Meet Our Women's Health Team
Pankaj K. Singhal, MD, MS, MHCM, FACOG, is system chairman of obstetrics and gynecology/women's health initiatives for Catholic Health Services and chief of gynecologic oncology for Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
Before joining CHS, he was the system director of gynecologic oncology at Catholic Health System in Buffalo, NY. At the same time, Singhal directed western New York's busiest gynecologic oncology physician practice, where he personally performed more than 500 major surgeries a year.
He was a clinical associate professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and co-director for computer-integrated surgical research laboratory of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SUNY Buffalo. He was also the system chair of robotic surgical services at Kaleida Health System and fellowship program director for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Kaleida Health-University at Buffalo.
Dr. Singhal earned his medical degree from Madras Medical College in India, his master's from the School of Medicine, Wright State University, and his master's in health care management from Harvard University. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as gynecologic oncology, and is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy, and Buffalo Obstetrics and Gynecology Society.
Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC, is the medical director for the Gianna Center of Long Island for Women's Health & Fertility. He contributed to the development of The National Gianna Center and serves as one of the medical directors for the international think tank titled the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine.
All providers at the Gianna Center of Long Island are certified by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. Dr. Carpentier is a former president of this Academy. He graduated with honors in High Risk Obstetrics, and Medical Ethics from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has received regional and national honors such as the Outstanding Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant in 2004 and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Assumption College for his 25 years of medical service to the couples of New England who suffer from infertility and women's health disorders.
Dr. Carpentier was trained in family medicine at the University of Massachusetts and certified in NaProTECHNOLOGY by the Pope Paul the VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction at Creighton University. He was recruited from Massachusetts to start the Gianna Center of Long Island for Women's Health and Fertility in 2016.
Keith Downing, MD, MS, FACOG, FPMRS, is division chief of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery for Catholic Health Services. He is a urogynecologist, a sub-specialty within urology and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) that specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders (PFD). He has extensive experience in treating conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, voiding dysfunction, recurrent urinary tract infection, genital fistula, urethral diverticula, fecal incontinence, and urethra and bladder pain.
His customized treatment options include medication, pelvic floor muscle exercises, behavioral and/or dietary modifications and other therapies, as well as safe and effective surgical procedures.
Dr. Downing has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, and was named an emerging clinician-scientist by the American Urogynecologic Society in 2012. In addition, he's worked internationally, providing gynecologic surgical care to patients in Haiti and West Africa (Benin) and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, in recognition of his abilities as a gynecologic surgeon, researcher and educator.
Padmalatha Gurram, MD, MSCTR, is an obstetrician in the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and Director of Perinatal Ultrasound Services at Catholic Health Services. She is experienced in management of high-risk pregnancies and has special interest in fetal echocardiography and diabetes in pregnancy.
Satya Polavarapu, MD, is a board certified obstetrician in the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Good Samaritan Medical Center and currently serves as the Chief of Obstetrics at Good Samaritan.
She has a lifelong passion for addressing the needs of mothers dealing with high-risk pregnancies and has expertise in amniocentesis, obstetrical ultrasound, eta echocardiography, C-section, cesarean hysterectomies and management of high-risk pregnancy.