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About Dr. Shifrin

Achievements and Honors

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, State University of New York
  • 30 years of successful OB/GYN practice
  • More than 3,000 babies delivered
  • Featured on ABC News, as a guest presenter on “Healthy Life” show, 2007
  • Recipient of American Medical Association Recognition Award, 2004–2005
  • Nominated as one of the America’s top OB/GYNs by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2004–2005 
  • Honored by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani with the New York City Council Citation for the “exemplary service to the community,” 2001

Biography

Early Years: It runs in the family

Alexander Shifrin was born in 1959 in Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia, into the family of a physician. His mother, an otorhinolaryngologist (ear-nose-throat specialist), enjoyed a distinguished medical career and introduced Alexander early to the challenges and rewards of the medical profession. When the time came for Alexander to choose a professional field, he knew exactly what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He applied to and was accepted at one of the leading medical schools in the country, the prestigious State Medical University of Saint Petersburg (formerly the First Leningrad Medical Institute).

Medical School: State Medical University of Saint Petersburg, Russia

Since its establishment in 1897, the State Medical University of Saint Petersburg has been one of the leading research and teaching medical institutions in Russia. As a student, Alexander was exposed to the highest standards of modern medical education as well as the best traditions of the old Russian medical school. His teachers included such prominent scientists as Prof. M.G. Prives, Prof. N.M. Amosov, Prof. B.M. Fedorov, and Prof. Alamazyan. Alexander graduated at the top of his class in 1982 and, after completing a required internship program, began working as an attending physician in one of Saint Petersburg’s maternity hospitals.

Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

Following his immigration to the United States, Dr. Shifrin was accepted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine OB/GYN residency program, one of the world’s foremost centers for medical and scientific training. Dr. Shifrin had the privilege of undergoing rigorous and comprehensive training under the tutelage of world-renowned doctors. He graduated from the program in 1996.

Post-Residency Years: Director of Women’s Health Services, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, New York

Dr. Shifrin spent the first five post-residency years caring for an underserved community with extensive prenatal concerns as the Director of Women’s Health Services at the William F. Ryan Community Health Center in Manhattan. This position, with a high level of responsibility and decision-making authority, provided opportunities for Dr. Shifrin to further build his clinical and surgical skills.

Building Success and Teaching Aspiring Doctors: Attending Physician and Associate Director of the OB/GYN residency program at the Long Island College Hospital, New York

In 2000, Dr. Shifrin joined Continuum Health Partners, a prestigious New York hospital network that includes Beth Israel, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, Long Island College Hospital and New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. He served as an attending physician and oversaw training of residents as the Associate Director of the OB/GYN residency program at the Long Island College Hospital campus. During this period in his career, Dr. Shifrin also advanced his research interests in colposcopy and cervical pathology by serving as the Head of the Long Island College Hospital Colposcopy Clinic.

Establishing Private Practice

In 2004, Dr. Shifrin realized his life’s ambition by establishing a solo private practice, where his education, training, experience, and medical philosophy were put to service to benefit his patients. Since its establishment, Dr. Shifrin’s practice has grown rapidly, and in October 2007, he opened another location in Manhattan.

Academic Research and Other Interests

Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

Dr. Shifrin’s research interests are focused on colposcopy and cervical pathology, areas concerned with the prevention, early detection, and management of cervical cancer and other disorders of the female lower genital tract. Dr. Shifrin served as the Head of the Long Island College Hospital Colposcopy Clinic and has authored a number of articles published in various medical journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecological Oncology.

Alternative Medicine

In 2005, Dr.Shifrin completed a special course at Columbia University on “The Scientific Basis of Alternative Medicine,” and in his practice he uses proven alternative medicine methods including acupuncture, yoga, and homeopathy.

Dr. Shifrin on TVvideo

Dr. Shifrin’s presentation on ABC News, WABC, Channel 7. See Dr. Shifrin discussing at a Healthy Life show endometriosis, a painful and mysterious ailment afflicting many young women.

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  • Dasha Libin
    Dasha Libin

    5 out of 5 stars

    posted 5 months ago

    I have known this doctor and have been seeing him for over a decade. Through those years he has helped me with some very difficult moments in a womans life, and took me through every procedure with the most positive, knowledgable and professional attitude and the approach.

    When my husband and I chose to get pregnant Dr. Shifrin was without question going to be our doctor.

    Through all of the years, his approach, the wonderful and positive attitude, level of knowledge and professionalism was second to none.
    His staff in both offices is fast, professional, happy and highly responsive by phone and email.

    This is the doctor ladies.
    And Thank you Dr. Shifrin.

    Veronica Belitski
    Veronica Belitski

    5 out of 5 stars

    posted 6 months ago

    Amazing skills, bedside manner and sense of humor. He delivered my two babies, and had me walking after the deliveries in no time. Highly recommend!