There are several ways in which I bring my decades of experience as a general internist to the care of people with cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Many of our patients have long-standing medical issues separate from their cancer diagnosis, for example. I and the more than 20 other physicians on the General Medicine Service that I currently lead help in managing these conditions before, during, and after surgery. We are at the bedside to consult with the cancer specialists when patients become acutely ill and hospitalized, monitoring and consulting on everything from blood pressure control to drug interactions and diabetes care.
Along with several other internists within our group, I also work as a hospital-based general physician, or “hospitalist,” to manage the urgent care of patients in our hospital in place of their primary care physician. I dedicate a portion of my time every week as well to caring for the often unique medical needs of the growing number of people who have survived childhood cancers and entered adulthood. I see them in our Adult Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic.