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Richmond University Medical Center Staff Receive Appointments

July 8, 2019 – Two of Richmond University Medical Center’s staff have received appointments in recognition of their leadership and experience in their respected fields. Dr. George Abdelsayed, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and Elizabeth Traynor, assistant vice president, outpatient behavioral health services, has been elected to the board of directors for The Coalition for Behavioral Health.

Founded in 1972, the coalition is an advocacy association of New York's behavioral health community. It represents over 100 non-profit community based behavioral health agencies that serve more than 400,000 consumers in the five boroughs of New York City and its surrounding counties. Traynor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and her master's degree in social work from New York University. She attended Rutgers University for alcohol/substance abuse training and participated in the executive director training program at the Baruch College School of Public Service & Education, and the Partnership for After-School Education. Traynor worked for the Staten Island Mental Health Society, beginning in 1998. The society merged with Richmond University Medical Center earlier this year, with its programs now fully integrated as a division of Richmond University Medical Center.

Founded in 1950, the AASLD is an organization of scientists and health care professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease. The organization has over 5,000 members, including physicians, medical students, residents, and other health care professionals who work in hepatology and related areas. Dr. Abdelsayed was named a Fellow of the AASLD, the highest honor among AASLD membership, in recognition of his professional achievement in clinical practice. It is awarded to members of the AASLD who have made a significant contribution to the knowledge and/or practice of liver and biliary diseases, and who are considered leaders in the field. Dr. Abdelsayed has over 30 years of patient care experience. His specialties include gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Abdelsayed graduated from New York Medical College in 1983.

“On behalf of everyone, including our board of trustees, administration, and the entire medical staff, congratulations to Elizabeth and Dr. Abdelsayed on their well-deserved appointments,” president and chief executive officer Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, said.