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Robert Faillace

Robert Faillace, MD

Chair of Medicine
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

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Cardiologist, Clinician, and Innovator

Looking back at his 46-year career, Dr. Robert Faillace still draws inspiration from two role models from his New Jersey childhood. One is his pediatrician, whose gentle manner and compassionate care still resonates. The other is a great uncle who ran a full-service practice from his house. “He was a general practitioner, surgeon, family physician and obstetrician all at the same time,” Dr. Faillace recalls admiringly. “And he was part of a group of doctors who founded their own hospital.”

Dr. Faillace fashioned his own career of eclectic accomplishment and brought it with him when he joined NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi as chair of the Department of Medicine in 2014. He’s a cardiologist and more: a nationally recognized clinician, researcher, teacher and innovator whose career has been anything but linear – from a tenure at New Jersey health system that brought an award for reducing health care disparities from the Association of Black Cardiologists to a position overseeing worldwide research for Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Even Dr. Faillace’s arrival in the Bronx was typical of his adventurous nature. He moved to Jacobi from the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, one of the country’s largest rural health care systems. As director of cardiovascular quality and innovation and medical director at Geisinger’s flagship Hospital for Advanced Medicine, he led the development of a program for improving care of heart failure patients that was modeled by 15 health care systems across the country.

Dr. Faillace is based at Jacobi and also now practices at North Central Bronx. In addition to remaining clinically active on the inpatient medicine, cardiology and cardiac ICU services, Dr. Faillace has worked closely with administration, physician and nursing leaders to expand nearly every service at Jacobi, from gastroenterology to infectious disease.

“Bob has dramatically expanded the offerings across all our specialties,” said Dr. Michael Zinaman, Jacobi’s Chief Medical Officer. “He has also overseen a dramatic expansion of the Jacobi medicine residency program and been a magnet to attract top talent. His program is now highly selective and sought after by aspiring residents around the world. And after accomplishing all of this, he is still an active clinician and can be seen rounding on the hospitalist service or in the CCU.”

Dr. Faillace’s great uncle would certainly be proud.

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