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.
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.
- Clinical Expertise: Internal Medicine
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Residencies: University of Michigan Hospitals
- Fellowships: University of Pennsylvania
- Board Certifications: Internal Medicine
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