Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is the chairman and director of orthopedics at Bronxcare Health System in New York City, New York. He earned his Bachelor of Neuroscience at Brown University, graduating as magna cum laude in 1979. His medical and orthopedic education was finished at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in the Bronx. He completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and his fellowship and Thomas Jefferson University. Before working at Bronxcare, he was working at his own private practice from 2000 to 2008, where he performed over 500 surgeries. As a lover of writing, he was also editor and writer for WebMD.
Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum sat down for an interview to talk about his life. His day to day work schedule is very hectic and consists of different tasks every day. There are some days where he sees one patient and has many meetings with different doctors throughout the day. There are other work days where he focuses solely on seeing patients. He prefers to be early to work because it is essential to maintain communication with other doctors, check in with the administration, and plan the day accordingly. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum believes that having the patients in mind first is key to doing the job.
One piece of advice Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum wishes he gave to himself as an 18 year old is to learn from others who took the same road as him. Having mentors are a valuable resource and something that is important in life because they know what it is like to bet to be in your shoes and have gained experience over the years. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum remains positive about future medicine and has the same drive he had as when he started out as a doctor. He has achieved making the quality of life of his patient’s much better through his dedication and passion, something seen as admirable.