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Dr. Bartolomeo Receives 2016 Distinguished Clinician Award

May 22, 2016

AGA presented Dr. Bartolomeo with this award for his success in private practice at DDW® 2016.

AGA presents the Distinguished Clinician Award, Private Practice, to Robert S. Bartolomeo, MD, AGAF. Dr. Bartolomeo has dedicated most of his adult life to the practice of gastroenterology, making significant contributions to the community as a leader in a variety of areas, all while delivering the highest level of care to his patients. As a well-respected and sought after physician, Dr. Bartolomeo embodies knowledge and passion, offering his own empathetic approach to each patient individually, to which they are beyond appreciative. As a leader, motivator and skilled physician, his tireless dedication to his patients, peers and community make Dr. Bartolomeo the perfect person to honor with this award. 

Dr. Bartolomeo is a practicing gastroenterologist in Garden City, NY, and president of Gastroenterology Associates, PC, which he helped found, grow and develop into one of the largest, most respected gastroenterology practices in Nassau County, NY. Dr. Bartolomeo has spent decades demonstrating his commitment to the field of gastroenterology, his patients and to his community as a whole by serving in various leadership roles to influence them all for the better. Starting in the 1970s 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 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, a charitable organization which raises money for college students with celiac disease. 

Beyond his commitment to patients, he 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 in Winthrop as secretary-treasurer and president, as well as 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 University Hospital. Not long after, he was elected the first chairman of the Long Island Health Network PHO, leading a group of eight 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 New York-metro area annually since 1999. He has achieved fellowship in AGA and ACG. 

Dr. Bartolomeo attended New York Medical College, Valhalla, with his fellowship training in gastroenterology at Bridgeport Hospital and Yale Medical School, New Haven, CT. In 1976, he joined the staff of what was then Nassau Hospital, now known as Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY. 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.

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