PORT JEFFERSON, NY – Three Mather physicians and graduate medical education faculty members were chosen as recipients of the 2020-2021 Northwell Health Teacher of the Year award.

They are:

  • Yassar Abdelbaki, MD – Hospital Medicine, honored by our Internal Medicine program
  • Michael Destefano, MD – Psychiatry, honored by our Psychiatry program
  • Zachary Kuschner, MD – Critical Care, honored by our Transitional Year program

Mather Hospital’s GME programs are sponsored by the Zucker School of Medicine/Northwell Health. The Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology programs are sponsored by Stony Brook Medicine and will be transitioning to Northwell Health sponsorship this academic year.


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About Mather Hospital

Mather Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high-quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has twice earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather has received 15 “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. For further information about Mather Hospital, visit www.matherhospital.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/matherhospital.


About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 76,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.