For Academic Information or information about Residencies, please contact:
Program Administrator – Elizaveta Lezhansky by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-240-6347
Program Director - Conrad Thomas Fischer, MD
Associate Program Director - Anjula Gandhi, MD
Associate Program Director - Herman Lebovitch, MD
Associate Program Director & DIO - Chris Paras, DO
In addition to General Internal Medicine, the Department is divided into divisions such as Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine. These divisions are headed by physicians who are board-certified in Internal Medicine and in their respective subspecialties. These physicians are responsible for the teaching to both Internal medicine residents and subspecialty Fellows.
Co-Directors - Hal L. Chadow, MD & Moshe Gunsberg, MD
The staff of the Division of Cardiology comprises eight full-time and 16 visiting staff physicians and is subdivided into four sections:
The Consultation Service advises in the management of cardiology problems for both inpatients and outpatients. Consultations are provided by Fellows in conjunction with their Attending physicians and involve bedside teaching of the house staff. Consultants also guide patients through the complex maze of cardiac diagnostic techniques and procedures offered by the hospital. Elective rotations are available for house staff.
The Coronary Care Unit includes six coronary care beds, and 30 monitored beds exclusively for cardiac patients. A Cardiology Fellow is assigned to this unit to provide continuous, on-site specialty guidance to house staff, and Attending rounds are made daily.
The Non-Invasive Cardiac Laboratories provide color-flow Doppler echocardiography, electrocardiography, stress testing and Holter monitoring for patients, and work in close conjunction with Nuclear Medicine to offer an array of Nuclear Cardiology diagnostic studies. The staff is available to discuss and review indications and results of studies with house staff. Elective time is provided for those interested.
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performs more than 600 cardiac catheterizations and coronary angiograms each year. A new state-of-the-art electrophysiology testing system for sophisticated evaluation and treatment of cardiac arrythmia including ablacions is also now available in the Laboratory.
There is a weekly Cardiac Conference, as well as a Journal Club. Patient beside rounds and work conferences are held daily in all the sections.
Director - Joel Goldman, MD, FAAP
The Division of Endocrinology consists of two full-time endocrinologists and voluntary staff. The division provides consultations for inpatients for a wide spectrum of endocrine and metabolic disorders. In addition, there are two outpatient clinics, one of which is devoted exclusively to diabetes and the other to various endocrine and metabolic problems. Board-certified endocrinologists supervise daily rounds and the activities of students, house staff and endocrine Fellows in the clinics. A full range of diagnostic testing is available, including dynamic endocrine testing (such as TRH, LRH and ACTH stimulation tests, insulin and glucose tolerance testing), thyroid biopsies, nuclear medicine testing and CT scanning.
Conferences include a weekly morning case presentation, a weekly afternoon conference that rotates between two Journal Clubs each month, and endocrine imaging conference and an endocrine pathology conference, as well as regularly scheduled conferences on various topics in endocrinology. Weekly conferences are also held during the academic year at the Division of Endocrinology at SUNY-HSCB. There are two fellowship positions available, and house staff and medical students may take elective rotations in the division.
Opportunities exist for experience in the clinical immunoassay laboratory, the renal hypertension service and the gynecologic endocrinology service, and for clinical research projects under the direction of Attending endocrinologists.
Director - Vladimir Gotlieb, MD
The Division of Hematology/Oncology has a faculty of 10 physicians, three of whom are full-time, one is geographic full-time and six are voluntary. All are board-certified in hematology or medical oncology or both. The division maintains well-equipped research laboratories under the direction of two of its full-time members, where ongoing investigations deal with the pathogenesis of myelofibrosis/myeloid metaplasia and with the responses of tumor cells to anti-cancer drugs. The hospital Blood Bank is under the direction of one of the full-time faculty, as is the special coagulation laboratory. The fellowship program is a combined one in Hematology and Medical Oncology and is fully accredited. Fellows get broad clinical experience in both disciplines, and all 10 faculty members participate in teaching.
Teaching conferences for Fellows are held five times weekly. Ambulatory care experience includes not only a weekly clinic but also the Ambulatory Infusion Therapy Unit, which is under the direction of the division. Fellows supplement their direct clinical experience with selective rotations to Transfusion Medicine and to Radiation Oncology (the latter rotation at SUNY-HSCB), elective experiences in bone marrow transplant (at Memorial-Sloan Kettering or at North Shore University Hospital), and in a number of cooperative clinical therapy studies. Fellows are encouraged to enter and follow patients in these trials. Residents on elective participate in all activities of the division.
Director - Richard Cofsky, MD
The staff of this division consists of three full-time infectious disease specialists. The section conducts rounds and consultation services to patients with infectious diseases. House officers are exposed to laboratory procedures that they can perform themselves and that are pertinent to the understanding of infectious disease. There are regularly scheduled conferences, and additional special education is provided through distribution of pertinent material from current literature.
Co-Directors - Shyan-Yih Chou, MD & Warren Shapiro, MD
There are six full-time physicians and six visiting staff nephrologists in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, which has active programs in clinical renal disease, hypertension, disturbances of water electrolyte metabolism and acid-base balance. Specific activities of the division include clinics in kidney disease, hypertension and transplantation, consultations, kidney biopsies, hemodialysis, CAPD and peritoneal dialysis. Extensive laboratory and clinical research activities include basic renal physiological studies in salt and water metabolism and renal hemodynamics, treatment of renal failure, hypertension, treatment of end stage renal disease and problems relating to dialysis. House staff assigned to Nephrology and Hypertension participates intimately in all activities of the division.
Residents work closely with renal Fellows while rotating through the service, and Fellows who are seeing consultations keep in close contact with the general house staff for purposes of both patient care and teaching. Attending rounds are conducted daily, and there are teaching rounds three times a week on all hospitalized patients being followed by the division. There are weekly seminars in renal physiology, a weekly Journal Club, a weekly Nephrology-Urology Conference and a monthly Biopsy Conference that reviews all biopsies utilizing light and electron microscopy, as well as immunofluorescence techniques.
Director - Elliot Bondi, MD FACP
The staff of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine includes four full-time Attendings and several visiting staff. The division has responsibility for the clinical care of patients hospitalized with pulmonary disease, management of all patients in the hospital's intensive care units who require intensive respiratory care, a pulmonary outpatient clinic, direction of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, where a wide variety of tests are performed, performance of diagnostic pulmonary procedures, chest consultations for inpatients, and supervision of Respiratory Therapy Services, including a staff of more than 30 trained therapists and technicians.Advanced training for house staff is available in pulmonary function studies, respiratory intensive care or respiratory therapy.
There is also a two-year Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease that covers all aspects of Pulmonary Medicine, including intensive care and advanced pulmonary diagnostic procedures. House staff rotate through Pulmonary medicine on an elective basis and participate in all division activities, with particular responsibility for consultations on hospitalized patients. House staff also make presentations and lead discussions at the several Pulmonary Medicine Conferences held each week. These conferences include a Journal Club, didactic session, radiology conference and pathology conference.
Director - Lawrence J. Bernstein, MD, FACR
This division has two full-time rheumatologists, both of whom have offices within the medical center complex. They make rounds on rheumatology inpatients and conduct private practices in their offices. There is a weekly Rheumatology clinic.Rheumatology conferences and seminars, including board reviews for house staff, are given regularly throughout the year. Rheumatology rounds are made frequently with individual and group teaching at the bedside. Residents may take elective rotations through the rheumatologic private offices, seeing both in- and outpatients under direct supervision.
Overall, the division offers a balance of academics, experience in musculoskeletal examinations, diagnosis and learning of special procedures and treatments.
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