building skills and tools to help them help themselves! Anna loves working with new mama's and helping women to live empowered, authentic and intentional lives. Anna holds a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is specially trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), The Gottman Method, Maternal Mental Health, Family Systems Theory, Mindfulness Meditation and Psychodynamic Therapy. Anna can be found at and on instagram @anna_sherman_psychotherapist Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
March 25, 2021
Clearing the Confusion Over the COVID19 Vaccines
Dr. Dani Halpern is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. She works as a hospitalist for Brigham and Women's Hospital and a hospitalist/pediatric emergency room physician for Boston Children's Hospital. She also is actively involved in teaching medical students and international physicians through Harvard Medical School and Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Sharon, MA. When not in the hospital she loves trying out new recipes, playing board games and thinking of trivia rounds. For COVID19 vaccine related questions please email  Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
March 18, 2021
A Good Time To Be Born
Perri Klass is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University and Co-Director of NYU Florence. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Dr. Klass began writing about medicine and medical training when she was a medical student.  She writes the weekly column, “The Checkup,” for the New York Times Science Section. She has written extensively about medicine, children, literacy, and knitting. Her new book, A Good Time to Be Born: How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future, is an account of how victories over infant and child mortality have changed the world.  Her medical journalism has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Harvard Medicine. Dr. Klass is the National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, a national program which promotes early literacy through pediatric primary care, with guidance about reading aloud for parents and children’s books provided at routine well child visits. She has received numerous awards for her work as a pediatrician and educator including the 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award, which recognizes her educational contributions that have had a broad and positive impact on the health and well-being of children; the 2006 Women’s National Book Association Award; and the 2011 Alvarez Award from the American Medical Writers Association. In 2016 the American Academy of Pediatrics honored her with The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, citing the impact that she has made through her writing, service as an educator, and leadership in promoting early literacy through Reach Out and Read. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
March 11, 2021
PANDAS: It's More Than A Strep Throat
Margo Thienemann, MD is a Co-founder and Director of Psychiatric Services at for the Immune Behavioral Health/Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (IBH/PANS) Clinic at Stanford Children’s Health and a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Stanford School of Medicine. The clinic is the first PANS clinic in the country. Dr. Thienemann is an author and contributor to many PANS publications including the PANS Consensus Treatment Guidelines and PANS, Clinical Management of Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome: Part I-Psychiatric and Behavioral Interventions. She has also written: Seeing Your First Child with PANDAS/PANS along with The PANDAS Physicians Network Diagnostics and Therapeutics Committee and with Stanford Continuing Medical Education, a free online CME activity: Presentation and Early Management of PANS. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
March 4, 2021
On The Spectrum: All About Autism With Dr. Devorah Segal
Dr. Devorah Segal is a pediatric neurologist at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Segal received her B.A. in Chemistry at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She then earned her MD and a PhD in Neuroscience at Icahn Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics and pediatric neurology training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at NYU Langone Medical Center. She spent several years on faculty at Weill Cornell, where she practiced general child neurology, providing inpatient and outpatient care with a subspecialty in neurogenetics.  She is now a faculty member at NYU Langone, where she specializes in treating neurofibromatosis and pediatric neuro-oncology. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
February 25, 2021
I Was Supposed to Have a Baby: Aimee Baron's Personal Struggle with Recurrent Pregnancy Losses
Aimee Baron MD, FAAP, is the founder and executive director of I Was Supposed to Have a Baby, a nonprofit organization that utilizes social media to support Jewish individuals and families as they are struggling to have a child. It provides a warm and nurturing space for those going through infertility, pregnancy loss, infant loss, surrogacy or adoption, in addition to connecting those families to resources in the Jewish community at large. Dr. Baron was formerly the Director of Innovation and Growth at NechamaComfort, and has also worked as an Attending Pediatrician in the Newborn Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital before taking a leave of absence after her third miscarriage. Join us Thursday nights at 8 PM EST on Instagram live @jowma_org for our latest podcast discussions!!
