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White Plains Hospital offers high-quality breast imaging in several convenient locations. We offer a full range of breast health and breast cancer detection services, including clinical breast exams, breast MRs, mammograms (including 3D mammograms), ultrasounds, and biopsies.

We offer the latest technology in breast imaging, including:
  • 3D Mammography
  • 3D Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Image-guided biopsies
 
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Diagnostic imaging is the key to a successful diagnosis and treatment of many conditions. White Plains Hospital’s imaging specialists offer a full range of diagnostic testing including MRIs, ultrasounds and CT Scans. Skilled radiologists are on site to provide quick and accurate evaluations of imaging tests.

We offer a wide range of diagnostic testing and imaging, including:
  • MRI, CT Scan, X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Sonohysterography
  • Bone Densitometry
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Family Medicine doctors are specially trained to provide continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family, integrating all aspects of care including the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. Its scope encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity, and its physicians are specifically trained for and skilled in comprehensive first contact and ongoing follow-up care for persons with any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern that is not limited by problem origin (biological, behavioral, or social), organ system, or diagnosis.

Family Medicine physicians provide the following services to their patients:
  • annual healthcare evaluation for all age groups
  • routine gynecologic care
  • acute and chronic illness diagnosis & management
  • patient education
  • disease prevention guidance
  • health maintenance support

Primary care physicians provide care for uncomplicated conditions and frequently collaborate with other health professionals, utilizing consultation or referral as the situation warrants. Their goal is to provide patient advocacy in the health care system and to deliver safe, cost-effective care through the coordination of all health care services necessary for each patient, promoting effective communication between patients and their physician while encouraging patients to become an active partner in their own health care.

For an appointment with our Family Medicine physician, call 914-834-4123.
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Gastroenterologists are specially trained to treat disorders of the organs of the digestive system, liver, and pancreas. Because these disorders can overlap with problems affecting many other areas of the body, our physicians take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, working with other specialists in oncology, radiation therapy, hepatology (liver specialists), and surgery to find the best and most effective care for each individual’s situation.

Gastroenterologists commonly treat problems including:
  • acid reflux
  • colitis – including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • colon polyps and colon cancer
  • disorders of swallowing and the esophagus
  • gallbladder and biliary tract disease
  • hepatitis
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • nutritional issues
  • pancreatitis
  • peptic ulcer disease

Gastroenterologists are intensively trained in advanced techniques of upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy. Using these techniques, they provide screening and early detection for cancers of the digestive system as well as polyp removal. If surgery is needed, your gastroenterologist will work with your doctor and the surgical team before and after the procedure to help ensure you receive the best possible care for your needs.

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The surgeons of Surgical Specialists provide comprehensive surgical care for adult patients both in the hospital and ambulatory (outpatient) settings. All of the physicians are trained in General Surgery, and they have additional specialty training in nationally recognized sub-specialities within General Surgery. Our skilled surgeons are the leaders of our comprehensive and compassionate surgical team, offering technical expertise and the most current diagnostic and treatment modalities for a variety of conditions that occur throughout the body. The surgeons at White Plains Hospital focus on conditions occurring within the abdomen and abdominal wall (hernia), as well as those involving the organs of the gastrointestinal system (colon, small intestine, gallbladder, liver, stomach, and esophagus), the endocrine system (thyroid and parathyroid, pancreas, and adrenal glands) and the skin and soft tissues (breast, head and neck, and connective tissues). They are also specialists in treating certain non-surgical conditions of these organs and systems, such as pancreatitis, diverticulitis, and certain types of thyroid problems.

The surgeons of Surgical Specialists use both traditional and minimally invasive surgical techniques, and they take pride in working closely with each patient to determine the best approach for each individual. Because of more than 50 years cumulative experience and the availability of the latest in surgical technology, our surgeons use smaller incisions which results in less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and less “down time” for patients.

The group has expertise in several surgical sub-specialties and can provide expert surgical care in a variety of areas including:

  • acute care (emergency) and elective surgery
  • bariatric (weight loss) surgery
  • colorectal surgery
  • critical care surgery
  • endocrine surgery
  • hernia surgery
  • minimally invasive surgery
  • oncologic surgery
  • pediatric surgery
  • trauma surgery
  • vascular surgery
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At White Plains Hospital Center, we agree that age is a state of mind, but our bodies don’t always agree, and the exceptional Geriatrics Team at White Plains Hospital is ready to address the special concerns that sometimes arise for older adults. A geriatrician is an Internal Medicine or Family Practice physician with additional advanced training focused on the needs of older individuals. These physicians often serve as the primary care doctors for older patients, and because of their specialized training, they are best able to address the complications and complexities that come with age. Our specialists in Geriatrics expertly tailor care and support to help older patients, their caregivers, and their physicians navigate these challenges, helping patients maintain their independence as long as possible.

