Board of Directors


Steven Shayani, M.D., F.A.C.C, F.A.S.N.C.

Dr. Steven S. Shayani has been the Medical Director of Long Island Heart Associates since 1994. Recently appointed The Mount Sinai Medical Center Director of Outpatient Services for Long Island, Dr. Shayani is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Shayani is also a distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Steven Shayani specializes in atherosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmia, metabolic syndrome, hypercholesterolemia, congestive heart failure, and myocardial infarction and has lectured extensively on these topics.

Dr. Steven Shayani completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and his cardiology Fellowship at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Shayani’s additional post-graduate training was at the Electrophysiology Lab at Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston.

As the Chairman and President of the New York Heart Research Foundation since 2002, Dr. Steven Shayani has been the Principal Investigator for a multitude of national and international clinical trials. Dr. Steven Shayani maintains the highest level of expertise in the areas of Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT Imaging and continues to be an innovator in his field.


Steven M. Zeldis, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Dr. Steven Zeldis is a graduate of Yale medical school and completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. His cardiology fellowship was completed at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zeldis has served on the staff of both Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Winthrop- University Hospitals.

During the past twenty one years at Winthrop-University Hospital, Dr. Zeldis served as Chief of Cardiology, Director of Medical Education and Director of the Non-invasive Cardiology Laboratory.

Dr. Zeldis is a distinguished clinical, teacher, and researcher. He has received a Leadership Award from the American Heart Association, Nassau county chapter. He serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at SUNY, Stony Brook and he is well known to the Long Island medical community for his teaching and clinical activities. He is extensively well written in many areas of Cardiovascular Diseases.


Benjamin Ghodsi

Benjamin Ghodsi, CPA, graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Accounting. Ben worked a combined 10 years with Deloitte and Touche LLP and KPMG LLP before moving to Bristol Myers Squibb as an associate director of Corporate Financial Reporting. Ben is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Long Island Heart Associates.

Director, Clinical Research

Patricia Hodnett, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.R.C.

Patricia Hodnett is a graduate of Molloy College. She received her Bachelors of Nursing in 1984 and her Masters in Nursing in 1994. Prior to joining the New York Heart Research Foundation, Patricia was a staff nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and a Research Coordinator for Winthrop University Hospital. Patricia became a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator in 2005

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