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Women's Care

In today’s world, women face more challenges than ever in balancing their busy lives. NuHealth Women’s Care offers an integrated approach that delivers the full range of services a women needs in a caring, respectful environment. Our comprehensively-equipped Women’s Care practice at Nassau University Medical Center is capable of handling nearly anything, from general obstetrics and gynecology to infertility, high-risk obstetrics, urorgynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, minimally invasive surgery, breast health and gynecologic oncology (cancer).

  • 2011 Healthgrade Maternity Care Excellence Award
  • Top Physicians ranked by Castle Connelly and Consumer Research Council of America.
  • Experienced Nurses with special training in neonatal resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support and fetal monitoring.
  • Long Island’s Lowest Caesarean Section Rate.
  • Long Island’s Only Water-Birthing Tub.
  • State-of-the-Art Security System to safeguard our patient’s safety
  • Breast Feeding, Infant Care and Childbirthing Classes
  • Nassau County's only Centering Pregnancy Program (sponsored by The March of Dimes)

And whether you choose to receive care at NUMC or out in the community at one of our Family Health Centers, your medical records will travel with you, ensuring that no matter what specialists you see, you won’t be a stranger.

Contact Information

Appointments: (516) 486-NUMC (6862)

Administration:

Chairman's Office (516) 572-5775
Administrator (516) 296-7356
Residency Coordinator (516) 572-6254
General Obstetrics & Gynecology (516) 572-6566
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  (High Risk Obstetrics)
(516) 572-6566
Gynecological Oncology (516) 572-4670
Reproductive Endocrinology
  and Infertility
(516) 572-6566
Urogynecology (516) 572-6566
Genetic Counseling (516) 572-5717
Childbirth Classes (516) 572-6566
Family Planning (516) 572-6566
 

Breast Health

Because early detection and treatment is still a woman’s best defense against breast cancer, NuHealth’s Breast Imaging Center offers the ideal combination of technology and clinical expertise. We provide the latest in diagnostic imaging and treatment options for women of all ages. Our new all-digital mammography unit quickly provides a highly detailed picture that can be magnified to zoom in on potential abnormalities. In fact, recent studies have shown that digital mammography is significantly better in screening women under 50.

The Breast Imaging Center is also equipped to provide breast ultrasound exams, breast MRIs and digital stereotactic breast biopsies. We are also the only imaging center in the area to include a clinical breast exam as a standard part of every mammography. After careful review by our team of radiologists and other breast health professionals, you may be referred back to your primary physician or scheduled to consult with other available specialists from NuHealth’s oncology, breast surgery or plastic surgery departments.

NuHealth also brings its commitment to better breast health out into the community via the NuHealth Mammography Van, which regularly visits NuHealth’s Family Health Centers, as well as other sites throughout Nassau County.

Above all, we understand that a breast exam and what it reveals can be a nerve-wracking experience for any woman. Our goal is to help you learn what you need to make the right decisions for you, schedule necessary follow-up appointments and give you the support you need to carry on.

General Obstetrics

NuHealth’s General Obstetrics services are widely regarded as one of the region’s top practices, with the lowest Caesarean section rates of all Long Island hospitals with OB practices today. Prenatal care is offered at both Nassau Medical Associates office in East Meadow, and our Family Health Centers, and each patient establishes a relationship with her own physician and an exceptional nursing staff trained to care for both mother and child. We also hold regular classes in childbirth preparation, breast feeding and infant care, encouraging parents to share their concerns and experience, and provide mutual support.

At our NUMC practice, a complete array of services can be found under a single roof, including ultrasound, a non-stress testing lab, and Level II sonograms. Subspecialists in high-risk obstetrics are on hand for immediate consultation. NUMC’s highly-secure Labor & Delivery area includes 10 home-like birthing rooms, as well as the only hospital-based suite with a water-birthing tub on Long Island. Most important, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is well-prepared for any complications, with a staff of specialists in neonatology, pediatric cardiology and pediatric surgery ready to intervene when needed. So no matter what challenges present themselves, our patients can rest assured that they and their babies are in caring, competent hands.

Above all, NuHealth’s obstetrics staff wants to guide our mothers, fathers and loved ones through what will be one of the most important events of their lives — from that breathless wait for confirmation of her pregnancy, to the thrill of first hearing the fetal heartbeat, and on through those all-important bonding hours after birth. We encourage you to schedule a visit to our Labor & Delivery area and join the NuHealth Women’s Care Network on Facebook, where you can ask questions of our staff and share and compare experiences with current and former patients.

Clinical Staff

Lennox Bryson, MD
Marilyn Robertson, MD
Elsie Santana-Fox, MD
Cynthia Greenberg, NP
Joan Nastasi, NP
Nadine Klein, PA
Margaret Appleman, PA
Janet Thorne, PA

General Gynecological Service

NuHealth’s General Gynecology practice is focused on safeguarding the health and well-being of women of all ages. We provide a full array of gynecological services at both our Nassau University Medical Center practice, most of which are also available close to home in our Family Health Centers. We emphasize preventative health and personal health management through smart choices, self-examination, regular check-ups and screening for breast, ovarian, cervical and other cancers.

NuHealth’s general gynecologists also help women with all aspects of family planning and pregnancy options. We offer both minimally-invasive tubal ligation and the new, non-surgical Essure sterilization procedure that can be performed in minutes with no hospital stay required. We also provide testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).

