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National Doctors' Day (March 30)

Celebrating Albany Med Doctors

In the spirit of National Doctors’ Day, patients are celebrating the outstanding care they received from Albany Med doctors.

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Life-Changing Experiences


Hear How Albany Med Doctors Have Changed Patients' Lives

Each day, Albany Medical Center physicians provide exceptional and compassionate care to patients from all over New York State, and beyond. With a physician practice of more than 400 doctors, the largest in the Capital Region, Albany Med provides the highest-level of patient care across many disciplines – making a difference in many people’s lives. Albany Med is proud to share the stories of patients’ life-changing experiences, in their own words, as a result of the exceptional care they received from Albany Med physicians.


Grateful Patients

Click to hear what some of our patients are saying about our physicians and watch an exciting reunion between a young woman and the Albany Med surgeon who saved her as an infant.


From Albany Med's Facebook Page:

"Dr. Scott Dexter saved not only my life, but my premature daughter's life. We both were in high danger and after having a bad experience with a previous OB/GYN telling me I and my baby were fine I made the choice to see him. Come to find out, I was very sick and baby was having problems. Within minutes of seeing him, Dr. Dexter made the right choice to save both of our lives. I gave birth to my baby girl on my birthday none the less!! August 2nd 2013. I will never forget him, his team and everything Albany Med did for my baby and my family- and lastly my own life."
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"Dr. Nepo is our hero! March 24th will mark one year since childhood cancer entered our family's world and Dr. Nepo has been relentless in ensuring that my granddaughter will beat her stage 4 Hepatoblastoma. If she has anything to say about it! Dr. Ganey and his team of doctors performed a liver resection to remove 60% of her liver, gall bladder, and also performed a biliary reconstruction three days later because of a small bile leak in June 2013. Today she is nearly 200 days cancer free and we are celebrating as a family at the Disney Parks. Her scars are barely visible, her level of energy exceeds everyone else's, and most of all she is so happy. Thank you to all of you!"
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"Dr. Devijian preformed two open heart surgeries on my newborn son in 2008, saving his life. He is now a thriving 5 year old!"
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"Dr Whyte performed emergency surgery on our 6 day old little boy. It's been almost 2 years since she saved his life. We think of her everyday when we see his scar and thank god for her."
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"The Albany Med doctors in the PICU saved the life of my son almost a year ago. My son was brought in have breathing respirations of 140 per minute, he ended up having fluid around his lungs and heart. The entire team at Albany Med, we will never be able to thank you enough for saving our son."
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"Dr. Carl performed surgery to correct my scoliosis and now 17 years later I'm still doing great! Thanks Dr. Carl!"
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"Dr Charles T Bakhos (thoracic surgery). Dr. Mark B Napier (pulmonary critical care), and Dr Makenzi Evangelist (oncology hematology) are the best. Thank you for saving my life in this battle with cancer and to all the nurses who took care of me. You're amazing, thank you."
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"Dr. D. DiRisio did spinal surgery on me in 2005. He continues to be supportive and compassionate to me, he is an amazing man!!"
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"In my eyes, Dr. Kanwar walks on water. He said he would have our daughter in remission in a month and he did. He has been amazing for my wife and I as we deal with her 2.5 year chemo program to ensure this never comes back. He knows what to say,how to say it, and when to say it. Cancer dealt us a bad hand, but he, along with his whole staff, has healed our daughter, as well as us, over the last year. I would love to talk with anyone who would like to recognize this man for what he does. He is nothing short of amazing!"
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"Double H Ranch loves Dr. Vic Kanwar. Thank You gentle teacher."
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"Dr. Kanwar took over as my doctor. I chose him for his kindness, compassion and intelligence. He and all the doctors in the melodies center saved my life! I had an extremely rare form of ovarian cancer we weren't sure I'd make it through and was told I'd defiantly never have children. 10 years later I'm still here and have a 7 month old son! Thank you AMC!!!"
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"Dr. Adamo, Dr. Nichter, Dr. Walsh, Dr. Porter, Dr. Edge have all been there for my AJ... Thank you!"
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"I have MANY loving and compassionate stories about how WONDERFUL Dr. Kanwar was our family.....where do I begin?"
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"Dr. Vic Kanwar!!!! A wise and funny man with a heart of gold and a soul to match. Love having you in the BodyShop @ Double H Ranch."
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"I don't know where to start. In 2000 Dr. Britton preformed open heart surgery on me and saved my life so that 6 years later I had my son. AMC has been such an important part of our lives. My son has been a regular patient at the pediatric pulmonary department and now the pediatric gastrointestinal department. Dr Cary Qualia has been absolutely fantastic !! As we were going through a very tough time in the beginning of my son's Chron's disease diagnosis, Dr Qualia was kind, he was reassuring and I feel that he takes care of my son as if he were his own. I can't thank these AMC angels enough and to me they are my angels, without them I don't know where we would be."
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Dr. Pearce is awesome!”
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“So many doctors teamed together in my son's care 2 years ago. Dr. Whyte and her surgery team, Dr. Santos and Dr. Lepow in pediatric infectious disease…and all the doctors in the PICU. Happy to report he is turning 4 tomorrow and in perfect health!”
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Dr. Whyte saved our little boy’s life. We are eternally grateful to her and the entire staff at AMC.”
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“All of the Residents on the orthopedic team are an inspiration!”
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Dr. Adamo is the best, always looking out for our little girl and takes time to explain everything that is going on, and answers our thousands of questions.”
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Doctor Dexter!!! That's one amazing, funny man my family is thankful for!”
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“Thank you Dr. John Dalfino (neurosurgeon). You are the best doctor I have ever had. I appreciate everything you have done for me. You go out of your way for your patients and we do appreciate it. I can’t thank you enough. Happy Doctors’ Day!”
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“Thank you all very much for what you have done for me…”

