Neena Chaudhari, MD, board-certified internist and geriatrician, discusses the outstanding care available to people of all ages in Suffolk County.
Q: What sets St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s internal medicine and geriatric programs apart from other institutions?
Dr. Chaudhari: Our patients have access to world-class specialists and primary care providers. The administration at St. Catherine make primary care a priority, and provide great support for primary care services. We also offer services that patients may not find at other facilities, including home care, care coordination and physical therapy. All of these teams work together to support our practices. Catholic Health Services of Long Island also has a mission to provide compassionate care free of charge, and some of the doctors and practices donate their time to provide services in underserved areas.
Q: What types of services do you offer?
Dr. Chaudhari: We offer a full spectrum of medical care, including preventive care, cancer care, immunizations, electrocardiogram testing, pulmonary function testing, hearing screenings and vision screenings. For our geriatric patients, we focus on managing complex diseases. As my patients get older, helping them be functional is increasingly important. Specifically, we work through conditions such as advanced cardiac disease, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoarthritis.
Q: What role does your team play in terms of treatment of your geriatric patients?
Dr. Chaudhari: When caring for my older patients with chronic conditions, our goal is to coordinate care, balance competing needs, reduce poly pharmacy and avoid functional decline. We want patients to be independent as long as possible. My patients have different wants and needs, whether it’s living independently, going to church, seeing their grandchildren, or traveling. As a team, we help them accomplish those things safely.
Q: What drew you to medicine and your chosen specialties?
Dr. Chaudhari: All of the physicians who have been my teachers and who have taught me compassionate care and how to look at a whole person and not just their illness are a big reason why I do what I do today. While in training, I was drawn to the idea of being involved with a patient’s care in the long term. The relationship does not end when the patient walks out of my office. I like the continuity and the opportunity to support the whole person. I also enjoy collaborating with other physicians to find comprehensive solutions for my patients.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Dr. Chaudhari: My patients — they are all so different, and they all truly inspire me. My older patients are very generous and kind people from whom I have much to learn. It is powerfully inspiring and motivating for me to help improve the quality of life of my patient’s by providing compassionate, thorough care.
To learn more about care provided at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, visit stcatherines.chsli.org.