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Lattingtown Resident Robert S. Bartolomeo, MD, Honored with the American Gastroenterological Association’s 2016 Distinguished Clinician Award, Private Practice
June 6, 2016

Robert S. Bartolomeo, MDMineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce that a long-time, dedicated member of its medical staff, Lattingtown resident Robert S. Bartolomeo, MD, has received the American Gastroenterological Association’s Distinguished Clinician Award, Private Practice. Dr. Bartolomeo was recognized with this outstanding honor during a formal ceremony at the recent Digestive Disease Week® Meeting, which is the AGA’s annual meeting in San Diego, CA.

The AGA Distinguished Clinician Award recognizes members of the practicing community who, by example, combine the art of medicine with the skills demanded by the scientific body of knowledge in service to their patients.

“Perhaps Dr. Bartolomeo’s greatest accomplishment is his dedication to his patients,” said his esteemed colleague, Leonard B. Stein, MD, Medical Director, Long Island Center for Digestive Health. “My partners and I have benefitted from observing his knowledge and compassion, and we continue to strive to meet the standards he has set for us.”

“While Dr. Bartolomeo has a large private practice that continues to grow and thrive, he continues to keep his patient care responsibilities at the heart of everything he does. His reputation among patients is one of the best and he is known for taking time to ensure the comfort and satisfaction of all those that he cares for,” echoed John F. Collins, Winthrop’s President and CEO. “I know of no finer physician on our staff who is worthy of the AGA’s Distinguished Clinician Award.”

Dr. Bartolomeo is a practicing gastroenterologist in Garden City, NY, and president of Gastroenterology Associates, P.C., which he helped found, grow and develop into one of the largest, most respected gastroenterology practices in Nassau County. Dr. Bartolomeo has spent decades demonstrating his commitment to the field of gastroenterology, his patients and to the community as a whole by serving in various leadership roles to influence them all for the better.

Starting in the 1980’s and continuing for a decade, Dr. Bartolomeo showed his dedication as a physician by serving as the co-chairman of both the Nassau-Suffolk Patient Education and Scientific Advisory Committees of the local chapter of the then National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis. In 1976, he joined the staff of what was then Nassau Hospital, now known as Winthrop-University Hospital. Much of his time was devoted to teaching as he played an active role in residency training and helping to develop the Division of Gastroenterology. In 1986, he successfully developed the first Long Island chapter of the Celiac Society of America. Continuing his interest in malabsorption and celiac disease, he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Celiac Disease Society.

Beyond his commitment to patients, Dr. Bartolomeo continued his involvement with his physician peers, working to advance the field by serving as chairman of the Continuing Education Committee of the Long Island Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Society and founding the Winthrop-University Hospital Medical Journal, for which he served as co-editor for many years. His efforts to positively impact his community continued as he was asked to serve on the Medical Staff Organization at Winthrop as secretary-treasurer and president and on the Nominating Committee and Executive Committee of the medical staff. Dr. Bartolomeo also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the hospital.

In 2013, he was elected the first chairman of the Physician-Hospital Organization at Winthrop. Not long after, he was elected the first chairman of the Long Island Health Network PHO, leading a group of ten physician-hospital organizations on Long Island. Finally, it was with his support and guidance that his own private practice group was able to develop the Long Island Center for Digestive Health, LLC, an ambulatory endoscopy center that opened in 2006.

All of his involvement and care to positively influence his community has not gone unnoticed. Dr. Bartolomeo was awarded the Medical Teaching Attending of the Year in 1980, was presented the Physician of the Year award in 2011 from the Medical Staff Organization and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award from Winthrop in 2010. He has also been recognized by Castle-Connolly Publications as a “Top Doctor” in the NY Metro area annually since 1999. He has achieved fellowship in the AGA and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG).

Dr. Bartolomeo attended New York Medical College, Valhalla, and completed his fellowship training in gastroenterology at Bridgeport Hospital and Yale Medical School in New Haven, CT.