February 18, 2021
It's NOT all In Your Head with Miriam Segura Harrison
Dr. Segura Harrison is a board-certified Family Physician. She completed her Family Medicine residency at the Brown University Family Medicine Residency. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She currently practices full-spectrum family medicine with obstetrics in the Boston area. She is also an IBCLC with an avid clinical interest in breastfeeding medicine, and a kallah teacher.
February 11, 2021
"But You Look Amazing!" Bari Mitzmann and Her Struggle with Chronic Illness
Bari Mitzmann is a content creator whose goal is to empower women and normalize struggle. She has a masters in education and has worked in outreach for a number of years. She uses her Instagram platform @barianna, her blog and her podcast, woman of valor, to discuss and normalize mental illness and other seemingly taboo topics in the Jewish community.  Follow Bari on: Website & Blog: Instagram: YouTube: Facebook:
February 11, 2021
I'm Not Antivaxx but...With Dorit Rubinstein Reiss
Dorit Rubinstein Reiss is a professor of law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Increasingly, her research and activities are focused on legal issues related to vaccines, including exemption laws and tort liability related to non-vaccination. She published law review and peer reviewed articles and many blog posts on legal issues related to vaccines. She received an undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science from the Faculty of Law in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program in UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Parents Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines and the the Vaccine Working Group on Ethics and Policy, and active in vaccine advocacy in other ways.
February 4, 2021
Pandemic Pregnancy: Dr. Denise Moses, OB, Discusses Her Personal Story and the Covid Vaccine
Denise Moses, MD FACOG is a board-certified OBGYN. Dr. Moses is a true New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. She received her undergraduate degree at CUNY Brooklyn, and medical degree at SUNY Downstate. She completed residency at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Health System. She currently works at a private practice located in Queens, NY, called Healthcare for All Women
January 28, 2021
No Easy Answers with Dr. Mark Mulligan
Mark J. Mulligan, MD, is the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases & Immunology in the Department of Medicine, and director of the NYU Langone Vaccine Center. He joined NYU Langone Health in 2018. He is a translational physician-scientist who leads a research clinic and a research laboratory. He conducts vaccine clinical trials and clinical studies of emerging infections. He has studied HIV, Zika, Ebola, bird flu, 2009 pandemic influenza, and other infections with public health impact. He is now studying the novel coronavirus. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (cum laude, 1980), University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas (1984). During infectious diseases training (UAB, 1987-90) he did post-doctoral molecular virology training with Dr. Richard Compans, a renowned virologist. Dr. Mulligan served as lead investigator for an NIH-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, conducting AIDS and TB research in Atlanta, Kenya, the Philippines, and Thailand (2006-2018). He also served as the principal investigator for an NIH-funded Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU), 2007-18. This was one of nine national units funded by NIH to conduct clinical research on medical countermeasures (such as vaccines, treatments, diagnostics, biomarkers) to combat infectious disease threats to human health.
January 21, 2021
Less Stress Pandemic Parenting with Sarah Chana Radcliffe
Sarah Chana Radcliffe is a psychologist in private practice in Toronto Canada, counseling parents, couples and individuals. Mrs. Radcliffe is the author of the HarperCollins Publications “Raise Your Kids without Raising Your Voice” and “The Fear Fix,” as well as 7 books on Jewish family life and emotional well-being, including her newest release “Better Behavior Now!” Sarah Chana is a weekly columnist for the Family First section of the internationally distributed Mishpacha Magazine. In conjunction with Jewish Workshops, she has produced numerous webinar classes on parenting, marriage, anxiety and stress management, and she currently runs a live, ongoing weekly family-life webinar series called “The Family Circle.” Sarah Chana provides daily tools for parenting, family life and emotional well-being on her Facebook and Instagram Parenting Pages, as well as through her Daily Parenting Posts Email List.
