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Raluca Vrabie, MD

  • Specialty: Gastroenterology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 516-663-2066
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About Me

I became a doctor initially, because I didn’t want to be an engineer. During college, I was pursuing a degree in engineering, when I had the opportunity to apply for a program that encouraged students from nontraditional backgrounds to study medicine. I applied and was accepted—it wasn’t long before I realized that taking care of patients was my true passion.

I chose the specialty of gastroenterology because it’s broad and allows me to treat people of all ages and various backgrounds. I specifically chose inflammatory bowel disease because it’s a rapidly changing area, which requires me to stay up to date with medical literature. I immensely admire my patients’ resilience and their ability to find meaning and joy in their lives, despite their chronic illness. They are a constant source of inspiration to me.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune condition that attacks the digestive system. The most common types are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I also treat people who have routine gastroenterology conditions, such as acid reflux and changes in bowel habits, and provide colon cancer screenings.

My team and I are part of a national quality initiative called IBD Qorus, which aims to provide more personalized care to people with IBD. This involves providing better communication with the medical team, closer tracking of symptoms, and better treatment algorithms for fatigue, nutrition, and quality of life. We collaborate in the design of each patient’s treatment plan. We explain patients’ treatment options and ask them to be active participants in their care. In all aspects of their care, we want to give our patients as much autonomy as possible.

At NYU Winthrop Hospital, we aim to be an IBD home, a place where a patient with inflammatory bowel disease can receive comprehensive, personalized, and innovative care in a warm and caring environment. Our experts provide emotional support, genetic counseling, surgery, infusions, and prompt access to dermatology, ophthalmology, rheumatology services. We’ve created a place where patients can learn, get advice, and be heard.

In addition to my clinical work, I am the co-chair of the medical advisory committee for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Long Island chapter, and participate in several patient education events for the foundation. I am the program director of the gastroenterology fellowship at NYU Winthrop and I oversee my fellows’ submissions to national conferences and publications.

I received a grant from the American College of Gastroenterology to build an IBD order set—a template for making clinical decisions—for patients who are admitted to the hospital. From 2015 to 2018, I served on the national scientific advisory committee of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and received an award for my service. Also, I was named the 2016-2017 Outstanding Faculty Educator by my medical students. I am most proud of this award because I see my role as educator as paramount.


Credentials

Positions
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Program Dir, Gastro Fellowship-WUH
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology), 2011
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Hospital of the Univ of PA, Gasteoenterology, 2010
  • Residency, Mount Sinai-NYU Hospitals, Internal Medicine, 2006
  • MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2003
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