Management Committee

Our Management Committee includes senior officials from BRANY’s owner institutions. These include NYU School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine now Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System now Northwell Health.


Brian P. Currie, M.D., MPH
Chairman of Management Committee
Brian P. Currie is Vice President and Medical Director for Research at Montefiore Medical Center and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Dr. Currie has served in a senior administrative capacity at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for fifteen years. A regional integrated delivery system, Montefiore operates four hospital divisions with 1500 beds, ambulatory care centers at forty locations, a rehabilitation facility and a home care program. With 16,000 employees, 100,000 inpatient discharges, 2 million outpatient visits and an annual operating budget of 2.0 billion, Montefiore ranks among the largest academic medical centers in the country.

He is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Bellevue Hospital / NYU and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at AECOM/Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Currie also received an MPH degree in Epidemiology from the Columbia University School of Public Health. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has been on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for the past 20 years and has a joint appointment as Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Currie continues to practice and teach in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Montefiore Medical Center and he has been actively involved as a principal investigator in grant funded clinical and translational research activities. He is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the New York Academy of Medicine.


Donna Drummond, Senior Vice President,
Consolidated Services
Northwell Health
Ms. Drummond is one of the leaders of Northwell Ventures, established to generate and manage partnerships and investments, develop strategies for new business entities and identify novel nonclinical revenue streams for the health system. Previously, she served as the health system’s chief administrative officer and chief procurement officer.

A certified public accountant, Ms. Drummond joined Northwell Health in 2002 as vice president, material support services. In that role, she established a financial reporting and analysis team to execute a proactive procurement strategy of continuous improvement and increased support. In addition, in managing accounts payable, she implemented processes to enhance the monitoring and reduction of expenses.

Ms. Drummond was associate executive director of non-clinical services at Northwell’s tertiary campuses. She then served as the health system’s vice president of value analysis during which time she led a supply expense management project which saved the health system over $100 million in supply-related expenses.

Before coming to Northwell, Ms. Drummond held a number of positions with J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. where she worked for 15 years. Prior to that, she was employed by Deloitte, Haskins & Sells.

Ms. Drummond holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint John’s University, Queens, NY.


Stephen T. Harvey
Stephen T. Harvey is the Sr. Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Mr. Harvey has been serving on the BRANY Management Committee since 2009, and holds the position of Secretary.


David N. Deutsch
Mr. Deutsch is the Founder and President of David N. Deutsch & Company LLC. Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Deutsch was Managing Director, Investment Banking at Congress Financial Corporation, a leading lender specializing in the structuring, financing and refinancing of middle-market leveraged acquisitions and troubled companies. Before joining Congress, he was Vice President of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., where he directed a wide variety of corporate finance and merger & acquisition transactions for leading middle-market companies. Mr. Deutsch was previously a member of the corporate finance and high-yield and convertible bond departments of Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated. He began his career, prior to graduate school, at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb Incorporated. Mr. Deutsch is the author of numerous articles related to, and a frequent speaker on, the subject of mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. He is a contributing author of The Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook (McGraw-Hill) and has been described as one of the “leading buyout professionals” by Securities Data Publishing. He has been profiled in The Deal, Crain’s New York Business, Corporate Financing Week, Mergers and Corporate Policy and Buyouts, and his comments have appeared in numerous national business publications and news services including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Investor’s Business Daily, Corporate Finance, The Secured Lender, The Associated Press and on the Discovery Channel. For six consecutive years, Mr. Deutsch was invited to participate in Mergers & Acquisitions Journal’s prestigious middle-market roundtable.

Mr. Deutsch holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he delivered the valedictory address on behalf of his class.

He is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Columbia University Graduate School of Business’ Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing and serves as a Columbia Business School Admissions Ambassador. He is a member of the Family Firm Institute, the Bond Club of New York (one of the oldest and most august associations of Wall Street professionals), and the New York City Investment Fund (organized by Mr. Henry Kravis). Mr. Deutsch is a member of the Board of BRANY (the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York), the New York Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and former member of the Advisory Board of the New York Capital Roundtable. He is Trustee and Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the Museum of American Finance in association with the Smithsonian Institution, Founder of the Wall Street Council of the Consolidated Corporate Fund of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, member of the Financial Leadership Forum of the Science, Industry and Business Library (New York Public Library), and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Wall Street Division of UJA-Federation. Mr. Deutsch resides with his wife and three children in Chappaqua, NY.


Joseph Lhota
Joseph Lhota, Senior Vice President, Vice Dean, and Chief of Staff, is responsible for aligning and integrating medical care, research, and education at NYU Langone Medical Center. Mr. Lhota assists NYU Langone’s Dean and CEO in managing all activities associated with a complex academic medical center, and serves as an advisor on issues of management and policy related to the medical center’s strategic direction. Mr. Lhota brings more than 35 years of managerial and policy-making experience to the position.

Mr. Lhota was a candidate for Mayor of the City of New York in 2013.

In 2011 -2012, Mr. Lhota served as the Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prior to the MTA, he served as chief administrative officer at The Madison Square Garden Company. Mr. Lhota was an integral part of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s core management team in New York City. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Deputy Mayor for Operations, overseeing the day-to-day management of the City government. Prior to this, he was the City’s Budget Director with responsibility for managing the City’s multi-billion dollar operating and capital budgets. He also served as Commissioner of Finance for New York City.

Preceding his municipal service, Mr. Lhota spent 14 years in investment banking, where he specialized in public finance, serving state and local governments throughout the United States.

Mr. Lhota graduated cum laude from Georgetown University and the Harvard Business School.


Robert L. Van Nostrand
Robert L. Van Nostrand has served on the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY) board of directors since 2011.

Mr. Van Nostrand is a consultant who has served as director and chairman for Metabolix, Inc, a Bio-Industrial company since October 2006.  From January 2010 to July 2010, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Aureon Laboratories Inc.  From July 2007 until September 2008, Mr. Van Nostrand served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of AGI Dermatics, Inc. Mr. Van Nostrand was with OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 1986 to 2007, serving as senior vice president and Chief Compliance Officer from May 2005 until July 2007, and as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1996 through 2005.  Prior to joining OSI, Mr. Van Nostrand was in a managerial position with Touche Ross & Co. (currently Deloitte and Touche).  Mr. Van Nostrand serves on the board of directors and as chairman of the audit committee of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., serves on the board of directors, is lead outside director, and is chairman of the audit committee of Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., and serves on the board, is chairman, as well as chair of the audit committee of Yield 10 Bioscience, and serves on the board and is chair of the compensation committee of Sellas Lifesciences.

Mr. Van Nostrand received a BS in Accounting from Long Island University, New York, completed advanced management studies at the Wharton School, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.