COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

The doctors of NYGA are committed to community service.

Giving Back

Some of the ways we give back to our community include:

  • Providing free colonoscopy and to uninsured and underinsured patients
  • Teaching gastroenterology and GI endoscopy to the next generation of gastroenterologists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and other leading academic medical centers
  • Providing consultative GI services to underinsured community members through the GI clinic system at Mount Sinai

The New York City Department of Health recognized the The Endoscopy Center of New York’s community outreach program, led by NYGA’s Dr. Laura Frado, for providing the greatest number of free colon cancer screening exams to under-insured neighbors in New York City.

The incidence of colorectal cancer is higher among African Americans than any other population group in the United States, according to the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Research also shows that African Americans are often diagnosed at a younger age than other people. After the death from colon cancer of trailblazing actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020 at the age of 43, a nationwide effort was mounted to alert Americans to the dangers of this deadly disease among minorities.

Leading Independent Research

In 2003, NYGA physicians founded the Digestive Disease Research Foundation (www.digestivedisease.org), an independent, not-for-profit organization that supports outstanding young investigators and research in digestive disease medicine. In collaboration with the Henry D Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai, NYGA physicians direct this organization.

DDRF has raised over $2,000,000 and awarded over 30 one-year fellowships. DDRF investigators, and their mentors, have advanced our understanding of inflammatory bowel diseases, precancerous colon polyps, and most recently the interaction of the novel coronavirus (which causes COVID-19) with the human gastrointestinal tract (Mount Sinai Researchers Describe Viral Sanctuaries in the Gastrointestinal Tract of COVID-19 Patients).

NYGA physicians participate in national professional societies such as the American College of Gastroenterology and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and are active nationally in advocacy organizations on behalf of women’s and minority issues.

Ana Tuyama, MD

Ana Tuyama, MD

Gastroenterologist

Training and spending so many years at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where gastroenterology is practiced at its best, surro...

Asher Kornbluth, MD

Asher Kornbluth, MD

Gastroenterologist

I chose gastroenterology for the ability to interact and care for patients with chronic diseases for a lifetime....

Barry Jaffin, MD

Barry Jaffin, MD

Gastroenterologist

While taking my first course in gastroenterology during my second year of medical school at Mount Sinai, I was intrigued that...

Daniel Adler, MD

Daniel Adler, MD

Gastroenterologist

All patient populations have GI problems and disease. I liked being able to care for a wide variety of people. Adolescents, a...

David Hertz

David Hertz

Chief Operating Officer

David Hertz is the Chief Operating Officer of New York Gastroenterology Associates (NYGA). He is responsible for the practice...

Eric Goldstein, MD

Eric Goldstein, MD

Gastroenterologist

Dr. Eric Goldstein is a clinical instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and attending physician at Mount Sinai Medi...

Faith Aronowitz, MS, RD, CDN

Faith Aronowitz, MS, RD, CDN

Dietitian

Early on in my nutrition training, I became fascinated by the gut microbiome and its seemingly endless connections to all fac...

James Aisenberg, MD

James Aisenberg, MD

Gastroenterologist

I am a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a Medical Director at the Endoscopy Cen...

James George, MD

James George, MD

Gastroenterologist

I love that gastroenterology is a field that incorporates both incredibly interesting medical problems as well as challenging...

Janie Yang, MD

Janie Yang, MD

Gastroenterologist

I find the human gastrointestinal tract to be fascinating because it involves multiple organ systems and can have such a majo...

Jay Desai, MD

Jay Desai, MD

Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterology is a fascinating field that requires a detailed understanding of the physiology of multiple organ systems as...

Jennifer Leong, MD

Jennifer Leong, MD

Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist

I was first drawn to gastroenterology as an ideal blend of comprehensive patient care and procedures, but it was during my...

Kenneth Miller, MD

Kenneth Miller, MD

Gastroenterologist

Patients prize Dr. Kenneth Miller’s dedication, commitment, and expertise in consultative gastroenterology. A tireless pati...

Laura Frado, MD, MS

Laura Frado, MD, MS

Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterology is a special field that allows me to care for a broad scope of conditions often presenting in different stag...

Leon Kavaler, MD

Leon Kavaler, MD

Gastroenterologist

One of my most memorable honors was being selected as the Chief Medical Resident at Mount Sinai Hospital. I spent a year teac...

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan

Director of Billing

Mary Ryan is the Director of Billing for New York Gastroenterology Associates. Mary is a medical billing and revenue cycle ma...

Neville Bamji, MD

Neville Bamji, MD

Gastroenterologist

The complex physiology of the gastrointestinal tract has always fascinated me. Practicing gastroenterology allows physicians ...

Peter Legnani, MD

Peter Legnani, MD

Gastroenterologist

I found gastroenterology to be a dynamic intersection of multiple fields of study and practice. For example, I found that car...

Salitah Qureshi

Salitah Qureshi

Clinical Research Coordinator

Salitah Qureshi is the Clinical Research Coordinator at New York Gastroenterology Associates. She is responsible for managing...

Steven Marcano

Steven Marcano

Systems and Project Manager

Steven Marcano is the Systems and Project Manager with New York Gastroenterology Associates. Steven supports daily operation...

Steven Naymagon, MD

Steven Naymagon, MD

Gastroenterologist

I went to medical school knowing that I want to make a difference in people’s lives. As a medical student I was torn betwee...

Suzie Finkel, MS, RD, CDN

Suzie Finkel, MS, RD, CDN

Dietitian

I became a dietitian with the specific goal of helping people alleviate their digestive symptoms, and have found gastroentero...

Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN

Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN

Dietitian

The intricate relationship between how food and nutrients interact with the digestive tract captured my attention early on du...

Tony Weiss, MD

Tony Weiss, MD

Gastroenterologist

When I was in training as a physician, I became fascinated with the digestive system and the profound effect gastrointestinal...

Yevgenia Pashinsky, MD

Yevgenia Pashinsky, MD

Gastroenterologist

I grew up thinking of food as a cultural and spiritual force that brings people together. It is incredibly rewarding to help ...

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