I have always known I wanted to become a physician. I come from a family of physicians. My father was an obstetrician, my uncle was a surgeon, my aunt was an internist, and my mother was a nurse. It reminds me of a story once told about Lord Rothschild who, when he was asked about where he learned so much about banking, he responded “at the dining room table.”
Yes, I learned from a very early age that being a physician was a noble profession and although today’s medicine presents many significant challenges, I still come home most every day with a sense that I have helped someone and I have been there for someone. I know that I cannot cure every patient but it gratifies me to know that I may have been able to contribute just a little bit to someone’s betterment.
I went to medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York. My original intent was to become an academic researcher, and upon graduation, received both a PhD and MD. I was fortunate to then be accepted into the General Surgery program at NYU-Bellevue where I spent two years before spending another four years at the prestigious Neurosurgical Institute at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. My first position was at the State University of New York but after a short period of time, I was offered an assistant professorship at Tufts University in Boston, where I practiced for four years doing both clinical research and carrying a full operative schedule.
However, New York always beckoned me and when I had the opportunity to come back, I did. Over the years, I’ve been privileged to be a faculty member of some of the finest institutions, including Yale University School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College. Today I practice with the Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York, a group that has been in existence for almost 50 years and was founded by the first neurosurgeon in the Hudson Valley.
I have been honored annually as one of New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York,” and our group includes the immediate past and current presidents of the New York State Neurosurgical Society and Westchester Medical Society and members of the Governing Board and Executive Board of several local hospitals.