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Steven R. Hahn, MD, FACP

Steven R. Hahn, MD, FACP

Attending Physician
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

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Four Decades of Devoted Patient Care in the Bronx

In high school, Dr. Steven Hahn worked as a nature counselor at a sleepaway camp for inner-city kids. Back in the city one day, a young boy spotted him on a Harlem street and leaped into his arms at full speed. “I was overwhelmed that I’d had such an impact on this boy,” Dr. Hahn recalls. “That experience has guided my entire professional life, applying my skills to help and do good for others.” 

It was also at that camp that Dr. Hahn played piano with a salsa ensemble. It began his lifelong love of Hispanic culture, and after graduating from Yale Medical School in 1977, he says, “I was drawn inexorably to the Bronx for residency.” He completed programs in social medicine and primary care at Montefiore Medical Center and joined NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in 1982. And he never left. “Every day, I cross oceans. I listen to the stories of people who bring all of themselves into the room. I help our residents go beyond their patients’ medical histories and listen to their stories.”

Dr. Hahn personifies the devotion of NYC Health + Hospital physicians to the city and the impact they can have in the course of their careers. At Jacobi, Dr. Hahn has directed numerous programs bridging internal medicine, psychiatry and psychology and bioethics, and earned a system-wide reputation for his expertise in the psychosocial aspects of patient care. As a faculty member at Albert Einstein College of Medicine since 1984 (and full professor since 2000), Dr. Hahn has taught and mentored generations of young physicians and been a prodigious researcher. 

“I’ve been at Jacobi for 43 years and had many jobs,” he says. “But I am most proud of the over 1,250 residents who have passed through Jacobi during my tenure, and most grateful to the thousands of patients who have let me into their lives.”

It is both his patients and his colleagues who have kept Dr. Hahn at Jacobi for so many years. “Everyone who comes to work at Jacobi and makes it their professional home is committed to the patients and the community that we serve,” he says.

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