2002-10-19 / Community

Major Advance In Monitoring Osteoporosis

Major Advance In Monitoring Osteoporosis

State of the art medical care has come to the Rockaway peninsula. No longer do residents of Far Rockaway have to go to New York City to get the latest and most advanced medical care.

Dr. Porges, of Daniel Cohen, M.D. & Andrew Porges, M.D. Rheumatology, started in clinical research at Cornell Medical College and The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City twelve years ago. In the last 3 years, a number of new treatments previously available only at large University medical centers have been brought to our community.

Dr. Porges states that current treatments include patients with osteoarthritis, chronic shoulder pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and osteoporosis. Dr. Cohen, who opened his first office in Far Rockaway in 1984, is also Chief of Rheumatology at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, and has been the leading Rheumatologist in the Rockaways for the past 18 years.

The clinical studies underway are mostly late phase 3 projects – large international trials directed by major pharmaceuticals and under the most rigorous FDA supervision. Many of the medicines used are recently available in Europe or other countries but not yet available in this country. In other cases, medicines costing hundreds of dollars, and already in local drug stores, are being tested for expanded uses. Patients who qualify get medical care, transportation and medicines paid for by the pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Stuart Kaplan, Director of Rheumatology, also sees patients in Far Rockaway at both 1731 Seagirt and 711 Seagirt. He states they have recently installed an advanced Bone Densitometer in the Rockaways. This machine has the capability of measuring the height of each vertebral body in addition to getting a bone density in only a few minutes. The images obtained by this machine are of outstanding quality, and represent a major advance in osteoporosis monitoring.

Dr. Kaplan also sees patients for general Rheumatology, including all non-surgical musculoskeletal diseases. Both Drs. Kaplan and Dr. Gilbert Chou also serve the Rockaway community by teaching at St. John’s, Peninsula Hospital Center and Long Beach Hospitals, and by supervising the Rheumatology clinics and patient care at those hospitals.

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