Medical Review Board

Overview

The Medical Review Board (MRB) is empowered by the Protection of People with Special Needs Act and advises on cases as needed or requested.  The Board consists of up to 15 physicians with expertise in forensic pathology, psychiatry, internal medicine, and addiction medicine. 

The MRB is called upon in all full death reviews to give an opinion on whether the standard of care was met for the deceased.  The designated primary reviewer for each case is given all pertinent information (documents, summary reports, interviews/interrogations).    The primary reviewer provides their expert opinion and other members of the MRB can weigh-in on the discussion.

The MRB can also consult or perform a full review for all abuse/neglect cases with death involved as needed upon request of an investigator.  A consult routinely relates to a specific question while a full MRB review happens after the completion of the investigation and the investigatory question of whether abuse or neglect occurred remains.  The MRB also reviews trend reports on completed mortality assessments at least annually.

Board Members

Charles Schwartz, MD (Chair) — Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Associate Professor, Emeritus, Internal Medicine) (New York County)

John Allan, MD — Weill Cornell Medical Center- New York Presbyterian (Internal medicine, hematology, oncology) (Queens County)

Michael Baden, MD — NYS Police, Consultant in forensic pathology (New York County)

Timothy Brennan, MD — The Addiction Institute of NY, Mt. Sinai Medical Center (New York County)

Michael R. Brodeur, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP  Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Albany County)

Alan Curle, MD — University of Rochester, Strong Health and Highland Hospitals (Anesthesiology) (Monroe County)

Georgia Gaveras, DO — Talkiatry (Psychiatry, Addictions) (New York County)

Richard McCarthy, MD — SUNY Downstate Medical College (ret.) (Psychiatry) (Westchester County)

Robert Weisman, DO — University of Rochester Medical Center (Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry) (Monroe County)

Meeting Dates

2024

May 8

June 6

July 10

August 8

September 11

October 10

November 6

December 5

Compensation

The Board has no compensation expenses for 2022 or 2023 and no estimated expenses for 2024.

Contact Information

Sara Delmarter

Mortality Review

401 State St.

Schenectady, NY 12305

800-624-4143