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Fellowships

The Department of Medicine at Hofstra NSLIJ School of Medicine offers fellowships in the following areas:

 

Cardiovascular Disease 

Program Director
Stacey Rosen, MD
Phone: (718) 470-4330
Fax: (516) 562-3990
E-mail: bponzo@lij.edu

The division offers a three-year fellowship in cardiovascular diseases. It is one of the first divisions to integrate training at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center with the fellowship program at North Shore University Hospital, allowing the fellows increased opportunities for clinical and research activities. Fellows rotate through the various sections in order to obtain clinical and procedure skills as well as participate in scholarly activity.
 


Endocrinology and Metabolism

Program Director
Stuart Weinerman, MD
Phone: (516) 708-2540
E-mail: sweinerm@nshs.edu

The Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is now located at 2800 Marcus Ave, Suite 200. It is engaged in a variety of activities related to hormonal disorders, diabetes mellitus and metabolic disease. Our clinical programs encompass both an active inpatient service at both Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital for consultative care of individuals with a variety of metabolic disorders including management of acute complications of diabetes mellitus, treatment of thyroid cancer, disorders of thyroid and calcium metabolism.
 


Gastroenterology

Program Director
Maurice Cerulli, M.D.
Phone: (718) 470-7281
E-mail: nkleinha@nshs.edu  

The Hofstra NSLIJ fellowship in gastroenterology open to those who have demonstrated satisfactory completion of a residency in internal medicine. The Division of Gastroenterology seeks to prepare physicians for academic and clinical careers. Fellows are an integral part of the research activities of the division. There is extensive clinical exposure with the fellow performing consultations and endoscopic procedures (including laser therapy, endoscopic papillotomy, biliary stenting, endoscopic gastrostomy, photodynamic therapy, etc.). Fellows participate fully in the various conferences (i.e., weekly GI attending conference, motility, pathology, mortality, surgery, research conferences and journal club) and interact in a teaching capacity with the residents and students on the service.

Research Experience
Devoting time to a research project is an integral part of the gastroenterology fellowship. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, each fellow chooses a research opportunity from the ongoing projects within the division. Major interests include DNA content in malignant and premalignant gastrointestinal conditions, treatment of hepatitis, new therapies for peptic disease, biliary tract disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A biomedical research facility and IBD lab enrich the available research opportunities.
 


Geriatric Medicine

Program Director
Giselle Wolf-Klein, MD
Phone: (516) 708-2520
E-mail: gwolf@nshs.edu
 
The rapid growth in the elderly population provides the raison d'etre for the Geriatric Fellowship Program at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The foundation of our program is the belief that the elderly patient has health care needs distinct from the adult population in general. These needs have a scientific, clinical and philosophic dimension. It is the goal of the fellowship program to train physicians to be leaders in geriatric medicine with the ability to care for the growing elderly population, train others and add to new knowledge through research.

Candidates may apply for one- or two-year fellowships. It is anticipated that all graduates will sit for the examination for the certificate of added qualification in geriatric medicine. First-year fellows will have a largely clinical curriculum. Fellows will gain experience in the inpatient, outpatient, home care and long-term care settings. A major focus of the fellowship is the North Shore University Hospital Stern Family Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. This 256-bed facility provides rehabilitative, long-term and subacute care. Fellows will work along with a multidisciplinary team including nurses, therapists, social workers and other professionals.

All second-year fellows will be expected to perform an original research project. The project may involve clinical research, laboratory investigation or a subject that deals with healthcare delivery.

All projects will be performed with close supervision and mentoring by the faculty. Recent investigations performed in the Division of Geriatric Medicine involve drug therapy for Alzheimer's disease, pain control in the elderly and peripheral vascular disease.

Teaching others is an important role for physicians and the fellowship is designed to assist fellows in improving their skills as teachers. They are required to prepare lectures on geriatric topics and to supervise the training of medical students and residents.
 


