One moment, Gary Colyer was having an X-ray. The next, he woke up in a cardiac catheterization lab, completely confused about what had happened. Gary, 33, was at Bayshore Medical Center, and he was in the luckiest of circumstances for his situation. While there, Gary went into cardiac arrest three times, and was brought back to life each time by Rajiv Prasad, M.D., the medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Bayshore. “He would have died if he hadn’t come to the Emergency Department,” Dr. Prasad says. “We were able to intervene within seconds.”

President’s Message

I am incredibly proud of Bayshore Medical Center’s accomplishments in 2017, and to serve as its president. There is a true heartbeat at Bayshore that stems not only from its stellar cardiac care program – which has one of the fastest door-to-balloon times in the country, and for which this year it was awarded the Mission: Lifeline STEMI Gold Receiving award for outstanding treatment for heart attack care – but also because of its people.

Bayshore Battles Opioid Addiction

In an effort to help combat drug addiction in the Bayshore region, the medical center proudly launched an Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP). Made possible through a state grant and administered by the RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention, the program is designed to provide peer-to-peer bedside counseling with the goal of getting individuals who have been reversed from a drug overdose into an appropriate treatment program.

Leaping for Greatness

Bayshore Medical Center was thrilled to rise from a “C” grade to secure its first ever “A” from The Leapfrog Group in the fall of 2017 for its commitment to patient safety and for meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

Advancing Urology Care for the Community

In 2017, Bayshore Medical Center expanded its urology surgical capabilities with the addition of new technology, including the LithoVue™ Ureteroscope System, which provides easier access and visualization of the urinary tract in patients with complex anatomies.

The Women’s Center at Bayshore Medical Center Receives National Accreditation

Bayshore Medical Center was the proud recipient of a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only awarded to centers that provide the highest level of breast care and undergo a demanding performance review.

Healing Wounds through Excellence

The Center for Wound Healing at Bayshore Medical Center received a Center of Excellence award and was again named a Center of Distinction by Healogics, Inc., a company with an expertise in wound healing that works for the advancement of wound healing treatment.

Leadership Team

Tim Hogan, FACHE


Frank Citara, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Roman Tuma, M.D., CPE, FACP

Vice President Clinical Effectiveness and Medical Affairs

Linda Walsh MSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC

Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive

Rachel Weiss, MS, LNHA, FACHE

Vice President, Physician and Business Development

Frank Citara, MBA

Senior Manager, Operations

Medical Staff Leadership

George Younan, M.D.


Georgios Giannakopoulos, D.O.

Vice President

Sam Bebawy, M.D..


Niranjan Shah, M.D.


Bonnie Robinson-Gallaro, M.D.

Immediate Past President