University Radiology Leadership Team

Sandip Basak, M.D., FACR
Sandip Basak, M.D., FACR
Chairman of the Board

Sandip Basak, MD, FACR is a board certified diagnostic radiologist specializing in Neuroradiology.  In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Basak is Chairman of the Board of University Radiology Group with general management oversight of clinical, operational, and strategic activities of the organization.

Dr. Basak received his undergraduate and medical degrees from New York University.  He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He then went onto Diagnostic Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia where he was chief resident from 1999-2000.  After completing a two year fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, he received a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology in 2003.  + More

Dr. Basak has been a subspecialty radiologist with University Radiology Group since 2003 during which time he has held various positions of management within the organization including Board of Director’s trustee since 2007, Executive Committee member since 2013, Co-Chairman of University Radiology’s Clinical Operations Committee from 2016-2019, and President of University Radiology from 2019-2022.

Dr. Basak has also been active in academics during his time at University Radiology.  He maintains an academic appointment as Clinical Professor at RUTGERS Robert Wood Johnson Medical (RWJMS).  He was Associate Program Director for the RUTGERS RWJMS Diagnostic Radiology Residency from 2009 -2011 and the Program Director from 2011-2015.  <

Roger Yang, M.D., FACR
Roger Yang, M.D., FACR
President

Roger S. Yang, MD, FACR is a board certified diagnostic radiologist specializing in Women’s Imaging.  In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Yang is the President of University Radiology with general management oversight of all clinical and operational activities of the organization. 

Dr. Yang received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degrees from Northwestern University Medical School.  After his medical school graduation in 1992, Dr. Yang completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center.   He then went on to complete his Residency in Radiology and Fellowship in Women’s Imaging at SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, where he served as Chief Resident in 1997-1998.   + More

Past leadership experience includes serving as President of a privately owned N.J. based radiology practice Associated Radiologists.  In 2016, Associated Radiologists merged with University Radiology.  Dr. Yang immediately became involved in multiple leadership roles with URG, including serving as Secretary of the Group and a member of the Board. Dr. Yang is also a member of the URG Executive Committee, Political Advisory Committee, Quality Committee, and Hospital Relations Committee.

Dr. Yang is also involved in multiple local, state and national organizations.  He is an executive committee member of the New Jersey Radiological Society and an elected councilor to the American College of Radiology. He serves on multiple national committees in the Society of Breast Imaging and American College of Radiology. Dr. Yang is a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has been a past President of the Radiological Society of New Jersey, past President of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Medical Staff, and has served on the Board of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and New Brunswick. He is an active Trustee of the Somerset Health Care Foundation Board and Northwestern University Medical School Alumni Association Board.

Dr. Yang resides in NJ with his wife and two children.  <

Randy Gerstl, CPA
Randy Gerstl, CPA
Chief Executive Officer

Randy Gerstl was named Chief Executive Officer for University Radiology Group in July, 2022.    Randy has over 30 years of experience in Healthcare Business and Finance leadership.  He previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer for URG, and was the Chief Administrative Officer for Associated Radiologists, where he was responsible for all aspects of finance, operations and marketing.  Randy is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey. 

Randy brings to URG a wealth of experience managing technical and administrative teams for all aspects in the radiology arena.  He has a deep understanding of the regional healthcare market, and has been a key member behind many mergers and acquisitions in radiology.  + More

Mr. Gerstl is an active member of URG’s Board of Managers, Insurance Committee, Pension Committee, Venture Committee, Realty Committee, Compliance Committee and Diversity Committee.

Mr. Gerstl is a Certified Public Accountant.  He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Radiology Business Managers Association.  As a Past President of the RBMA’s New Jersey Chapter, he has presented numerous talks on relative issues to the radiology community.  <

Robert P. Braun
Robert P. Braun
Chief Operating Officer

Robert P. Braun, MA, M.Ed., RN, OCN, RT (R) (T) is the Chief Operating Officer for University Radiology.  Mr. Braun joined the Group in 2020 with a focus on the management and oversight of our expanding outpatient imaging offices.  His scope of responsibilities include: imaging office operations, facilities/infrastructure management, imaging equipment management, service engineering and nursing.  His responsibilities include planning; directing, administering and coordinating URG’s imaging office operations.   + More

Mr. Braun joins URG with a rich background and an impressive career path.  His roots are in radiology and oncology, where he worked clinically as a technologist, nurse and therapist.  He studied Healthcare Administration and Nursing at Manhattan College and Felician University, earning duel undergraduate degrees and his R.N and RT., early in his career.  He earned master’s degrees in Education/Management and Interdisciplinary Studies from Penn State University and California State University, respectively.  In addition to his executive career, Mr. Braun has taught extensively on the collegiate level including serving as an adjunct professor for the Graduate Division at Rutgers University within their Radiologist Assistant master’s program.  He has been a frequent guest speaker at many professional association events in addition to writing over 30 peer reviewed publications.

Mr. Braun has held progressively more responsible executive positions over twenty years with Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, CentraState Healthcare System, RWJ Barnabas Health System and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  His most recent position prior to URG was with Regional Cancer Care Associates, where he served as Corporate V.P. of Operations/Integration/Strategy.  <

Alberto Goldszal, MBA, PhD
Alberto Goldszal, MBA, PhD
Chief Technology Officer

Alberto Goldszal, MBA, PhD is a healthcare professional with more than 20 years of experience in operations management, imaging sciences, medical informatics, and big data processing and analysis. As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Goldszal is currently responsible for the overall informatics strategy goals of the University Radiology Group - one of the largest academic-based radiology groups in the country.

Dr. Goldszal received the Moore Fellow Award in the Management of Technology at the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania (2005) and the Shock Award for pioneering research on the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease at the National Institute on Aging at the NIH (1997). Dr. Goldszal has written several peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and abstracts. Affiliations include IEEE, AAAS, RSNA and SIIM. Training credentials include a PhD in Engineering (Digital Image Processing) and a Management of Technology degree jointly awarded by Penn Engineering and the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.  + More

In addition to his work at the Group, Dr. Goldszal is also an Adjunct Professor of Radiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Past faculty appointments include passages at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2000-2007), Johns Hopkins University (1995-1997), and at Drexel University (1989-1994). Areas of expertise include operations management, imaging informatics, data mining and analytics, medical imaging technology, healthcare data exchanges, patient engagement, and the meaningful use of health information systems.  <

Laurie Labaska, PHR/SHRM-CP
Laurie Labaska, PHR/SHRM-CP
Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of Marketing

Laurie Labaska, PHR, SHRM-CP is the Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of Marketing for University Radiology Group.  Ms. Labaska joined the Group in 2013, with a focus to build an effective human resource function across the practice by aligning human resource activities with business goals. Ms. Labaska directs all Human Resources functions with a general focus in talent acquisition, management development, compensation and benefits, performance management and employee relations.

In 2019, Ms. Labaska also became the Director of Marketing and Sales for University Radiology.  In this capacity, Laurie is responsible for the overall promotion, communication and advertising efforts to drive brand awareness and referrals for all modalities.   + More

Prior to joining University Radiology, Ms. Labaska held positions of increasing responsibility in the Human Resources field.  She spent twelve years as the Global Director of Human Resources with CoreLab Partners, a CRO focused on image interpretation for pharmaceutical oncologic clinical trials.  In this role, she developed and directed the HR function across 5 offices in 3 continents.

Ms. Labaska received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Delaware.  She holds a certificate in Advanced Human Resource studies from Cornell University, a certificate in Employee Relations from Rutgers University and a certificate in Healthcare Compliance from Seton Hall School of Law.  Additionally, Ms. Labaska is certified by HCRI as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and by the Society of Human Resource Management as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).  <

James M. Maher
James M. Maher
Chief Revenue Officer

James M. Maher was named Chief Revenue Officer for University Radiology in March 2016, after previously serving as the practice’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Maher joined the Group in 2013 with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare finance in multiple hospital senior leadership positions. As Chief Revenue Officer, Mr. Maher directs all Revenue Cycle and Third Party contracting efforts for the group. He also serves as an in-house consultant for multiple practice initiatives — ranging from mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, business analytics and process improvement initiatives.

Prior to joining University Radiology, Mr. Maher served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital — Hamilton, a 230-bed community hospital. His previous leadership positions include Vice President of Finance, Raritan Bay Medical Center; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, East Orange General Hospital; and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Carrier Foundation, a regional behavioral healthcare system.  + More

Mr. Maher earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rider University and has been a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and past member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the New Jersey Hospital Association CFO Constituency Group.  <

Franca Maiorano-Hobbs, Esq.
Franca Maiorano-Hobbs, Esq.
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Franca Maiorano-Hobbs, Esq., General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for University Radiology Group, P.C., graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, summa cum laude, and from St. John’s School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the states of New Jersey and New York.

After graduating from law school, Mrs. Maiorano-Hobbs entered private practice specializing in civil litigation with a subspecialty in medical malpractice litigation. Mrs. Maiorano-Hobbs became the General Counsel for University Radiology in 2006, and since that time has negotiated the Group’s hospital contracts, radiology service and employment contracts, and professional and general liability insurance renewals. She has responsibility for the closing of all financing transactions and for compliance with Department of Health licensing matters. Mrs. Maiorano-Hobbs has been instrumental in managing and accomplishing the Group’s many mergers and acquisitions and serves as an active advisor to the Senior Leadership Team on a wide range of corporate issues.

Lakiesha Mendez, CPA
Lakiesha Mendez, CPA
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Lakiesha M. Mendez, CPA Interim Chief Financial Officer for University Radiology Group, LLC, earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ramapo College and her Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Mendez is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of New Jersey.

Prior to joining University Radiology in 2010, Mrs. Mendez held accounting positions of increasing responsibility in industries such as not for profit, telecommunications, and manufacturing.

As Interim CFO of University Radiology Group, Mrs. Mendez has responsibility for finance, accounting, treasury, and budgets for University Radiology Group and their partner companies.