When a patient is hospitalized, a geriatrician may assist other physicians in helping to guide patients and their families through the myriad of concerns that may arise.

When to consider a geriatrician
Health issues can vary widely, but according to the American Geriatrics Society, you may want to consider a geriatrician for yourself or a loved one if health conditions have become a major impairment to your quality of life or if caregiving is causing family members and loved ones considerable stress.

Your medical team
Because managing multiple diseases can be complex and challenging, a multi-disciplinary approach is sometimes needed. As 2012 winners of the New York University’s Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s prestigious NICHE Award (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders), we are one of only two hospitals in Westchester County to receive such recognition. Our experienced Geriatrics Team will work closely with you and our outstanding team of other specialty physicians, nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, as well as your caregivers and family members to ensure all your needs are being met.

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Physicians trained in Internal Medicine are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to individual health maintenance and the diagnosis, treatment and care of adults with both simple and complex illnesses. They are focused on maintaining each individual’s health by helping patients develop and understanding of the importance of disease prevention and healthy lifestyle choices, but if illness strikes, they are trained to manage and coordinate care of almost any disease, from simple to complex, acute to chronic, common to rare. They treat from the viewpoint of “the whole patient,” coordinating care and ensuring that issues in all of the body’s systems are addressed. They are sometimes called “the doctor’s doctor” because their unique perspective allows them to consulting with colleagues in other specialties to help solve complex diagnostic problems.

Internal Medicine physicians provide the following services to their patients:
  • annual healthcare evaluation for adults in all age groups
  • diagnosis & management of acute illness
  • chronic illness diagnosis, treatment & long-term management, including heart disease, cholesterol management, diabetes, thyroid & other endocrine disorders, and arthritis
  • patient education
  • disease prevention guidance
  • health maintenance support

The Internists and Primary Care specialists of White Plains Physician Associates are equipped to deal with whatever might ail the patients of the White Plains community because of their expert training and years of experience in preventative care, health maintenance, and disease management. This ability to provide primary care coupled with their expert diagnostic training as specialists allows them to partner with their adult patients to achieve exceptional healthcare every day.

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Hematology-oncology is a sub-specialty of internal medicine focused on the complex care of individuals with all types of cancer, benign disorders of the blood, and the spectrum of malignancies involving the blood. Practice in the specialty of Hematology-Oncology requires dual board certification in both Hematology and Oncology, and some Hematologist-Oncologists may specialize more heavily in one of the two disciplines. Hematologists are specifically trained internal medicine physicians or pathologists who have additional training specializing in diseases of the blood, spleen, and lymph glands. Oncologists focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of all types of cancer, including certain benign conditions as well as malignant tumors. Both specialties act as key leaders in the care of patients with these types of diseases, working closely with other members of the medical team, including pharmacists, surgeons, and radiotherapists, to identify and reach the optimal outcome for each individual. Their capabilities represent a wide variety of skills including diagnosis, management of any necessary chemotherapy, oversight and medical coordination of cancer care, as well as addressing and advising patients regarding genetic screening, palliative care, ethical issues related to cancer care, as well as survivorship, screening, and wellness concerns.

Hematologist-oncologists at White Plains Hospital Physician Associates commonly treat problems including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancers, including stomach, colon and rectum, pancreatic cancer
  • Gynecologic cancers, including ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Blood cell cancers, including all types of lymphomas, leukemias, and myelodysplastic disorders
  • Benign blood cell disorders, including thalassemia, sickle cell, bleeding and coaguability disorders
  • Anemias, hemophilia, and other disorders of hemoglobin
  • Genetic testing for predisposition, diagnosis, and screening
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The specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology (sometimes called “OB/Gyn”) focuses on the lifelong health-related concerns of women. Physicians and other healthcare providers who practice Obstetrics and Gynecology, like Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), provide comprehensive care, ranging from primary medical and general reproductive care to the highly specialized needs of women before, during, and after pregnancy.

The team of outstanding Obstetrician-Gynecologists at White Plains Hospital is a group of highly trained specialists who treat a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical issues that women sometimes face. Some of the non-surgical conditions include:

  • hormonal problems
  • infections (including urinary tract and sexually-transmitted infections)
  • birth control
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • sexual dysfunction
  • urinary incontinence
  • menopausal symptoms

To help with diagnosis of more complex problems, our team offers in-office diagnostic and radiologic procedures, including LEEP and ultrasound. In addition, our skilled Obstetrician-Gynecologists manage surgical diseases of the female reproductive organs and urinary tract using both traditional open techniques and state-of-the-art minimally-invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures.

