The Division of Geriatric Medicine is dedicated to diagnosing and treating the illnesses of older adults and helping them live up to their full potential.
We are one of the few geriatric group practices serving the residents of Manhattan's West Side and Harlem, and we offer a Home Visit Program for the frail and elderly who are homebound.
We also work closely with caregivers and family members to ensure a high level of patient care. If a patient's condition requires an increase in care from an in-home setting to a hospital or nursing home, we maintain the continuity of medical attention for each situation.
Conditions We Treat
Our patients benefit from the expertise of our multidisciplinary, multilingual team, which includes geriatric physicians, nurse practitioners and social workers who are skilled in caring for seniors.
We often work with patients and caregivers as a single unit, and we are experienced in treating virtually all geriatric diseases and disabilities, including:
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Dementia and memory loss
- Multiple medical problems
- Pulmonary disorders
- Thyroid disorders
Services We Provide
Our specialists provide a broad range of services, including:
- Annual geriatric evaluation and screenings (AGES)
- Caregiver education and support
- Comprehensive geriatric assessments
- Coordination of home care services
- Home safety assessments
- Geriatric consultations
- Geriatric gastroenterology
- Palliative care
- Social services
- Wound care
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments
By conducting a comprehensive geriatric assessment, we can evaluate each patient's level of health and determine his or her need for the following:
- Specific treatments or early intervention for certain illnesses
- Further assessment by a neurologist or other specialist
- More comprehensive or specialized care beyond home care, especially for patients experiencing severe memory loss or dementia.
Our social workers assist patients and their families in identifying community resources and help them arrange for benefits.
We offer our patients free osteoporosis screenings.
Our division also offers several special programs, including:
- Office-Based Geriatrics Consultation with Social Work Evaluation
- Home Visit Program
- Geriatric Hospitalist Program
Members of the Division of Geriatrics are also on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and are members of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospitals’ Department of Medicine. Its professionals are committed to participating in leading-edge research projects and healthcare initiatives involving both institutions.
For example, members of the division are participating in the “Management and Education for Diabetes in New York City” project, which is co-funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The initiative involves establishing a consistent health system practice in Manhattan where primary care doctors screen patients for Type 2 diabetes at the point of service. If patients are at risk, they are educated on how to reduce those risks and those who are newly diagnosed are given early interventions. The effort also involves the development and use of a uniform electronic medical record system.
A key goal of the project is to examine whether implementing the enhanced management and education for diabetes system across a network of primary care practices can successfully reduce diabetes progression in patients with pre-diabetes or those who are newly diagnosed.
Our Geriatrics Team
The division is headed by Brenda Matti-Orozco, MD, a highly experienced physician, and is comprised of various other skilled healthcare professionals, including:
Bettina Y. Baiduc, MD
Carmen Chitu, MD
Yohanna Deno, MD (Home Visit Program)
Il Joon Paik, MD (Geriatric Gastroenterology)
Emilio Perez, MD
Jessica Petilla, MD
Chuck Lee, NP (Home Visit Program)
Alec Pruchnicki, MD (Lott Residence Physician)
Jeffrey Angeles, MD
Howard Arabelo, MD
Yvonne Bedward, NP
Dashima Carthen, MD
Manuel Enecilla, MD
Ionnis Kariolis, MD
Katherine Mark, MD
Farzana Matin, MD
Susan Zaragoza-Doyle (Home Visit Program)
For information, an appointment or a consultation, you can contact us at the following locations on the Upper West Side and in Central Harlem:
UMPA at Amsterdam Avenue
1090 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 4C
(between 113th and 114th Street)
New York, NY 10025
St. Luke’s Medical Group
2771 Frederick Douglass Boulevard & 147th Street
New York, NY 10039
SLR Division of Geriatric Medicine
American Diabetes Foundation
American Geriatrics Society
National Institute on Aging