In an effort to provide our patients with the best in hospital care, Bergen Medical Associates now has a group of practitioners who specialize in in-patient care. The term hospitalist has been popularized in recent years to describe doctors who concentrate their efforts on the care of sick patients once they enter the hospital for treatment. These physicians will coordinate the in-patient stay for all of our primary care patients. They perform the initial history and physical and make daily rounds and supervise patient progress while in hospital. This group of hospitalists will communicate with our physicians at Bergen Medical Associates to update us on treatment plans and progress. We ask that you please be sure to notify the ER staff that you are one of our patients so that our intended care team is notified.
Maintaining a hospitalist program at Bergen Medical Associates provides more immediate, directed care to our patients, and provides continuity during the hospital stay. For these reasons, it is our well-considered choice for in-patient care.
Dr. Berkel received her medical education at Michigan State University and continued her Internship and Residency at Rutgers Medical School in Newark, NJ. Prior to joining Bergen Medical Associates, she was in private practice and also served as a Hospitalist for Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Berkel is committed to continuous, comprehensive, compassionate and personal care of her patients through every life stage. She specializes in Family Medicine, Urgent Care, Diagnostic Tests, Medication and Hospital Admissions. Dr. Berkel is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is fluent in Turkish.
Dr. Farooki received his medical education at New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He earned his Masters of Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health in Newark and continued on with his residency from UMDNJ. Dr. Farooki most recently served as a Hospitalist in Bayonne, New Jersey and worked in Outpatient Primary Care in Bergen County. Prior to that, he spent several years as a Hospitalist at Chilton Memorial Hospital and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. Dr. Farooki is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Ayala received her medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine, Netherlands Antilles. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Brookdale University Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and her Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in NY where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She also completed the Einstein-Cordozo Bioethics Certificate Program at the Benjamin N. Cordozo School of Law. Prior to joining Bergen Medical Associates, Dr. Ayala served as an attending in Hospital Medicine at Jacobi Medical Center, holding an academic appointment of Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Pain and Palliative Care through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She also served as the Medical Director for a hospice agency in the Bronx, followed by joining a hospitalist group in Westchester, NY. Dr. Ayala is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and speaks fluent Spanish.