Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

DoM Physicians Awarded Master of Science Degrees through CRTP

Three physicians from the Department of Medicine were awarded a Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Research Methods attained through the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) of the Einstein Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Montefiore Einstein.

Daniele Massera, Fellow in the Division of Cardiology; Jonathan Ross, an Instructor of Medicine and Clinician-Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine; and Ladan Golestaneh, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Nephrology, were among the 11 CRTP graduates awarded the degree at a commencement ceremony held on May 24, 2017.

The intensive two-year program is designed for those pursuing a career in investigator-initiated, hypothesis-driven clinical research.  The CRTP graduates come from all specialties and career stages and have been trained in clinical research methods across the translational spectrum through didactic learning and coursework with a mentored research experience.

ladan golestaneha
Ladan Golestaneh, MD, MSc

Ladan Golestaneh MD, MSc
Thesis topic:
Predictors of Recurrent Hospitalizations in a Cohort of End Stage Renal Disease in the Bronx
Mentor: Michal Melamed, MD, MS 

Dr. Golestaneh is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Nephrology), where she holds various clinical and administrative positions. Her research interests include acute kidney injury (AKI) and the cardio-renal syndrome. Dr. Golestaneh has examined antibiotics dosing with dialysis modalities, the role of minocycline as an agent to prevent post-cardiac-surgery AKI, and clinical manifestations of hemodynamic renal disease. Her recent research interests include care delivery models for chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease patients, projects for which she collaborates with the Montefiore CMO. Dr. Golestaneh received her MD from New York Medical College in 1999. She completed internship and residency at Montefiore Medical Center in 2002 and nephrology fellowship at Einstein in 2004.

Daniele Massera
Daniele Massera, MD, MSc

Daniele Massera MD, MSc
Thesis topic:
Association of Bone Mineral Density with Cardiac Valvular and Annular Calcification in Community-Dwelling Older People - The Cardiovascular Health Study
Mentor: Jorge Kizer, MD, MSc 

Dr. Massera is a fourth-year fellow in the Division of Cardiology. His research interest lies in the relationship of bone mineral metabolism and valve calcification. For his CRTP thesis, he investigated the association between bone mineral density and aortic and mitral valve calcification in participants of the Cardiovascular Health Study. Dr. Massera is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship Award in Cardiovascular Diseases from the New York Academy of Medicine, during which he will investigate the association between serum biomarkers of bone turnover and incident aortic stenosis in the Cardiovascular Health Study. He received his medical degree from the University of Vienna, in Austria, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Einstein Montefiore.

Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross, MD, MSc

Jonathan Ross MD, MSc 
Thesis topic: 
Clinical outcomes in undocumented immigrants with HIV
Mentors: Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS and Kathryn Anastos, MD 

Dr. Ross is an Instructor of Medicine and Clinician-Investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine. His research centers around assessing and improving outcomes among vulnerable communities in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa; his current work focuses on the impact of HIV among undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and examining predictors of retention in HIV care in Rwanda. Dr. Ross teaches clinical epidemiology to residents in the Wakefield and Moses internal medicine residency programs. He received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his residency training at Montefiore in the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine program.  Dr. Ross was recently received a NIH K23 Award.

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