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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Downstate at Bay Ridge

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Medicare, Medicaid, HMO and Commercial Insurance Accepted

Musculoskeletal Care Center

Musculoskeletal diseases are the leading cause of disability in the United States and account for more than one-half of all chronic conditions in people over 50 years of age in developed countries. More than 1 in 4 Americans has a musculoskeletal condition requiring medical attention and these conditions are the greatest cause of total lost work days and medical bed days in the United States.

Musculoskeletal diseases are heterogenous group of conditions comprising of:

  • Soft tissue rheumatism: Tendinitis, bursitis, ligament and cartilage disorders.
  • Osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint diseases.
  • Gout, pseudogout
  • Inflammatory diseases of the joints: Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Lyme arthritis and other conditions causing joints inflammation.
  • Connective tissue disorders like Systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, Scleroderma, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and vasculitis.

Musculoskeletal Care Center is dedicated to care of those patients.


Aleksander Feoktistov, MD, MBA
(Dr. Alex).

Alex Feoktistov

Dr. Alex graduated from medical school in Latvia former Soviet Union in 1983, and worked there as a physician. He emigrated into the US in 1991 and worked in cell biology research at NYU for five years. He underwent internship and residency training at St.Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital center followed by Rheumatology fellowship at NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases.

He started practicing Rheumatology in 2001 in Boston area and have been in private practice until 2016 when he moved back to NY. During that time he became an expert in musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections and directed the course as an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He served as a member of American College of Rheumatology Task Force for MSK ultrasound.

He also has a business degree in Healthcare from Charlton School of Business.

Currently he serves as a Director of MSK US training in Rheumatology and Kings County HC Site Director of Fellowship Training and has an appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at SUNY Downstate. He has more than 20 publications in leading journals.

His main interests lying in management complicated cases of the systemic autoimmune diseases, gout, and high-frequency ultrasound diagnostic evaluation and ultrasound guided injections for common musculoskeletal conditions, like tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis if indicated.


Yamen Homsi, MD, MPH

Yamen Homsi

Dr. Yamen Homsi is an American board certified doctor in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He is currently an Assistant Professor at SUNYDownstate Medical Center in NY. Dr. Homsi finished his internal medicine residency in Berkshire Medical Center, UMASS affiliated, In Massachusetts, then pursued fellowship in Rheumatology at Albany Medical Center in Albany New York.

He obtained medical degree from Aleppo University in Syria. Prior to his internal medicine training he completed a Master in Public Health at Northeastern University in Boston.

Dr. Homsi is interested in research, teaching fellows, residents and medical students. He treats different types of rheumatic diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, Systemic Lupus erythematosus, Gout, Inflammatory myositis, Scleroderma, vasculitis, Gout, osteoarthritis and many other conditions. Dr. Homsi speaks English and Arabic fluently.