Keeping standards for patients’ safety and quality of care high is also an area of great importance to me, and I work within the Department of Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering as a whole to improve these elements.
My long-standing interest in issues at the intersection of internal medicine and oncology drew me to Memorial Sloan-Kettering in 2008, after more than a decade in leadership posts at the Albert Einstein Medical Center/Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. While at Jacobi I was Vice Chairman of Medicine for the North Bronx Health Care Network, and I spent a decade as the Residency Program Director for the Einstein/Jacobi Internal Medicine Program. I was also honored while there to be elected to the Davidoff Society for “distinguished, caring, and committed teaching.”
From 2006 to 2008 I served as President and CEO of the New York Medical Alliance, a multispecialty physician group that provided medical care to patients in the Bronx through an affiliation contract with New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Over the years, I have often drawn on my independent interest and study of the history of 19th and 20th century American medicine to provide me with much-needed perspective on the daily demands of practicing medicine in our time. Understanding the many influences that have shaped our medical system — scientific, cultural, economic – has proved invaluable to me, and I have very much enjoyed writing books and articles on these topics as well as working with such organizations as the American Association for the History of Medicine.