January 14, 2021
ATIME Sharing Insights and Perspectives from the World of Infertility
Mrs. Brany Rosen is the Founder of A TIME and Director of Member Services. Almost 30 years ago, Brany and her husband found themselves struggling through infertility in a world that wouldn't even say the word. There was no one to ask about doctors or to receive support from. She and Rabbi Rosen made a promise that if they would be helped, they would do everything they could to make sure that no couple ever felt alone on this journey. Baruch Hashem, they had a baby boy and a short few months later launched an organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of couples on the family building journey.
January 7, 2021
Sick of Eating: A Review of Eating Disorders with Devorah Levinson from RELIEF
Devorah Levinson is a Referral Specialist and the Director of Eating Disorders Division at Relief Resources; a free mental health referral service that caters to the needs of the Orthodox Jewish community. Devorah has a strong background in communal work in both the United States and abroad. Her role at Relief is to provide mental health referrals and information to families and patients and she serves as a conduit to appropriate and effective care. Her work consists of researching new clinicians, facilities, and treatment options as well as promoting cultural sensitivity to clinicians who have little or no experience with Orthodox Jewish patients. She has presented on the topics of mental health and eating disorders in the Jewish community at schools and hospitals in the tri-state area. Most notably, the Torah Umesorah-National Society for Hebrew Day Schools Leadership Convention and at the New York State Psychiatric Institute Columbia. Devorah has also been involved with the National Eating Disorder Association and has a strong focus on eating disorder prevention. In that vein she is also part of a team of experts who developed a cultural adaptation of a dissonance based body acceptance program.
December 31, 2020
We Need to Talk, Not Scare; Tips on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
Rahel Bayar, CEO, is a former sex crimes and child abuse prosecutor who has worked in the field of sexual misconduct and abuse prevention for over a decade. She built her career on creating safe spaces and facilitating change in workplaces globally.  Rahel recently served as a Managing Director in the Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division of T&M Protection Resources, a global security and consulting firm.  Previously, she spent many years as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence Bureaus at the Bronx District Attorney’s office. As a prosecutor, Rahel was responsible for the prosecution and investigation of hundreds of sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence cases including high-profile rape cases. As a consultant, Rahel developed and delivered customized interactive workshops, lectures and trainings across the country to diverse workplaces.  She has consulted for K-12 independent schools, camps, media outlets, financial firms, law firms, global youth organizations, corporations, churches, synagogues, religious organizations and nonprofits.  She is a sought after and widely renowned speaker for her engaging workshops on the topics of sexual misconduct, abuse prevention & detection, safe social media and electronic communication practices, boundary guidelines, and consent.   Rahel has piloted leadership training and child safety best practices training at multiple summer camps across the US & Canada and is a consultant to camp directors.  Rahel is the author of a curriculum on teaching abuse prevention in specific faith-based communities and has been featured on webinars for camps, schools and parents on preventing sexual abuse of children.  Rahel is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University and received her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.
December 25, 2020
Treat Early, Treat Wisely with Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt
The latest discussion is about the COVID vaccines, meanwhile, a lot of people are still getting the virus, and our hospitals are filling up quickly. In this episode we discuss new treatments that people need to be aware of, in addition to answering some questions about the vaccine. Dr. Aaron Glatt is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau. He also serves as the Chief of Infectious Diseases and is the Hospital’s Epidemiologist. Dr. Glatt is board certified in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, New York and served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center. Considered an expert in infectious diseases, he is a Spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
December 18, 2020
A Light At the End of the Tunnel with Dr. Ellie Carmody
DR. ELLIE CARMODY IS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE physician. She received her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a MPH from Columbia University. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center and her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at NYU School of Medicine Dr. Carmody is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and is the Director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic, Bellevue Hospital Center.
December 10, 2020
Straight Talk on COVID19 with Dr. Michael Osterholm
Dr.Michael Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) . He is also the chair of public health and a professor at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in epidemiology, public health and pandemic preparedness, with a distinguished career spanning over 45 years. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling books, Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe(2001) and The Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs( 2017) Dr. Osterholm also has a weekly podcast on COVID-19 related topics. In November 2020, Dr. Osterholm was appointed to President-elect Joe Biden's 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.
