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Department of Emergency Medicine Divisions Division of Observation & Short Stay Medicine

Division of Observation & Short Stay Medicine

The Division of Observation and Short Stay Medicine in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine delivers value-based, protocol-driven care in dedicated, fast-paced units at NYU Langone Health hospitals.

NYU Langone has one of the most advanced observation and short stay medicine programs in the United States, with 38 beds at Tisch Hospital and 28 beds at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island.

Our patients are treated by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and case managers who work together with other specialists, such as cardiologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, dermatologists, infectious disease doctors, and physical therapists, to rapidly treat patients and make sure they get home as safely as possible.

We have extensive experience in treating patients with acute medical problems such as cellulitis, transient ischemic attacks, heart attacks, kidney stones, abdominal pain, dehydration, and pneumonia.

We pride ourselves on providing holistic, compassionate care while moving efficiently to diagnose and treat our patients’ conditions. Our division focuses on care quality and strives to develop initiatives to improve patient safety and efficiency. Our physicians, physician assistants, and nurses regularly attend and present at national and international conferences on value-based care as well as on quality and safety.

Our social workers and care managers partner with patients and families to ensure that they have support in the community after discharge, whether through placement in a rehabilitation facility or arrangement for visiting nurse services or home health aides. We are dedicated to ensuring quick outpatient referrals to specialists and have a follow-up center to keep patients up to date regarding the results of blood work and imaging.

Protocolized Care and Evidence-Based Tools

Our patient care is guided by over 30 evidence-based clinical protocols, but our approach is always adaptable and personalized for each individual patient. These clinical protocols ensure organized workflows for therapies, exams, procedures, and specialist evaluations that allow us to treat our patients appropriately in an extremely efficient manner.

Treatment provided by our clinicians is based on the latest available evidence in the medical literature. We are constantly improving the care we provide, and we always ensure our treatments and care plans incorporate the latest developments in medicine. Our central role in a large academic medical center ensures that our patients have access to cutting-edge procedures and therapies.

Observation and Short Stay Medicine Training

The division’s dynamic environment is an excellent training ground for medical education. Through educational programs such as our Observation and Short Stay Medicine Elective, residents in emergency medicine and internal medicine can rotate through our units and learn to manage complex medical problems.

Observation and Short Stay Medicine Faculty

Christopher G. Caspers, MD
System Chief, Observation Medicine, NYU Langone Health
Vice Chair, Academic Affairs and Education and Clinical Associate Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Melanie C. Raffoul, MD
Medical Director, Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services Observation Unit
Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Anup Chitnis, MD
Medical Director, Emergency Department Observation Unit, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
Associate Chief of Service, Emergency Department, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Yitzchak Weinberger, MD
Assistant Medical Director, Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services Observation Unit
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Matthew B. Brown, MD
Clinical Instructor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Medicine

Catherine A. Capo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Lawrence N. DeWeil, DO
Clinical Instructor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Martine Lutter-Hoppenheim, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Rajani G. Lowe, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Steven D. Lowe, MD
Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Juan C. Mendez, MD
Clinical Instructor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Barie Miller, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Irene Min, MD
Clinical Instructor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Bruce D. Oran, DO
Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Tracy Svetcov, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Sharon A. Uralil, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine