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Internal Medicine

Focused on the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases affecting adults, Internal Medicine is one of the hospital’s busiest departments. Our subspecialists are frequently called upon by physicians both inside and out of Nassau University Medical Center to help solve the most complex diagnostic puzzles, including those where multiple illnesses or multiple organs are involved. In addition to helping patients manage a broad range of acute and chronic illnesses on an outpatient basis, NUMC’s internal medicine subspecialists are on the frontline of inpatient care. Some of the recent advances in the Department of Internal Medicine include:

  • Hospitalist Medicine Service – Hospitalists are solely responsible for managing the care of NUMC inpatients, coordinating the activities of multiple specialists to improve patient outcomes.
  • Gastrointestinal Services – Multiple clinics weekly and expanding endoscopy services
  • Critical Care Medicine – All intensive care patients are now managed by board certified critical care physicians who are expert at helping those recovering from surgery or trauma or struggling against life-threatening illness.
  • Sleep Medicine – A growing national problem, sleep apnea and other pulmonary (breathing) problems put tremendous strain on the heart and can result in death. We can eliminate the terror of suddenly starting awake while struggling to take a breath.

Contact Information

Appointments: (516) 486-NUMC (6862)

Administration:

Chair:

Alan Multz, MD 516) 572-6501

Administrator:

Tommy Deutsch (516) 572-6501

Residency Coordinator:

Susan Bunting (516) 572-4835
Critical Care Medicine (516) 572-6516
Dermatology (516) 572-6501
Gastroenterology/Hepatology (516) 486-6862
Hematology/Oncology (516) 572-8891
Hospitalist Medicine (516) 572-6501
Immunology (516) 296-4949
Infectious Diseases & HIV (516) 572-6506
Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine (516) 572-8714
Rheumatology (516) 572-6501
Nephrology (516) 572-4848
Endocrinology (516) 572-4848
Palliative Care (516) 296-2103
 

Critical Care Medicine

NuHealth’s critical care specialists work in Nassau University Medical Center’s Intensive Care Units, monitoring and caring for our most vulnerable patients. In addition to their primary specialty, they have received extended training in managing acute respiratory, cardiac, metabolic, cerebral, renal and other problems, as well as in combating infections. Our critical care specialists use computerized patient monitoring and data management systems, hemodynamic monitoring, ventilator management, and bedside ultrasound to swiftly detect the patient’s most minute physiological changes, and provide life-sustaining therapies that give them their best chance at recovery.

To contact the ICU, call:

Surgical: (516) 572-6191
Medical: (516) 572-6516 
Cardiac: (516) 572-4771

To contact the Critical Care Medicine section office, call (516) 572-6516

Clinical Staff
Javed Iqbal, MD
Chief - Ashok Karnik, MD

Dermatology

Our skin is more than the face we show the world. It is the body’s largest organ, accounting for about 16 percent of our body weight, and it serves multiple functions: from protecting deeper tissues and regulating temperature to manufacturing vitamin D and conveying both painful and pleasurable sensations.

NuHealth’s dermatologists offer expert medical consultation on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, including:

  • Acne
  • Birthmarks
  • Blisters
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Hair Loss
  • Hives
  • Melanoma
  • Toenail Fungus
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea (Adult Acne)
  • Skin Cancer
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts

To make an appointment, call (516) 572-6501

Clinical Staff
Chief: Howard Corwin, M.D

Dialysis

When your kidneys are unable to perform due to renal disease, toxic substances (impurities and wastes) and excess fluid from the blood can build up, eventually leading to death if not removed. Our unit offers two forms of Dialysis which are Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis. Hemodialysis is a method of diverting blood from the patient to a dialysis machine where it is filtered before being returned to the body. Most patients require three treatment sessions each week, each of which lasts 3-4 hours.

Peritoneal Dialysis is a form of dialysis that is performed at home after being thoroughly trained by our staff. Patients attend a monthly clinic at the outpatient center.

At the NuHealth Dialysis Center at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility, a caring, highly-experienced professional staff provides personalized, state-of-the-art outpatient renal dialysis services in a bright, comfortable new setting. Our goal is to deliver the best treatment in a manner that is reassuring and respectful of each patient's dignity.

