Faculty

Vivian Argento, MD, AGS-F
Executive Director, Geriatrics and Palliative Care Service Line
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Argento is the Executive Director for the Geriatric and Palliative Care Service Line at Bridgeport Hospital and is working with Yale New Haven Health and Yale leaders to develop an age-friendly health system. Her current work focuses on improving care to manage complex patients in the hospital, post-acute, and community settings and develop a signature of care for age-friendly care for the health system.

She has several Yale New Haven Health leadership roles including chairing committees to improve advance care planning, developing a clinical practice guideline for the screening and management of cognitive impairment, collaboration with nursing staff to create a system-wide nursing initiative using the “NICHE” (Nurses Improve Care of Hospitalized Elders) model, post-acute care, total cost of care and work on clinical redesign in the recognition and management of delirium. Additionally, the clinical teams under her leadership have won several awards for patient centered and empathy driven care.

She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has attained fellowship status in the American Geriatrics Society. She completed her medical training at MCP/Hahnemann (Drexel) University and completed residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the computer case simulations committee with the National Board of Medical Examiners developing USMLE step 3 test questions and serves as fellowship program director for the Geriatric Fellowship program at Bridgeport Hospital.

She has been at Bridgeport Hospital since leaving Philadelphia and has served in various roles in the Section of Geriatric Medicine. Her academic interests are in dementia, advance care planning, communication skills, and the interface of geriatrics and palliative care in the Emergency Department.
 
Dr Argento lives in Seymour with her husband and three children and spends most of her weekends at volleyball tournaments cheering her kids to victory. She enjoys reading, yoga, watercolor painting and, prior to a recreation-ending leg injury, was an avid runner, épée fencer and hiker. 


Leen Bakkali, MD 

Dr. Bakkali is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine Section of Geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine. Her main interests are dementia prevention and treatment as well as caregiver support.

She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She is a graduate of Mohamed V University of Medicine, Rabat, Morocco. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Chicago and a two-year Geriatric Fellowship at the University of Connecticut.

She was the Medical Director of the “Elder Horizon” delirium prevention program at Yale New Haven Hospital for three years before joining Bridgeport Hospital.
After nine years at Yale New Haven Hospital, she joined the Bridgeport Geriatric Team in 2018. She is part of the consult service team and sees patients in outpatient consultation in our Geriatric Assessment Practice (GAP).

She is an active member of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dr Bakkali lives in Westport with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, swimming and reading.


Mithil Choksey, MD 
Medical Director Geriatrics
Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Choksey was born and raised in Kenya. He completed his medical school training at M.R. Medical College in India and his Residency and Fellowship in New York at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers and Methodist Hospital respectively. 

He began his career with the Department of Geriatrics at Bridgeport Hospital in 2009 and currently serves as the Medical Director for the Section of Geriatrics. Dr. Choksey is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics as well as hospice and palliative medicine and has served in various roles including Medical Director for Hospice. 


Harsha Naik, MD
 
Dr. Naik completed her medical undergraduate training at Goa Medical College, India. She completed her residency at Interfaith Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, and completed her Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, New York in 2013. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

She joined the Geriatrics Department at Bridgeport Hospital as a geriatric primary care and consult service physician in 2013. In addition to her inpatient work, she conducts home visits and serves as medical director of assisted living facilities in the community. 
Dr. Naik lives in Fairfield with her family and enjoys yoga, travelling and gardening.  


Marina Blagodatny, MD, CMD

Dr. Blagodatny completed her medical undergraduate training at Russian State Pirogov Medical University in Moscow, Russia. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York, and her Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Medical Center in New York City. She is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

She joined the Bridgeport Hospital Center for Geriatrics and Palliative Care in 2006. In addition to her inpatient work, she conducts nursing home visits and home visits. Dr. Blagodatny is also a certified wound specialist, certified in Hyperbaric Treatment, and board certified in palliative care/hospice medicine.