To the delight of many former patients, Dr. Bruce (Boruch) Feinberg has returned to the tri-state area and has began practicing Maternal Fetal Medicine (high risk Obstetrics) in Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Feinberg, from Boston, began practicing in Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine which is the hospital affiliated with Harvard University in 1990. Brigham is ranked number 2 in the USA in Obstetrics. He rose in the ranks and eventually took over as Clinical Director of the Center for Labor and Birth from Dr. Daniel Saltzman, who currently has a private practice in Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan together with Dr. Andrei Rebarber.
“He came to Lakewood in 2000 with tremendous dedication and self sacrifice, says a former patient in Lakewood. “When a doctor of his stature practices at a community hospital they are often looked down upon by their peers. He set out to make as positive an impact on the lives of us Lakewooders as possible.”
When honored by Bikur Cholim of Lakewood several years ago, he stressed the words of the Rambam that there is an obligation on every town to have a doctor. He explained that especially by labor and delivery, when at times every minute is crucial, it is of utmost importance to have the best care possible close to home.
Dr. Feinberg led a team at Women’s Health Associates which consisted of at least 2 other Ob/Gyn’s and 5 Midwives.
At the peak at KMC, his office was reportedly delivering 25-30 babies a week. He was let go from KMC in 2010. At the time a campaign to have KMC bring him back was unsuccessful.
After leaving KMC, he returned to Harvard University, where he was given the position as Research Director of the Complement Research Unit in the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. He was also an instructor at Harvard University where he was the first Frum Yid to receive the highly coveted “Excellence in teaching Award”.
“Since I am now just an employee at Columbia I don’t have the same freedom of time that I did at WHA,” cautions Dr. Feinberg. While you can schedule all of your visits with him prenatally, there will be times that he will not be available to attend a birth.
“For example, I have limited hours that I am assigned to the labor floor. If a patient were to come in for delivery and I am assigned to a different unit, such as ultrasound or a different hospital, I would not be able to leave and attend their delivery. Rather, one of my partners who is assigned to labor and delivery would need to be the attending physician.” [TLS]
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