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[June 28, 2018]


New Internal Medicine Primary Care Center to Open July 2 to Patients

Lori Donnell
(L-R) Drs. Islam and Pato, Mr. William Walsh, Ms. Patricia Winston, and Drs. Garnier and Guinn

NEW YORK – SUNY Downstate announced the opening of a new Internal Medicine Primary Care Resident Clinic at the University Hospital of Brooklyn. The new center—called Suite R—will open for patients on July 2, and will allow the hospital to double primary care services for the community from 7,000 to more than 14,000 annually.

“This new clinic will not only allow us to provide key healthcare services for our community members close to home, but also create an enhanced educational environment for our residents,” said Dr. Moro Salifu, professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine. “This expansion will address a key need in our neighborhood and attract even more high-quality doctors-in-training.”

Residents and physicians will provide primary care services, annual wellness checks, treatment of long-term or chronic conditions, pre-operative management and medical clearance services, as well as minor ambulatory surgical procedures. Staffing for Suite R’s eight examination rooms—with the possible expansion to 10—will consist of 36 residents on a rotating basis and four physicians.

The new 6,000 sq. ft. space will not only enable the medical center to double patient capacity—but also improve the patient experience.

“We continue to create more enhanced and effective experiences for our patients,” said Hospital Affairs Senior Vice President & Managing Director William P. Walsh. “Expanding our capacity to serve more community residents is critical particularly as the healthcare landscape changes.”

“Expanding our resident clinic will improve patient-to-doctor access, shorten wait times, and allow us to implement more effective, coordinated patient-centered care and disease management, improving the health of our community,”  said Dr. Ernest Garnier, who will lead Suit R as Director of Internal Medicine Outpatient Clinics. “Continuity of care is a proven way to keep our neighbors healthy, and we look forward to providing basic and subspecialty services for our growing patient base.”

The Internal Medicine Primary Care Resident Clinic is part of SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s ongoing expansion and evolution as it continues its leadership as an academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care.


About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 376-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital is Downstate’s teaching hospital and is backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to University Hospital, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health-Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit