Dear patients, friends, and colleagues,
I hope that you, your families, and friends are well and making it through these challenging times. Many of you, like me, have seen firsthand the damage and destruction caused by this pandemic and social injustices. The damage is devastating and is made even worse because we cannot come together in person to grieve and plan.
While the timing of my message is unfortunate, I have important news to share with you at this time. After almost 26 years of dedicating myself to my patients in New Jersey and the surrounding communities, and after spending the past several years as an advocate for Maternal and Child Health, Perinatal Safety, Health Equity and Healthcare Outcomes in New Jersey, and at the national level, a unique opportunity has arisen for me to significantly contribute to shape policy for the advancement of maternal health and safety. However, as the position is out of the area, I will be retiring from my practice in Saddle River, New Jersey effective July 31st, 2020.
I am forever grateful for the impact you have made in my life and genuinely appreciative for allowing me to care for you over all these years. Many have been patients since my arrival to New Jersey, after my completing my residency in 1994, and have entrusted yourselves, your daughters, and friends to my care. Others have been with me for over the decades and years, but all have become family in my boutique office setting. Many have seen my family grow over the years and I the same for you. We have shared many wonderful times and been saddened by life events and tragedies. You all have blessed my heart, and all have been impactful to my growth as a person, colleague, friend and mostly as a physician.
Many of you already know my colleagues at Maternal Resources as the group who I have entrusted your care when I have been away. I am happy to announce that Yaakov Abdelhak, MD and his colleagues at Maternal Resources will be assuming care of my practice. You will continue to see familiar faces as Carrie and Amanda will be staying on in their roles. Together they will provide seamless continuity of gynecological as well as obstetrical care. I have known their team over my long career in New Jersey and I fully support them for your ongoing care.
I understand that this news may come as a surprise to many of you. My office staff and I will make the transition as seamless as possible in the coming months and will provide your records and appropriate referrals to colleagues, if desired.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
Thank you again for an amazing 26-year career.
All my best, forever,
Andrew F. Rubenstein, MD, FACOG