New Chief of Gastroenterology at New York Methodist Hospital
Smruti R. Mohanty, MD, a hepatologist (specialist in treatment of liver disease), recently joined New York Methodist Hospital as chief of gastroenterology. Dr. Mohanty is board certified in both gastroenterology and in transplant hepatology. Originally from Orissa, India, Dr. Mohanty was most recently at the University of Chicago Transplant Center for ten years before coming to New York Methodist. Dr. Mohanty is excited about expanding NYM's Division of Gastroenterology to offer more treatment of liver disease as well as focused research in hepatology. "My work is devoted to liver disease," said Dr. Mohanty. "There is a critical need in the United States for liver specialists, and in Brooklyn, for liver centers." Dr. Mohanty plans to develop a comprehensive liver disease center at NYM. "I want to make New York Methodist Hospital a resource for liver patients in Brooklyn who are receiving treatment for liver diseases such as viral hepatitis, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver due to disease), and liver cancer. Dr. Mohanty also plans to provide pre-transplant preparation and post-transplant ambulatory care, enabling patients to be closer to home after undergoing transplant surgery. As an academic institution, NYM is in a position to host research and clinical trials for the treatment of these diseases.
While Dr. Mohanty specializes in hepatology, he is also interested in building and enhancing other specialties in the Division of Gastroenterology. Gastroenterologists treat a variety of digestive diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colon and stomach cancer, gallbladder disease, heartburn and ulcers. He is eager to use and promote techniques such as advanced endoscopy and interventional gastroenterology in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses that occur within the human digestive tract.
"We're lucky to have Dr. Mohanty as part of our staff at New York Methodist Hospital," said Harvey Dosik, chairman of internal medicine at NYM, " and we look forward to working with him to implement his vision for gastroenterology and hepatology at our Hospital."
Dr. Mohanty lives in Fort Greene with his wife, an assistant professor of psychology at SUNY/Stony Brook, and their two-year-old son.