Division of General Internal Medicine Restructures

2/28/2012

The Division of General Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals (SLR) in Manhattan announces the formation of two sections: Ambulatory Medicine and Hospital Medicine. “The restructuring enables the division to better serve the special needs of both outpatients and inpatients,” said Gary Burke, MD, Chief of the Division.

The Section of Ambulatory Medicine, headed by Section Chief Roy Cohen, MD, a skilled internist and administrator, is geared toward providing high-quality primary care services for adult and geriatric outpatients. Its focus includes health promotion and disease prevention, ensuring care coordination and supporting aging-in-place and community collaboration. The section’s practitioners work in various sites of University Medical Practice Associates (UMPA), the outpatient clinical practice of the Department of Medicine.

The Section of Hospital Medicine, led by Section Chief Rajan Gurunathan, MD, an experienced hospitalist, focuses on skillfully managing the complex treatment needs of hospitalized patients. Key objectives include promoting patient safety, improving transitions in care, preventing rehospitalizations and providing palliative care. The section also aims to ensure strong instruction and supervision of medical residents and other trainees.

Dedicated Professionals

Both section leaders have strong clinical and supervisory skills. For example, Dr. Cohen has extensive experience in bringing integrated high-quality care to underserved communities and special expertise in treating HIV/AIDS patients.

He joined the Division of General Internal Medicine this February after serving as the Medical Director of the Division of Substance Abuse at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In that role, he oversaw the provision and integration of primary care, psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment to some 5,000 patients at three clinical sites in the Bronx. Prior to that, Dr. Cohen served as the Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at SLR and as an internist/HIV Coordinator and then Medical Director at Montefiore Medical Group’s Comprehensive Health Care Center.

After completing his training and chief resident year at SLR in 2001, Dr. Gurunathan joined the Department of Medicine as its first hospital-based internist. Since then, he has helped lead the growth of SLR’s Hospital Medicine Program, which now consists of over 35 full-time staff. He has served on numerous hospital committees related to clinical care and medical administration, and holds the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Gurunathan has also been recognized for his accomplishments by the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Alumni Society as the “2007 Distinguished Young Physician of the Year,” and by the Greater New York Hospital Association as a 2009-2010 Clinical Quality Fellow.

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