The Sky's the Limit
|Dr. Emanuel Gelin, East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Thirty years ago in his native Haiti, young Emanuel Gelin thought his ambitions would lead him to a career as a pilot or an astronaut. Today, the 47 year old internist is still aiming high, although he now has both feet planted firmly on the ground at East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center.
After more than 12 years at East New York D&TC, Dr. Gelin still starts his day early, seeing an average of 15 to 25 patients a day. His patients, ages 18 to 65, come to Dr. Gelin for numerous health reasons including diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal complaints, heart and renal disease. He has a keen awareness of the responsibility he carries to diagnose his patients’ ailments and prescribe effective treatments.
“Saving someone’s life is a privilege exclusive to God but I feel I make a difference tending to my patients, responding to their health concerns and improving the quality of their lives,” says Dr. Gelin. “My career is quite demanding and can be physically and mentally draining. But the respect and admiration of my patients is priceless to me.”
Dr. Gelin has been a leading participant in HHC’s Diabetes Management Collaborative, in which physicians throughout New York’s public hospitals share their best practices and find opportunities to improve outcomes for diabetic patients by adjusting their treatment.
“Dr. Gelin’s diligence and willingness to respond quickly to implement change has made him a master of the principles of chronic disease collaboration,” said Dr. Herold Simon, Medical Director at East New York D&TC. “He has spearheaded and facilitated the spread of the Diabetes Collaborative.”
Dr. Gelin passes on his expertise by teaching and supervising nurse practitioners who come to East New York to get their first hands-on experience. His excellence was recently recognized when he was named the facility’s Outstanding Employee of 2006. Dr. Gelin doesn’t sit still at the end of the day when he returns to his wife and two children at home on Long Island. He enjoys working out and practicing Kung Fu with his son.
Dr. Gelin may have traded in his wings for a stethoscope, but when it comes to giving his all for his patients, the sky’s the limit.