Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Appoints Two New Board Members at Annual Meeting


Written by workbeacmc

March 26, 2024

NIAGARA FALLS, NY — At its annual meeting on Monday, March 25, the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) Board of Directors appointed Carmen A. Granto and Peter Muscarella II, M.D., as its newest board members, confirmed its 2024 slate of officers, and re-elected seven incumbent board members.

Granto is a retired Niagara Falls School District superintendent, where he served from 1992 until 2008. A resident of Niagara Falls, Granto has contributed to several local boards and community organizations, including SUNY Niagara (formerly Niagara County Community College), Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center, Stella Niagara, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Dr. Muscarella has been a member of NFMMC’s surgical team since 2021 and is currently the Chief of Surgery. Prior to joining NFMMC, Dr. Muscarella participated in a two-year pancreatic cancer research fellowship during his residency training at Ohio State University, where he subsequently served as an Associate Professor of Surgery. Following his time at Ohio State University, Dr. Muscarella joined Montefiore Medical Center as a Professor of Surgery, where he served as the Director of Pancreatic Surgery and the General Surgery Site Director for the Einstein campus.

Reappointed officers include Chairman James C. Roscetti, attorney with Roscetti & DeCastro, P.C.; Vice Chairman Cynthia A. Bianco, retired superintendent of Niagara Falls schools; Treasurer Charles G. Rader, Ph.D., retired CEO of IsleChem, LLC, and Secretary Margaret M. Toohey, retired account executive at Lewiston Insurance Agency.

Reelected to three-year terms were James Roscetti; Margaret Toohey; Tina Abrams, councilor at Seneca Nation of Indians; Rajinder Bajwa, M.D., chief of infectious disease at Memorial; Matthew Feldman, attorney at Feldman Kiefer, LLP; Gerald Gorman, M.D, chief of emergency medicine & president of the medical staff at Memorial, and Marion B. LaVigne, president & CEO of Launch New York, Inc.

Continuing on the board will be Robert L. Bradley Jr., retired school administrator; Ronald R. Campbell, retired CEO at Washington Mills; John (Jack) Greco, managing director at Far Out Ventures; Don J. King, retired chairman of the Polly King Art Group; Judith Nolan Powell, retired HSBC Bank executive; Mark D. Perry, M.D., retired chief of radiology at Memorial; Rev. Craig D. Pridgen, senior pastor at True Bethel Baptist Church; Joseph A. Ruffolo, president & CEO at Memorial, and Vijay Bojedla, M.D., vice president & chief medical officer at Memorial.


Founded in 1895, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) has a long tradition of serving the Niagara community. NFMMC’s hospital and primary stroke program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, and its primary care network is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Memorial’s inpatient services include a cardiac/stroke unit, a medical–surgical unit, an ICU, a Labor and Delivery unit, and an Adult Inpatient Psychiatry unit, the only one of its kind in Niagara County. Memorial serves as a Center for Community Health by operating five primary care centers, a large outpatient adult mental health clinic, a Health Home, and several innovative community-based services.   Thanks to a partnership with Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, and Erie County Medical Center, NFMMC operates the only cardiac catheterization laboratory in Niagara County. Memorial is also home to the Golisano Medical Oncology Center, which operates in collaboration with Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.

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