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Boris M. Mashalov

Boris M. Mashalov, MD

Attending Physician, Pediatrics
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx

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Establishing a Safe Place for Adolescents in the Bronx

Dr. Boris Mashalov survived the teenage years of his two sons, who are now 20 and 32. But he knows how hard that period of life can be for kids and parents alike. So, he helped develop an adolescent clinic in his role as an attending physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx Hospital.

It addresses issues like sexual health including pregnancy, mental health, and weight management.

“The whole vision of our adolescent clinic at the beginning is to make it like a home — a safe harbor,” he said. “Many of our adolescent patients might not share with their parents when they’re in trouble so we want to be a place where you always can come to us. If you’re available and you’re there for them, they start trusting you.”

Among his proudest accomplishments is the successful implementation of the Adolescent Immunization Project, which resulted in 90 percent of North Central Bronx adolescent patients being fully immunized— roughly double the national average of 45 percent.

“His leadership is not just about words, but about setting an example,” said Dr. Chinyere Anyaogu, Chief Medical Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. “Despite his many responsibilities, he remains approachable and soft-spoken. His staff looks forward to monthly meetings and luncheons, where kindness is a primary focus.”

Although North Central Bronx has thousands of adolescent patients, Dr. Mashalov seems to maintain highly personal connections with many of them.

“I knew a boy since he was 3 or 4. Always with me. Never another doctor. He grew up in domestic violence,” Dr. Mashalov said. “I always told him education could change his life. One day he asked me about my son, because they were born the same day. I told him my son had piano lessons. The boy started with drums. Then piano. Then composing. He went to college in Texas. Very brave. When he returned, he told me: You really did change my life.”

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