Project ECHO


Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education developed by the University of New Mexico that empowers clinicians to provide better care locally by increasing access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas. It focuses on providing front-line clinicians with knowledge and support for managing patients with complex conditions using a peer-to-peer hub and spoke model of continuous learning, partnering primary care physicians in outlying areas with specialist mentors at the academic medical center hub. Primary care practices have the opportunity to get expert advice about their most challenging patients in virtual Grand Rounds.

The mission of Project ECHO® at the Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation (CRHI) of Westchester Medical Center is to develop the capacity to safely and effectively treat chronic, common and complex diseases in rural and underserved areas and to monitor outcomes of this treatment. In pursuit of this mission, Project ECHO® faculty, staff, and partners at CRHI and WMC have dedicated themselves to share knowledge in order to expand access to best-practice medical care across the Mid-Hudson region.



Benefits of Becoming a Partner in the ECHO® Movement

Other Project ECHO® sites have found an overwhelming rate of retention among participants due to the robust discussions and shared information. Specifically you would:

  • Receive training in mental health and substance use (and potentially other topics in the future) that is relevant to caring for patients in your own primary care practice
  • Expand the network of providers with whom you can share discussions about complex care
  • Receive CMEs for your teams at no cost to you; 1 hour = 1 CME credit conducted via videoconference
  • Better access for rural and underserved communities
  • Reduced disparities
  • Better quality and safety
  • Rapid dissemination of best practices
  • Promote consistency in care and practice
  • Greater efficiency

CME Accreditation Statement:

New York Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

New York Medical College designates this Live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

What Type of Commitment Will My Practice Have To Make?

Your commitment would be to participate in 60-90 minutes of teleconferencing approximately 16-24 times per year. All team members-- physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, case/care managers, clinical assistants, behavioral specialists, community health workers, support staff, and administrators-- are encouraged to participate.


  • Always There Home Care
  • Amarjit S Gill Med Services
  • Bon Secours Health Charity System – Hudson Valley Medical Associates
  • Boston Children Health Physicians - Branch Pediatrics
  • Boston Children Health Physicians - Orangetown
  • Boston Children Health Physicians - Pediatric Care of the Hudson Valley
  • Boston Children Health Physicians - Pediatrics of Sleepy Hollow
  • Boston Children Health Physicians - Washingtonville
  • Family Services Inc.
  • GHVHS Medical Group – Concord Road
  • GHVHS Medical Group – Main Street
  • GHVHS Medical Group – Pearl Street
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Community Paramedicine
  • HealthAlliance Hospital
  • HONORehg Hudson River Housing - Hillcrest House
  • Hudson River Housing – Manchester Road
  • Hudson River Housing – Mill Street
  • Maternal-Infant Services Network (MISN)
  • MHA Westchester
  • Open Door Family Health Center – Church Street
  • Open Door Family Health Center – Main Street
  • Planned Parenthood of Mid Hudson – Church Street
  • Planned Parenthood of Mid Hudson – Grand Street
  • Planned Parenthood of Mid Hudson – Lake Street
  • Refuah Health Center
  • Rehabilitation Support Services Inc. (RSS)
  • Rockland Paramedic Service/Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Hudson Center for Women's Health - Montefiore Nyack Hospital
  • Lynn Community Health Center, MA – Central Avenue
  • Lynn Community Health Center, MA – Union Street


Behavioral Health in Primary and Family Practice including mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and attention deficit disorder in children and adolescents

CRHI-WMCHealth Project ECHO® Staff

Clinical Leadership Team

Andrew P. Levin, MD, Psychiatrist, Clinical Director of ECHO PSYCH
Nicholas Batson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD
Kimberly Robinson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD
Lisa Batson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD
Boris Rubinstein, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MD
Shonny Capodilupo, LCSW
Lynn Gonzalez, LCSW
Timothy Brennan, MD
Nasir Naqvi, MD

Non-Clinical Leadership Team

Janet Sullivan, MD - Medical Director and VP, CRHI
Thao M. Doan, MPH, Dr.PH - Principal Investigator; Director, Health Services Research, CRHI
Maureen Doran, MBA, MS - VP, Network Development, WMCHealth Network
Karen Berger, VP, Clinical Services, Behavioral Health Center, WMCHealth
Aby Diop, Senior Manager, Behavioral Health, CRHI

Tentative Schedule 2019-2020

Please CLICK HERE for the Tentative Didactive Schedule (pdf), along with topics and presenters.


Become a CRHI-WMCHealth Project ECHO® Partner/Participant CRHI-WMCHealth Project ECHO® uses plug-and-play technology; all you need is a computer, a webcam, and a broadband internet connection. There is no cost to participate in ECHO sessions. Participating providers will be asked to complete pre-session and post-session surveys to evaluate changes in knowledge and self-efficacy.

To contact us by email please click here. We will get back to you as soon as possible.




WMCHealth Perinatal ECHO Project

Tentative Perinatal Dates:

  • June 27th 2019
  • September 26th 2019
  • October 24th 2019
  • November 7th 2019
  • December 12th 2019
  • January 23rd 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tentative Obstetrics Topics:

  • Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
  • Prevention of Preterm Birth
  • Cell Free DNA Prenatal Testing

Tentative Neonatal Topics:

  • Perinatal Measles, Prevention and Vaccine Hesitancy/Refusal
  • Late Preterm Infants
  • Perinatal HIV


Edmund LaGamma, MD, FAAP – Chief, Division of Newborn Medicine, RPC Director
Heather Brumberg, MD, MPH, FAAP – Clinical Director, RPC Associate Director
Andrew Elimian, MD, FACOG – Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Shah Shetal, MD, FAAP - Pediatrician
Frances Hsieh, MD - Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Jordan Kase, MD, FAAP
Desmond White, MD, FACOG
Geetha Rajendran, MD


  • Catskill Regional  Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
  • Hudson Valley Hospital Center
  • Orange Regional Medical Center
  • St. Anthony Community Hospital
  • HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley: Broadway Campus
  • Putnam Hospital Center
  • St. John’s Riverside Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
  • Institute of Family Health (IFH)
  • Woman's Way Medical, PC
  • Hudson Center for Women's Health - Montefiore Nyack Hospital

The projects described were supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS 1G1CMS331402 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.