A Message from the Chair

In academic medicine, the standards are high and the challenges complex: provide top-quality care, prepare tomorrow’s clinicians, and solve medicine’s pressing puzzles. As the heart and soul of one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, the Department of Medicine is playing a critical role in addressing each of these challenges, redefining academic medicine as we go.

Clinical care has always been the department’s strong suit. With an extraordinarily large and diverse patient population, the department has always placed great value on clinical expertise that is creative and current. For example, our nationally renowned nephrology team recently created and implemented an innovative system-wide program for early detection of kidney disease. Our patient-centered medical home is pioneering the model with unprecedented emphasis on proactive partnership-building and multidisciplinary care that includes on-site mental health care. Our award-winning diabetes team brings care and education to communities throughout the region.

Our tradition of clinical excellence has provided a unique foundation for a different kind of research enterprise. I'm proud of our integral role in North Shore-LIJ’s world-renowned Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. In addition to the traditional bench-to-bedside paradigm, our researchers are breaking new ground by looking at – and changing – how care is delivered, how new ideas reach front-line clinicians, and how new doctors design their future.

North Shore-LIJ has unparalleled resources for preparing tomorrow’s physicians for the continuing transformation of our nation’s healthcare system. The diversity, scale, and quality of our clinical care are critical assets to our outstanding training and education programs. Additionally, the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is transforming the landscape of medical education, with ground-breaking academic course content that integrates basic science with hands-on clinical experience throughout all four years.

At the North Shore-LIJ Department of Medicine, we are playing an active role in the transformation of academic medicine: how we teach it, how we develop new insights about it, and how we practice it as we heal patients, families, and communities.

Thomas McGinn, MD, MPH, Chair, Department of Medicine,
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, and David Greene Professor of Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine