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Dr. Sunil Mehra, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
23-10. 30th Avenue
Lic, NY
 

Dr. Sunil Mehra is a specialist in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Mehra (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Mehra's professional affiliations include Syosset Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, and Sinai Health System. He attended Government Medical College, Amritsar and Government Medical College, Patiala and then went on to complete his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mehra honors. Dr. Mehra's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Karen Louise Levine-Tanco, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
275 8th Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Karen Levine-Tanco specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in New York, NY. Dr. Levine-Tanco (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Spanish, and French. She is affiliated with Sinai Health System. After completing medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University, she performed her residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Secure Horizons, and more. She has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. Dr. Levine-Tanco is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
305 West End Avenue
Suite 214, NY
 

Dr. Bettina Chrysofakis-Baiduc specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is a graduate of Hannover Medical School. Dr. Chrysofakis-Baiduc is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Western Health Advantage, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Cardinale B Smith, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Geriatrics
1190 5th Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Cardinale Smith is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, adult hematologist, and adult oncologist in New York, NY. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and pain. Dr. Smith is in-network for Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Smith speaks Spanish. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Sinai Health System. Dr. Smith is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Palliative Care, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thymoma

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
30-12 36th Street
Astoria, NY
 

Dr. Stuart Folick practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Astoria, NY. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Folick accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Folick speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System. Dr. Folick is open to new patients.

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Dr. Irina Lelchuk, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
65 Broadway; Suite 1102
New York, NY
 

Dr. Irina Lelchuk's specialties are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Lelchuk is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, Fidelis, and more. She speaks Russian.

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Dr. Il Joon Joon Paik, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Geriatrics
305 W End Avenue
New York, NY
 

Dr. Il Paik is a specialist in adult gastroenterology and geriatrics (elderly care). He works in New York, NY. He attended medical school at National University of Asunción Faculty of Medical Sciences. Dr. Paik trained at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Paik speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Sinai Health System.

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What is Geriatrics?

Geriatrics is the subspecialty of internal medicine that provides primary care to older adults. Physical health tends to decline with age, and geriatricians work to manage such age-related concerns as chronic illness, frailty, multiple medications, and declining mental health to keep seniors as active and independent as possible.

Some of the most common concerns seen by a geriatrician include:

  • Mobility issues, including the need for canes and walkers, as well as preventing falls
  • Osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones, which affects as many as a quarter of all men and half of all women over fifty
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Incontinence, or the inability to control one’s bladder
  • Memory loss, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

A geriatrician may also provide their patients with comprehensive care that includes checking on their social health. Seniors are at increased risk for poverty, loneliness, abuse, and injuries in the home. As part of their health care, a geriatrician may inquire about family support, living conditions, or the ability of a patient to perform daily self-care tasks.

In some cases, a geriatrician may serve as an advisor to other physicians on a specific case or condition. However, most of the time geriatrics is a primary care specialty, and geriatricians provide routine health care to the older patients they work with.

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