Top 15 Doctors
3. Dr. Farshid Radparvar
Queens Hospital Center
Chief of Cardiology
Dr. Farshid Radparvar has worked throughout his tenure to retool the care given heart failure patients at Queens Hospital Center, who traditionally have one of the highest rates of re-admissions.
Under his leadership, QHC has taken a patient-centric, multi-disciplinary approach to patients with heart failure, including the creation of a dedicated Heart Failure Unit, established in November 2014, new heart failure clinics, implementation of a heart failure registry to track patients, and new computer programs to help patients learn about the resources available to them, among other initiatives. Dr. Radparvar also played a pivotal role in establishing QHC’s Chest Pain Unit.
By cutting down on the number of re-admissions, QHC announced it would be relieving the economic burden that re-admissions have on the health-care system, and more importantly, cutting down on the number of fatal heart failure episodes
A significant part of Dr. Radparvar’s work is not just in providing new ideas and infrastructure throughout QHC, but enabling patients to become and stay healthy after they’ve gone home. QHC now provides patients who have experienced heart failure a nurse who helps them set healthy goals for themselves, and achieve those goals. Patients in the cardiology unit are also given patient education materials that provide logs to help them track their weight and physical activity, and chart the progress towards their goals.
2. Dr. Pierre Saldinger
New York Hospital Queens
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Dr. Pierre Saldinger joined the staff at New York Hospital Queens to lead the effort in expanding the scope and depth of surgical services to increase access for the Queens community.
He earned his medical degree Switzerland’s University of Basel School of Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and a clinical fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Dr. Saldinger has lectured nationally and internationally on surgery of the pancreas, bile duct and liver, as well as on surgical quality improvement. He is a member of many prestigious societies, including the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Society of University Surgeons and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.
Under his leadership and direction, he added more clinical talent to the hospital’s medical staff in breast surgery, colorectal surgery and neurologic and spine surgery. During his tenure and thanks to his initiatives, some of the hospital’s surgeons now see patients in the community at practices across the borough, including Maspeth Multispecialty Care and Fresh Meadows Surgical Care.
1. Dr. Margaret Kemeny
Queens Hospital Center
Director, Queens Cancer Center
In a field largely dominated by male practitioners, Dr. Margaret Kemeny has made a name for herself not just as one of the best female surgical oncologists around, but as one of the best in the country. Period.
Dr. Kemeny’s path to her current position as director of the Queens Cancer Center at QHC began at Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude, before receiving her medical degree from Columbia. She completed her internship and residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the University of Colorado Medical Center, and the Downstate Medical Center.
After beginning her career in Duarte, California, just outside Los Angeles, Dr. Kemeny made her way to New York, holding esteemed positions in surgical oncology in Manhattan, Manhasset and Stony Brook before eventually settling at Queens Hospital Center in 2001.
Since becoming director of the Cancer Center, Dr. Kemeny says she has worked to increase the quality of care available to her community.
“Our plan is to raise the level and type of cancer care by bringing together the three elements of medical, surgical and radiation oncology and by introducing advanced, state-of-the-art equipment,” she said.
An important advancement and milestone of her career has been a technique she developed for treating patients with liver cancer, in which chemotherapy is administered to patients via a pump into the main artery of the organ.
Work like this has gained Dr. Kemeny prestige throughout the medical community. She serves on the National Cancer Institute committees and advisory boards, the Women’s Health Initiative, and on the editorial boards for a number of esteemed medical publications, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the American Journal of Surgery, and HPB Surgery: A World Journal of Hepatic Pancreatic and Billiary Surgery. In addition to selecting and editing articles, Dr. Kemeny has contributed a vast body of work to publications throughout the country, detailing her extensive research.
Dr. Kemeny’s work has been recognized by major mainstream publications as well. She has been featured in the perennial favorite New York Magazine annual piece “How to Find the Best Doctors in New York,” as well as in the Castle Connolly Guide’s Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area.
Despite all the accolades and strides Dr. Kemeny has made, she has an extensive list of programs and initiatives she hopes to implement as she continues her tenure a director of the center. An immediate goal includes the creation of cancer prevention programs for residents throughout Queens, wherein staff could study different preventative measures and medicines for breast cancer, for example.
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