It is no secret that when it comes to taking care of their health, men are notoriously and dangerously neglectful. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men on average die 5.4 years younger than women.
NYU Langone Medical Center has taken an aggressive step to address these disturbing trends through the opening of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health, a convenient, single-site facility where men can access primary care as well as a cadre of other medical specialties at one central location in the heart of Manhattan.
“Traditionally, men tend to neglect their everyday health some time after they stop seeing their prediatrician regularly, ” said Steven Lamm, MD, medical director of NYU Langone’s new men’s health center. “They bypass routine check-ups that can seriously impact their long-term health.” In fact, when it comes to prevention and early detection, men are 24 percent less likely than women to visit a health professional and 22 percent more likely to neglect important health measurements like cholesterol levels, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
“That is why we focus on both routine acute care and long-term prevention of diseases that affect men disproportionately,” Dr. Lamm added. “Catering to the types of problems and issues that should be most important to men helps them preserve their wellness so they can remain at optimal health at any age.”
So, how do you accomplish this? One major step is to make health care more sophisticated and intimate and, therefore, more attractive, to men. Located at 555 Madison Avenue between 55th and 56th street, the Tisch Center for Men’s Health offers a masculine, spa-like setting with amenities such as wireless internet service so patients can keep in touch while away from work or home. And it stresses comfort throughout its environment, including its examination rooms and areas for non-invasive testing putting the patient at ease to discuss all their health issues.
But, most importantly, it emphasizes convenience – a “one stop” access point for multiple health services, including:
- Internal medicine
- Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine
- Physical therapy
- Plastic surgery
- Sleep medicine
- Mental health
Dr. Lamm also emphasizes that the Tisch Center for Men’s Health benefits from the full resources of NYU Langone Medical Center. “We refer our more complex cases to departments and services that only a tertiary care institution like NYU Langone can support,” he explains. “Our goal is not just to provide the most advanced treatment for diseases that target men, but to prevent these conditions.”
The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health center serves as the counterpart to NYU Langone’s Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health, which opened in September 2011 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and provides a full spectrum of clinical services to some 200 patients daily.