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“We want to thank Dr. Adamo and his staff for all that they did for our son and all the other doctors and nurses in the pediatric ICU at Albany Med. We also would like to thank Dr. Kanwar and Dr. Porter in the Melodies Center.”



From Various Correspondences:

"Dr. Britton - Thank you for saving my life!!! For your reassurance that everything would be ok - and is. For your kindness in helping me through a very difficult two weeks. You are a remarkable doctor!!!"
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"Dr. Miller - We met you on the worst day of our lives. You performed surgery on our son for 12 hours with a bad leg. You then refused to leave the hospital for 3 days to be near him. You coordinated his care for months. Because of you our son will graduate from college in a few weeks. I will never be able to adequately express our gratitude and respect for you."
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"My daughter was born with a life threatening heart defect known as transposition of the great arteries. On Jan. 31st, 1995, Dr. Britton performed a total reversal on my daughter saving her life, and giving her a chance at life! Thanks to the dedication of Dr. Britton and the entire AMC team I now have a beautiful, 19 year old college freshman who is loving life. And thanks to you, Dr. Britton, for inspiring me to now be an Albany Med employee (15 years!)."
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"Dr. Ashit Patel is a Champion! He has seen me through a very lengthy set of surgeries and healing...A clear and effective communicator, he treats patients with respect and intelligence, making us feel like partners instead of subjects. His sense of humor and amazing listening skills make him approachable with questions, ideas, explanations and discussions. A true healer, counselor, teacher, inspirer and sage, Dr. Patel connects at the highest level and creates the space for healing and growth with ease and grace. He works with the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Most important of all, his professionalism, competence and expertise make him the best of the best, to me."
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“I have several AMC doctor’s to whom I owe gratitude: Dr. Scott Beegle – You have seen me through many illnesses and many ICU stays. When I tried to give up on myself, you were there to pull me back. One conversation with you saved my life. For that, I am grateful…Dr. Seth Richter – After many years of GI bleeding, you finally found it and corrected the problem. This month marks one year that I have not been in the hospital, and one year I have not had to receive yet another blood transfusion. Thank you for hanging in there with me…Dr. T. Paul Singh – This year marks 10 years since I had bypass surgery. Thank you for performing that surgery and helping to change my self-image…Dr. Sharon Alger-Mayer – Fourteen years and counting. I am blessed to have pulled your straw as my nutritionist. You have coached and inspired me through the years and I am honored to know you.”
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"Dr. Adetayo - You are a sincere blessing. Thank you for the reassurance that you would not put a scalpel to a child’s skull unless you were comfortable. Thank you for being meticulous as to reduce my son’s chances of infection and regression. Thank you for being extremely careful and caring. Thank you for taking the time at 4:30 am to come find Dad and Mom to alleviate our discomfort after operating on our son and for coming to see him on your day off.

Thank you for being an exceptional surgeon who stands by her words and her work. I love you for being selfless in caring for our son."
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Dr. Edward Lee - I can’t begin to thank you for the expert care you’ve given me over the past four years .... You have an amazing gift, and though the circumstances that brought me to you were less than ideal, I wouldn’t change anything. You’ve given me my life back, and that is truly priceless. Thank you!”
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“We are deeply grateful for your equal measure of surgical skill and heart, Dr. Roth. You've had your share of tsuris so you know firsthand that when on this side of it, receiving generous and gracious comfort from those whom your cherished ones are entrusted, makes all the difference.

Ever grateful, our experience this go round was the antitheses of the last one. We remain in gratitude…”

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