BronxCare Health System

Dr. Michael Lombino, Chairman, Radiology, interpreting multiple images with Dr. Sara Karimi, Attending.



Providing State-of-the-Art Service

Dr. Harvey Stern, Attending, Radiology, interpreting multiple X-rays.
Dr. Harvey Stern, Attending, Radiology, interpreting multiple X-rays.

As leaders in the field of technology, the Department of Radiology provides 24/7 coverage by attending radiologists. Highly trained subspecialty radiologists are available at all times. In the ER, improved reporting enables quicker decision making in the radiologic process. Similar improvements have also occurred in the Internal Medicine, Orthopaedics, and other areas, where rapid evaluation of complex problems often require the input of specialized radiologists who are now readily available.

New York Radiology Alliance is providing Radiology services for the hospital. It is now a subsidiary of Imaging Avantage, a national radiology provider, which assumed financial and administrative support for the group in 2015. In January 2016, Dr. Michael Lombino was promoted to Chairman, Radiology.

Radiology services have continued to expand with the initiation of Breast MRI examinations. In addition, MRI capacity was increased through the use of an additional high field strength mobile MRI Unit. It has further decreased the wait time for advanced imaging examinations at the inpatient and outpatient levels.

In the BronxCare Health and Wellness Center, additional capacity in radiology was provided with specialized equipment, including a dedicated small body parts MRI and digital radiology room. Digital mammography units were also added to create a true Women's Imaging Center (with advanced digital mammography and sonography located in one central area). Shifting of most ambulatory procedures to the new facility offers a more pleasant atmosphere for patients, while improving efficiency.

"Our continued growth in ambulatory services is a reflection of the department's commitment to deliver high quality radiology care," stated Dr. Lombino.

Dr. Charbel Ishak, Interventional Radiologist (center), performing invasive procedure.
Dr. Charbel Ishak, Interventional Radiologist (center), performing invasive procedure.

Dr. Charbel Ishak, Interventional Radiologist, has brought additional capabilities to the Radiology Department. He is a multi-fellowship trained interventional specialist with experience in image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and conditions. These minimally invasive techniques significantly decrease the risk for patients, improve health outcomes, and reduce infection rates, recovery time, and hospital length of stay.

BronxCare Health System's Interventional Radiology team now provides close to 1,400 Interventional Radiology procedures annually. These procedures include biopsies and interventions related to chest, gastro-intestinal, oncology, and vascular diseases, as well as women’s health, dialysis access, and pain management, among numerous other areas. “The range of conditions that can be treated through Interventional Radiology is continually expanding and represents an excellent and cost effective treatment approach for non-surgical candidates,” stated Dr. Ishak.

In 2012, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) elevated Interventional Radiology from a subspecialty of radiology to a primary medical specialty. “Interventional Radiology has become an essential service for any hospital, one which is positively impacting the practice of medicine,” stated Dr. Ishak. As a result, he is especially proud of BronxCare Health System’s new state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology suite, now under construction. It will enhance the hospital’s ability in responding to the increased demand for this service.

“I am continually striving to make sure that our patients are highly satisfied, before, during, and after their procedures, and with our new Interventional Radiology Suite, we will be accomplishing this goal,” stated Dr. Ishak.

"Our expanding level of services and state-of-the-art equipment are contributing to reduced inpatient length of stay and enhanced outpatient diagnostic care."

Dr. Michael Lombino, Chairman, Radiology