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

Dr. Sunil Mehra works as a geriatrician and pulmonologist in Middle Village, NY, Lic, NY, and Astoria, NY. Patient ratings for Dr. Mehra average 3.5 stars out of 5. His professional affiliations include Syosset Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mehra is open to new patients. He studied medicine at Government Medical College, Amritsar and Government Medical College, Patiala. For his professional training, Dr. Mehra completed a residency program at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Mehra (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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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 is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Levine-Tanco (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Spanish, and French. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' residency program. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, and Secure Horizons. She has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Levine-Tanco's office for an appointment.

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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 practices hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Dr. Smith has a special interest in esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and pain. Dr. Smith takes Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Smith speaks Spanish. Dr. Smith has an open panel.

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

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

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

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

Dr. Stuart Folick's areas of specialization are general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care); he sees patients in Astoria, NY. Dr. Folick is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Folick speaks Spanish. His practice 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 is a general internist and geriatrician. She is rated highly by her patients. Dr. Lelchuk accepts United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare Choice, Fidelis, and more. She attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is conversant in 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 New York, NY physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology and geriatrics (elderly care). He is conversant in Spanish. His education and training includes medical school at National University of Asunción Faculty of Medical Sciences and residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Paik is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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