The Albanian-American Director of Surgery at WMCHealth is honored for bringing advanced medicine to people around the world
VALHALLA, N.Y. (November 27, 2017) – While many physicians travel around the globe to treat patients in underdeveloped nations, few like Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, Director of the Department Surgery and Chief of Trauma and General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), can say they are responsible for bringing advanced medicine to those countries in a more permanent form.
Dr. Latifi was recently honored by the Westchester County Business Journal with a Doctors of Distinction award in the No Land Too Far category, recognizing his efforts to bring advanced medicine to people around the world.
Dr. Latifi has spent the past 17 years building a telemedicine network in developing nations. Telemedicine allows physicians to examine patients and consult with other healthcare providers virtually, making long distance treatment possible. In addition, the telemedicine network is used for healthcare system development and education of healthcare providers in some of the most remote sites of developing countries, by making expertise from around the world available through a virtual presence.
Since 2002, through his work with The International Virtual e-Hospital, an organization he helped found, Dr. Latifi has helped to create virtual telemedicine programs at 45 hospitals in three countries and is working to add more. Countries like Kosovo, Albania and Cabo Verde (West Africa) are already connected, and Dr. Latifi is currently working to establish a program in northern Vietnam. He has also done telemedicine projects in other parts of the world, including in the remote Amazon River region of Peru and Brazil, and in the Philippines.
Dr. Latifi, who resides in Katonah, joined Westchester Medical Center in January 2016.
About Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Westchester Medical Center is the premier provider of advanced medical care in New York’s Hudson Valley region. The flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, this 895-bed academic hospital located in Valhalla, New York, provides local residents with acute care services – Level I trauma and burn care, organ transplants and advanced neurovascular procedures and more – found nowhere else in the region. Westchester Medical Center is the primary referral facility for other hospitals in the Hudson Valley and serves as a lifeline for more than 3.5 million people. To learn more about Westchester Medical Center and the vital services it provides to residents of the Hudson Valley and beyond, visit WestchesterMedicalCenter.org or follow Westchester Medical Center at Facebook.com/WestchesterMedicalCenter or Twitter.com/WestchesterMed.
About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.