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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Geriatrics
1190 5th Avenue
New York, NY

Dr. Cardinale Smith is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), adult hematology, and adult oncology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and pain. Dr. Smith is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Smith graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Smith is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Smith is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
275 8th Avenue
New York, NY

Dr. Karen Levine-Tanco is an internist and geriatrician in New York, NY. She is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Levine-Tanco graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then she performed her residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst, Secure Horizons, and more. Dr. Levine-Tanco has received the distinction of New York Rising Stars. She is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Pulmonology
23-10 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY

Dr. Sunil Mehra is a specialist in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult pulmonology. He works in Middle Village, NY and Astoria, NY. In addition to English, Dr. Mehra (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Mehra is professionally affiliated with Syosset Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Amritsar and performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mehra is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, CIGNA Plans, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Geriatrics
425 West 59th Street; Suite 3a
New York, NY

Dr. Il Paik practices adult gastroenterology and geriatrics (elderly care). Before performing his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Dr. Paik attended National University of Asunción Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Paik is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He welcomes 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 works as an internist and geriatrician. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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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