The Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) is a branch of the New York State Department of Health. Most doctors have never heard of this agency. However, you should be aware of its existence and authority.
Distinguished by close collaboration between the disciplines of neurosurgery and neuroradiology, Montefiore Medical Center’s Neurovascular Program provides complete care to patients with aneurysms and strokes as well as vascular diseases affecting the central nervous system and spine.
Referral to Montefiore Medical Center’s Chronic Kidney Care Program can significantly enhance the ease with which patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) transition to dialysis.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a groundbreaking solution for patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who cannot endure traditional open aortic valve replacement procedures. Since 2012, Westchester Medical Center has offered patients of the Lower Hudson Valley this potentially transformative treatment option.
Northern Westchester Hospital is the first hospital in the Hudson Valley to acquire the latest innovation in Gamma Knife technology. Known as the Perfexion, this advanced stereotactic radiosurgery system speeds up the treatment process while also reducing the risk of collateral damage — even for complex lesions.
Mala Murthy Balakumar, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Sound Shore Medical Center and assistant clinical professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, provides comprehensive surgical and nonsurgical services for patients with diseases of the colon, anus or rectum.
Trained in trauma surgery as well as minimally invasive, innovative joint replacement techniques, Arup K. Bhadra, M.D., handles any orthopedic issue he encounters with precision and sensitivity to patients’ needs.
Michael A. Schwartz, M.D., FAAOS, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at White Plains Hospital, says “sports medicine” may be a misnomer. A better term for the kind of medicine he practices ­might be “activity medicine,” he says, because White Plains Hospital sees patients with a broad range of injuries suffered during a broad range of activities.
The benefits of robot-assisted surgery — including minimal blood loss, less pain and faster recovery — have become increasingly well known. At the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital, Iris Wertheim, M.D., FACOG, Director of Gynecologic Oncology, offers these and other advantages to patients diagnosed with cancer. 
Advanced technology coupled with the intimacy of a community hospital make St. John’s Riverside Hospital the ideal location for patients to receive leading-edge care for difficult-to-heal wounds, aneurysms and vascular disease without leaving Westchester County.
Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care’s Melanoma/Sarcoma Program offers leading-edge treatments for the most deadly form of skin cancer.
As medical care providers, you are repeatedly advised of potential liability concerns. You are asked to report events that may presage a liability claim and even how the claim might be resolved. But what about the claim that comes well after the treatment is concluded and without any event or warning? Your initial response will influence the outcome of that case, and you should know how to respond effectively.    
While the results of spinal surgery remain excellent for properly identified patients who have failed to improve with extensive conservative treatment, an estimated 20–40% of spinal surgery operations may result in failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) accompanied by complaints of persistent pain or new-onset pain after a period of pain relief. Many of these patients undergo additional surgeries to correct the situation. However, success rates decrease significantly with each subsequent surgery.
A Montefiore Medical Center cardiac team has a patient on the table prepped for open-heart surgery when he breaks out in hives. It’s an allergic reaction to one of the medicines administered, and the surgery has to be aborted. Although allergies constitute as much as 10% of adverse reactions to medications, many patients’ lives depend on taking the very drugs to which they are allergic.
The Rockland County Community Health Assessment of 2010-2013 reveals the county boasts a lower hospitalization rate for cardiovascular disease, yet has a higher mortality rate from coronary heart disease, than other New York counties.
Northern Westchester Hospital expands its Robotics Institute with the addition of the newly introduced da Vinci Si Surgical system Robot. The advanced 3-D, HD visualization and innovative instrumentation open a world of possibilities for patients needing colorectal surgery.
The treatment for nonoperative cervical disc herniation begins with an accurate history and physical examination. There may be other comorbidities present with cervical disc herniation, such as shoulder problems, fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndromes. The source of pain can be from muscle, nerve root, disc or facet. Most cervical disc herniations improve on their own within six to 12 weeks with little or no treatment. Less than 3% require surgery.