NuHealth is also well-prepared to medically or surgically manage the full spectrum of gynecological disease. Our Colposcopy Center at Nassau University Medical Center is one of the region’s most important resources for the evaluation and treatment for abnormal pap smears. And our surgical specialists are expert in such advanced methods as transabdominal and transvaginal surgery, operative laparascopy (minimally invasive surgery), operative hysteroscopy, cryotherapy and the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP).

At NuHealth, we understand that a woman’s gynecological health is not just an important matter, but an intensely personal and private one. Our goal is to ensure that every woman has ready access to personally and culturally-sensitive one-on-one care, and the information and support they need to make educated choices about their lives.

Gynecologic Oncology

NuHealth’s division of Gynecologic Oncology provides care for women with cancers that attack the female reproductive system, organs, including the ovaries, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva. Each year, approximately 82,000 women are diagnosed with cancer of the reproductive organs, including ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.

The division provides a full range of services for female oncology patients, from diagnosis to treatment by medical or surgical intervention. In some cases, it is possible to minimize discomfort and scarring through minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery. The division also performs the LEEP procedure, which uses state-of-the-art technology to remove precancerous cells from the cervix more easily.

Clinical Staff:
Paul Liu, MD

Family Planning

NuHealth offers complete family planning services at Nassau University Medical Center and our NuHealth Family Health Centers. We will help you decide what method of birth control is right for you, including:

  • Oral Contraceptives (“the Pill”)
  • Condoms & Spermicides
  • Diaphragms
  • Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs)
  • Other birth control methods

In addition, we provide emergency contraception (i.e. the “morning after” pill) as well as pregnancy cessation surgery.

Maternal Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Obstetrics)

Not every pregnancy goes as planned, but NuHealth’s multi-disciplinary Maternal-Fetal Medicine team is well prepared to give every pregnancy a fighting chance. Our board-certified MFM specialists help assess risks, diagnose complications and manage difficult pregnancies resulting from a broad spectrum of medical and surgical problems, including:

  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Premature Labor
  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Lupus
  • Bleeding and coagulation defects
  • Blood Type Incompatibility
  • Asthma/Seizure Disorders
  • Post-Transplant Pregnancies
  • Fetal Anomalies
  • Fetal Growth Restriction

NuHealth’s neonatologists, geneticists, diagnostic imaging experts and others help detect genetic and other fetal abnormalities early on, in some cases making it possible to medically or surgically intervene before birth. Their work includes:

  • 3- and 4-D Ultrasound
  • Amnioinfusion and Amnioreduction
  • Biophysical Profile (BPP)
  • First Trimester Down Screening
  • Genetic Amniocentesis
  • Genetic Counseling
  • In Utero Fetal Interventions
  • Intrauterine Fetal Transfusion
  • Non-Stress Testing (NST)
  • Nuchal Translucency
  • Target Ultrasound
  • Umbilical and Middle cerebral Artery Doppler Studies

Working together, our specialist OBs, geneticists, neonatologists and pediatric surgeons focus their efforts to ensure the safety of our high-risk obstetric patients while giving them the best possible prospect of a successful birth.

The Colposcopy Center at Nassau University is a major referral center for abnormal pap smear evaluation and treatment.

Minimally-Invasive Surgery

NuHealth’s gynecologic surgical specialists have performed more than 1,000 surgeries without a single external incision. These minimally-invasive surgical procedures employ a special miniature camera on a thin cable (endoscope) with instruments designed to be inserted through natural openings in the body. Endoscopic surgery greatly eases the patient’s recovery and significantly reduces the risk of post-operative infection and other complications of traditional surgery.

Endoscopic procedures performed at Nassau University Medical Center include treatments for fibroid and ovarian disease complicated by large cyst and severe adhesions, infertility, and urinary incontinence.

Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology

For thousands of Long Island couples and individuals, the challenges of parenthood arise even before their child is conceived. NuHealth’s Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology practice helps patients overcome a broad range of female and male reproductive difficulties, include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Hormonal infertility
  • Ovulatory dysfunction
  • Polycystic ovaries (PCOS)
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Semen abnormalities
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Tubal infertility
  • Unexplained infertility

We employ multiple approaches to help determine the cause of infertility, including laboratory testing, ultrasound and such radiological diagnostic procedures as hysterosalpingograms and sonohysterograms. Once the problem is identified, we provide a wide range of medical and surgical options, including:

  • Advanced hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgical procedures
  • Fallopian tuboplasties
  • In Vitro Fertilization (in collaboration with Reproductive Specialists of NY)
  • Intrauterine inseminations
  • Laparoscopic myomectomies
  • Microsurgical tubal reversals
  • Ovulation induction

Urogynecology

Urinary and fecal incontinence affects nearly one-third of all women, and is a serious problem for as many as one in ten. Incontinence can result from a range of urological and pelvic floor disorders, and is often results from the stress of pregnancy. NuHealth’s board-certified Urogynecology staff has helped hundreds of women regain control through a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

In addition to the division’s advanced urodynamic testing capabilities, our urogynecologists rely on the help of NuHealth’s diagnostic imaging, laboratory and other services to determine the source of the problem and present solutions. When medical options are unavailable or undesirable, our we offer a range of surgical procedures, many of which can be performed with minimal incisions via laparoscope or endoscope.

No woman should be forced to live with the embarrassment of incontinence — particularly when the solution may be right around the corner. Find out what NuHealth’s urogynecology division can do to end this common, but troubling problem.