Doctablet is the brainchild of two doctors, Dr. Jose Taveras and Dr. Christopher Palmeiro. Doctors Taveras and Palmeiro have shared a passion for education ever since they worked together as chief residents of internal medicine. At that time, they developed a strong working relationship, leading a class of over 75 interns and residents through the intense challenges of medical training. “ Internal medicine training built a strong foundation by teaching us how to care for patients, but as chief residents, we had the opportunity to work as leaders within the medical community. We had the chance to use teamwork to solve problems on a larger scale. ” The two doctors have joined forces again to face a common problem in the current healthcare environment: a system that relies on doctors briefly seeing large numbers of complicated patients, with very little time for individualized care. “ It’s a situation I encounter over and over again, I want to spend more time with my patient, teach him the many different things he could do to lower his blood pressure instead of just picking up my prescription pad and giving him yet one more medication,” Says Dr. Taveras.
Doctablet lessons grow directly from the doctor’s office, and are meant to complement the time patients spend face to face with their doctor by using beautifully crafted media designed to both educate and entertain. These lessons are designed to be watched by anybody. The idea was first presented to the American Heart Association (AHA) in the form of a grant application, but was rejected for being too ambitious. Seeing the importance of their project in their everyday practices, the doctors persisted and turned to the power of the Internet and social media to create something that has never been tried before. The lessons presented in Doctablet videos are not “just” written, they call upon years of patient interactions to help deliver accurate, evidence-based recommendations that people from all walks of life can readily understand and benefit from. “We wanted to create a lasting impression in peoples’ minds; create something completely different than what’s available out there right now. This is not about an Internet search with results that you have to decipher, these are ideas based on the most current and accurate medical information like you would get from your own doctor, but delivered in a way that helps patients comprehend.”
Jose Taveras M.D.
Dr Taveras works for the Montefiore Center for Heart and Vascular Cares’ Outreach division caring for low income and spanish speaking communities in the Bronx and the northern part of Manhattan. He completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and then served as chief resident of internal medicine at the St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center of New York. Continuing to specialize in cardiovascular disease at Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island, under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Marzo, the chief of Cardiology at Winthrop. He is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, and sub specializes in non-invasive cardiology evaluation with echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and computed tomography of the heart. Apart from his work in community outreach, Dr. Taveras’ career focuses on innovation and technology and the impact these have on the experience of receiving care.
Christopher R. Palmeiro D.O. M.Sc. C.N.S.C.
Dr. Palmeiro is Chairman of Endocrinology at the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a position he has held since January of 2014. He currently practices as the only endocrinologist in a critical access community in Margaretville, New York. He also serves patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Westchester Institute of Human Development in Valhalla, New York. Prior to his current positions, Dr. Palmeiro completed his fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at Westchester Medical Center. He completed both his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Palmeiro’s areas of interests within the realm of endocrinology include nutrition support, obesity counseling and the progressive management of diabetes. He completed a Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition while in medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and was the first graduate of an innovative program that incorporated this degree into the medical school curriculum, earning him the John J. Theobald Graduate Achievement award.
Dr. Rishi Anand M.D.
Dr. Anand is a board certified Endocrinologist. He graduated magna cum laude from the accelerated 7 year Renssaelear Polytechnic Institute-Albany Medical College combined physician scientist program. He went on to complete his residency training at UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Anand did his Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism fellowship at Westchester Medical Center in NY. Dr.Anand practices Endocrinology in Bristol, PA. There, he treats a wide range of Endocrine disorders including diabetes, thyroid disease, and other hormonal imbalances.
Dr. Susan Kim M.D.
Dr. Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Rutgers Medical School. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City followed by fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at both St. Vincent’s Hospital and NYU-Langone Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Kim is a clinical endocrinologist at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York, where she serves as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology. She is also a consultant at the Sergievsky Center-Taub Institute at Columbia University, with a focus on metabolomics and its applications on the epidemiology of diabetes.
Mark Greenberg M.D.
Dr. Greenberg is the associate chief of cardiology and medical director of interventional cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center. He is a professor of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical College and then went on to complete his training at Montefiore. His years of experience have earned him a reputation of excellence in the field of interventional cardiology.
Dr. Kevin Marzo M.D.
Dr. Marzo has served as the chief of cardiology at Winthrop University Hospital since 2003. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He then went on to the University of Pennsylvania where he trained in cardiology. He currently specializes in interventional cardiology, including coronary intervention and percutaneous aortic valve replacement as well as in women’s health. Dr. Marzo has an extensive resume of publications in his field of expertise, but more importantly his unique method of educating his patients is one of the primary sources of inspiration for the creation of Doctablet.
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