26 doctors get loan forgiveness from medical school in exchange for their commitment to NYC Health + Hospitals

26 doctors get loan forgiveness from medical school in exchange for their commitment to NYC Health + Hospitals

$3 million loan repayment grants provided by the state’s Doctors Across New York program

In 2019, the average medical student debt was $200,000

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced more than $3 million in total loan forgiveness grants for 26 physicians who pledge to continue serving the public hospital system. The 26 physicians — with specialties ranging from pediatrics, psychiatry and emergency medicine — currently practice at NYC Health + Hospitals. Physicians will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years to help cover their medical school loans. The hospital system educated and supported physicians in the program application process to improve New Yorkers’ access to care.

“Medical school debt is driving too many early-career physicians away from the public hospital system and the community we serve,” said President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals Mitchell Katz, MD. “Loan forgiveness programs like Doctors Across New York change the equation and help attract talented young clinicians to careers in public service with NYC Health + Hospitals.”

The grants were provided by the state’s Doctors Across New York Medical Loan Repayment Program and will result in more than 75 years of combined services to support NYC Health + Hospitals’ commitment to providing high quality healthcare. quality and accessible to New Yorkers. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the median medical student debt was $200,000 in 2019.

“Medical school debt loan forgiveness is an important way to invest in our healthcare workforce,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer Eric Wei, MD, MBA. “Access to programs like Doctors Across New York is one of the many reasons NYC Health + Hospitals is a great place to start your career in medicine.”

“The United States has some of the highest medical school costs in the world, placing an extraordinary burden on early career physicians,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD. “Loan forgiveness programs like Doctors Across New York ease that burden and allow young doctors to focus where it matters most — on their patients.”

“Being born and raised in New York, it is both an honor and a privilege for me to be one of the recipients of Doctors Across New York,” said Rebecca Pollack, MD, a neonatologist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “I am deeply grateful and grateful to Doctors Across New York for this award, which reinforces my commitment to serve the New York community with dedication and to provide optimal neonatal medical care at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln.”

“New York is my home; it’s where I met my wife and am raising a family, and it’s a wonderful place to pursue my career as a doctor,” said Gregory Hoge, MD, PhD, a internal medicine physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. “Initiatives such as Doctors Across New York ease the financial burden of medical education, and I am very fortunate to receive this award from New York State so that I can continue to care for New Yorkers.”

“My sincere thanks to New York State for this opportunity,” said Melissa Headley, MD, palliative care physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “I am honored to be selected as a recipient of Doctors Across New York and look forward to continuing to work with NYC Health + Hospitals at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.”

The following physicians have received grants from Doctors Across New York:

  • BROOKLYN
    • Dina FinkelNeonatology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
    • Yaniuska LescailleGastroenterology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
    • Caroline Camacho Ruizemergency medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
    • Emily WeberPediatric Emergency Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
  • BRONX
    • Linelle Campbellemergency medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
    • Bobby Allen Garciafemale pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, obstetrics and gynecology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
    • Melissa Headleypalliative care at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
    • Zachary HenaPediatric Critical Care at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
    • Gregory Hogeinternal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
    • Michelle Montenegroemergency medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
    • Rebecca PollackNeonatology, Pediatrics at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
    • Amy PostelnikNeurology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
    • Tahsin Rahmanfamily medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
    • Arnoldys StengelPediatrics at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
    • Daniel SultanOral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
  • MANHATTAN
    • Dustin CummingsGeneral Surgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
    • Haralambos DamanakisPediatrics at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
    • Anne-Sophie JanuaryAnesthesiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
    • Destiny Judkinsemergency medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
    • Syed Ali Raza Rizvivascular surgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
  • QUEENS
    • Annie ChenAnesthesiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
    • Fayola Fils-AimeChild and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
    • Marissa GoldbergPsychiatry at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
    • Philip HowardPathology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
    • Gianmatie Ramdassinternal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
    • Jasmeet SandhuHospitalist / Internal Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

Those interested in becoming a primary care physician at NYC Health + Hospitals can learn more at docs4nyc.org.


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