|Dr. Magdy Mikhail, Chairman,
Obstetrics and Gynecology, with patient.
||Dr. Andrej Reiss, Chief,
Obstetrics, and Hilary Prager, Certified
Midwife, checking fetal status of pregnant
Women’s Health Center, under the leadership
of Dr. Magdy
Mikhail, has distinguished itself as a leader
in addressing the medical needs
of women, from teenagers to adults and seniors.
Its “one-stop shopping”
approach offers women easy access to a wide
range of general, specialized,
and surgical outpatient and inpatient OB/GYN
services; all in a welcoming and
|“Women in the Bronx can always depend on us for
expert care, whether for scheduled and walk-in
appointments, or in an emergency.”
DR. MAGDY MIKHAIL, CHAIRMAN, OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
|Deborah J. Bohnen, Midwife, OB/GYN (left), and Karen Cabral, PCT,
Women's Health Center, attending to pregnant patient.
||Bronx Lebanon's Birthing
Spa is complete with a whirlpool delivery
bath to help relieve the strain of birth.
SPA/LABOR AND DELIVERY
At Bronx-Lebanon, pregnant women have all the luxuries
they could want to make their birthing experience a pleasant,
relaxing, and positive one. Its Birthing Spa, complete with whirlpool delivery baths (the only one in the Bronx), is relieving
the strain of birth.
Less stress on pregnant mothers means
an easier delivery and leads to healthy babies. A 24-hour
pregnancy hotline, which provides immediate consultation,
continues to be most effective in reaching out to “mothers-tobe,”
and responding to their needs.
“Women in the Bronx can always depends on us for expert care,
whether for scheduled and walk-in appointments, or in an
emergency,” stated Dr. Mikhail.
|Dr. Larry Ham, Director,
Gynecology, and Dr. Patrick Anderson,
Chief, GYN Oncology.
||Dr. Marjorie Jean-Michel,
Urogynecologist, and Dr. Christina
Flores, Attending, OB/GYN,
|HIGH RISK OBSTETRICS
The Women’s Health Center’s High Risk Obstetrics program is responding to
pregnancies that pose difficult challenges. Approximately 60% of its deliveries
are classified as high risk. Many are pregnant women with gestational
diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, and numerous other
medical conditions that can complicate a pregnancy.
Teen pregnancies are
among the most difficult. Doctors attribute this to their age group and not
being ready to bear a child. As a result, mother and baby are at an even higher
risk for a multitude of medical problems, including premature births, fetal
growth retardation, and sexually transmitted diseases.
In complicated teen
pregnancies, cesarean sections often become the surgical method used in
the delivery process.
New oral health guidelines for pregnant women are tailored to reduce the risk
of gum disease in pregnancy. Gingivitis and periodontitis have been linked with
prematurity and low birth weight. Pregnant mothers with periodontal disease
are seven times more likely to go into premature labor.
The Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology works closely with the Department of Dentistry in
promoting oral health during pregnancy. The joint initiative for our pregnant
patients includes oral health education and counseling, oral hygiene instructions,
encouragement of the use of toothpaste with fluoride, nutritional
programs, and treatment of existing tooth decay.
The goals of the high-risk pregnancy program are clear; to do
whatever is medically necessary to deliver a healthy baby. Its
highly skilled and experienced professionals utilize the latest
state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in patient care. The
Women’s Health Center, through its Adolescent and Family
Planning programs, is continuing to help teenagers understand
this very adult issue.
A highly experienced and expert staff, under the direction of
Dr. Patrick Anderson, a board certified gynecologic oncologist,
is treating cancer problems in women. Advanced procedures
for radical cancer surgery, in addition to chemotherapy,
radiotherapy, and pain management are utilized in effectively
treating gynecological malignancies.
LAPAROSCOPY AND GYNECOLOGY
The Division of Gynecology, under the direction of Dr. Larry
Ham, a highly experienced specialist, is performing complex
procedures, such as hysterectomy, myomectomy, and ovarian
surgery, through minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques.
These advanced procedures allow for a shorter hospital
stay, less potential for complications, and improved patient
satisfaction. Other major and minor gynecologic surgeries are
performed by the gynecology team using abdominal, vaginal,
and hysteroscopic techniques.
|Dr. Aruna Mishra, Attending,
OB/GYN, discussing procedure with
||GYN surgery team performing operative procedure.