December 10, 2020
CATCH: Creating a Team of Courage and Hope for Women with Anxiety and Depression
Jessica Tsur is the founder of CATCH, Creating a Team of Courage and Hope, which is an organization for women struggling with mental health challenges. She is also runs both a day care and a gemach for women’s and childrens’ clothing, Levli Gemach. Jessica has been very open about her struggles with severe anxiety and depression and the associated stigma. She realized that there is a huge need for all types of support for women with mental health challenges, which was the impetus for creating CATCH. Jessica’s vision for CATCH is , in her words,” the go to spot for women who need support navigating these extremely challenging waters- fighting an illness so often invisible to the outside world. CATCH will be an all -encompassing space for women to get support and direction and not feel alone when dealing with anxiety and depression.” You can reach Jessica at
December 4, 2020
No Shame, No Blame: An approach to childhood weight concerns
Dr. Rebecca Geliebter, a Pediatric Endocrinologist, discusses childhood weight concerns and the best means of management.
November 27, 2020
First Surviving, Then Thriving: Parenting In Stressful Circumstances
Dvorah Levy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. She maintains a private practice in Cedarhurst and Brooklyn, NY. Dvorah has over 25 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. She is a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work and received post graduate training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Gestalt Therapy. Among her areas of expertise are marriage therapy, dating coaching and working with parenting issues, anxiety, depression, trauma and grief/loss. In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Dvorah has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of marriage, dating and parenting. Dvorah is an interactive, psycho-dynamic therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to guide clients in developing insight as well as providing support and practical feedback for clients to effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
November 20, 2020
Not My Child! with Rabbi Yossi Bensoussan
Rabbi Yossi Bensoussan serves as mashgiach ruchani at Yeshiva High School of Cleveland. He is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) who currently maintains a private practice, and does motivational speaking and community education on addiction all over the US and Israel. Rabbi Bensoussan is well-known also for his regular column, Risk Factor, in Mishpacha magazine
November 20, 2020
Hunger Games: Raising Healthy Eaters
Yaffi Lvova, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and twin mom who is passionate about providing nutrition education for the pregnant or breastfeeding woman, help with nutrition for colicky or fussy babies, and assistance with initial food introduction. Yaffi graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors of science in nutrition and dietetics from Arizona State University in 2010 and went on to complete the Iowa State University dietetic internship. Yaffi partners with families to grow happy, healthy babies and confident parents by breaking down complex scientific concepts, ideas, theories, and research into easier to understand language so that parents can make informed decisions about their child’s wellness. “Together, we can transform complex science into simple words that describe why things work and what formulas, recipes, and strategies you can use to achieve optimum health for your child &you.”
November 15, 2020
Talking to Our Kids About Sex and Sexuality: Rachel Tuchman, LMHC
Rachel Tuchman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with over ten years of experience. She has worked with many diverse populations and across a wide spectrum of mental health relater concerns. Rachel is HAES (Health At Every Size) aligned clinician and dedicates a lot of her time out of office to educating parents and kids on the importance of body respect and the behaviors that truly honor our health. Currently, she offers services in her Cedarhurst, NY office for kids and teens ages 5-18, adults, and women experiencing infertility, pregnancy loss and post hysterectomy. Rachel also does speaking engagements for schools, synagogues and various community organizations. You can reach her at
November 1, 2020
What’s the Deal with the COVID19 Vaccine? Dr. Dan Grove And Dr. Naor Bar Zeev
Dr. Dan Grove, Assistant Director of Critical Care at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, interviews Dr. Naor Bar Zeev about COVID19. Still having COVID-19 conundrums? Tune in to the next episode of the JOWMA Preventative Health Podcast, where Dr. Alisa Minkin will be asking YOUR questions in an interview with Dr. Naor Bar-Zev, PhD, MPH, MBBS(Hons), MBiostat the Deputy Director of the International Vaccine Access Center and Associate Professor of International Health and Vaccinology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. **please post your questions in the comments below, and keep an eye out for a question box and more info in our stories!!**
October 23, 2020
The Confident Kallah: Fostering Healthy Sexuality in Our Daughters with Dr. Elissa Hellman
An experienced, board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Elissa Hellman, has been in practice for the past ten years in Milwaukee, WI. She is also the physician at The Confident Kallah, a telemedicine gynecology practice focused on the needs of Jewish women who observe Taharat Ha'Mishpacha. Throughout her years as a clinician, she noticed a gap in women's health awareness and education. This developed into a special interest in patient education and being a resource for the Jewish community in relation to body awareness and women's preventative health, starting from a young age.
October 16, 2020
Vaccine Development with Dr. Naor Bar Zeev
Dr. Naor Bar Zeev PHD MPH MBBS(Hons) M Biostat is the Deputy Director of the International Vaccine Access Center and Associate Professor of International Health and Vaccinology at the Johns hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a pediatric infectious disease physician and a statistical epidemiologist.
October 13, 2020
Intuitive Eating with Gila Glassberg, RD
Gila Glassberg is a Master's level registered dietitian and a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. As a teenager, she was faced with constant diet talk, body shaming and obsessive guilt around food, she struggled with disordered eating. This is what propelled her into the field of nutrition. She uses a non-diet, weight-neutral approach called Intuitive Eating. She helps growth oriented women break out of chronic dieting, and regain clarity into what is really important to them. You can find more of Gila’s interviews, blog posts and information on her website at Follow her on instagram @gila.glassberg.intuitiveRD
October 1, 2020
Pandemic Child Psychology with Dr. Sara Asher
Dr. Alisa Minkin interviews Dr. Sara Asher.
September 18, 2020
Yid Parenting: Back to School with Rabbi Yitzie Ross
Rabbi Yitzie Ross is a dynamic 4th grade Rebbe at the Yeshiva of South Shore in Hewlett, New York, as well as the author of the popular blog and column Yid Parenting.
September 14, 2020
Unmasking the Myths of COVID19 with Dr. Naor Bar Zeev
Dr. Naor Bar Zeev PHD MPH MBBS(Hons) M Biostat is the Deputy Director of the International Vaccine Access Center and Associate Professor of International Health and Vaccinology at the Johns hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a pediatric infectious disease physician and a statistical epidemiologist.
September 4, 2020
Egg Freezing: Fertility Preservation with Dr. Bat-Sheva Lerner Maslow
Dr Bat-Sheva Lerner Maslow is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and reproductive Endocrinology. She is the Director of Research at Extend Fertility. She provides the full spectrum of infertility care at Extend Fertility and Premium health Center, including fertility preservation.
August 16, 2020
Back to School...and COVID-19
Dr. Ellie Carmody is an Infectious Disease physician at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Director of the Infectious Disease Clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center.
July 26, 2020
Dealing with the Emotional Fallout of COVID-19
Perella Perlstein is a psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Touro College. She has a clinical practice in Brooklyn, NY.
July 17, 2020
How to Fool Yourself Less Often Part 2
JOWMA interviews Dr. Jonathan Howard, NYU Neurologist, acclaimed critical thinker, and published expert on cognitive biases in medicine.
July 10, 2020
Ask The Expert: ADHD and Autism, Q &A with Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. Amir Miodovnik
Dr. Amir Miodovnik is a developmental -behavioral pediatrician , former Chief of Developmental Pediatrics at Maimonides Hospital , who currently is practicing at Neurabilities Healthcare in New Jersey.
July 5, 2020
Baby Skin 101
Miriam R. Lieberman, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology for adults and children. Dr. Lieberman received her medical degree and completed her residency training in dermatology at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Lieberman is committed to quality patient care with a high priority on health education and preventative wellness.
June 26, 2020
COVID19: Must there be a second wave?
Dr.Daniel Grove is a pulmonary and critical care specialist and assistant director of critical care at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital in Maryland, and author of the blog mycovidjourney.
