February Promotions, Announcements & Appointments

ABOVE: Dr. Souhel Najjar, Dr. Steven Pacia & Dr. Ruben Kuzniecky

Northwell adds three to Neurology Dept.

Under the direction of Dr. Souhel Najjar, Northwell Health has become a top regional destination for neurological care.

Besides serving as the health system’s senior vice president and executive director of neurology and chair of neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital, Najjar has been promoted to chair of neurology services at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Northwell also added to its talent base by recently recruiting two neurologists affiliated with New York University.

Dr. Steven Pacia will serve as vice chair of neurology at NSUH, director of neurology for Northwell’s Eastern Region, and associate professor of neurology at the Zucker School of Medicine.

He served as chief of neurology at Lenox Hill and director of the hospital’s Epilepsy Center and EEG Lab from 2004 to 2015. He was previously an associate professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine and a principal investigator there since 1993, receiving numerous grants for his epilepsy research.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ruben Kuzniecky will serve as vice chair of academic affairs and director of clinical research programs within the department of neurology, and professor of neurology at the Zucker School of Medicine.

He previously co-directed the NYU Epilepsy Center while serving as a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine and director of epilepsy research.

Kuzniecky began and furthered his career at the EEG Laboratory at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He also has extensive experience in epilepsy research and been published widely.

Groysman joins team at QMA

Queens Medical Associates has announced Dr. Pavel Groysman will lead its new Adult Cancer Palliative and Supportive Care Program.


Groysman is board certified in Internal and Geriatric Medicine, and board eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

“It is a privilege to join the dedicated staff at Queens Medical Associates, and I’m looking forward to sharing my expertise and passion for individualized supportive care with all of their patients,” he said.

Comprehensive palliative and supportive care that treats both a person’s emotional needs, as well as their medical symptoms, is a core component of high-quality patient-centered cancer care.

At Queens Medical Associates, Groysman will focus on creating a unique model of patient-centered supportive care, incorporating an integrative approach to effectively address the physical and emotional aspects of patients living with cancer to empower a more active role throughout their journey.

“Queens Medical Associates is dedicated to providing the best possible quality of life for patients, and their families, who are facing cancer diagnosis,” said Dr. Lihong Wei, oncologist/hematologist at Queens Medical Associates.

After completion of his palliative training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Groysman returned to NYU Winthrop Hospital, where he served as a founding faculty in creating a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

His passion for taking care of patients with cancer also lead him to develop and grow an outpatient Supportive Oncology program. He is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.


NJK now part of Century 21 team

New York NJK Professional Realty, under the leadership of Neal J. Khoorchand, has joined the Century 21 System and will now do business as Century 21 Professional Realty.

The company will continue to provide full-service real estate services to buyers, sellers and renters in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island, andwill now benefit from the world-class marketing, educational resources, and technology and productivity tools provided through its affiliation with the Century 21



Khoorchand has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and an excellent track record throughout the greater New York City area. He leads a team of 20 licensed realtors in his South Ozone Park office, providing real estate services for residential and commercial real estate.

“I knew I wanted to work with the globally recognized Century 21 brand,” said Khoorchand. “The decision to join the system was an easy one to make, and we’re excited to ring in the new year with the tools and resources to better serve our clients.”

Century 21 Professional Realty is heavily involved in the local community, partaking in various charity drives, holiday donations and participation in local houses of worship. With its new affiliation, Khoorchand and his team hope to get more involved in the community and truly become a household name.

“To have a company of go-getters giving 121 percent and delivering extraordinary experiences to such a thriving and competitive real estate market like New York City defines our people, not only in Queens but as a global iconic brand,” said Nick Bailey, CEO Century 21. “It’s great to see a passionate team successfully grow their business through high-quality recommendations from previous clients.”


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