Gabriel Ionescu

Gabriel Ionescu, MD

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Medicine, Gastroenterology

Specialties:

Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

I was born in 1969, in Constanta, Romania and reared in a family for which hard work and perseverance are important values. From very early on, I received a humanistic education, with concentration on languages, English and French, in addition to piano and violin. My passion for the secrets of the human body started in primary school, while being fascinated by the process of dismantling the mannequin that the 7th graders were using for their anatomy class.

Four years of Natural Sciences College and six years of medical school training represented a continuous growth towards what became a lifelong commitment to healing people. The 9-month military service and promotion to platoon leader gave me the necessary sense of discipline and maturity, basic to the medical profession.

In 1995, following my ranking in top 8% at the National Residency Exam, I opted for an ENT position at the top ENT University Hospital in Eastern Europe. This represented a period of acquisition of procedural skills, in surgical and endoscopic interventions.

Throughout this time I continued to lean towards Medicine, since it always offered the greatest opportunity for a comprehensive understanding of the human body and of the mechanisms of disease. Joining an excellent academic training Program, fulfilled my desire for intellectual challenge, teaching me important lessons about working in a team and about clinical decision-making process, but also about the need to foster good personal relationship with my peers, in order to better help our patients.

As an intern I was impressed by Doctor Kotler and his excellent GI consulting team. My interest in this field turned into full commitment in December 1999, when the opportunity of joining his research lab was offered. Since then, it has been a privilege to work alongside and within the gastroenterology division, guided by mentors like doctor Kotler and Dr Jeanine Albu. Exposure to the HIV clinic and to the medical camps in Kenya taught me the importance of humility and guided my career path towards providing best care possible to the full socio-economic spectrum, with emphasis on the underprivileged. Joining the prestigious Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will hopefully open avenues for academic progress.

Certifications

Gastroenterology

American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

MD, Instit De Medicina Si Farmacie

Residency, Internal Medicine, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Ctr.

Fellowship, Hepatology, Mount Sinai Hospital

Fellowship, Gastroenterology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Ctr.

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