Department of Medicine

Department Chair: Moro O. Salifu, MD
Phone: (718) 270-2030 • Fax: (718) 270-4070

The eleven divisions of the Department of Medicine provide a broad range of general and specialized medical care. These divisions include Allergy and Immunology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Digestive Diseases, Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Hypertension and Electrolytes, Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Renal Diseases and Rheumatology.

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Allergy & Immunology

Division Chief – Rauno Joks, MD
Phone: (718) 270-2156
Location: 470 Clarkson Ave. Suite A (Sat.) & Suite H (Thurs.)

The Division of Allergy and Immunology tests for and treats all allergic disorders, including eczema, hay fever, hives, drug reactions, food allergies and asthma.

Cardiovascular Medicine

Interim Division Chief – Jonathan D. Marmur, MD, FACP FACC
Phone: (718) 270-1568 • Fax: (718) 270-2917
EKG Office: Room A2-393 (718) 270-1081; (718) 270-1587

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine offers a full range of comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services including: consultation, preventive cardiology, coronary care, cardiac rehabilitation, ECG, signal averaged ECG, 24-hour ambulatory ECG and blood pressure monitoring, exercise and pharmacologic stress testing, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography (transthoracic, transeophageal and stress), tilt-table testing, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, atherectomy, electrophysiologic studies, pacemakers, radiofrequency, catheter ablation, and implantable defibrillator (AICD).

Digestive Diseases

Division Chief – Sushil K. Ahlawat, MD, MS, MBBS, FACP, FASGE, AGAF
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave.
Gastroenterology - Suite A
Endoscopy Center - Suite H
Phone: (718) 270-4772

The Division of Digestive Diseases offers diagnosis and treatment of ulcers, gastritis, gastrointestinal bleeding, colitis, pancreatic and gall bladder disease and acute chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. Procedures performed include endoscopies, laser therapy and hormone level measurement.

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Phone: (718) 270-1698
Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave., Nursing Station 51

The Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes provides a variety of services including the administration of a radioimmunoassay laboratory that measures plasma insulin, C peptide, growth hormone, prolactin, TSH, FSH, LH, cortisol and thyroid antibodies. Numerous clinical research activities are being carried out on the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetes mellitus, the pathogenesis and treatment of the microvascular and macrovascular complications of diabetes, lipids disorders and pituitary dysfunctions.

General Internal Medicine

Phone: (718) 270-1531 • Fax: (718) 270-2477
Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave., Suite A

A group of full-time, primary care, board-certified internists and specialists provide acute and continuing care in all areas of internal medicine. Special areas of interest include medical consultation and preoperative evaluation, geriatrics, diabetes, hypertension, renal disease and cardiopulmonary disease.


Phone: (718) 270-2785
Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave., Suite A

The Division of Hematology/Oncology provides consultation for the evaluation and management of patients with hematologic and oncologic disorders. A wide range of therapeutic protocols have become available for the treatment of a variety of solid tumors, many of which combine infusional chemotherapy with radiation therapy. There are specially trained chemotherapy nurses to provide additional expertise for these programs. Plasmapheresis is also available. A new special hematology laboratory is being developed to provide in-depth evaluation of disorders of hemostasis.

Hospital Medicine

Director – Mafuzur Rahman, MD
Phone: (718) 270-4217 • Fax: (718) 270-1831
Main Practice Location: University Hospital at Downstate, 450 Clarkson Avenue

The Section of Hospital Medicine physicians provide quality inpatient care to medicine patients admitted at the University Hospital at Downstate. Our physicians specialize in treating acutely ill patients guiding them through their hospital stay from admission in the emergency room to discharge ensuring transition of care to the outpatient setting.

Infectious Diseases

Division Chief – Michael Augenbraun, MD
Phone: (718) 270-1432 • Fax: (718) 270-4123
Main Practice Location: 450 Clarkson Ave., Room B5-302 (5th floor)

This practice is limited to patients who have gynecologic and urologic infections, or who are infected with human immuno-deficiency virus.

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Pulmonary/Critical Care

Division Chief – Robert Foronjy, Md
Phone: (718) 270-1821 / (718) 270-3777
Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave., Suite A

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine offers consultative diagnostic and therapeutic services for acute and chronic diseases of the lung, including cancer, tuberculosis, emphysema, asthma and sarcoidosis, for both ambulatory and hospital patients. Additionally, consultation or primary care for critically ill hospitalized patients is available.

The pulmonary function and physiology laboratory of the division provides routine and specialized pulmonary function tests, including exercise testing, evaluation for sleep disordered breathing, and respiratory muscle function.

Renal Diseases/Nephrology

Division Chief – Moro Salifu, MD
Phone: (718) 270-1585 • Fax: (718) 270-3327
Main Practice Location: 470 Clarkson Ave., Suite A

The Division of Renal Diseases offers evaluation and management of patients with renal disease, including acute and chronic renal failure and inherited kidney disease. The faculty has a special interest in the kidney problems of diabetes. The division supervises a full range of renal replacement therapies, including acute and chronic hemodialysis, acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, and home hemodialysis. The division also collaborates in the evaluation of patients who request renal transplantation at University Hospital at Downstate. A key concern is the construction of a “Life Plan” for every patient in which probable future events in therapy are discussed, explained, and planned.


Division Chief – Ellen M. Ginzler, MD
Phone: (718) 270-1662
Main Practice Address: 470 Clarkson Ave.

The Division of Rheumatology offers treatment for patients with all rheumatic disorders, including a special interest in systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic vasculitis, scleroderma and osteoarthritis. Comprehensive care for patients with these disorders is available through a regularly scheduled program of consultations with other subspecialists, including orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists and dermatologists. Referrals for chronic pain management are also offered.

For Referrals, call (888) 270-SUNY (7869)