We are fortunate to have a number of world-class physicians serve our community. Despite being as close as 30 minutes from Manhattan, we can boast a substantial offering of diverse, experienced, and high-quality physicians and medical services.
Five Towns Neurology and Physical Medicine has called the Five Towns home for more than 15 years, located for the last 10 years at 222 Rockaway Turnpike, just blocks from Central Avenue, in state-of-the-art facilities that were completed just shortly before the practice first moved to the location. The practice was started by David Steiner, M.D., a neurologist who trained at University of Chicago, earning a BA in chemistry, and at Rush Medical College, where he earned his M.D. and also completed his internship in internal medicine. He subsequently moved to the Five Towns, attending Albert Einstein College of Medicine for his neurology residency and then completing a fellowship in headache and pain management at Montefiore Headache Center.
Five Towns Neurology P.C. is the parent company to five integrated medical businesses under one roof, including Village Open MRI, the only open MRI in the Five Towns; Cedarhurst Sleep Center, a state-of-the-art, three-bed sleep lab open weekends (except for Friday night/Saturday day); Five Towns Neuroscience Research, one of the premier neuroscience research organizations in the tri-state area; NeuroSport Physical Therapy, offering neurological specific and general sports and orthopedic therapy for the community; and Five Towns Neurology and Physical Medicine, with expertise in all areas of general neurology and pain medicine including all forms of neurological testing available.
The practice is proud to introduce its newest member, Dr. Michael Morgenstern. Dr. Morgenstern completed his undergraduate work at Queens College with a BA in psychology and then went on to complete his medical training at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Mt. Sinai College of Medicine at Queens Hospital Center and subsequently completed his neurology residency at North Shore/LIJ where he also completed a fellowship in sleep medicine.
Dr. Morgenstern is board-certified in neurology and board-eligible in sleep medicine and will be sitting for his board certification in sleep medicine later this year. Dr. Morgenstern has also had a strong interest in clinical research that to date has focused on improving outcomes through early diagnosis and accurate management of headaches and sleep disorders.
In 2011, Dr. Morgenstern led a research group, which developed a computer program to screen patients for headache disorders. In 2012, the group developed another computer application called SNORE to identify individuals at risk for sleep disorders. Dr. Morgenstern is the author of several publications about neurology and sleep medicine. He recently authored a medical textbook chapter on sleep apnea which will be published later this year.
Dr. Morgenstern has presented on the diagnosis of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders at the 2014 American College of Chest Physicians national conference in Austin, Texas and has published peer-reviewed articles on the relationship between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and diabetes; risk assessments of sleep disorders in primary care utilizing computer-assisted technology; and on the treatment of patients with OSA and neuromuscular disease.
Telemedicine has been a strong interest of Dr. Morgenstern as well, and he has been a pioneer in the field of telemedicine especially with respect to its integration with sleep medicine. He has also formed his own nonprofit organization, Medwiser, an organization focused on disease prevention using internet and other new-media tools to help empower the healthcare consumer and stave off illness before it begins.
Dr. Morgenstern lives with his wife and two children in neighboring West Hempstead. It was a conscious decision for him to practice in and around his own community, as he feels that planting local roots forms the best blend of his professional and personal interests and goals.
Dr. Morgenstern helps form a synergistic platform within Five Towns Neurology as his current interest in sleep helps further carry forward the practice’s Cedarhurst Sleep Center, our community’s own three-bed, state-of-the-art sleep lab, into more robust development and prominence within the community. Equally valuable is his interest in our existing clinical-trials research within our Five Towns Neuroscience Research Division, one of the premier neuroscience free-standing research facilities in the tri-state area, having conducted studies in areas of chronic pain, dementia, migraine, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, and more.
Dr. Morgenstern is available now for appointments at the Five Towns Neurology Cedarhurst office with most major insurance plans accepted for both his sleep specialty and general neurology. Please call 516-239-1800 to schedule your appointment today.