At White Plains Hospital, we believe that your choice of an Obstetrician-Gynecologist is highly personal, and it is very important that you select a physician or caregiver whose approach to healthcare matches your own. We recognize that for many women, their OB/Gyn specialist is their best ally for preventative care, including routine annual breast exams, pelvic exams, and Pap smears which can detect health problems early or simply provide the assurance of good health. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that sexually active women receive a pelvic exam every year, but the frequency of screening tests, such as Pap smears, depends on factors such as age and previous test results, so it is important that you select a physician or caregiver with whom you are comfortable. The physicians and certified Nurse Midwives at White Plains Hospital approach health care with each patient and her specific needs in mind. They recognize the importance of careful attention to individual concerns and can discuss what type of testing is right for you, ensuring that you receive the exceptional care you deserve.

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Orthopedic complaints are the second most common reason for patients to seek medical care. Orthopedic physicians specialize in treating problems specifically related to the musculoskeletal system – the body’s framework of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles – and these kinds of problems can occur at virtually any age. Appropriate treatment requires specific skill and experience, and orthopedic surgeons are specially trained to handle the wide variety of bone and soft tissue problems that can occur, including joint (hip, knee, and shoulder) pain, tendon and ligament tears, arthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bone deformities.

Imaging procedures often are useful in diagnosing orthopedic problems. To find out what is causing your specific problem, your doctor may order an imaging study such as a joint X-ray (arthrogram), bone scan, computed tomography (CT) scan, discography, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Depending on the diagnosis, there are many treatment options available and physical therapy, medications, joint injections, or even surgery may be recommended.

Because our bones and their associated structures are the body’s framework, an orthopedic problem can occur in almost any area, so it is important to find an experienced team of medical experts to help you through the journey from diagnosis to recovery and return to normal activity. When you bring your orthopedic problem to the team at White Plains Hospital, you will receive exceptional care because our approach to orthopedic care includes not only our experienced and expertly trained orthopedic surgeons, but an entire team of skilled health care professionals including your primary care physician, rehabilitation and sports medicine physicians, neurologists, pain specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and care managers to facilitate your recovery. At White Plains Hospital, we will partner with you to identify a personalized treatment plan best suited to your individual needs.

The Spine Program at White Plains Hospital
Your spine has a lot of responsibilities it supports your head, shoulders, and upper body while allowing you to stand up straight, twist, turn, and bend. But it most important job is something we probably don’t think about very often – protecting your spinal cord. Without it though, we wouldn’t be able to do all those other things.

Your spine is made up of a complex network of bones (called vertebrae), the spinal cord and the nerves attached to it, many small muscles, ligaments, joints, and the cushioning discs between the vertebrae. Unfortunately, problems can arise in any of these areas of the spine, but a trained spine surgeon can be the key to helping you find relief when things go wrong. Whether it’s an infection, traumatic injury, tumor, conditions such as scoliosis and spondylolysis, or simply age-related changes such as disc degeneration and spinal stenosis, the orthopedic spine team can help you get “back on track.”

Like with other orthopedic problems, your doctor may use imaging studies like X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scan, and discography. You may need some neurological or electro-diagnostic testing for diagnosing the source of your pain, but contrary to popular belief, being diagnosed with a spinal problem does NOT automatically mean surgery! In most cases, conservative, non-surgical treatments are available to manage spinal problems, with surgery being the last resort. Depending on the individual situation, the doctors of The Spine Program at White Plains Hospital may also recommend conservative treatment which may include physical therapy and exercise, heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, massage, aquatic therapy, or medication. In cases that are less responsive to these non-invasive treatments, spinal injections may be necessary, but complementary approaches such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, or biofeedback have also proven helpful. When conservative options fail to relieve the problem, surgery such as disc replacement, spinal fusion, and laminectomy (widening of the spinal canal) may be options, depending on your diagnosis.

The orthopedic physicians of The Spine Program at White Plains Hospital understand that you are the most important team member, and they believe in working closely with you and their specially assembled team of clinicians and therapists to develop a treatment plan designed to provide you with the best possible results.

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Our pediatricians are dedicated to your family’s health and well-being and provide personalized, convenient medical care for infants, children, and adolescents. We offer well visits and preventive medicine, and treat a full range of illnesses and injuries.

