Raised in the New York public school system. Attended college at Columbia University and medical school at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Post-graduate training was also completed at Einstein. Hospital experience includes Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.
“There I learned that I could treat anything (anything!) for at least 15 minutes until the special forces arrived,” Dr. Kussin explained. “Knife and gun shot wounds, failed suicide attempts, heroin and alcohol overdoses, psychiatric emergencies and people presenting for the very first time with their diseases to spend the last ten minutes of their lives with me rather than having dropped by ten years earlier when I could have done something for them.”
Certifications: Certified in Internal Medicine and attended Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for fellowship in Gastroenterology. Following certification in Gastroenterology, Dr. Kussin served in Manhattan as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia.
“The dichotomy between a roiling public city hospital and a world class private specialty institution, Sloan Kettering, permitted me a front row seat to the full spectrum of human frailty, folly and foibles,” Dr. Kussin said.
Practice: Founded a solo practice in Utica, NY that expanded over time to include several physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. A traumatic car accident ended his clinical career in 2005, sparking his passion for patient advocacy.
Published Work: Dr. Kussin is the author of a book on patient advocacy to be released in August, 2011 through Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. In addition, he was published several times throughout his teaching career in publications including; The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and Digestive Diseases and Sciences.
Dr Kussin Blogs: on www.MedicalAdvocate.com
Get the book “The Slippery Slope of Healthcare: Why Bad Things Happen to Healthy Patients and How to Avoid Them” Here.