FOREST HILLS, NY – The Emergency Department of Forest Hills Hospital has new leadership and a new vision to meet the health care needs of the more than 54,000 patients that are treated there each year.
Manish Sharma, DO, serves as chairman of Emergency Medicine at Forest Hills Hospital, taking over the position formerly held by Michael Guttenberg, DO, the new medical director of the Center for Emergency Services and Clinical Preparedness for Northwell Health, the health system to which Forest Hills and 20 other metro-area hospitals belong.
Assisting Dr. Sharma is Mark Tang, DO, who was recently appointed as associate chairman of emergency medicine at the hospital.
“The appointments of Drs. Sharma and Tang will facilitate the continued development of high quality services in the ED,” said Susan Browning, executive director of Forest Hills Hospital.
In his new role, Dr. Sharma looks to improve upon clinical quality outcomes, such as the health and quality of patients as well as their experience in the hospital, by broadening the collaborative approach within the Emergency Department, as well as throughout the hospital.
“Our goal is to provide outstanding clinical care in a compassionate manner to every patient that comes to our emergency department,” said Dr. Sharma, who previously served for three years as vice chairman of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Queens, and, before that, assistant residency director.
To help achieve this, a new fast track area for noncritical patients is set to begin construction later this year near the main entrance of the emergency department.
The $1.6 million ED Fast Track project will provide medical care and assessment for minor illnesses and injuries, which will shorten the time patients spend in the emergency department.
An assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Sharma serves as an examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine oral examinations, and has been published nationally in peer-reviewed journals, including Annals of Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at New York University, he went on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a Masters in Business Administration at the New York Institute of Technology.
Prior to his appointment at New York Presbyterian Queens, Dr. Sharma served as assistant residency director at Maimonides Medical Center and was an attending physician at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, the Veteran’s Administration New York Harbor Healthcare System, and New York Methodist Hospital, where he had also completed his post doctoral training and served as chief resident.
Dr. Tang has been an emergency medicine attending physician for more than 10 years and is highly regarded by physicians, nurses and ancillary staff within the emergency department.
A graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Tang served as chief resident at Saint Barnabas Hospital, where he completed a combined residency in emergency medicine and family practice.