Healthy families are the center of a healthy community.

Our families are our backbones – providing emotional, mental and even physical support throughout our lifetimes. Shouldn’t they also help promote good health and wellbeing?

Studies show families have short and long-term effects on health that present from early childhood and cascade through ones life (J Health Social Behavior) Fostering good health and wellbeing is one of the most important steps a family can take to improve outcomes for the entire family and larger community.

Our family medicine physicians work with individuals and their loved ones to provide holistic primary care to people of all ages and stages of life and health.

Family medicine integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences to provide care for chronic conditions, as well as preventive care. Family medicine is unique because of its focus on the patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family. 

It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes family medicine from all other specialties.

Why choose us?

Our Department of Family Medicine provides patient-centered care through education, community outreach and exceptional care. With more than 250 physicians throughout Long Island, Queens and Manhattan, we are here for you when you need us.

  • Mindful medicine. Every patient is different. So you need a unique care plan that takes into account your specific health needs, desired health outcomes and lifestyle. Our physician’s work with patients and their families to develop individualized care plans that looks at individual, the family and their roles in keeping you healthy.
  • Community care. The Department of Family Medicine is a healthy place for the entire community. In addition to community health screenings, we offer family health education and caregiver training.
  • Cutting edge research. Innovations in medicine only occur through research and development. Our research projects directly affect the way we provide care to our patients.

Leadership

Executive committee

Glen Cove Hospital

William Joseph Bennett, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing
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Brenda Carmen Gomez, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing
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James Mcneill Mumford, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Huntington Hospital

Scott L. Gross, MD

  • Department Chairman - Chair of Family Medicine of Family Practice, Huntington Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Santhosh K. Paulus, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Long Island Jewish Forest Hills

Helen Haihong Chen, DO

Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

Eric Shoenfeld DO
Chair, Family Medicine at LIJ of Valley Stream
Clinical Asst. Professor, Family Medicine Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

North Shore University Hospital

Martin Peter Edelstein, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Peconic Bay Medical Center

Evan Nadal MD
Program Director
FMRP, Peconic Bay Medical Center

George Ruggiero DO
Director of Medical Education
Chief of Family Medicine
Peconic Bay Medical Center

Phelps Memorial Hospital

Dr. Shantie Devi Harkisoon MD
Program Director
FMRP, NYMC Phelps

Plainview Hospital

Marc Schechter, DO
Chair, Family Medicine Plainview Hospital

Lawrence V. Crafa, DO

  • Program Director - Family Practice Residency of Family Practice, Plainview Hospital
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Christopher Jason Robles, DO

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Tara Ervolino Zahtila, DO

  • Director - Medical Education of Family Practice, Plainview Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Southside Hospital

Mayur S. Rali, MD

  • Program Director, Family Medicine Residency,
    Southside Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Family Medicine,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Neubert Philippe, MD

  • Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency,
    Southside Hospital
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Staten Island University Hospital

Marianne Catherine LaBarbera, MD

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