Advanced equipment and technology are utilized in treating
women with urinary or fecal incontinence and pelvic organ
prolapse. Reconstructive surgical procedures are performed
by a specialized staff, under the direction of Dr. Mikhail and
Dr. Marjorie Jean-Michel.
REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY AND INFERTILITY
Under the leadership of Dr. Genevieve Neal-Perry, innovative
surgery for reproductive endocrinologic disorders and
infertility is performed, including ovarian surgery and uterine
reconstructive procedures, as well as tubal reanastomosis
and microsurgery for infertility.
|Dr. Robert Hecht, Director, Women’s Health Center/GYN Ambulatory Surgery,
with patient and her son.
||Nicole Reid, Midwife, OB/GYN, checking on patient.
The Reproductive Genetics program focuses on education and
detection of genetic disorders. Often, early knowledge of a
potential problem makes treatment possible. Additionally,
on a weekly basis, its staff perform amniocentesis and other
testing on pregnant mothers to determine whether their unborn
babies will have genetic disorders. A genetic conference is then
scheduled to prepare the specialists involved in such a birth.
|Dr. Rashmi Kaul, Attending, OB/GYN, examining patient.
||Dr. Helen Zalinyan, Attending, OB/GYN, with patient.
|ADVANCED OBSTETRIC ULTRASOUND
Dr. Aleksandr Fuks is responsible for the Advanced Obstetric
Ultrasound Unit and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division.
Detailed fetal anatomy is visualized and congenital fetal
malformations are diagnosed, which allows for the appropriate
management of these cases.
|Saeed Oraee, M.D.
Oraee, M.D., Vice Chairman, Anesthesiology, and
Director, Obstetrics Anesthesia, continues to
improve the quality of care at Bronx-Lebanon by
helping women give birth more comfortably and
by managing his patients’ pain.
Dr. Oraee is proud of his important role in transforming the anesthesia and pain management departments at the hospital.
“Doctors noticed how peaceful the floor was when I was an obstetrics anesthesia attending physician in 1997 and realized that we could provide a better pain management program for them and their patients,” stated
In 1999, Dr. Oraee and Dr. Magdy Mikhail,
Chairman, Obstetrics Gynecology, formed
a close alliance and developed the Obstetrics
More than 2,300 women a year receive
epidural procedures prior to giving birth at Bronx-Lebanon.
|Saeed Oraee, M.D., Vice Chairman, Anesthesiology, and Director, Obstetrics Anesthesia
is no reason for people to be in pain; everything
is better for our patients once they are
comfortable, and that is our primary goal.”
-Dr. Saeed Oraee
Management is an important specialty for Dr. Oraee.
Prior to joining Bronx-Lebanon, he directed a private
pain management practice in the Bronx. He also
worked at Bronx-Lebanon and eventually joined the
hospital’s Anesthesia Department as a full-time physician.
Dr. Oraee has worked to expand many services
including an inpatient and outpatient pain management
program, anesthesia for endoscopic procedures,
pediatric anesthesia, and regional orthopaedic
Dr. Oraee, who speaks three languages fluently, was born in Iran and later traveled to Scotland where he attended grammar school while living with a host family. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Tarzana State University in California and continued on to attend medical school in the Dominican Republic.
From there, he served as an intern in General Surgery at Harlem Hospital and began his anesthesia training as a resident at Montefiore Medical Center where he was awarded the distinct honor of “Best Chief Resident of the Year.” He then continued to complete a Pain Management fellowship.
Dr. Oraee is widely acknowledged in the field of Pain Management and is featured in numerous national publications that highlight his outstanding work. He also lectures on Obstetrics Anesthesia and Pain Management throughout the tri-state area.
Looking ahead, Dr. Oraee hopes to expand the Obstetrics Anesthesiology Department by adding more outreach and educational programs for physicians, expectant mothers and other patients.
“When women can give birth without pain it takes the fear out of the entire process,” stated Dr. Oraee. He also hopes to build a to build a comprehensive pain management program to include primary care and orthopaedic physicians, mental health professionals, social workers and physical therapists. “I am especially pleased that our department has become an important resource for the medical staff for physicians, patients and the community,” stated Dr. Oraee.
When he is away from the hospital, Dr. Oraee enjoys spending time with his wife of 24 years, Dr. Parisa Oraee, who has her own pediatric practice in the Bronx. The two are medical school sweethearts who enjoy traveling.
The Oraees live in Scarsdale, New York. They have a 21-year-old son, Ardy, now attending the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he is majoring in health- care management, and a 14-year-old daughter, Sara, attending high school.