5th Annual CPHS Gala - March 7, 2020

Leonard’s Palazzo
555 Northern Blvd.
Great Neck, NY 11021

RSVP For the Gala


Lisa Anzisi

Lisa Anzisi, Pharm.D., BCPS ’82P, ’84GP
Distinguished Practitioner

Lisa Anzisi is a pharmacist administrator with more than 25 years of experience in various institutional settings and managed care markets. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from St. John’s University and her Pharm.D. from the University of Florida. She also completed an American Society of Health-system Pharmacists residency at Mercy Hospital. Additional qualifications include Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, certified for collaborative drug therapy management, immunizer, and naloxone.  

Dr. Anzisi currently works at NYU Langone Health as the Manager of Pharmacy Utilization, where she is responsible for improving medication utilization across the network. Her past experience includes Managed Care, Pharmaceutical Industry, Hospital, Long Term Care, and Prison. She has published and spoken on a variety of healthcare topics.

Professionally, she is active with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists. Her consultative services are provided to the state Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board, IPRO, and the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. She precepts Advanced Pharmacy Professional Experience students from St. John’s University and Touro College & University System. She serves as a volunteer for My Sisters’ Place domestic violence shelter, Hillside Food Outreach, and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivors Teaching Students® program. 


Judith L. Beizer

Judith L. Beizer, Pharm.D.
Distinguished Faculty

Judith L. Beizer is a tenured Clinical Professor in St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Queens, NY. As part of her duties, she practices as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation in Manhasset, NY. At the Stern Center, she provides clinical pharmacy services for sub-acute rehabilitation patients and precepts pharmacy students and residents on rotation. 

Dr. Beizer received her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and then earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee. After pursuing a residency in clinical pharmacy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she completed a fellowship in geriatric pharmacy at Montefiore Medical Center.                 

Dr. Beizer is a past president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). She was the 2016 recipient of the George F. Archambault Award, ASCP’s highest honor, and the 2001 recipient of the ASCP Richard S. Berman Service Award. She is currently serving on the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee. Dr. Beizer is an active member of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and serves on their Public Policy Committee. She was on the expert panel that developed the 2012, 2015, and 2018 AGS Updated Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults.



Robert Blenderman, P.A., M.B.A. ’01P
Distinguished Alumni

Robert Blenderman was born and raised in Middle Village, Queens, and attended St. Francis Preparatory High School. Given an interest in medicine, he volunteered at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens during his junior and senior years, during which time he was exposed to the physician assistant (PA) profession. He decided to pursue this interest by enrolling in the physician assistant program at St. John’s University.

He graduated in 2001, after which he was hired as a trauma surgery critical care PA at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center. His affinity to critical care and the operating room brought him to North Shore University Hospital under the mentorship of Alan Hartman, M.D., where he was hired in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. During his 15 years at Northwell, he had progressively increasing leadership roles from Chief Critical Care Specialist to Manager of Quality and Education for the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

In 2010, Mr. Blenderman earned his M.B.A. in Quantitative Methodology and Finance from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. He was then appointed as the Director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he oversaw the administrative and clinical operations across both campuses.

As Northwell’s footprint grew, the position evolved and he became the Corporate Director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery across Northwell’s eight hospitals, spanning from Staten Island to eastern Long Island, a group that represented the largest volume of cardiac and thoracic surgeons in the Northeast. His career path came full circle in 2017 when he accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.


John Spain

Colonel John Spain, RET., Pharm.D. ’88P
Distinguished Alumni

Colonel John Spain currently serves as a National Account Medical Outcomes Specialist supporting the Federal Sector for Pfizer. He previously served as an Army Pharmacy Officer in a variety of assignments within the United States, Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq prior to retiring after 29 years of active service. His last three positions while on active duty include Pharmacy Director, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Deputy Commander for Clinical Support, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Army Pharmacy Consultant and Program Manager for the Army Surgeon General. Col. Spain and his wife, Monica, have three children: Sean (23), Owen (20), and Clare (18). He is active in the Boy Scouts, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and the Appalachian Service Project. In his free time, he enjoys reading history books and backpacking.

Previous Gala Honorees

Mary Ann Howland, Pharm.D., Distinguished Faculty
Janet Mastanduono
Janet Mastanduono, Ph.D.​, Distinguished Faculty
John Navarra, B.S., Distinguished Practitioner

Angela Tomei Robinson, M.S., Distinguished Practitioner

Abu Serajuddin



Abu Serajuddin, Ph.D., Distinguished Alumni

Bob Mangione
Robert A. Mangione, Ed.D., Distinguished Alumni
Louis Trombetta

Louis Trombetta, Ph.D., Distinguished Faculty
Rocco Stella Pharmacy Gala

Rocco Stella, B.S.. Distinguished Practitioner
Brian Malone

Brian Malone, M.S., Distinguished Practitioner
Mike Torre
Michael S. Torre. M.S., Distinguished Faculty Award
Carl Martorana
Carl Martorana, M.S., Distinguished Alumni