Rachel Bring, MD
Rachel Bring, MD
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Judson
Building Bridges for Young Adults
As an adolescent medicine physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Judson, Dr. Rachel Bring says that the moments that bring her the deepest satisfaction are when teens and young patients who are wary of the health care system tell her they trust her.
“I feel the most pride when a patient with a history of trauma and distrust expresses that they are grateful to have connected with me,” she says. For her part, Dr. Bring is grateful in return – for the opportunity to provide compassionate and equitable care to young New Yorkers of all backgrounds and status and to see them thrive, often in the face of daunting circumstances.
“Witnessing my patients’ resilience as they overcome major challenges, especially during a pandemic, and grow into remarkable young adults inspires me to support them in any way I can,” she says.
Dr. Bring is the Associate Director of the Bridge Program for Emerging Adults at Judson, a clinic in Lower Manhattan that specializes in serving LGBTQ young people. She was also appointed last year as the Clinical Lead for Adolescent and Young Adult Health in the NYC Health + Hospitals Office of Ambulatory Care and Population Health. Both roles call on her expertise in adolescent and young adult reproductive health, LGBTQ+ health and health care transition from adolescent to adult medicine.
Dr. Bring graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 2013 and now has an appointment there as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. She served her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in adolescent medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. In just three years with NYC Health + Hospitals, she has established herself as a natural leader whose dedication to her patients is a model for others. Along with her day-to-day clinical duties, she has spearheaded initiatives to bring MyChart access to adolescents and created a system-wide program to help transition young adult patients from pediatrics to adult primary care.
“I think it’s so important to listen to patients, try to understand who they are as people, meet them where they are and partner with them to work towards improving their health,” Dr. Bring says. “That kind of connection starts with compassion.”