June 19, 2020
A Personal Perspective on Preventing Eating Disorders
Aviva Beleck is a 4th year medical student at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stonybrook and future pediatrician who discusses her struggles with an eating disorder.
June 9, 2020
A Heart to Heart Talk with Dr. Sarah Rosanel
Dr. Sarah Rosanel is an internal medicine hospitalist and cardiology fellow at Maimonides Medical Center.
May 28, 2020
Our New Normal: Reopening after the storm of COVID19
Dr. Hindi Mermelstein is a psychiatrist with specialization in geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine
May 28, 2020
"I Was Supposed to Have a Baby: Coping with Infertility and Pregnancy Loss"
Dr. Aimee Baron and licensed clinical social worker D’vora Entin talk to JOWMA about finding emotional support while coping with infertility and pregnancy loss.
May 22, 2020
"Pru U'rvu: Reproductive Medicine for Torah Observant Couples"
Dr. Richard Grazi, Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Maimonides Medical Center and the founder of Genesis Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, talks to JOWMA about reproductive medicine and fertility treatment, with a focus on the special needs of Orthodox Jewish couples.
May 22, 2020
SAR Town Hall Meeting 5/4: COVID19 Updates and Antibody Testing Information
During a SAR Town Hall meeting, Dr. Jill Horowitz , Executive Director, Rockefeller University, discusses promising monoclonal antibody treatment of COVID 19, and Dr. Josh Rocker, Pediatric Intensivist at Cohen's Children's Hospital gives an update in COVID 19 including antibody testing.
May 15, 2020
Baby Blues: A discussion on perinatal mood disorders
A discussion with Dr. Miriam Segura Harrison, a Family Practice Physician with expertise in mother/baby care, discusses perinatal mood disorders.
May 15, 2020
Mom Worries: Maternal Mental Health
Dr. Alisa Minkin of JOWMA, interviews Dvora Entin , LCSW, PMH-C, an expert in maternal mental health, to discuss perinatal mood disorders.
May 15, 2020
Rebecca Gamss, MD, interviews Elana Silber, the executive director of Sharsheret. Sharsheret is the only National Jewish organization that helps women (and their families) who are at risk for, or who have been, diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer. Sharsheret provides emotional support, financial support and community education.
May 8, 2020
Mammograms: Everything you need to know
In this episode, Dr Miriam Knoll, an oncologist, interviews Dr Rebecca Gamss, a breast radiologist and expert on imaging for breast cancer.
May 8, 2020
SAR Town Hall COVID19 update with Dr. Josh Rocker, 4/21/20
A recording of the SAR town hall meeting with Dr. Josh Rocker.
May 4, 2020
Quarantine Fatigue: When WIll We Get Back To Normal?
A discussion with Dr. Ellie Carmody, Infectious Disease , NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospital.
May 1, 2020
Time Is Brain: Preventing, Recognizing, and Treating Stroke
Award winning neurologist, Dr. Sharon Stoll, talks to JOWMA about preventing, recognizing, and treating a stroke.
April 27, 2020
Dr. Rona Novick: Emotional Survival, Mental Health and COVID19
Dr. Alisa Minkin interviews Dr. Rona Novick ,Dean of Azrieli Graduate School at Yeshiva University and Child Psychologist on staff at Northwell, author of BRAVE bully prevention program and several books, including “Mommy Can You Stop The Rain?”
April 13, 2020
SAR Town Hall 3/30: Mental Health in the Time of Covid
March 30th S.A.R. community coronavirus town hall, featuring mental health advice by Dr. Laurie R. Santos, psychologist and cognitive scientist who is a Professor of Psychology at Yale University, Director of Yale's Comparative Cognition Laboratory, Director of Yale's Canine Cognition Lab, and Head of Yale's Silliman College.
