A String of Off-Off-Campus Hits

Through an Expanding Network of Ambulatory Care Centers, NYU Langone Is Bringing Patient-Centered Care to Neighborhoods Near and Far

A String of Off-Off-Campus Hits

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Internationally renowned for its expertise in medicine and surgery and its advances in research, and well on its way to becoming a world-class institution, NYU Langone Medical Center is mastering the art of thinking globally but acting locally. Over the past three years, our distinctive violet-and-white logo has gone up on ambulatory care centers in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and the Financial and Theater Districts of Manhattan (see map).

For all their neighborliness, however, these satellite facilities provide the same high level of expertise and care that patients have come to expect from staff at the Medical Center. In addition to first-rate primary care physicians, these centers field a wide range of NYU Langone specialists under one roof. Several, in fact, offer advanced imaging technology, office-based gastrointestinal procedures, and cardiac diagnostic testing. "We want to be a one-stop shop," explains Isabel Souffront, MD, clinical instructor of medicine and a family care physician at NYU Langone at Internal Medicine Associates—The Miller Practice, which joined the network in 2010 and is located on West 52nd Street in Manhattan.

These multispecialty centers represent a strategic expansion of the Medical Center's outreach efforts. All are located in communities that lie well beyond the main campus yet are close enough to allow easy access for patients who require services there. "We believe that bringing high-quality care out into our patients' communities is going to be increasingly important," says Andrew Rubin, vice president for Medical Center clinical affairs and affiliates. "These centers give people local access to the world-class expertise in specialties NYU Langone is known for. Meanwhile, if a patient needs advanced care, their physician can refer them directly to NYU Langone's Tisch Hospital, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, or Hospital for Joint Diseases."

Two of the six multispecialty sites—NYU Langone at Trinity Center, in the Financial District, and NYU Langone's Center for Women's Health, due to open this summer on Manhattan's Upper East Side—are totally new. The others were established when NYU Langone merged with existing practices known for delivering superb medical care. NYU Langone at Williamsburg, for example, was established at the request of the local Orthodox Jewish community by partnering with Jacob Walfish, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, an internist and gastroenterologist who has practiced in the community for nearly 30 years and speaks fluent Yiddish.

Plans are under way to establish 5 to 10 additional ambulatory care centers in the New York metropolitan area. "We carefully select the practices we want to partner with," explains Paul Pogrebinsky, director of ambulatory operations. "It's a long analytical process. We evaluate all aspects of the practice, including quality standards, to ensure that it's in line with NYU Langone's commitment to patient-centered care, as well as the community's needs." With the addition of the Medical Center's support services and specialists, these centers are flourishing. Since joining the network, for example, NYU Langone at Columbus Medical in Rego Park, Queens, the largest and busiest of the sites, has doubled its physician staff to 40, spanning 20 different specialties, and has added a six-chair infusion center.

Steven Kobren, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, medical director of our Great Neck practice, a location the Medical Center plans to use as a hub for future Long Island–based services, says, "Our patients are thrilled that we now share NYU Langone's name—it's a brand that sells itself." After leading a thriving four-physician practice in cardiology, endocrinology, and primary care medicine for over two decades, Dr. Kobren agreed to join the network last fall. He was attracted, he says, by NYU Langone's collaborative approach. "They've been very understanding," he says, "and encouraged us to keep doing what we love to do." He also likes having enhanced access to the Medical Center, which he knows well from having referred cardiology patients there for more than 20 years.

"If Dr. Kobren hadn't joined NYU Langone, I might not be here," says Marie Gordon, one of his patients. In October 2010, shortly after the Great Neck practice came on board, an MRI scan showed that Gordon's aortic aneurysm—diagnosed several years earlier—had ballooned dangerously. "I could have died at any moment."

Worried about the effects of open-heart surgery on his 74-year-old patient, Dr. Kobren used his new affiliation to secure a fast-track appointment with Aubrey Galloway, MD, the Seymour Cohn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Within days, Dr. Galloway performed a minimally invasive procedure that repaired the aneurysm and allowed Gordon to recuperate swiftly. "The NYU Langone connection is why I was able to get operated on so quickly," Gordon says. "It was a great team success story."

TRINITY CENTER Occupying the second floor of a 19th century landmark building in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District, NYU Langone at Trinity Center opened in 2008 with the mission of providing comprehensive healthcare to Wall Street’s workforce as well as the neighborhood’s growing residential population. Our second-largest ambulatory care center, it has physicians in 10 specialties, including cardiology, dermatology, facial plastic surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, internal medicine, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, podiatry, and pulmonary medicine. Services include cardiopulmonary diagnostics, imaging services, corporate wellness, two endoscopy suites, a full range of cosmetic treatments, and a light box for treating psoriasis. Phone 212-263-9700.


Trinity Center


Internal Medicine Associates


INTERNAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATES—THE MILLER PRACTICE Housed in a seventh-floor suite overlooking Manhattan’s Theater District, this internal medicine practice joined NYU Langone’s network in 2010. Since the merger, its offices have been fully renovated, and 3 exam rooms have been added for a total of 16. The practice has also added a fifth primary care physician, along with a gynecologist, cardiologist, gastroenterologist, and neurosurgeon. Echocardiogram and image-reading services are also available onsite. Phone 646-778-5555.
 WILLIAMSBURG Most of this center’s patients are drawn from Williamsburg’s large Orthodox Jewish community, a population Dr. Jacob Walfish, its medical director, knows well, having served the neighborhood for three decades. After joining NYU Langone in 2009, Dr. Walfish moved his primary care/GI practice into a newly constructed building, where he now shares space with six specialists, including a gynecologist, orthopaedist, and pediatric cardiologist. Currently the smallest multispecialty practice, the Williamsburg center continues to add patients from the local non-Jewish population but remains closely attuned to its Orthodox patients’ needs, maintaining a staff conversant in English and Yiddish and offering office hours every other Sunday. Phone 718-384-5179.



Center for Women


CENTER FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH Opening this summer at 84th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan, this newest member of the NYU Langone network will be staffed with full-time specialists in primary care, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and gynecology. Patients will also have access to physicians in a dozen other women’s health specialties, as well as mammography and ultrasound scans, endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures, bone-density tests, noninvasive cardiac testing, and vascular and pulmonary function testing.


COLUMBUS MEDICAL When it joined NYU Langone in 2008, this center on Queens Boulevard immediately became the Medical Center’s largest ambulatory site. Since then, its number of affiliated physicians has doubled. Located in largely Russian-speaking Rego Park, the office’s bilingual staff testifies to its close community ties. The practice’s 40 physicians in 20 specialties treat 400 patients per day, utilizing separate reception areas. Additional services include endoscopy, chiropractic, an infusion center, and an imaging suite with MRI, PET, and CT scans and mammography. Phone 718-261-9100.



Columbus Medical


Great Neck


GREAT NECK When the Great Neck Medical Group joined the NYU Langone network last fall, the Medical Center gained a multispecialty practice known for superior patient-centered care. “If you call us and need an appointment that day, we’ll find time for you,” says Dr. Steven Kobren, its medical director, a cardiologist who’s also board certified in critical care medicine. The four-physician office, located in a semiresidential neighborhood near the Queens-Nassau County border, specializes in internal medicine, noninvasive cardiology (including echocardiograms and nuclear stress tests), neurology, neurosurgery, and endocrinology. Phone 516-482-6747.



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