Hematology/Medical Oncology

Program Director
Thomas Bradley, MD
Phone: (516) 734-8894
E-mail: tbradley@nshs.edu

The Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology offers one two-year fellowship in hematology or medical oncology or in a combined three-year program. The hematology fellow has one year of experience in all phases of clinical hematology, including rotations with the full-time faculty on the consultative service. The experience includes coagulation disorders, white-cell disorders, platelet disorders, red-cell disorders, stem cell harvesting, plasmapheresis and transfusion therapy. There is a very large experience in neoplastic hematologic disease, including leukemia and lymphoma. The fellow also has hands-on experience in preparation of bone marrows and interpretation of same. Fellows participate fully in all conferences of the Department of Medicine and the Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology.

Research Experience
The second-year hematology fellow may have varied research opportunities including:

  • Basic research in molecular biology oncogene expression in the hospital's Biomedical Science Research Center
  • Cell phenotyping in the cell surface marker laboratory
  • Ultrastructure of malignant disease, especially leukemia
  • Flow cytometry of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma
  • Basic research in GVHD

The second-year fellow may also elect to rotate through the various hematologic services at North Shore-LIJ, including blood banking, coagulation hematopathology and bone marrow transplantation.

The intention of this fellowship is to prepare physicians for a career in academic or clinical medical oncology. Fellows spend one year in clinical medical oncology through rotations with the full-time staff. They have extensive clinical exposure in all phases of medical oncology including pharmacology of chemotherapy, diagnosis and management of solid tumors, histopathology, clinical trials and cancer control. Fellows participate fully in the various conferences of the Department of Medicine and the Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology. The second year of fellowship is devoted to basic research working with established basic researchers.

The second-year oncology fellowship includes rotations in:

1. Basic research in molecular biology and oncogene expression in the Biomedical Science Research Center
2. T-cell receptor immunologic research and breast and ovarian cancer
3. Ultrastructure of malignant diseases
4. Genetic testing counseling
5. Radiation therapy
6. Surgical pathology
7. Coagulation and malignant diseases
8. Pharmacokinetics
9. Basic research of GVHD
 


Infectious Disease

Program Director
Marcia Epstein, MD
Phone: (516) 562-4280
E-mail: mepstein@nshs.edu

The fellowship in infectious disease at North Shore-LIJ offers a broad range of clinical experience to trainees. We serve as a referral center for Long Island for specialty problems in many medical disciplines and has active medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetric and gynecologic,and psychiatric services, as well as medical, surgical, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units. Special hospital programs providing learning opportunities for infectious disease fellows include active adult and pediatric hematology-oncology services, a bone marrow transplant unit, hemodialysis unit, a cardiac catheterization and open heart surgery program, a high-risk pregnancy program and an extended care facility with both geriatric and rehabilitation programs. North Shore University Hospital is a New York state-designated AIDS treatment center. Both the comprehensive HIV treatment program, which includes a dedicated inpatient AIDS unit, and the hospital infection control program are run by the faculty of the Division of Infectious Disease. Fellows will work closely with the faculty members supervising these programs.

Clinical training includes rotations on three inpatient services: the ID consult service, the AIDS service and the pediatric ID service. Six weeks are spent in the clinical microbiology and virology labs learning the biochemical, immunologic and molecular basis for identification of microorganisms. Fellows attend the weekly infectious disease clinic and develop a cadre of ambulatory patients, which they care for throughout the fellowship. Educational conferences are held on a regular basis. Weekly conferences include journal club, fellow's board review conference and the ID clinical and research conferences. Meetings of the Long Island Infectious Disease Society are held monthly.

Research Experience
The Hofstra NSLIJ Infectious Disease Fellowship Program also offers excellent opportunities to conduct both laboratory and clinical research. Six to ten months can be devoted to research activities during the second year of training. Fellows will be encouraged to develop research projects of their own design within the area of research expertise of one of the members of the infectious disease faculty, and such projects will then be supervised by that faculty member.

