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Subject: help with doctor information
Category: Health > Women's Health
Asked by: alimurphy-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 17 Aug 2003 16:36 PDT
Expires: 16 Sep 2003 16:36 PDT
Question ID: 245761
Please give me information about dr. john h malfetano md.
Does this dr. perform myomectomy?
is this doctor restricted from practicing at albany medical center?
Any sanctions against dr. malfetano?
Subject: Re: help with doctor information
Answered By: byrd-ga on 18 Aug 2003 19:58 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello alimurphy,

I commend you for attempting to find out all you can about a doctor
whom you are considering entrusting with your healthcare or that of a
loved one or friend.  It’s a wise and prudent step to take. 
Fortunately, New York is one of the states that has quite a bit of
information available online about licensed medical practitioners,
including Dr. Malfetano.

To address each of your concerns, in order:

1) Information:  Dr. John H. Malfetano is currently licensed to
practice in the State of New York.  His license number is 154115.  It
was first issued in May 1983 and is current through November of this
year, at which time (or before) he will likely renew.  This
information is available  from the New York State Education Dept.
Office of the Professions, here:  Also,
very comprehensive and complete additional information about Dr.
Malfetano is readily available on line from the New York State
Physician Profile at this address:  Clicking on his
name will take you to a page with further tabs giving details on his
education (both undergraduate and graduate), practice, legal actions
and professional activities.

2) Does this doctor perform myomectomy?  Dr. Malfetano is certified by
The American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology as a specialist in
Obstetrics and Gynecology, with a subspecialty of Gynecologic
Oncology.  You can verify that with the “Education” and “Professional
Activities” tabs at the link above, as well as at The American Board
of Medical Specialties search page, here:  (If you’re unable to
load this page, then go here: , click
on the “Who’s Certified” link, and register to use the service, then
enter his name yourself.  It’s free, so don’t worry about fees.) Not
only is he Board Certified, he has also been a Board Examiner, testing
other doctors, since 1995, along with having taught at the Albany
Medical College from 1983 through 1999.  In addition, he is a Fellow
of The American College of Surgeons, as stated in the “Professional
Activities” tab at the profiles link.

 Surgical myomectomy is a rather standard treatment for uterine
fibroids, and there are several techniques used, including abdominal,
hysteroscopic and laparascopic.  Although most competent gynecologists
with surgical training, such as Dr. Malfetano, can and do perform the
first two procedures, successful performance of the third is best
performed by a surgeon skilled in laparoscopic technique, and
information about Dr. Malfetano’s experience in this regard is not
available online, nor is there a reliable way of ascertaining from
available online information whether or not this procedure is
something he does.   I would have done so myself if he had a tollfree
number, but the price of this question would preclude inclusion of
long distance toll charges.  However,  a simple phone call to his
office at the number posted on his profile should be enough to elicit
whether or not he does in fact perform this procedure, how many he has
done, and how recently.

3) Is this doctor restricted from practicing at Albany Medical Center?
No, he is not.  Dr. Malfetano currently enjoys privileges at Albany
Medical Center, as well as a number of other area hospitals.  See
“practice info” at the New York Doctor Profile link above for a
complete list.  Not only does Dr. Malfetano have privileges here, this
is a large teaching hospital associated with the Albany Medical
College, where Dr. Malfetano was on the faculty for sixteen years. 
See above.  Furthermore, he is listed as the Director of the Women’s
Health Center of Albany in connection with the Albany Medical College,

4) Any sanctions against Dr. Malfetano?
Again, no.  There is no record of disciplinary action nor any
sanctions against him.  See the profiles link ( ) 
under the tab for “Legal.”  This will also show that there is no
record of malpractice suits, out of state sanctions or any criminal
record.  In addition to the previous site, the following link to the
New York Dept of Health Office of Professional Misconduct (OPMC) also 
shows no entries for Dr. Malfetano since 1990:>8/18/1993)&SearchOrder=1&SearchMax=0&SearchWV=TRUE&SearchThesaurus=FALSE

Although the above links don’t provide any information on Dr.
Malfetano’s publishing history, he has actually published quite
extensively, as is usually required of a professional person in a
college teaching position.  If you’d like to check that out, here are
some links I was able to find to some of his published work online:

Journal of Clinical Oncology May 1999:
Journal of Clinical Oncology March 2001:
“Handbook of Gynecologic Oncology” (contributing author)
Study: “Decreased CD44 Standard Form Expression Correlates With
Prognostic Variables in Ovarian Carcinomas” (abstract – use “edit”
“find” “malfetano”)
Links to more information on the Albany Medical Center, Hospital and
Albany Medical Center:
Albany Medical Center Hospital:
Albany Medical College:

Some general information about fibroids and myomectomy:

National Uterine Fibroid Foundation (at least one RN from Albany
Medical College is on the Board of Directors of this foundation):
The Fibroid Place:
Myomectomy information:

I hope this information meets or exceeds your expectations, but if
anything isn’t clear, please do use the “Request Clarification”
feature before rating and closing the question so I can be sure you
are satisfied with the information provided.   Thank you for the
opportunity to help you with this matter.

Best wishes,

Search strategy:

I began by using a general search for
“New York” Albany doctor information OR credentials

From the returns on that search, I then was able to find the “Doctor
Profiles” page and the OCMC page, where I was able to do further
searches.  I also followed the links on those pages to learn more
about this doctor.

In addition, I searched on his name: “John H. Malfetano” OR “John H.
Malfetano, M.D.”
as well as 
albany “new york” myomectomy
fibroids surgery OR surgical
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