Medscape at 25: Recognizing Medicine's Rising Stars

Becky Lang


December 07, 2020

Jonah Feldman, MD, is the chief transformation officer for NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island and medical director for clinical transformation for NYU Langone Health, where he has led many initiatives to improve patient care.

As Jonah Feldman, MD, started his internal medicine residency at NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island, he witnessed what happens when an entire hospital adopts a new information technology system. Within his first year, the facility switched from writing orders manually to submitting them electronically.

"It was a seminal moment, just seeing the power of it, and seeing where things needed to be thought out correctly," says Feldman, who completed his residency in 2011. "I saw that [when] it was not used the right way, there could be concerns."

Since then, Feldman has focused on bringing cutting-edge technology into the hospital through his role as chief transformation officer for NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island and medical director of clinical transformation for NYU Langone Health. In the midst of the pandemic, the necessity of that work has come into sharp relief.

"In medicine, we always deal with a lot of uncertainty, but we can get blind to it," Feldman says. "[COVID-19] really shined a light on what was always true in medicine: the uncertainty. And the role of technology in dealing with it came out."

To help clinicians assess a COVID-19 patient's risk for adverse events, a collaborative team developed a predictive model from patient data that the hospital collected, Feldman says. From start to finish, he adds, it took just 3 months to develop the model.

As he looks ahead, Feldman, who works with a group of physician informaticists on Long Island, is excited about developing more technology for clinicians and helping them use it effectively. One tool in development allows clinicians to analyze how well they're doing compared with their peers in, for example, controlling patients' blood pressure.

"Most doctors are excited about their patients," says Feldman. "Now we have to get them to connect the dots and understand how mastery of these tools really leads to better patient care."

As part of Medscape's celebration of our 25th anniversary this year, we're recognizing 25 young physicians who are rising stars in medicine, poised to become future leaders of their fields. View the full list here.


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