The research laboratories are equipped for investigations in all aspects of classical and molecular virology and include PCR capability and a modified Biosafety Level 3 facility within the Retrovirology Laboratory. Areas of active research of the five full-time infectious disease faculty members include clinical and diagnostic virology, epidemiology of nosocomial infections, prevention of infection on medical devices, molecular epidemiology of CMV and HTLV-I and II, clinical and laboratory evaluation of antiviral chemotherapy, treatment of endocarditis, the natural history of HIV infection and treatment of HIV-related illness.
 


Nephrology

Program Director
Hitesh Shah, M.D.
Phone: 516-465-3010
E-mail: jmacdonald@nshs.edu

The combined division of both North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center offer a unique educational experience.

The Fellowship Program utilizes the inpatient, outpatient and research resources of the main hospital and of the Julia and Israel Waldbaum Dialysis Unit and the outpatient nephrology practice located at 100 Community Drive in Great Neck, NY. At North Shore University Hospital we have a dedicated renal floor and a six-station inpatient dialysis unit.

We offer a unique combination of an intensive exposure to clinical nephrology centered in the first year, followed by the option of one or more years research experience, which will prepare interested fellows for a career as independent investigators in clinical or basic science nephrology. The program utilizes the inpatient, outpatient and research resources of the main campus and the Queens Satellite Dialysis Facility. Located in New Hyde Park, New York.
 


Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Program Director
Effie Singas, MD
Phone: 516-465-5400
Email: esingas@nshs.edu

The primary goal of our program is to provide fellows with the clinical and scholarly tools that will enable them to provide excellent, compassionate, state-of-the-art patients care in a broad range of pulmonary disease and critical illness. The first two years are devoted primarily to clinical rotations in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. During the third year, fellows will be given the opportunity to participate in basic and clinical research. Throughout their training period they will participate in a continuity clinic on a weekly basis. At the end of the three-year experience, fellows will have acquired a sound clinical approach to patient care that incorporates a knowledge of pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of pulmonary disease, critical analysis of the literature, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and interpretation of clinical data. In addition, they will acquire expertise in the diagnosis and management of critical illness in both the medical and surgical settings. They will be closely mentored by full-time faculty members with expertise in the management of respiratory disorders and critical illness.
 


Rheumatology

Program Director
Maria Barilla-LaBarca MD
Phone: (516) 708-2550
Email: jmacdonald@nshs.edu  

The Division of Rheumatology and Allergy-Clinical Immunology offers a conventional two-year program for those trainees seeking board eligibility solely in rheumatology. This program is available to candidates who have completed three years of training in internal medicine. The objectives of this program are to train physicians to provide quality subspecialty care and to acquire the skills necessary to perform clinical investigation. This balance is achieved by devoting one year of the program entirely to clinical training in rheumatology and a second year to both research and advanced clinical training. Opportunities exist for those who desire an additional year of research.

Visit the Rheumatology Training Program site.
 


Hospice and Palliative Medicine 

Program Director
Dana Lustbader, MD
Phone: (516) 562-1621
Email: lustbader@nshs.edu

Our Palliative Medicine Fellowship trains physicians to become skilled clinician-educators in preparation for a career in academic palliative medicine or community practice.

The Palliative Medicine fellow will provide direct patient care as part of interdisciplinary teams on a Pallliative Medicine Consultation Service and in a state of the art 10-bed Palliative Care Unit which specializes in complex pain and symptom management, family support for medical decision-making and end-of-life care. In-patient, home and nursing home hospice experience is supervised by the medical staff of theHospice Care Network at various sites. Fellows will treat out-patients at a weekly Palliative Care Clinic and have additional elective opportunities to gain a solid foundation in palliative medicine practice. Candidates with an interest in academic medicine will be provided additional opportunities for research.

Applicants who have successfully completed training in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine are preferred, but candidates from other specialties will be considered.

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