Being raised in a family of 18 doctors gave Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum a unique perspective on the world of healthcare. Until she became a doctor herself, she never knew that doctors had difficulty communicating with their patients or that there was inconsistency in the care given. Read More >
When she entered the world of modern medicine herself, however, she was surprised to find a patriarchy that not only treated women doctors differently than men doctors, but also treated women patients differently than men patients at every level, from the research that determines the standard of care to the tone and nature of a doctor’s bedside manner.
As a preventative cardiologist in a world that values stenting and surgery above prevention, she found that patient-focused and patient-empowering care were not hospital priorities. However, inspired by her family’s legacy, she fought, not just for recognition for herself as a doctor, but for her patients, and especially for equality of care for women.
Now widely known as a champion for women’s healthcare and preventive heart health, Dr. Steinbaum is the Director of Women’s Heart Health of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and has been doing this work for over a decade. She is also the national spokesperson of Go Red for Women through the American Heart Association and is frequently featured on national television, such as This Morning on CNN, The Early Show on CBS, Good Morning America on ABC, Dr. Oz on FOX and is a regular contributor on national and local news, and on the radio like NPR and morning shows throughout the country. She is also the host of the television show Focus on Health on WLNY-TV in the New York metropolitan area. She is the recipient of the prestigious Castle-Connolly Best Doctors Award, a New York Times Top Doctor and a New York Magazine Best Doctor for Cardiology.
Dr. Steinbaum’s approach to a heart-centered life is detailed in her book, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life. In it, she shares both philosophy and practice: concrete changes to improve health, and heartfelt advice for wrangling with the stresses and devastations that can hurt the heart in ways that have nothing to do with cholesterol levels, blood pressure numbers, or calcium scores. The book, like Dr. Steinbaum herself, is a source of hope, healing and happiness. Read Less ^