Israeli Doctors of New York, a not-for-profit medical society that connects Israeli physicians across the New York area, recently celebrated its inaugural meeting. The organization was founded by Lenox Hill Hospital physicians Tomer Singer, MD, director of reproductive endocrinology & infertility, Jonathan Bank, MD, plastic surgeon, and Michael Divon, MD, former chairman of obstetrics and gynecology.
Held at Dr. Singer's Manhattan office, the event drew 120 attendees from different medical disciplines and health systems. The new members enjoyed live music, comedy, and speeches as they learned about the group’s objectives.
“When you look at how many people in the Israeli community choose to live here, it’s clear that New York is a great starting place for doctors to collaborate and build relationships,” said Dr. Singer.
Israeli Doctors of New York (IDNY) strives not only to foster communication amongst New York-based doctors, but also to connect them with colleagues and medical institutions in Israel. The goal is to allow for an international exchange of research as well as patient care. With plans in the works for an online physician directory, Dr. Singer hopes that the IDNY will become a go-to resource for Israeli patients both in the U.S. and abroad.
"This could be extremely helpful for someone who just moved to the area, or for someone looking for treatment in his or her native tongue,” explained Dr. Singer. “The directory will allow users to coordinate all of their care within a network that feels familiar. I can also see it becoming a platform for medical tourism, as many patients seek health services in the U.S. that are unavailable elsewhere.”
The organization was also formed with future physicians in mind, particularly international trainees looking to gain experience in the U.S. IDNY will help students and doctors to connect, coordinate residencies, and set up various opportunities for mentorship and education.
IDNY welcomes any physician in the greater New York City area with ties to Israel. Membership is not limited to those who call the country home, but open to all with academic, professional or cultural connections to the area. The organization will hold its next meeting in September 2017.
To learn more, visit https://israelidoctorsny.wordpress.com/mission-statement/ or https://www.facebook.com/IsraelidoctorsNY/.
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Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 11 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. For more information, go to www.lenoxhillhospital.org.