ORCHARD MEDICAL GROUP
Joann Gualberti MD FACP
Dr. Joann Gualberti is a board certified Internal Medicine physician and Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
She has played an important role in teaching, research, hospital performance and quality improvement. She was instrumental at her former hospital in the advancement of a newly recognized subspecialty in Internal Medicine known as Palliative Care.
Her academic ranks include time spent as Clinical Instructor, Assistant Director of Ambulatory Medicine, Associate Director of Palliative Medicine, and Medical Director of Hospice.
Dr. Joann began her career at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn School of Medicine where she trained at Kings County Hospital and other Brooklyn hospitals. She went on to complete her residency training at Staten Island University Hospital and was asked to stay on as chief medical resident for an additional year. In 2001 she joined their faculty practice team. Much of her time was spent caring for patients on the hospital floors and intensive care units as well as in the medical clinics and med/gyn women’s health clinic.
She quickly became involved in teaching medical students and residents. She lectured daily about the primary care of patients focusing on a broad range of topics including cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, rheumatological, and neurological diseases. She taught board review courses in Preventive Medicine and pain management. She coauthored research studies in medical journals and presented her work at national meetings. In recognition of her dedication to continuing education in medical practice, teaching and research, she became the Assistant Director of Ambulatory Medicine and worked on core curriculum development to prepare residents for future practice.
Her institutional, departmental, and committee memberships included doing performance improvement audits for the hospital to improve the care provided to hospitalized patients. She was involved in monthly Morbidity and Mortality reviews. She served as a monitor/intervener for the Committee for Physicians Health. Other committee memberships included the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Ambulatory Care Committee, and Pain Management Steering Committee where she was able to implement significant improvements in the care of terminally ill patient’s suffering from intractable pain.
In 2002 Dr. Joann established Staten Island University Hospital’s first Palliative Care Consultation service. Palliative Care is the total care of patients who are experiencing a debilitating chronic or life threatening illness, condition or injury. Relief of suffering is of paramount importance. She served as Associate Director and medical consultant for the service. She worked aggressively at improving the quality of life in chronically ill patients. Adequate pain control was an area where the hospital needed to make improvements and Dr. Joann worked closely with the pain management team to successfully improve symptom control in patients suffering from intractable pain. She lectured to attendings and residents regularly to help advance the humanitarian care of chronically ill patients. As Medical Director of Hospice she made monthly home visits to patients who could no longer leave the confines of their homes.
In 2004, Dr. Joann saw an opportunity to practice medicine with her sister. Together they opened Orchard Medical Group in the Colts Neck area where they continue to practice quality care for the patients they serve.
Lisa Gualberti-Girgis MD FACP
Dr. Lisa is a board certified internal medicine physician and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She attended medical school at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine and graduated in 1995.
Dr. Lisa went on to do her residency training at the University of Miami School of Medicine/ Jackson Memorial Hospital. She completed her medical residency at Staten Island University Hospital where she served as chief medical resident from July 1998 to June 1999. During this time Dr. Lisa became heavily involved in teaching junior residents and medical students. She became board certified in Internal Medicine in 1998 and passed the boards in the top one percentile in the country.
Dr. Lisa decided to stay on at Staten Island University Hospital as a faculty practice attending and hospitalist during which time she continued to stay heavily involved in teaching medical residents and students, physician assistants and nurse practioners.
Dr Lisa was appointed a Clinical Assistant Professorship for SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn in April of 2000. She also served as a clinical preceptor for the Staten Island University Hospital medical residency program, the Wagner College nurse practioners program, and the Wagner College physician assistant program for which she was awarded outstanding preceptor of the year.
In 2002, Dr. Lisa was recognized as a fellow of the American College of Physicians for her dedication to teaching and research. She coauthored numerous research projects, many of which were presented at national meetings.
Dr. Lisa also served as a Quality Assurance Peer Reviewer at Staten Island University Hospital and was a member of the Morbidity and Mortality Committee. She was the grand rounds speaker on bioterrorism at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Lisa performed numerous primary care lectures on topics ranging from anemia to rheumatologic autoimmune disorders. In 2004 she opened up her own practice with her twin sister in Colts Neck, NJ.
Dr. Lisa continues to specialize in the management of acute and chronic illnesses that affect people in their teens through their senior years. She also specializes in the care of the acutely ill patient in the hospital setting. Her focus is on preventive medicine with the goal of identifying illnesses at their earliest stage when disease is most curable. Dr. Lisa enjoys taking the time to answer her patient’s questions and provides informed recommendations based upon sound clinical judgment and the most up to date scientific evidence.
Our Physician Assistants
Liana Pietrofesa PA-C
Lauren Canova PA-C