Dr. Leslie Bennett received his Bachelor of Arts from Yeshiva University in 1969 and graduated from New York Medical College in 1973. Dr. Bennett’s internship in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center was completed in 1974 and he spent the next two years at Maimonides Medical Center finishing his residency.
In 1978, Dr. Bennett completed a Fellowship in Hematology /Oncology at Long Island Jewish. In 1996 he was certified in Nutrition Support and successfully incorporated nutrition and weight management to his medical practice. From 1990-2008 he was Chairman of the Nutrition Committee at the The Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills, as well as Chairman of the Transfusion Committee from 1986-2008.
He was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Touro College from 1977-1980, as well as a Clinical Preceptor, Division of Medical Student Education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 2000-2007.
Dr. Bennett is currently an Attending Physician in the Department of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center as well as New York Hospital of Queens and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. In addition, he is a consultant in Hematology/Oncology and Nutrition Support at New York Hospital Queens.
Dr. Bennett divides his time between his private medical practices in Queens and Brooklyn and his hospital consultation services.
Dr. Bennett’s wife, Deborah Bennett received a Bachelor’s degree in 1975 from Stern College for Women followed by graduate work at The Ferkauf Graduate Center of Yeshiva University. Together they have successfully run Doctors Diet Medical Center, a medically supervised weight loss program in Queens and Brooklyn, for more than 30 years.
Dr. Bennett is a life-long resident of Queens. He graduated with honors, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Queens College in 1998. He earned his MD at New York Medical College in Valhalla, Westchester in 2002. Dr. Bennett is double Board-Certified having completed residencies at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) in both Internal Medicine (2005) and Emergency Medicine (2009). In addition, he was appointed an Instructor of Emergency Medicine in Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in July 2011.
Dr. Bennett has been an active member of Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Service, serving as a volunteer Paramedic since 1999 and was a first-responder on 9/11 in New York City. For his commitment to the New York City Police Department, Dr. Bennett was appointed an Honorary NYPD Police Surgeon by former Commissioner Ray Kelly in 2013.
He currently serves as Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services at JFK Airport through the Port Authority of NY/NJ, and since 2010 has been the Director of the Emergency Medicine Training Center at NYHQ. He is also an On-Line Medical Control Physician for New York City as well as Hudson Valley.
Dr. Bennett divides his time working as a full-time Attending Physician in the Emergency Room at NYHQ and tending to the Internal Medicine practice he shares with his father Dr. Leslie Bennett. His patients range in age from 1 day to 120 years old.
David Pinter, MD was born and raised in Brooklyn, and has lived in Kew Gardens Hills for the past 10 years. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Brooklyn College and earned his medical degree at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2004. Prior to starting residency, he did research at Maimonides Medical Center and published in the Journal of Perinatology.
Dr. Pinter completed his residency in Pediatrics at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in 2011 and is Board Certified in Pediatrics. In addition to general pediatrics, he has many years of experience in emergency pediatrics after working in both Jamaica Hospital Emergency Room and NYU Langone-Lutheran Medical Center ER.
Dr. Pinter has been the recipient of the Resident Teacher Award and has also been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians multiple times for his devotion in educating future physicians
Sarah Chaya is a seasoned Physician Assistant with a career emphasis on Emergency Medicine. With over a decade of high-quality clinical experience, she worked in the Emergency Department at a large, diverse level 1 trauma center for 7 years prior to joining forces with Dr. Bennett in 2014, crafting and supporting the transition from after-hours office to full-time, full-service medical practice. Sarah Chaya completed her undergraduate studies at Queens College with a 4.0 GPA, and then went on to do an Internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital prior to attending the Touro PA program, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named class Valedictorian with Honors for Highest Academic Achievement as well as Highest Clinical Achievement. She is also a DOH-certified Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner, responding on-call to perform evidence collection and provide court testimony on behalf of the Queens District Attorney’s Office. An avid hiker, camper, and lover of the outdoors, Sarah Chaya has conquered peaks from the Andes to the Alps, and when not in the office, she can usually be found in some remote corner of the world, collecting more stories to share with her extended family here in the KGH community.
Rebecca Leibowitz-Bernstein, PA-C was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She successfully completed her undergraduate studies at York University in Toronto and holds a bachelor of science in biomedical science. She graduated from Touro College in 2013 and obtained a combined bachelors and masters of physician assistant studies. She graduated with highest honors as valedictorian, was the recipient of the Maimonides award, and was also awarded the combined leadership and compassion award in patient care. After graduating from Touro, she worked as a physician assistant practicing internal medicine for two and a half years. Currently, she works as an adjunct professor at Touro College in Bay Shore, New York. Her hobbies include sailing, playing tennis, and playing the piano. She holds her grade 10 certification by the Royal Conservatory of Music. She lives on Long Island with her husband and son.
June Stein, PA-C graduated from Long Island University in 2005. She spent a year working in Internal Medicine and Critical Care but has since spent most of her career in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, June received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Neuropsychology at Queens College. Whilst earning her Master’s June was lead researcher in a study that was accepted for publication in the prestigious Journal Brain Research.
June has lived in KGH since she was in Queens College as an undergraduate and still resides here with her husband and son. She enjoys gardening, crafting, travelling and kickboxing.
Dovid was born and raised right here in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens where he currently resides with his wife and four children.
Dovid attended Lander College of Arts and Science/ Touro College where he worked in the Organic Chemistry Lab as a tech and teaching assistant ultimately graduating Summa Cum Laude with a major in Psychology and minor in Biology. As an undergraduate, Dovid participated in research, publishing articles in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology.
Dovid went on to earn his degree as a Physician Assistant from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked as a PA for nearly half a decade in both adult and pediatric Emergency Departments of New York Presbyterian Queens and Queens Hospital Center. Dovid holds certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Adult Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. His medical knowledge, care, and compassion for his patients makes him stand out among his colleagues in the hospital and has earned him several certificates of recognition and achievement.
When not at work, Dovid can be found riding bikes with his children through the alleys of Kew Gardens Hills, mowing his lawn, or trekking through the remote forests of upstate New York fishing for Bass or Pickerel.
Tova Kutner is a proud PA-C hailing from West Hempstead. Tova’s love for science started at Stern College for Women, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She then went on to further her passion for medicine at Touro College School of Health Sciences, where she received a dual Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Tova graduated cum laude from Touro, where she was also awarded for Outstanding Academic and Clinical Achievement. She started her career in 2016 as a primary care PA in an outpatient facility affiliated with NYU Langone in Suffolk County. In her spare time, Tova enjoys doing all things outdoors, traveling, and listening to true-crime podcasts. She is excited to be a part of your healthcare team!
Shira is an energetic young professional with the ability to juggle many tasks and solve problems on the fly. As office manager in the office, she is responsible for scheduling patients, taking care of referrals, and making sure everything runs smoothly- which she does with a smile and the utmost professionalism. During her free time she participates in many chessed- oriented activities, socializes with friends, and spoils her niece and nephew.