Top 15 Doctors
When it comes to health care, Queens has had a rough go of it as of late. The borough has seen hospitals close and communities struggle to keep their health care facilities open, but the prognosis isn’t all negative. The borough has its own unique challenges when it come to health care, especially with its large immigrant population, but thankfully the borough has amazing doctors who are up to the challenge. This issue, our It’s List runs down the TOP 15 DOCTORS who prove you don’t have to leave Queens to get state-of-the-art medical care.
As Associate Medical Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Dr. Concepcion Songco has spearheaded a variety of efforts to bring the best possible care to her patients, including the creation of age-specific care plans, the restructuring of the medical home team, and improvement of patterns of work flow.
She has also been instrumental in implementing the department’s performance improvement project around HPV vaccinations for young males, an initiative presented at the HHC Teen Health Improvement Conference in April 2014.
Dr. Songco also serves on a number of institutional committees at Elmhurst Hospital, including the Child Protection, Performance Improvement and Trauma Performance Improvement committees.
Originally hailing from the Philippines, Dr. Songco graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas in 1970 and earned her medical degree from the same university in 1974. She completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric ambulatory care at Elmhurst Hospital/Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics.
Having lived in Queens all his life, Dr. Che-Kai Tsao, Associate Professor Hematology and Medical Oncology at Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai, knows all-too-well the perceptions associated with health care in his home borough.
“The perception is that patients who go to Manhattan receive superior care,” he said. “I think one of the missions of Mt. Sinai is to be able to provide first class high quality care.”
Dr. Tsao works closely with Dr. Howard Greenberg (see #6), and focuses on genitourinary, prostate, kieny, bladder, testicular and adrenal cancers. In 2012, he was chosen as Mt. Sinai’s Physician of the Year. He is also an attending physician at the newly opened infusion center, which he says will bring first class care to all of Queens.
“With the establishing of the center, we’re glad we can give first quality health care to the whole borough,” he said.
Dr. Patricia Dramitinos, who joined the staff at New York Hospital Queens in 2012, specializes in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).
Experts estimate that more than half of adult women suffer from disorders of the pelvic floor including: accidental loss of urine, rectal gas and/or feces; bulging of the bladder, abdominal contents and/or rectum into the vagina; abnormal and/or painful bladder function, and loss of support for the uterus, which may fall and bulge into or through and outside of the vagina. FPMRS is a fairly new specialty in medicine, with the first board certification examination conducted in 2013.
Women in Queens have access to one of the few FPMRS specialists in the United States via Dr. Dramitinos. She has academic and practical training and experience with the latest diagnostic, medical and surgical techniques to correct female pelvic floor disorders.
Dr. Martin Maurer knew he wanted to pursue a career in psychiatry from the very first job he had in the field, when as a young college student he began working at the Creedmoor Psychatric Center. What followed was training at the Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, where he earned his medical degree in 1986, and a psychiatric residency at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Currently the Director of Psychiatry at the Queens Hospital Center, Dr. Maurer has worked in tandem with numerous community organizations to make sure every member of the community is receiving better psychiatric care, not just in a hospital setting. He has consulted for The Association for Rehabilitative Case Management and Housing, which shelters the mentally ill, as well as the Salvation Army Assessment Shelter system.
Dr. Maurer has also worked extensively in teaching the next generation of psychiatric professionals, work for which he’s been widely lauded. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and was the recipient of the Mount Sinai’s Institute for Medical Education Teaching Award. He was also voted Teacher of the Year by residents at the Beth Israel Medical Center, as well as Elmhurst Hospital.
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