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CART Our Physicians

Bruce F. Farber, MD, FACP
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Farber is a graduate of Northwestern University's honors program in medical education. After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Northwestern University, he spent three years in Internal Medicine training at the University of Virginia Hospital with an additional year as a Fellow in Infectious Diseases and Infection Control at the University of Virginia.

Additionally, Dr. Farber served a year in a clinical fellowship training program in Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, supplemented by further research at the New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He then joined the medical faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as an infectious disease expert before joining the staff at North Shore University Hospital in 1985 as a senior member of the Division of Infectious Diseases and as the hospital epidemiologist. In these roles he has excelled and provided excellent leadership as a teacher, clinical investigator and dedicated physician.

Dr. Farber has co-authored 45 peer-reviewed scientific papers, edited two books, and authored multiple review articles and abstracts.His academic interests include hospital infection control and antibiotic resistance.In addition to a very busy clinical schedule, Dr. Farber is the chief of infection control for numerous North Shore-LIJ institutions. He has and continues to serve on multiple Health System committees sharing his expertise in programs of infection control, emergency preparedness, and quality improvement.

Marcia E. Epstein, MD, FACP
Director, Fellowship Education and Staff Development

Dr. Epstein is a Board Certified Infectious Disease Specialist.Dr. Epstein graduated Harvard Medical School in 1983. She did her medical residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center. She also served as Chief Resident in Medicine. Dr. Epstein continued her training in a fellowship in Infectious Disease at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Epstein joined the staff at North Shore University Hospital in 1991.

Dr. Epstein's special interests include Infections in Immune-compromised patients, infections in the ICU setting, and antibiotic resistance. Dr. Epstein is the Director of Staff Education and Development for the Division of Infectious Disease, and is the Program Director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship. Dr. Epstein is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America anda Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Bruce E. Hirsch, MD, FACP
Associate Chairman for Clinical Services, Department of Medicine

Dr. Hirsch is an Infectious Disease Specialist at North Shore University Hospital where he is also Associate Chairman for Clinical Services in the Department of Medicine and Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Hirsch also serves as Chairman of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System Formulary Committee. He is an Assistant Professor of NYU School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of both the American Society of Microbiology, and the Long Island Infectious Disease Society.

Dr. Hirsch received his M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College where he also completed a fellowship in Geriatrics and Gerontology. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine and a Sub-specialty Board Certification in Infectious Disease. He and his wife, Susan Hirsch, M.D., have three sons.

Joseph McGowan, MD, FACP
Medical Director, NYS Designated AIDS Center

Dr. McGowan has recently joined us as the Medical Director of the Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART) at North Shore. The center is the largest AIDS Designated Center of Excellence on Long Island. Dr. McGowan is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has been directly involved in the care of people living with HIV for the last 15 years. Prior to coming to North Shore, he was the Director of Outpatient HIV Services at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center where he coordinated the care of almost 3,000 people living with HIV.

Dr. McGowan received a B.A. from Columbia University and his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his Infectious Diseases Fellowship and an NIH Fellowship in Immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. McGowan has been actively involved in clinical research on HIV/AIDS, including studies on the management of HIV in pregnancy, treatment adherence, HIV infection in the elderly and HIV/hepatitis C co-infection.

Angela Kim, MD
Assistant Director, Fellowship Education and Staff Development

Dr. Kim graduated from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and completed her Internal Medicine residency here at North Shore University Hospital.She went on to train in her specialty in Infectious Diseases at New York University Medical Center and returned to North Shore University Hospital where she has been practicing clinical Infectious Diseases. Her specific interests include immune-suppressed hosts in particular bone marrow and kidney transplant patients.



David Hirschwerk, MD
Attending Physician

Dr. Hirschwerk hails from the great borough of Staten Island in New York City. He currently is an attending physician in the division of infectious diseases at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. He graduated with honors from Brown University in 1993 and was the recipient of the Harold Elster award for 'Highest Academic Standing' upon graduation from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1998. During medical school Dr. Hirschwerk published his research on HIV infection of monocytes.

Dr. Hirschwerk performed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He spent a year of duty as chief resident and then underwent fellowship training in infectious diseases at Mount Sinai. His research interest at Mount Sinai centered on infections in patients undergoing liver transplantation. He also published on opportunistic infections in patients with AIDS. Dr. Hirschwerk was a nominee for fellow of the year at Mount Sinai in 2004.

Dr. Hirschwerk's clinical interests at North Shore include caring for HIV infected individuals as well as the management of infections in people with impaired immune systems.

Yelena Markovskaya, MD
Attending Physician