NYU Lutheran Expands Maternity Services in Brooklyn

With more babies born in Brooklyn than anywhere else in New York City, NYU Lutheran Medical Center is taking several steps to ensure the borough’s many expecting moms have access to the safest, most comprehensive care available.

Leading the way is the recent appointment of Ming C. Tsai, MD, (photo above) as chief of the obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) service at NYU Lutheran, who will oversee an extensive expansion of the hospital’s labor and delivery services.

Dr. Tsai is an accomplished board-certified practitioner who has won several awards in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. He joins a number of highly skilled physicians, nurses, and specialists at NYU Lutheran.

“Patients want the best care and that is our principal goal—to provide world-class, highly specialized services that meet the needs of Brooklyn’s families,” says Dr. Tsai, who previously served as chief of OB/GYN at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in Manhattan. “We want our patients to know that we care about their hospital experience, and we’ve launched initiatives here that really improve upon that.”

According to 2014 data from the New York State Department of Health (the most recent data available to date), 117,099 babies were born in New York City—41,746 of them in Brooklyn. In response to the borough’s growing demand for more obstetrical services, NYU Lutheran has added around-the-clock coverage by maternal fetal medicine physicians and OB/GYN hospitalists. In addition, more than 20 nurses have been recruited for the labor and delivery unit, along with 6 physician assistants, 5 midwives, and 6 postpartum nurses.

“A large percentage of babies born at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan—about 50 percent—go home to Brooklyn,” says David Keefe, MD, the Stanley H. Kaplan Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone. “We’re committed to bringing a high level of care to NYU Lutheran while, at the same time, providing a higher degree of convenience. Our OB/GYN services in Brooklyn are improving and we are extremely pleased that an accomplished, experienced physician like Dr. Tsai is leading the effort.”

Dr. Tsai earned his medical degree at Sao Paulo University Medical College in Brazil, where he also completed his OB/GYN residency and a clinical fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He conducted postdoctoral research in reproductive medicine and infertility at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and served as a research associate at Albert Einstein Medical College in the Bronx. Dr. Tsai is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.