Our Story: Your Path to Health
VIVA EVE was founded by a team of fibroid doctors and specialists who felt that women should be able to choose their own path to health, with their doctor’s support. By providing up-to-date techniques and sound advice, the experts at VIVA EVE help you choose the most appropriate option for treating such conditions as fibroid tumors and adenomyosis (and coordinate care for co-occurring conditions such as endometriosis with your gynecologist).
The entire VIVA EVE team treats you as they would want to be treated: supported, cared for, and respected. Every patient is a priority. Our fibroid specialists help you determine which treatment is the best way to treat your uterine fibroids. Only treatments that are appropriate for you get recommended. At our fibroid center, we believe you shouldn’t have to live with the pain, discomfort, and inconvenience of fibroid symptoms. We specialize in uterine fibroid embolization —UFE— but provide the broadest range of medically sound options for patients.
Our team of board-certified physicians, best-rated fibroid specialists, and caring staff will help guide you through diagnosis and treatment options. Because not all patients are suitable candidates for UFE, we start each patient relationship with the goal of always recommending the course of treatment that is best for you and your unique circumstances.
Daniel Q. Levin, MD
Interventional Radiologist, Uterine Fibroid Doctor, and Specialist
Daniel Levin, MD is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist with experience in minimally invasive vascular and non-vascular procedures since 1998. His focus is on women’s health with special emphasis on UFE.
Having served as Director of Interventional Radiology at SUNY/Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Levin is currently an attending physician at Elmhurst Hospital Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and then completed both his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC.
David Soomekh, MD
Medical Director, Anesthesiologist, Pain Management Expert
David Soomekh, MD is a board-certified anesthesiologist with experience in providing anesthesia solutions to a wide range of surgical specialties since 2006, including Interventional Radiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has extensive experience in administering anesthesia for ambulatory procedures, such as UFE, which requires moderate sedation and pain management.
Dr. Soomekh currently serves as Director of Anesthesia at the New York Eye Surgery Centers, Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at Posh Anesthesia Group and Attending Anesthesiologist at both the Brooklyn Endoscopy & Ambulatory Surgery Center and the New York Presbyterian Cornell Lower Manhattan Hospital. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in anesthesiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He has co-authored numerous scientific publications on anesthesia-related topics.
Mohammad Bilal, MD
Interventional Radiologist, Uterine Fibroid Doctor and Specialist
Mohammad Bilal, MD is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist with experience performing minimally invasive vascular and non-vascular procedures since 2003, with substantial experience in the area of women’s health, especially performing UFEs.
Dr. Bilal currently serves as the Medical Director of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed both his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY.
Kenny Lien, MD
Interventional Radiologist, Uterine Fibroid Doctor, and Specialist
Dr. Kenny Lien is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist with experience performing minimally invasive vascular and non-vascular procedures since 2007. He has substantial experience in the area of women’s health, especially performing UFEs.
Dr. Lien serves as a Faculty Member at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Stony Brook University Hospital. He earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. He also completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Stony Brook University Hospital and an advanced training fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at NYU.
Before attending medical school, Dr. Lien earned a master's degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University; he earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular & cellular biology/genetics from UC Berkeley.
Nithya Gopal, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Uterine Fibroid Doctor
Dr. Nithya Gopal is a dedicated OB-GYN serving the community of Forest Hills, NY. She is excited to bring her knowledge to VIVA EVE where she helps women with fibroids find their own individualized treatment path. Based on treatment options chosen with the patient, she performs certain surgical treatment procedures.
Dr. Gopal enjoys being a gynecologist and is passionate about guiding women through the most important times of their lives, which include adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause. She believes in providing patients with all the information they need to make educated decisions about their health care. When she is not busy seeing patients, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and traveling.
Dr. Gopal earned her medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is also an active member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Heather O. Irobunda, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Uterine Fibroid Specialist
Dr. Heather Irobunda is a dedicated OB/GYN who joins us from the U.S. Army, serving the military community for eight years. As a balanced and skilled OB-GYN, Dr. Irobunda is committed to providing every patient with the individualized care she deserves, focusing on obstetrics, gynecology, and fibroids. As a fibroid specialist, she treats women with fibroids and performs surgical treatment procedures based on the patient’s needs. In her professional career, she has been selected to train nurse-practitioners in an outpatient clinic setting (acute gynecology, continuity, routine and complicated obstetrics, and preoperative management).
Before medical school, Dr. Irobunda received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University in the Bronx, New York, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. In her time at Walter Reed, she was the Chief Resident of Academics in her residency program. Before joining Forest Hills, she was stationed at Fort Drum, where she was an Attending Physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
She believes in the research that shows that patients who are engaged in their healthcare have better outcomes, and so she makes a special effort to help women be active participants in their care. Away from the office, she spends time curating her dog @hennessytheshorkie’s Instagram account.
Maris Huffman, NP, RN
Maris Huffman is a caring and enthusiastic nurse practitioner who currently practices in Forest Hills at VIVA EVE. She provides specialized first-line-of-care treatment for fibroid patients and is trained to address a broad range of medical conditions.
As a practitioner who places a high priority on preventive care, wellness strategies, and health education, her commitment to quality patient care is foremost in her mind as she cares for her patients. Her personalized approach has helped to solidify rewarding and lasting relationships between her and her patients. She encourages personal responsibility in healthcare, which includes attention to health maintenance as well as interactive decision making during times of illness.
Ms. Huffman earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Connecticut State University, followed by a master’s degree in women’s health nursing from the University of South Alabama.
Rocio Mosqueira, RN
Rocio Mosqueira is the Director of Nursing at VIVA EVE. Since 2001, she’s gained clinical experience with an emphasis on leadership and administration. She leads professional development training for the nursing staff, supervises nursing personnel and ensures that care standards are met. Working directly with the interventional radiologists, she advocates for patient care during procedures. She monitors patients before discharge and acts as a resource to staff, patients, and families.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Molloy College. She has a license to practice nursing in New York State. She is fluent in Spanish and holds certifications in BLS and ACLs, with a CCRN in progress.
Lillian Lora, RN
Medical Operations Supervisor
Lillian Lora is the Medical Operations Supervisor at VIVA EVE. With experience since 2010 supervising and managing medical facilities, she has a specialized background and focus in clinical as well as administrative practice areas. Through her broad understanding of the practice’s specialized needs, she manages, directs and coordinates company-wide medical operations, working in coordination with staff to ensure efficiency. She’s fully accountable for the administrative, managerial and health care aspects of the business, overseeing scheduling, maintaining effective relationships between staff and implementing and enforcing policies and procedures.
Lillian received her nursing degree from Lehman College. She is fluent in Spanish and holds certifications in BLS and ACLS.