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Specialty Centers



AUDIOLOGY SERVICES
Director
John P. Weigand, AV.D, Senior Audiologist

Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave., Suite J
(718) 270-3976

The Audiology program at SUNY Downstate is part of the Department of Otolaryngology and therefore has easy access to services provided by the Department and its affiliate hospitals throughout Brooklyn. Patients who need additional services can be easily referred to our other centers.

The Audiology Center provides audiological evaluation services to infants, children and adults. Services include evaluation of hearing and middle ear function, auditory brain stem testing, and electronystagmography. Overall services at all affiliated hospitals include evaluation of hearing in neonates, otoacoustic emissions testing, electrocochleography, and cochlear implant evaluation, surgery, mapping and follow-up, and hearing aid evaluation.



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BROOKLYN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ASSISTANCE CENTER (BADAC)
Director
Carl Cohen, MD

Main Practice Location: 370 Lenox Road
(718) 287-4806

One of nine designated centers in New York State, BADAC provides comprehensive neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of memory disorders. Services include social services, activity group, family support group, home visits, and community educational activities. Patients have opportunities to participate in new clinical trials.


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BROOKLYN CENTER FOR LIVER DISEASES
Director
Nalini Sharma, MD (718)

Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave. Suite A
270-1112

The Brooklyn Center for Liver Diseases is a referral facility comprised of a specialized interdisciplinary team of experts dedicated to the management of patients with various forms of liver and biliary diseases (viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, drug-induced liver injury, metabolic-based liver disease, cholestatic liver disease, autoimmune liver disease, gallstone disease and tumors). The team members include specialists in hepatology, gastroenterology, radiology, oncology, pathology, nutrition, vascular surgery, and transplantation.

The center provides a wide range of care utilizing state-of-the-art therapies and techniques for patients with liver disease. This includes among many, antiviral therapy for patients with chronic viral hepatitis, immunization against viral hepatitis, nutrition counseling, alcohol addiction services, chemoembolization, liver resections, variceal obliterative therapy (sclerotherapy, banding), transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt placement (TIPSS), surgical portosystemic shunts, and liver transplantation.


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CENTER FOR DIALYSIS TREATMENT AT PARKSIDE
Director
Subodh Saggi, MD

Location: 710 Parkside Avenue
(718) 703-5900

Kidney failure—the frequent end result of high blood pressure, diabetes, and inherited kidney diseases—is becoming more prevalent. More than 300,000 Americans are now supported by Medicare for regular kidney treatments. To meet the needs of Brooklyn residents, Downstate operates a state-of-the-art hemodialysis facility at nearby Parkside Avenue. Providing peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, and general supportive care for children and adults with so-called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), the 20-station facility focuses on rehabilitation. Early return home and, where possible, hemodialysis at home, is a main theme of therapy.


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DIABETIC TREATMENT CENTER
Director
MaryAnn Banerji, MD

Assistant Director: Agnes Gliwa, MD
Sandra Hirsch, RN, MS, CDE
Margaret Norton, FNP, MS, CDE

Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave.: N.S. 51, 5th floor.
(718) 270-1068

The Diabetic Treatment Center, located at Nursing Station 51 is an outpatient diabetes consultative service. It offers evaluation, development of treatment plans, and education of the diabetic patient. Primary care providers can refer patients for a consultation.


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EMERGENCY SERVICES
Director
G. Richard Bruno, MD

(718) 270-4580
Ambulance only: (718) 270-4572

This unit functions as the emergency/urgent-care service area for University Hospital of Brooklyn. An attending physician and nursing personnel are available 24 hours, seven days a week. Patients may access the unit by coming to University Hospital, or by requesting an ambulance to bring them to University Hospital of Brooklyn Emergency Services.



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LASERS IN UROLOGY, RECONSTRUCTIVE AND ENDOUROLOGY, KIDNEY STONE TREATMENT CENTER
Section Chief
Gobind B. Laungani, MD (718) 270-2554
Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave.

Services: Use of lasers to treat prostate obstructions, urethal strictures, bladder neck contraction, bladder tumors and various other urologic conditions. Reconstruction of lower urinary tract following injuries or disease. Endoscopic evaluation and treatment of upper and lower urinary tract problems.

This center provides comprehensive care to all patients who have urinary tract stones. Once the diagnosis is established, the stone is treated utilizing a state-of-the-art lithotriptor that fragments the stone without the need for surgical procedures. For those patients in whom the lithotriptor is not appropriate, other techniques, such as a laser, are utilized to relieve the patient of the stone. Following this, a comprehensive medical evaluation is undertaken to determine if a cause for the stone can be found. Using this information, the patient is given a preventive program with diet and/or medication to avoid the recurrence of a stone.

For erectile dysfunction and incontinence, a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan are offered.



OSTEOPOROSIS DIAGNOSTIC CENTER

Samy McFarlane, M.D., Medical Director
Steven Lee, RT. technician
(718) 270-1579
Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave., Rm. B5-473, Fifth Floor

The Osteoporosis Diagnostic Center is a consultative service aimed at the early detection and prevention of osteoporosis. It is equipped with a Hologic QDR-2000plus x-ray bone densitometer which offers state-of-the art technology for the measurement of bone mineral density. A comprehensive review of each patient's medical history for the assessment of fracture risk is provided. A written evaluation outlining risks, interpretation of the bone density results, suggestions for lifestyle and dietary modifications and treatment alternatives is sent to both the referring physicians and the patient.