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Hospitalist Program

What is a Hospitalist?

A Hospitalist is a physician who specializes in providing acute care to patients while they are in the hospital and typically does not have an outpatient medical practice. Hospitalists stabilize their patients’ health before discharging and referring them to a primary care provider.

Hospitalists are the link between a patient and their primary care provider. Hospitalists work closely with primary care physicians to obtain patient information and create an appropriate care plan. This is especially true if the patient’s provider works in Massena or one of our outreach clinics.

Our Hospitalists are also familiar with every specialist and department in the hospital, which allows them to follow up on patients’ test results and adjust their care plan as necessary during their hospital stay.

Massena Memorial Hospital has a great team of hospitalists who work with patients’ primary care providers, specialists and allied health professionals to ensure our patients receive comprehensive health care. 

Meet our team of Hospitalists:

Nargish Akhter, MD- Dr. Akhter completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Long Island. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

Ryan Caballes, MD- Dr. Caballes completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Diplomate of Internal Medicine. 

Jie He, MD- Dr. He completed his residency at the New York Hospital in Queens, along with an internship within their Respiratory Unit. He is an adjunct clinical professor at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Ammar Kafa, MD- Dr. Kafa is a graduate of Damascus University Medical School. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has been with MMH since 2014.

Wai Phyoe Kyaw, MD- Dr. Kyaw completed his residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Birinder Singh, MD, Chief of Medicine- Dr. Singh is Chief of Medicine at MMH and the Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program. He completed his medical residency at Danbury Hospital through the Yale School of Medicine, as well as his Nephrology residency at Ottawa University. Dr. Singh is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Canada.

What does a Hospitalist do?

When a patient is admitted to Massena Memorial Hospital, our hospitalists are here to care for them. Hospitalists do the following and much more: 

  • Obtain the patient’s medical record to develop an understanding of their health history and health care needs

  • Communicate with the patient’s primary care provider to determine the best course of action for the patient’s care plan

  • Assess medications and maintain or alter as needed

  • Consult with specialists if a patient needs specialized care

  • Visit patients several times a day for close monitoring and to provide the highest quality care

  • Handle patient discharges and any prescription medication additions, subtractions or alterations

  • Send patients’ charts to their primary care providers to ensure continuity of care following discharge from the hospital

Hospitalists that Care

MMH’s Hospitalists are here for you and your family. They strive to provide you high quality, well-coordinated care, while welcoming any questions that you or your family members may have.

Since the hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day, they make time to communicate with each patient and their family members to provide honest and considerate answers to their questions.

Providing an excellent patient experience is a core value of MMH, and good communication between a provider and their patient is a large part of a positive experience.