2017 Theodore Roosevelt Award Recipients

Ahmad F. Bhatti, MD

North Shore Vascular Surgery

Dr. Bhatti is the immediate past president of Mather’s Medical Staff and past Chairman of the Medical Board. He has also held many other positions on the Medical Board including Vice Chair/Vice President and Member at Large and has served on various committees including the Continuing Medical Education Committee, Infection Prevention Committee, Bylaws Committee, Quality Management Committee and Credentials Committee. He has also served as a board member of the Suffolk County Medical Society and practices at North Shore Vascular Surgery in Port Jefferson.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, Dr. Bhatti went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed both an internship and residency in general surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (NY) and was a Vascular Research Fellow at the same institution. Dr. Bhatti completed a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL before joining Mather’s staff in 2006.

Dr. Bhatti is a Registered Vascular Technologist and Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, certifications regarding advanced vascular laboratory testing. He is board certified in general and vascular surgery. He has personally supervised and trained many of the vascular surgeons at Mather and St. Charles Hospitals in advanced endovascular/angiographic techniques.

Dr. Bhatti lives in Setauket with his wife, Zynub, and five children.


 Philip Nizza, DO

Eastern Infectious Disease Associates PC

Dr. Nizza has been a member of Mather Hospital’s medical staff since 2002. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University and attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nizza then completed an Internal Medicine Residency at North Shore University Hospital.  His Infectious Disease training was done at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which was completed in 2002. 

For the past 15 years, Dr. Nizza has been with Eastern Infectious Disease Associates, practicing infectious disease at four local hospitals, and more recently providing care at the long-term nursing facility, Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He has been on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees since 2002, and serves asco-chairman where he was instrumental to the team that created. The AntimicrobialStewardship Program. 
Through the program, Dr Nizza rounds on patients for whom an antibiotic has been prescribed to evaluate for appropriate antibiotic choice, correct match for “drug and bug,” prudent dose, appropriate duration of therapy, and other critical entities.  If necessary, communication with the prescriber occurs to discuss revisions in care.

The goal is to change the antibiotic ordering culture and reduce inappropriate utilization.  As a result of this program, the total number of antibiotic therapy days has been reduced by 14% in the first 15 months and Mather’s c diff rate is below the New York State benchmark . He lives in East Setauket with his wife, Natalie - also a physician whom he has known since he was a medical student - and their two sons. 


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