Steven J. Walerstein, MD, FACP
In his role as Medical Director, Dr. Walerstein is responsible for the oversight of the provision of medical care throughout the corporation. Working closely with the clinical chairs and the Department of Clinical Effectiveness, he reviews the quality of care provided and identifies opportunities for improvement. He also works collaboratively with the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in assuring the highest quality training programs for medical students and residents.
Prior to being appointed Medical Director for the Nassau Health Care Corporation, Dr. Walerstein served as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Associate Medical Director for New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York from August of 2002 through July of 2005. Dr. Walerstein served as Chairman and Program Director for the Department of Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center from September 1999 until March 2002.
Dr Walerstein has received numerous university appointments. Currently, he serves as Associate Professor for the Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook. Dr. Walerstein has also served as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine for Weill-Cornell Medical College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
As a member of the North Shore Long Island Jewish System Medical Directors Committee, Dr. Walerstein interacts with health care leaders from throughout Long Island in identifying the most current trends and opportunities to optimize health care delivery. In 2003, Dr. Walerstein served as Governor-elect of New York Downstate Region II for the American College of Physicians, followed by a term as governor from 2004 to 2006. He also served as chair of the New York State Interest Group (NYSIG) of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine for two consecutive years from 1993 through 1994. In addition, Dr. Walerstein has several other professional memberships. Among those are the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Society for General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Walerstein has earned numerous professional and educational awards and honors. Most recently, he received the Laureate Award from the New York State Chapter of the American College of Physicians for 2006. Dr. Walerstein was also awarded the Best Faculty Attending Award by the New York Methodist Hospital Department of Medicine for the 2002-2003 year. The Long Island Jewish Centerís Department of Medicine awarded Dr. Walerstein the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1990.
In addition to his many professional and educational achievements, Dr. Walerstein has also been involved in several community service activities. These include being chairman of the Project CC Drug Prevention Project Speakers Committee from 1992 to 1994, and being chairman of the Hospice Fundraising Committee at Jersey Shore Medical Center from 1985 to 1986.
Dr. Walerstein graduated in 1979 from the Six Year Bio-Medical Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College with a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, and a Doctor of Medicine. He went on to complete his postgraduate training in the Primary Care Internal Medicine Program at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.