Services

  • Individualized care plans
  • Outpatient hemodialysis
  • Outpatient peritoneal dialysis
  • Patient and family education
  • Nutrition consultation
  • Home peritoneal dialysis training program
  • 24/7 nursing support.
  • Psychosocial support programs

Sophisticated Stations
The NuHealth Dialysis Center features 29 new Fresenius hemodialysis stations that incorporate the best of today's technology, including a highly sophisticated reverse osmosis system for water purification.

Comfortable Convenience Everything about the NuHealth Dialysis Center has been designed to provide maximum convenience and comfort for our patients. Conveniently located in the heart of Nassau County, it features plenty of parking and spacious, windowed rooms. Each station has its own flat screen video monitor and access to a substantial library of feature films, educational videos and other entertainment options to keep patients occupied during treatment. In addition to a comfortable waiting area, there is also a patient lounge with vending machines that offer real, healthy food choices, not just snacks.

Extended Hours For our patients' convenience, NuHealth Dialysis Center is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday from 5:45am AM to 11:30 PM. These expanded service hours make it possible to provide nearly 700 treatments per week...enough to serve 232 patients with typical treatment protocols.

Expert Staff Our multidisciplinary treatment team provide both care and support for patients undergoing dialysis. Each team is led by a board-certified nephrologist, registered nurses, certified hemodialysis technologists, a licensed social worker, dietitian and transplant coordinator. All team members provide additional support to help patients cope with the loss of kidney function.

To learn more about the NuHealth Dialysis Center at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care, or to arrange for a tour or appointment, call 516-572-1800.

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Although diabetes is the most common endocrine disease in the United States, there are other disorders that affect the glands that produce hormones essential for growth, development, reproduction and homeostasis. In addition to providing central leadership for NuHealth’s Zaki Hossain Center for Hypertension, Diabetes & Vascular Disease, the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Nassau University Medical Center diagnoses and treats the complete spectrum of other diseases and disorders affecting the endocrine system. These include:

  • Adrenal Diseases
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • High Cholesterol and other Lipid Disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pituitary Disorders
  • Thyroid Disorders

In addition, NuHealth’s endocrinologists serve as important members of multidisciplinary teams in Pediatrics, Urology and Women’s Care, diagnosing and treating such conditions as:

  • Testicular Disorders (including low testosterone)
  • Ovarian Disorders (including polycystic ovaries)
  • Menstrual Diseases and Menopause
  • Growth Disorders (including obesity)

To make an appointment with an endocrinologist about issues other than diabetes, call the appropriate number below:

Pediatric Endocrine Disorders: (516) 572-6177
Reproductive Endocrine Disorders: (516) 572-6262
All other Endocrine Disorders: (516) 572-4848

For more information about diabetic endocrinology and the Zaki Hossain Center for Hypertension, Diabetes & Vascular Disease, click here.

Clinical Staff
Kenneth Hupart, MD, FACS
Salini Kumar, MD, FACP, FACE
Stuart Morduchowitz, MD
Alice Lee, MD, FACP
David Rosenthal, MD, FACP, FACE
Terry Gray, ANP-C, PhD

Gastroenterology/Hepatology

NuHealth’s gastrointestinal (GI) specialists help patients with the full spectrum of debilitating disorders affecting the digestive system. Using sophisticated diagnostic imaging and testing technology, the GI team examines the physical structures of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon and rectum, and test the function of the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. These tests may include X-rays, CT scanning, ultrasound testing, endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and more. Diagnosed disorders may be treated medically or in concert with Nassau University Medical Center’s experienced gastrointestinal surgeons. Commonly treated problems include:

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Diverticulitis
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders (swallowing, spasms, regurgitation)
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s Disease and Colitis)
  • Liver Disease (acute and chronic)
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Polyps
  • Stomach, Intestinal and Colon Disease

To make an appointment with a gastroenterologist, call (516) 486-6862

Clinical Staff
Paul Mustacchia, MD, FACP
Kaleem Rizvon, M.D
Krishnaiyer Subramani, M.D
Umeko Takeshige, M.D

Hematology/Oncology

Few diseases have the power to cause fear on the level of cancer and blood disorders. But whether the problem is as minor as anemia or as life-threatening as leukemia, NuHealth’s hematology and oncology specialists can help ease patients’ symptoms…and minds. Diagnosing and treating diseases of the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes as well as cancers of all kinds, the Hematology/Oncology department works closely with colleagues in other specialties, such as Women’s Health and Pediatrics. Some of the diseases treated include:

  • Anemia
  • Bone Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Hemophilia
  • HIV-associated malignancies
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Skin Cancer
  • Uterine Sarcoma
  • Vaginal Cancer

To make an appointment with a hematologist/oncologist, call (516) 572-8891.

