Yvonne Man-Yee Choi, MD
Yvonne Man-Yee Choi, MD
Director of Labor and Delivery
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
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Advocating for Women’s Health
Dr. Yvonne Choi is devoted to women’s reproductive health. As the Director of Labor and Delivery at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx, she wins plaudits for providing “the right care to the right patient at the right time,” as a colleague puts it. And as an advocate in a fraught time in her field, she encourages the medical students she teaches to join her. “Women’s reproductive rights are being challenged,” she says. “I’m proud to serve our community and I’m hoping to motivate the next generation of doctors to follow in our footsteps.”
Three things make her most proud, Dr. Choi says: “Every successful delivery, every hemorrhage stopped and every time a patient shows me a photo of their child that I delivered.”
As an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and women’s health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Choi serves as North Central Bronx’s Medical Student Education Site Director, earning numerous teaching awards over the years.
Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Choi loved biology and chemistry as a child and had several family members who were physicians. But it was her pediatrician who was her most important role model. “Not only was he knowledgeable but he had excellent bedside manner and a great sense of humor,” she recalls. “I looked forward to each visit so much that I didn’t mind getting shots! I learned from him that establishing a good rapport with patients makes all the difference.”
Dr. Choi earned a masters in pharmacology before completing her medical degree at New York Medical College in 1996 and then a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at Montefiore Medical Center. She joined NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx as an attending physician in 2002, departing in 2013 – but only briefly. She realized North Central Bronx was her true love and returned a year later.
“Yvonne has embraced a lifetime of service and commitment to women’s health, student education and leadership in the profession,” says Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Zinaman. “She goes above and beyond the call of duty to care for the underserved patients in our community.”