Dr. Fabien Bitan, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Chief of Spine Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health care system, is in private practice.
Patients are informed of these financial disclosures and of the potential income associated with some of these affiliations. Dr. Bitan will be happy to discuss them in details and is ready to consider other options at the patient's request, assuming these alternatives do not affect the patient's quality of care.
If the procedure can safely be done elsewhere then Dr. Bitan would be happy to accommodate the patient.
(Example: Cervical spine fusions have a much quicker recovery when performed in ambulatory surgery centers. Upon the patient's request Dr. Bitan would be glad to perform the same procedure in one of the hospitals with which he is affiliated. In such a case the experience is generally perceived as inferior by patients but the final outcome is most likely similar).
Regardless of his different investments in the healthcare industry, Dr Bitan's priority is to provide his patients with the most compassionate care and the most sophisticated technology, and in the best environment, for their spine care. His main concern remains the patients' best interest.