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  • Honoring Scarsdale Medical Group

    by Representative Eliot L. Engel

    Posted on 2013-12-23

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    ENGEL of new york in the house of representatives Monday, December 23, 2013 Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, the Scarsdale Medical Group began in 1957 when Kenneth Roth, MD, joined Herman Tarnower, MD, and John Cannon MD, both of whom had been associated since World War II, to start a practice of medicine in Scarsdale Village.

    After his return from military service in the late 1950s, Tarnower purchased land near the ``five corners'' in Scarsdale and erected a two-story medical building at 259 Heathcote Road. He envisioned a six- member medical group of internists with varying subspecialties. The building was finished in 1960 and its roster of six physicians was completed by July 1961, with the addition of Roderick A. Granzen, MD, and James L. Carvelas, MD--internists who had been in practice in White Plains--and Marvin M. Lipman, MD, fresh out of a research fellowship.

    That nucleus remained intact for nearly 15 years, when three more doctors joined. In 1980, tragedy struck when Tarnower, who had achieved international fame as the author of The Scarsdale Medical Diet, was murdered.

    Over the following years five of the original members left and five others joined. Of the original members only Dr. Lipman remains.

    With the start of this century SMG grew exponentially, adding 31 physicians in 10 years.

    By 2007, the need for expansion was acute. Space was leased on Mamaroneck Avenue in Harrison, allowing the Heathcote Road property to be temporarily vacated for needed repairs.

    SMG's growth was steered by a committee of several members of the partnership and the executive director, Maria Trusa. She joined SMG in 1987 as a medical assistant, advanced to manager by 1992, and was named Executive Director.

    Over the 57 years, SMG has served Scarsdale and the surrounding community, growing from the original six physicians to its present complement of 39. SMG expanded to treat patients after hours and on weekends and holidays. For urgent care, no appointment is necessary. SMG renders primary care, plus dermatology, neurology, nutrition and podiatry services as well as virtually all of the subspecialties of internal medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology services.

    In 2012, SMG was awarded the designation of Medical Home by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services.

    I congratulate the Scarsdale Medical Group on its decades of medical service to the community and celebrate the reopening of their Heathcote Road offices, allowing even more services for Scarsdale and its environs.


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