Lenox Hill Hospital

Chair, Department of Medicine: Robert A. Phillips, M.D., Ph.D.


Lenox Hill Hospital, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, is a 652-bed fully accredited not-for-profit acute-care hospital and a teaching affiliate of NYU Medical Center. In addition to serving neighborhood residents and visitors, the hospital provides specialty services and tertiary care to people from throughout the New York metropolitan area and beyond.

Founded in 1857 as the German Dispensary, today's 10-building Lenox Hill Hospital complex has earned a national reputation for excellence in patient care, physician training, medical research, and community outreach.

The Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill

Under the leadership of Dr. Robert A. Phillips, the Department of Medicine plays a key role in maintaining Lenox Hill Hospital's tradition of excellence in medicine and its commitment to medical education and scholarly activity.

Encompassing 18 divisions, as well as Centers of Excellence and numerous general medical and medical specialty outpatient programs, the Department of Medicine is responsible for a total of 324 inpatient beds and some 515 attending physicians. Recent clinical milestones for the department include the opening in late 2003 of an ACE (Acute Care for the Elderly) Unit, a 12-bed Medical Intensive Care Unit, a six-bed step-down unit, and an academic hospitalist service.

In 2004 new Division Directors were appointed in Gastroenterology, to develop the interventional Gastroenterology service, and in Neurology, to develop an epilepsy program and to expand stroke services.

The Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill is actively engaged in promoting research and scholarly activity. Current departmental investigations include many active clinical trials in cardiovascular medicine, hypertension, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, hematology/oncology, and medical informatics.

Funding for these investigations has been provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIDDKD and NHLBI), New York State (Early Clinical Research Investigator Program-ECRIP), various foundations, and both the pharmaceutical and device industries.

With 88 residents and two chief residents, the Department of Medicine is also firmly committed to developing new curriculum and innovative clinical, academic, and community service opportunities for the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.

The department has taken a national leadership role in implementing new core competencies that train residents in quality improvement, systems-based practice, and practice-based learning and improvement. The department has also significantly strengthened its commitment to the Lenox Hill community by fostering the involvement of medical residents in health-promotion programs directed at public school students, homeless women, and senior citizens.

A formal institutional affiliation between Lenox Hill Hospital and New York University School of Medicine was established in 1993. Since then, the close working relationship between NYU and the Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill has been continuously expanding.

First-year NYU medical students participate in an ambulatory experience at Lenox Hill, while second-year students rotate through the hospital's Medical Service. Third-year students rotate to Lenox Hill Hospital as part of the clerkships in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine.

The department's faculty and residents are actively involved in teaching, precepting, mentoring, and evaluating third-year students during their clinical clerkships. The rotations at Lenox Hill are directed by Medical Student Coordinator John O'Grady, M.D., who has been recognized on three separate occasions for his outstanding work with students.

The Department's Chairman Emeritus, Michael S. Bruno, M.D., has served as an Associate Dean of NYU School of Medicine since 1991. The Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill also collaborates with NYU School of Medicine to provide mechanisms for implementing curricular changes in postgraduate medical education. In particular, the department is assisting NYU in exposing medical residents to new competencies of practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice.