Chief Medical Officer, Palliative Care
I am a born and bred New Yorker and attended college at CUNY Brooklyn and received my MD degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.
My residency training was completed at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Internal Medicine. I found myself liking every specialty of internal medicine but not loving any of them, so I limited myself to primary care and became Board Certified in Internal Medicine. I started my own solo internal medicine practice in 1997 and rounded at the local hospital, Peninsula Medical Center. Being an old-fashioned physician before the days of hospitalists, nocturninsts and sniffifsts I joined the staff of 2 local nursing homes to assure seamless care for my patients throughout the health care continuum. In 2006, I was appointed Chairman of Medicine at Peninsula Hospital Center and moved my private practice into the hospital outpatient department. In 2008 I was appointed Medical Director of the Eisenstadt inpatient hospice unit on the hospital campus. Through work in hospice, I finally found my calling within a calling and became Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2010. Due to financial issues, the hospital closed in 2011 and I was appointed Chief of Palliative Medicine at Northwell Forest Hills Hospital in Queens. As my Hospice and Palliative Medicine duties increased, I closed my solo internal medicine practice to devote full time energies to Hospice and Palliative Medicine. I was appointed Senior Hospice Medical Director of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care and ran the inpatient hospice units at the Menorah Nursing Home in Brooklyn and Silvercrest Nursing Home in Queens. In 2019 I was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Citadel Care Centers a growing nursing home group in NY, NJ, and FL ad guided the nursing homes through a once in a century pandemic and the toughest regulatory environment in the health care industry. Recognizing a significant need for palliative medicine in the health care industry, in December of 2021 I joined PCMA to assist in palliative care integrations throughout the health care continuum.
On a personal note, I am happily married for over 30 years and have 4 grown children. My oldest daughter is married, and I am now a proud new grandfather of a baby girl. My special interests include assisting people through their spiritual journey in life whether in a professional or personal capacity. I am fluent in Hebrew, especially Biblical Hebrew enjoy the study of comparative religion.