Overview

Northwell Health’s Department of Medicine team is dedicated to delivering high quality comprehensive primary care to patients. Our team is composed of a large, dynamic, and diverse group of clinicians, educators, and researchers eager to take on the challenge of responding to patient needs from primary care to patient-centered medical homes.

We also offer preventive care with an emphasis on managing chronic conditions such patients from Long Island and New York City face, such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Our internists partner with specialists to achieve the best possible treatment outcomes and to obtain a high degree of patient satisfaction.

Our specialists serve a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, adults and those with advanced age, providing routine and preventative care, consultative services for patients with complex clinical conditions, inpatient care and international health services.

Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Northwell Health Department of Medicine’s website.  We are a young and growing department but have accomplished quite a bit over the last few years.  For context, here’s some background on Northwell.  Until January 2016, we were known as North Shore – LIJ Health System, and, while we changed our name, we remain one of the largest integrated health systems in the U.S., comprising 21 hospitals, roughly 450 ambulatory care sites, a school of medicine, school of nursing, and much, much more.

The Department of Medicine is similarly large, with nearly 1,000 salaried physicians, four residency programs, a robust research portfolio, and 13 divisions.

Our Department of Medicine stands out from many others in our deep programs in basic research (through the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research) and clinical research, with an emphasis on clinical decision support. 

In addition to our research portfolio, the department boasts a very strong network of primary care practices throughout the New York City region.  Our clinical footprint covers an area roughly 100 miles in length, from end to end; from eastern Long Island to northern Westchester County, to Staten Island in the south.

Like any other academic department of medicine, we also have a tripartite mission (research, education, clinical care) and we are actively pushing the boundaries of knowledge in each of these realms.  Serving one of the most diverse populations in the world, and partnering with some of the finest research institutions, we are making contributions every day that changes the way medicine is delivered, both tomorrow and years from now.

We hope you find what you’re looking for on our site.  

Thomas McGinn MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Medicine Northwell Health
David Greene Professor of Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
 


 


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Patient care

The Department of Medicine extends our expertise beyond our borders. In addition to offering extensive general medicine services and every internal medicine subspecialty, we serve as a regional and national referral center for complex medical problems.

We encourage you to learn more about our department via our Division sections or through our Find a Physician directory.

Department highlights

A Simple Allergist-Led Intervention Improves Resident Training in Anaphylaxis. Jongco AM, Bina S, Sporter RJ, Cavuoto Petrizzo MA, Kaplan B, Kline M, Schuval SJ.J Allergy (Cairo). 2016;2016:9040319. doi: 10.1155/2016/9040319. Epub 2016 Feb 21.PMID: 26997960 Free PMC Article

Rifka Schulman, MD, and colleagues published an article in Endocrine Practice on the effect of intravenous pamidronate on clinical outcome in patients with chronic critical illness.  The retrospective study of patients admitted to a respiratory care unit (RCU) showed that patients who received intravenous pamidronate had lower mortality in the RCU and at one year than those who did not.  The difference in one-year mortality remained after controlling for baseline creatinine, eGFR, and serum calcium.

Kwo P, Gitlin N, Nahass R, Bernstein D, Etzkorn K, Schiff E, David M, Ruane P, Younes Z, Kalmeijer R, Sinha R, Peeters M, Lenz O, Fevery B, DeLa Rosa G, Scott J, Witek J. Simeprevir plus Sofosbuvir (12 and 8 weeks) in hepatitis C virus genotype infected patients without cirrhosis: Optimist-1, a phase randomized study. Hepatology 2016; 64:370-80

Greenberg, H, Lakticova, V, Scharf, SM. Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Clinical Features, Evaluation, and Principles of Management.  In: Kryger, M,Roth T, Dement, WC Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 6th Edition. 2016. Ch 114. Elsevier. Section leading chapter in the reference textbook for sleep medicine

Song D, Fang G, Greenberg H, Liu, Shu Fang. Chronic intermittent hypoxia exposure-induced atherosclerosis: a brief review. Immunol Res. 2015 Dec;63(1-3). Review of our work on impact of chronic intermittent hypoxia (an animal model of obstructive sleep apnea) on systemic inflammation and atherosclerosis

Whitson MR, Mo E, Nabi T, Healy L, Koenig S, Narasimhan M, Mayo PH. Feasibility, Utility, and Safety of Midodrine During Recovery Phase From Septic Shock. Chest. 2016 Jun;149(6):1380-3 Novel approach to the recovery phase of shock reducing ICU length of stay.

Cardenas-Garcia J, Schaub KF, Belchikov YG, Narasimhan M, Koenig SJ, Mayo PH. Safety of peripheral intravenous administration of vasoactive medication. J Hosp Med. 2015 Sep;10(9):581-5.Novel approach to decrease need for central lines in critical illness

Mayo P, Volpicelli G, Lerolle N, Schreiber A, Doelken P, Vieillard-Baron A. Ultrasonography evaluation during the weaning process: the heart, the diaphragm, the pleura and the lung. Intensive Care Med. 2016 Jul;42(7):1107-17.

Patrawalla P, Eisen LA, Shiloh A, Shah BJ, Savenkov O, Wise W, Evans L, Mayo P, Szyld D. Development and Validation of an Assessment Tool for Competency in Critical Care Ultrasound. J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Dec;7(4):567-73.

Narasimhan M, Koenig S, Mayo PH. A Whole Body Approach to Point of Care Ultrasound. Chest 2016 (In Press)

Talwar A, Sahni S, Talwar A, Kohn N, Klinger JR. Socioeconomic status affects pulmonary hypertension disease severity at time of first evaluation. Pulm Circ. 2016 Jun;6(2):191-5.

