Meet the Medical Staff

Meet the Medical Staff

Leonard Berkowitz, MD leads the medical team at the PATH Center. He graduated from medical school in 1977 from SUNY Downstate, where he also completed his residency and fellowship in Infectious Diseases, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Berkowitz is certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Association of HIV Medicine. He has been caring for HIV-positive patients since 1981 and has been named one of the “Best Doctors in New York City” by New York Magazine every year since 1999.

Anjali Bakshi, MD attended medical school at the Government Medical College GAMMU in India and completed her residency at Long Island College Hospital in 2005. She completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn and has been with The Brooklyn Hospital Center as an Infectious Disease physician since 2007. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and is certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Association of HIV Medicine. Dr Bakshi finds a great deal of hope in the treatment of HIV and AIDS. She is thrilled by the dramatic progress in treatments that have changed the HIV infection into a chronic, manageable disease such that most patients may look forward to a normal life span with an excellent quality of life.                                      

Dr. Agnes Cha is a Professor of Pharmacology at the LIU school of Pharmacy, is certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Association of HIV Medicine, and received "Preceptor of the Year" recognition by TBHC pharmacy residents in 2011. She and her residents and students provide adherence counseling and patient education, in addition to working with the medical staff on complex issues of medication management such as drug-drug interactions.

Roselyne Chery, MD attended medical school in Puebla Pue Mexico at Universidad Autonoma De Puebla and held a medical externship with Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn. She completed the Family Practice Residency Program with Catholic Medical Center in Jamaica, New York, in addition to the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Christiana Care Health Systems in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Chery is certified as a HIV Specialist by the American Association of HIV Medicine, and has been working with HIV/AIDS patients since joining The PATH Center in 2001. She speaks Creole, English, French, and Spanish.

Dr. Akos Kovacs attended medical school in Budapest, Hungary at Semmelweis Medical School. He was a medical resident at New York Downtown Hospital and a senior resident at St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey.  Dr. Kovas completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at NYU Medical Center. He joined The Brooklyn Hospital Center in 1996.

Yvonne Kingon CPNP, CPNP, is the Clinical Services Coordinator of The PATH Center’s Family Program. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining PATH in 2003 Yvonne held a research position with the Adolescent AIDS Program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Yvonne has been in the field of pediatric, adolescent and young adult HIV care since 2000. Yvonne has provided care to pediatric HIV-positive patients at the PATH Center since 2003.

Lillian Venezia, ANP completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Long Island University in 1981 and her Masters of Arts in Nursing from New York University in 1986. She has been licensed and certified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner since 1998. Lillian has been working with PATH since 2001 and has provided care to HIV-positive patients since the epidemic began in 1981. In addition to her work at PATH, Lillian is the Director of the HIV program at Metropolitan Jewish Home Care.

Angela Campbell, RN, has been theNurse Clinician at the PATH Center since 1998. She graduated from Long Island University and has worked as a nurse for the past 18 years. Prior to working at PATH, Angela ran the inpatient department for HIV patients at Caledonian Hospital.

Gregory Celestin, PA, graduated from the Catholic Medical Center Physician Assistant Program. He has been working at the PATH Center since he completed the Nicholas A. Rango HIV Clinical Scholars Program in 2001, and is certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Association of HIV Medicine. His interests include HIV/AIDS, as well as medicine in developing nations. Greg is fluent in Creole.

Lisa Russak, NP, is the Director of Clinical Services for the PATH Center. She graduated from Columbia University with her Masters in Nursing and a specialization in HIV care with a focus on addictive behaviors. Prior to joining the PATH Center in 2008, Lisa provided care to HIV/AIDS patients at St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital and at Lenox Hill Hospital. Originally a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she worked in the garment industry for 15 years.  While volunteering with the Community Health Project at the Gay & Lesbian Center she was inspired by her experiences to return to school and pursue a degree in nursing.



Jolene Bastas, LMSW, Director, PATH Family Program

Carolyn Farhie, LCSW, Social Work Manager

Frank Naso, LMSW, Family Program Medical Case Management Coordinator

Adrienne Smith, LMSW, Adult Case Management Social Worker

Eunice Cruz, LMSW, Family Program Social Worker



































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