Clinical Staff
Alida Podrum Rumar, MD

Hospital Medicine

In years past, inpatients at most hospitals might be seen by multiple medical and surgical specialists – each concerned with their own aspect of the patient’s health, but none specifically responsible for the patient’s care as a whole. NuHealth has changed all that with the introduction of hospital medicine and the hospitalist: a physician whose sole concern is the well-being and safety of patients staying at Nassau University Medical Center.

The hospitalist is both physician and case manager, coordinating the activities of a multidisciplinary team to avoid test duplication, medication errors and care plans that work at cross purposes. NuHealth’s specialists in hospital medicine also act as the patient and family’s advocate, helping voice their concerns to the team to provide the best possible patient experience. They also are the liaison to the patient’s referring physician, and help ensure a smooth transition into and out of the hospital.

To contact the Hospital Medicine section office, call (516) 572-6501

Clinical Staff
Jose Mejia, MD
Vincent Cappello, MD
Jeeny Job, MD
Samia Qazi, MD
Leonid Rankov, MD
Dipti Kothari, MD
Olubunmi Bolaji, MD
Deepti Gupta, MD
Ghulamullah Shahzad, MD
Daniel Addanki, MD
Rosalind Conrad, MD
Nita Kaul, MD
Ambreen Khalil, MD

Immunology

Our immune system can be both our greatest friend and our worst enemy. It protects us from bacteria and other antigens, producing antibodies to fight off infection. At the same time, it can overreact, producing antibodies in reaction to harmless substances: allergies that can range from the merely annoying to the downright dangerous.

In addition to helping patients with immuno-deficiencies, NuHealth’s immunology department provides testing and patient care to help combat all types of allergies, including:

  • Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Asthma
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Drug Allergies
  • Food Allergies
  • Immune Disorders
  • Insect Allergies
  • Mast Cell Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Allergies

To make an appointment for allergy testing, diagnosis and management, please call (516) 572-3214

Clinical Staff
Chief - Marianne Frieri, MD
Chief - Myron Zitt, MD

Infectious Diseases & HIV

In today’s mobile world, infectious diseases are an especially serious concern – and the Long Island-New York metropolitan area is one of the busiest travel hubs on the planet. NuHealth’s infectious disease specialists are at the front lines of the fight against contagion, protecting those traveling to foreign lands, and diagnosing and treating all types of infections, including:

  • Bone and Joint Infections
  • Chagas’ Disease
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis
  • MRSA (drug-resistant staphylococcus)
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Parasitic Infections
  • Sexually-Transmitted Diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Viral Encephalitis
  • Wound Infections

By diagnosing and treating infectious diseases early and coordinating a local and regional response with public health authorities when necessary, the Infectious Disease section at Nassau University Medical Center is helping keep our communities safe from harm.

HIV/AIDS
NuHealth is also a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and AIDS. In fact, Nassau University Medical Center is home to the first Designated AIDS Center (DAC) on Long Island – a state-certified program that serves as a focal point for a continuum of hospital and community-based services. NuHealth’s DAC coordinates outpatient services, arranges for patients to participate in clinical trials, and provides counseling, testing, and community education. Specialized HIV medical case management and treatment adhgerence programs help patients with an array of psychosocial issues, coordination of care and optimizing treatment outcomes.

