Primary Care / Preventive Medicine
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center Medical and Dental at Poe
2432 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817-7953 (main)
Dr. Yvonne Cruz, Medical Director, BronxCare Medical and Dental at POE, provides primary care to close to 25 patients a day. Along with her expert staff, she works closely with the divisions within BronxCare’s Department of Medicine and with the hospital's many centers of excellence. "I help my patients comprehend their illnesses and teach them how to maintain their health," stated Dr. Cruz. "They are my extended family."
An ongoing passion of Dr. Cruz is teaching medicine. She currently oversees medical residents at the POE Medical and Dental Practice.
"I tell my students that medicine is more than science, it's about compassion, caring and understanding their patients' physical and emotional needs," stated Dr. Cruz.
In terms of her background, Dr. Cruz knew she wanted to practice medicine while growing up in the Bronx. After working as a physician assistant at Long Island University, Dr. Cruz attended medical school in Tampico, Mexico and completed her training at New York Medical College. She became a medical resident at Bronx-Lebanon and joined the hospital as a full-time attending physician in 1996.
Dr. Cruz takes pride in the hospital's emergence as "Doctor to the Community."
"People know they can trust our doctors. I am honored to serve the Bronx," stated Dr. Cruz.