Richard Furie:  Invited speaker at the following national and international meetings

  1. Brazilian Society of Rheumatology, Curitiba, Brazil  
  2. The Lupus Academy; Amsterdam, NL
  3. 11th International Congress on SLE; Vienna, Austria
  4. Harvard Advances in Rheumatology, Boston, MA
  5. Cleveland Clinic Foundation Medicine Grand Rounds, Cleveland, OH  
  6. Cleveland Clinic Foundation Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Cleveland, OH  
  7. American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting; San Francisco, CA
  8. EULAR 2016; London, UK  

Recently Awarded Grants:

Negin Hajizadeh, MD, MPH - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Grant
A Comprehensive Disease Management Program to Improve Quality of Life in Disparity Hispanic Patients Admitted with Exacerbation of Chronic Pulmonary Diseases

$1.5 million grant from PCORI for development of a telehealth system for pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD.  Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most effective interventions for patients with COPD but current delivery systems are limited in scope.  A telemedicine-based pulmonary rehabilitation program has the potential to broaden access to this essential disease management tool for our patients with COPD. 

David Rosenthal, DO, PhD, Medical Director of the Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV and Attending Physician in the Division of Allergy and Immunology received over $2 million in new funding for “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Services in General and HIV Primary Care Settings” in Nassau/Suffolk and Queens.  He was awarded the New York State, Department of Health, Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award for his “commitment, contribution and response to improve and promote the health and well-being of all New Yorkers”.

Arunabh Talwar, MD, Edward Miller, Ph.D. National Heart, Lung and Blood  Institute-funded study (1R01HL111469-01A1) MIF-Thyroxine Interactions in the Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension   Project Period:  06/01/2013 – 05/31/2017.

Awards and recognition

  • Paul Mayo MD Received Master Teacher Honors Award, international award for excellence in teaching presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, CHEST, October 2015 
  • David Bernstein, MD, American Liver Foundation Physician of the Year, 2016.
  • Karen Friedman, MD, recipient of the 2015 Candee Award for Excellence in Education
  • Seth Koenig, MD:  Named editor of “Ultrasound Corner” for CHEST, a premier pulmonary medicine journal.

Leadership

Thomas McGinn, MD

  • Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Medicine,
    Northwell Health
  • Chair, Medicine,
    North Shore University Hospital, LIJ Medical Center and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Hospital leadership

David Adam Almeleh, MD

  • Director - Dept of Medicine of Medicine - Internal Medicine, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Mark Elton Astiz, MD

  • Chairman of Medicine - Critical Care Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Chief of Division - critical care of Medicine - Critical Care Medicine, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Lawrence Faltz, MD

  • Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs,
    Phelps Memorial Hospital Center
  • Chief Medical Officer,
    Phelps Memorial Hospital Center
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Aaron Richard Harrison, MD

Michael Charles Iannuzzi, MD, MBA

  • Department Chairman - Chairman Department of Medicine of Medicine - Pulmonary Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Marla Koroly, MD

Thomas McGinn, MD

  • Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Medicine,
    Northwell Health
  • Chair, Medicine,
    North Shore University Hospital, LIJ Medical Center and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Michael Repice, MD

  • Department Chairman - Chair of Medicine of Medicine - Rheumatology, Huntington Hospital
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George Ruggiero, DO

Bradley Sherman, MD

  • Medical Director,
    Glen Cove Hospital
  • Chair, Department of Medicine,
    Glen Cove Hospital
  • Associate Professor,
    Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Miriam Ann Smith, MD

  • Director of Medicine - Infectious Disease, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Mark Jeffrey Weinstein, MD

Division chiefs

David E. Bernstein, MD

  • Chief of Division - Hepatology of Medicine - Gastroenterology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Hepatology of Medicine - Gastroenterology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Vincent R. Bonagura, MD

  • Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Allergy/Immunology & Asthma, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division of Pediatrics - Pediatric Allergy-Immunology & Asthma, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Maria Torroella Carney, MD

  • Chief of Division - Geriatrics & Palliative Care of Medicine - Internal Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Geriatrics & Palliative Care of Medicine - Internal Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Joseph Conigliaro, MD

Craig E. Devoe, MD

  • Acting Chief - Hematology/Oncology of Medicine - Hematology-Oncology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Acting Chief - Hematology/Oncology of Medicine - Hematology Oncology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Bruce Frederick Farber, MD

  • Chief of Division of Medicine - Infectious Diseases, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division of Medicine - Infectious Diseases, North Shore University Hospital
  • Chief of Division - Informational of Medicine - Infectious Diseases, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Steven N. Fishbane, MD

  • Chief of Division of Medicine - Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division of Medicine - Kidney Diseases and Hypertension, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Richard A. Furie, MD

  • Chief of Division - Rheumatology of Medicine - Allergy and Immunology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Harly E. Greenberg, MD

  • Chief of Division - Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Med of Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Head of Section - Sleep Medicine of Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Med of Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Yael Tobi Harris, MD

  • Chief - Endocrinology of Medicine - Endocrinology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief - Endocrinology of Medicine - Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Larry Sherwin Miller, MD

  • Chief of Division - Gastroenterology of Medicine - Gastroenterology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Gastroenterology of Medicine - Gastroenterology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Samuel Packer, MD

  • Chairman Emeritus of Ophthalmology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Medical Ethics of Ophthalmology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Medical Ethics - Dept of Pediatrics of Ophthalmology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chairman Emeritus of Ophthalmology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Director - Director of Eye Surgery Center of Surgery - Ophthalmology, Syosset Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
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Corey Danielle Karlin-Zysman, MD

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