April 6, 2020
Distancing Together: Anxiety, Self Care, and Relationship Building in Quarantine
A virtual mental health symposium held by East Hill Synagogue on March 30, 2020, featuring: "Defeating Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" with Dr. Michael Portman, MSW, DPhil, LCSW, SCT, clinical psychotherapist and international authority on generalized anxiety disorder. "Strengthening Relationships in Stressful Times" with Anna Ostro Portman, MSW, LCSW. "Self Care, Healthy Emotional Boundaries, and Developing Resilience through Gratitude" with Ilana Cuttler, MSW, LCSW, adjunct faculty at Ramapo College School of Social Work.
April 2, 2020
Dr. Josh Rocker and Dr. Gita Lisker SAR Town Hall 3/23/20
Dr. Joshua Rocker is a pediatric emergency room specialist at Northwell. Dr. Gita Lisker is a specialist in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care at Northwell.
March 29, 2020
COVID19 New York Community Call-in and Q&A: Part 2
In this series, frum medical professionals get together on a phone call to answer some common questions and bust myths regarding the coronavirus. Hosted by: Blima Marcus DNP Oncology Miriam Lieberman MD Dermatologist Moshe Cohn MD NYU pediatric intensivist Menachem Kirschenbaum DO pediatrician Boro Park The transcript for this podcast is available at
March 19, 2020
COVID19 New York Community Call-in and Q&A: Part 1
In this series, frum medical professionals get together on a phone call to answer some common questions and bust myths regarding the coronavirus. Hosted by: Blima Marcus DNP Oncology Miriam Lieberman MD Dermatologist Moshe Cohn MD NYU pediatric intensivist Menachem Kirschenbaum DO pediatrician Boro Park The transcript for this podcast is available at
March 19, 2020
Answers to Community Questions about COVID19: East Hill Synagogue Medical Symposium
A recording of a medical symposium (including specialists in infectious diseases, pediatric emergency medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry) held by the East Hill Synagogue in Englewood, NJ on March 12, 2020 about the COVID19 pandemic and the social distances measures the community has taken to slow its spread.
March 13, 2020
COVID-19: It's Here...But Still Don't Panic, Wash Your Hands and Prepare
Dr. Ellie Carmody is infectious disease doctor and has a masters of public Health at NYU and Bellevue. She is interviewed here by Dr. Alisa Minkin regarding the current COVID-19 public health concern.
March 13, 2020
Catch Them Before They Fall: Atideinu
Chana Perel Handler,Masters level social worker and founding director of Atideinu, a unique and proactive program to keep children emotionally healthy.
March 5, 2020
"Ad d'lo Yada": Keeping our kids safe on Purim and the rest of the year
Rabbi Zvi Gluck, paramedic, liason to the NYPD, head of Amudim, and dedicated communival activist talks to JOWMA about substance use and abuse prevention.
March 5, 2020
COVID19: Don't Panic, Be Prepared, and Wash Your Hands
Infectious Disease expert, Dr. Ellie Carmody, talks to JOWMA about the novel Coronavirus, COVID19, and how we can prepare and stay safe in the event of a disease pandemic.
February 28, 2020
How To Lose Weight...and Keep It Off
Dr. Alisa Minkin, General Pediatrician and Co-Chair of the JOWMA Preventative Health Committee discusses important weight loss topics with Registered Dietician, Aliza Beer, who specializes in creating personalized weight-loss plans for people of all ages. Aliza can be reached at, by phone at 516-984-3333 or on her website A full transcript of this interview can be found at
February 27, 2020
Just Eat Real Food
Dr. Alisa Minkin, General Pediatrician, interviews Dr. Debbie Herst, Australian GP and advocate for healthier diets focusing on less sugar and processed foods. The transcript for this podcast is available on our website at
February 27, 2020
Healing Through Stories: Drama Therapy and Witness Theater
JOWMA interviews Sally Grazi-Shatzkes, drama therapist, covenant award winter and creator of Witness Theater.
February 20, 2020
How to Fool Yourself Less Often: Medical Decision Making for Regular People
JOWMA interviews Dr. Jonathan Howard, NYU neurologist, acclaimed critical thinker, and published expert on cognitive biases in medicine.
February 20, 2020