Medicine is an art as well as a science, and it's this "softer" side of the profession that hepatologist Thomas D. Schiano, MD, says he came to understand and appreciate during his residency at Maimonides.
Dr. Schiano, Medical Director of Adult Liver Transplantation and Director of Clinical Hepatology at the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, was a medicine resident from 1988 to 1991 and served as Chief Resident from 1991 to 1992.
He recalls some of his Maimonides mentors fondly. "When I was a resident, I had fantastic teachers, doctors like David Grob, Norman Brunner, Neil Ringel, and Edgar Lichstein who were 'old school' so to speak," he says. "With them you learned how to examine patients, how to speak to them. They were true role models."
The native New Yorker developed his interest in gastroenterology at Maimonides as a result of his exposure to many patient cases in this subspecialty. "It's interesting that here at Mount Sinai I actually have taken care of patients years later who I first met during my residency," he notes.
Today, Dr. Schiano cares for patients with acute and chronic liver disease, especially pre- and post-liver transplant patients. He also conducts clinical research in this area, and in all his endeavors he uses the "people" skills he honed at Maimonides. "The practice of medicine now is complex. Yet, the ability to be a good clinician remains essential. That's what I learned in my residency and it's what I try to pass on to the physicians I help train," he says.