We offer a full range of pediatric services, including:
  • Wellness visits
  • Annual exams
  • Vaccinations/immunizations
  • Treatment of common illnesses and injuries
  • On-site diagnostic imaging
  • On-site lab
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Surgical oncology is a subspecialty of general surgery dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and treatment of cancer. Surgical oncologists are surgeons who complete a period of additional clinical and research after a five year general surgery residency. During this extended fellowship training, these highly skilled surgeons focus exclusively on the study of cancer and its medical and surgical treatment. Because of this special training, they are able to provide a unique level of care to the cancer patient, spanning the full spectrum of the patient experience and allowing them to be a partner in care and an advocate for the patient from the time of initial diagnosis, through acute management of their cancer, as well as during post-operative care and into lifelong survivorship and post-cancer surveillance.

By virtue of their intensive clinical and research training, surgical oncologists have a thorough understanding of cancer biology and work closely with the rest of the oncology team to develop and execute a care plan that is precisely designed to meet the needs of an individual patient’s cancer. In addition to surgery, which may include the use of minimally invasive techniques, palliative surgery, and neo-adjuvant treatments, the management of cancer may include traditional chemotherapy, radiation, or the newest targeted biologic treatments. Because of the highly complex nature of malignancies, clinical trials have demonstrated the value of this specialized training and expertise, directly linking the care provided by surgical oncologists to better patient outcomes.

Surgical Oncologists commonly treat problems including:

  • breast cancer
  • colon cancer and other cancers of the gastrointestinal tract
  • hepatobiliary cancer
  • melanoma
  • pancreatic cancer
  • soft tissue tumors, including sarcoma
  • thyroid cancer
For an appointment with our Surgical Oncologists, call 914-684-5884.

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White Plains Hospital is pleased to offer the services of our board certified Thoracic Surgeons to the White Plains community. Thoracic surgeons are surgeons with specialized training in the treatment of both surgical and non-surgical conditions of the organs and structures within the chest and chest wall. Because of the focused nature of their training, they bring unique skills to our team of specialists at White Plains Hospital, and they work closely with our pulmonary and cardiology physicians, nurses, respiratory and physical therapists, and medical and radiation oncologists to create the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual patient.

Depending on the condition, some thoracic procedures can be performed using minimally-invasive techniques like laparoscopic surgery (surgery using cameras), endoscopy, or bronchoscopy. Westchester Thoracic is currently the only practice in New York to offer minimally invasive procedures for implanting diaphragmatic pacemakers in patients with spinal cord injury and certain muscular dystrophies, freeing them from dependence upon ventilators for breathing. For patients with other conditions or for those who do not meet the requirements for minimally-invasive surgery, traditional open surgery remains an option.

Whether the problem is with your lungs or any other organ or structure located within your chest, our Thoracic surgeons are part of a team that will work together with you to develop a treatment plan designed to be optimally effective for your specific needs. They are trained to treat a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • achalasia
  • bronchogenic cyst
  • carcinoid tumor
  • diaphragm paralysis
  • emphysema
  • esophageal cancer, diverticulum and stricture
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • hiatal and paraesophageal hernias
  • hyperhidrosis
  • lung nodules, benign and metastatic
  • lung cancer
  • mediastinal tumors
  • myasthenia gravis
  • malignant pleural effusion
  • pericardial effusion
  • pneumothorax
  • pulmonary sequestration
  • thymoma
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As we age, it’s not uncommon to experience problems with our circulatory systems – the vast network of blood vessels in our body. These kinds of problems, called vascular disease or “hardening of the arteries,” take many forms – high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes to name a few – and one thing they have in common is they all can lead to complications with the circulation of blood in our blood vessels. Vascular surgeons are specially trained to perform procedures that treat these complications using the latest minimally invasive techniques as well as the traditional “open” methods. Conditions they treat include:

If you have been told you have problems with your circulation, a variety of tests are available to help you and your physician to decide on the best treatment options for you. Since time is of the essence in diagnosing and managing vascular problems, White Plains Hospital Center offers a complete, state-of-the-art vascular testing program to assess each patient’s individual needs. Our testing modalities include both invasive and noninvasive options, including angiography, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound (Doppler) studies. These studies are not only helpful in diagnosing existing vascular problems, but often they can provide information helpful in preventing life-threatening conditions like stroke and ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The expert vascular surgeons at Vascular and Thoracic Associates will work with you and the rest of our expert medical team to help you make the treatment choice that’s right for you or your loved one.

Resources for Patients
The following Web sites provide educational information that patients may find helpful:
Society for Vascular Surgery
Medline Plus

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