Northwell names new chair of cardiology for three hospitals

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Dr. Jeffrey Kuvin will take office in 2020 as chair of cardiology for three hospitals in the Northwell Health system. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)

The new chair of cardiology for North Shore Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hostra/Northwell is seeking to use Northwell Health’s size and influence to further research in the field and provide for the system’s patients.

Dr. Jeffrey Kuvin, who was announced to the position on Tuesday, comes to Long Island after over 20 years of experience in cardiology, with 17 of them spent in leadership positions at Tufts-New England Medical Center and School of Medicine in Boston.

For the last three years, Kuvin has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center in Lebanon, N.H., as section chief of cardiovascular medicine.

“I’m excited to lead at the system, to improve cardiovascular care and the system’s academic mission,” Kuvin said. 

The doctor says he is looking to use the scope of the Northwell system to improve care for its patients.

“I think there’s an opportunity to really utilize a large system, to have identified centers of excellence, and to allow patients to receive a full spectrum of care within one system,” Kuvin said.

In addition to his medical duties, Kuvin will be teaching at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Kuvin taught medicine at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine, and is an 11-time winner of Tufts School of Medicine’s Excellence in Teaching Award, with his past research including studying how blood vessels function and how to improve improving blood vessel function to improve cardiovascular health. 

 Dr. Lawrence G. Smith, executive vice president and physician-in-chief at Northwell Health and dean of the Zucker School, says that Kuvin’s past experience makes him ideal for the job.

“As a highly regarded leader in clinical and investigative cardiology, as well as mentorship and education, Dr. Kuvin will be a tremendous asset to students and the faculty at the medical school,” Smith said.

Kuvin will begin in the role on Feb. 3, 2020, and says that he and his wife intend to move to Manhattan to be closer to his work. 

“We’re thrilled to relocate and are excited about this next chapter,” Kuvin says.

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