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Department of Medicine
Department Chair: Moro O. Salifu, MD
The eleven divisions of the Department of Medicine provide a broad range of general and specialized medical care. These divisions include Allergy and Immunology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Digestive Diseases, Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Hypertension and Electrolytes, Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Renal Diseases and Rheumatology.
ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY
Division Chief – Rauno Joks, MD
The Division of Allergy and Immunology tests for and treats all allergic disorders, including eczema, hay fever, hives, drug reactions, food allergies and asthma.
Division Chief – Jeffrey S. Borer, MD
The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine offers a full range of comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services including: consultation, preventive cardiology, coronary care, cardiac rehabilitation, ECG, signal averaged ECG, 24-hour ambulatory ECG and blood pressure monitoring, exercise and pharmacologic stress testing, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography (transthoracic, transeophageal and stress), tilt-table testing, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, atherectomy, electrophysiologic studies, pacemakers, radiofrequency, catheter ablation, and implantable defibrillator (AICD).
Division Chief – Shivakumar Vignesh, MD
Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave.
The Division of Digestive Diseases offers diagnosis and treatment of ulcers, gastritis, gastrointestinal bleeding, colitis, pancreatic and gall bladder disease and acute chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. Procedures performed include endoscopies, laser therapy and hormone level measurement.
The Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes provides a variety of services including the administration of a radioimmunoassay laboratory that measures plasma insulin, C peptide, growth hormone, prolactin, TSH, FSH, LH, cortisol and thyroid antibodies. Numerous clinical research activities are being carried out on the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetes mellitus, the pathogenesis and treatment of the microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes, lipids disorders and pituitary dysfunctions.
GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE
(718) 270-1531 • Fax: (718) 270-2477
A group of full-time, primary care, board-certified internists and specialists provide acute and continuing care in all areas of internal medicine. Special areas of interest include medical consultation and preoperative evaluation, geriatrics, diabetes, hypertension, renal disease and cardiopulmonary disease.
The Division of Hematology/Oncology provides consultation for the evaluation and management of patients with hematologic and oncologic disorders. A wide range of therapeutic protocols have become available for the treatment of a variety of solid tumors, many of which combine infusional chemotherapy with radiation therapy. There are specially trained chemotherapy nurses to provide additional expertise for these programs. Plasmapheresis is also available. A new special hematology laboratory is being developed to provide in-depth evaluation of disorders of hemostasis.
Director – Mafuzur Rahman, MD
The Section of Hospital Medicine physicians provide quality inpatient care to medicine patients admitted at the University Hospital of Brooklyn. Our physicians specialize in treating acutely ill patients guiding them through their hospital stay from admission in the emergency room to discharge ensuring transition of care to the outpatient setting.
Division Chief – Michael Augenbraun, MD
This practice is limited to patients who have gynecologic and urologic infections, or who are infected with human immuno-deficiency virus.
Acting Division Chief – Spiro Demetis, MD
The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine offers consultative diagnostic and therapeutic services for acute and chronic diseases of the lung, including cancer, tuberculosis, emphysema, asthma and sarcoidosis, for both ambulatory and hospital patients. Additionally, consultation or primary care for critically ill hospitalized patients is available.
The pulmonary function and physiology laboratory of the division provides routine and specialized pulmonary function tests, including exercise testing, evaluation for sleep disordered breathing, and respiratory muscle function.
Division Chief – Moro Salifu, MD
The Division of Renal Diseases offers evaluation and management of patients with renal disease, including acute and chronic renal failure and inherited kidney disease. The faculty has a special interest in the kidney problems of diabetes. The division supervises a full range of renal replacement therapies, including acute and chronic hemodialysis, acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, and home hemodialysis. The division also collaborates in the evaluation of patients who request renal transplantation at University Hospital of Brooklyn. A key concern is the construction of a Life Plan for every patient in which probable future events in therapy are discussed, explained, and planned.
Division Chief – Ellen M. Ginzler, MD
The Division of Rheumatology offers treatment for patients with all rheumatic disorders, including a special interest in systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic vasculitis, scleroderma and osteoarthritis. Comprehensive care for patients with these disorders is available through a regularly scheduled program of consultations with other subspecialists, including orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and dermatologists. Referrals for chronic pain management are also offered.
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