To consult with an infectious disease of HIV specialist, call (516) 572-6506

Clinical Staff
Chief - Janice Verley, MD
Director, HIV Prevention Services - Shadab Ahmed, MD
Director HIV/Hepatitis C Co-infection Clinic - Tabassum Yasmin, MD
HIV Specialist - Yuwanna Landau, NP

Nephrology

Our kidneys are responsible for filtering out waste products from our blood, which is then passed out of the body as urine. As a result, many diseases affecting the kidneys aren't limited to the actual organ, and may originate from sources outside the renal system. The Nephrology division at Nassau University Medical Center is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of the full array of renal and hypertensive disorders. Using a variety of diagnostic tools, including ultrasound-guided renal biopsies, urinalysis and immunological studies, NuHealth's nephrologists treatment conditions such as:

  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hematuria (blood in the urine)
  • Proteinuria (excess protein in the urine)
  • Kidney Stones
  • Chronic Urinary Tract Infections
  • Hypertension
  • Electrolyte Disorders or acid/base imbalance
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease

In addition, NuHealth’s Nephrology division manages dialysis units at both Nassau University Medical Center and A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility.

To contact a nephrologist, please call 516-572-1800
To contact the NuHealth Dialysis Center at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility, please call 516-572-1800

Clinical Staff
Chief - Leah Balsam, MD
Sofia Rubinstein, MD
Zae Kim, MD

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. Care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness-whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.

Working closely with your primary doctor, Palliative Care provides:

  • Expert treatment to relieve your pain and symptoms.
  • Close communication about your illness and treatment choices.
  • Coordination of your care among all of your health care providers.
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family.
  • Referral and coordination of home care services.
  • Help in navigating the health care system.
  • Assistance with difficult treatment choices.
  • Detailed practical information and assistance.

What you should know about Palliative Care:

  • You can continue to receive care to cure your illness and Palliative Care at the same time.
  • Palliative Care focuses on managing symptoms that are causing discomfort, while you continue with your medical treatments.
  • Palliative care helps at all stages of illness. It is best introduced early in your care and can be helpful whether your illness is curable, chronic, or life-threatening.

Is Palliative Care the same as Hospice Care?

No. Hospice Care is meant specifically for those approaching the last stages of a serious illness.

What can I expect from Palliative Care?

  • Relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite.
  • Improved ability to carry on with your daily life.
  • Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments.
  • Better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care.

To contact the Palliative Care Program, call (516) 296-2103

Clinical Staff
Daniel Cogan, NP (Director)

Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine

Any difficulty breathing can be a frightening experience, and chronic respiratory disease has a dramatic affect on the patient’s quality of life; in fact, respiratory disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Patients with acute or chronic lung disease, as well as those suffering from sleep disorders like sleep apnea, find relief and hope at NuHealth’s Pulmonary Disease section in Nassau University Medical Center. There, specialists in pulmonary disease diagnose and manage lung disorders, employing such means as fiberoptic bronchoscopy, pleural biopsy, full pulmonary function testing, and pulmonary stress testing. In addition, our pulmonary disease specialists are vital members of multidisciplinary teams working throughout the hospital, including as critical care specialists in the Intensive Care Unit.

Common conditions requiring ongoing management by pulmonary specialists include:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Environmental And Occupational Lung Diseases
  • Hypersensitivity Lung Diseases
  • Infectious Lung Diseases
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases
  • Pneumonia
  • Sleep Apnea

Sleep Medicine
Patients experiencing constant tiredness, falling asleep at all hours and frequent awakenings at night may be suffering from sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. NuHealth’s sleep specialists will perform an overnight sleep study to determine the cause of your difficulties and recommend appropriate treatment options.

To consult with a pulmonary specialist, call (516) 572-8714

To contact a sleep specialist or arrange for a sleep study (referral required), contact (516) 572-8714

Clinical Staff
Javed Iqbal, MD
Chief - Ashok Karnik, MD

Rheumatology

Chronic joint pain and other clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues and connective tissues are the focus of the Rheumatology section at Nassau University Medical Center. Capitalizing on recent scientific discoveries that have identified rheumatological disorders as autoimmune diseases, NuHealth’s rheumatologists are now able to offer new treatment modalities that can help patients with rheumatism lead an almost normal life. Some of the disorders treated by our rheumatologists include:

  • Dermatomyositis
  • Gout, Pseudogout
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polychondritis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthropathy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Vasculitis

To make an appointment with a rheumatologist, call (516) 572-6501

Clinical Staff
Chief - Prachi Anand, MD
Gary Rosenblum, MD