Some doctors are made, some are born. Dr. Eduard Levy is both.
Born into a family of doctors in the former Soviet Union, he became a successful cardiologist behind the Iron Curtain – and after immigrating to the United States started over, re-earning his medical degree in America. He has just opened a private practice in Rego Park, Queens Star Medical.
Levy was born in the city of Bukhara in what is now Uzbekistan in 1967 to a medical family. In the Soviet Union Levy’s uncle was a doctor. Levy’s sister, Dr. Asya Levy, is the co-owner of Queens Star Medical and is certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Levy’s brother does not practice in the states, but in Bukhara was a dermatologist.
Levy said he became a doctor to help his mother, who was sick with rheumatic heart disease. “We used to call the ambulance always. I swore I would help her,” he said. “That was the reason I became, over there, a cardiologist.”
Levy cared for his mother as a non-invasive cardiologist in Bukhara. There he also had a private practice and was the attending physician at an intensive care unit. “I was working and I was very successful there, but it wasn’t safe for the family,” he said.
He came to the United States 10 years ago as a refugee, and has rebuilt his practice. He started over from scratch, working “step by step, from zero,” he said. “It was very difficult.”
His mother came with him to America, but passed away a few years ago. In New York, Levy did his residency training at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, where he was chief resident.
Aside from his practice, he also works as an attending physician at North Brooklyn Hospital and is board certified in internal medicine.
Levy opened Queens Star Medical with his sister on April 15, something he has been planning for over two years. Queens Star Medical is a multi-practice medical office, and provides full primary care to its patients.
“We’re working right now with the elderly and we’re working toward rehabilitation,” Levy said.
Queens Star Medical arranges transportation and a visiting nurse service for its elderly patients and even in rare and serious cases arranges house calls. The practice is currently serving about eight to 10 patients a day, Levy said, although they have the capacity to serve 40.
Queens Star Medical, located at 63-118 Woodhaven Blvd., is open six days a week and accepts walk-ins. Hours are Saturdays Wednesdays and Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Monday, Thursday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call (718) 416-0303.