The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health Announces New Residency Program Directors and Program Enhancements

(CINCINNATI; September 16, 2015) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood, announces that The Jewish Hospital has named Mercy Health Physician and internal medicine specialist Barry Brook, MD as the director of its internal medicine residency program.

Dr. Brook, who chairs the internal medicine department at The Jewish Hospital, assumes the role from Stephen Goldberg, MD, who is retiring in December. In addition, Mercy Health Physician and internal medicine specialist Robert Rubin, MD will serve as associate director, as will Imran Naqvi, MD.

Dr. Rubin oversees The Jewish Hospital’s outpatient clinic, which provides care to poor and under-served populations, giving residents real-world experience with a wide array of medical problems and social issues. Dr. Naqvi serves as the chief hospitalist at The Jewish Hospital.

“The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health’s Internal Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to preparing resident physicians for the practice of Internal Medicine and this year, we have a very strong class of about 50 residents hailing from many of the country’s top medical schools,” says Dr. Brook. “In line with the rise of outpatient services, we’ve enhanced the program to give residents more familiarity with outpatient medicine. The program also features a strong focus on ambulatory care options, research and academic pursuits.”

The Jewish Hospital has a strong tradition of resident research, particularly in health conditions relating to cholesterol and metabolism. Residents are involved currently with the Chief Resident on four research projects in the areas of:
• Quality and safety
• Antibiotic stewardship, which promotes the appropriate use of antibiotics to lower antibiotic resistance and infection spread caused by multidrug-resistant organisms
• Rapid consult, which involves a patient’s care team sharing information in a timely manner
• Patient hand-offs, which centers on how best to improve communication between residents
The research program is also expanding into oncology and gastroenterology.

“Research helps residents secure fellowships and helps Mercy Health patients benefit from the latest medical findings,“ says Dr. Brook, who notes that The Jewish Hospital also offers separate residencies in general surgery and podiatry. “It’s our hope some of these good physicians will want to stay on with us and continue their involvement with residents and the development of strong doctors.”

Dr. Brook continues his current outpatient practice at Mercy Health – Kenwood Internal Medicine in addition to leading the internal medicine residency program at The Jewish Hospital.
Dr. Rubin has joined Mercy Health Physicians providing primary care with Mercy Health – Kenwood Internal Medicine.

Dr. Rubin will be seeing patients in the morning, while Dr. Brook will see patients in the afternoon.