“I love the opportunity to help people. A lot of people helped me to become a physician, now I have a chance to give back and have a positive impact on others.”
Nita M. Lowey
“LEADER IN TREATMENT OF HIGH RISK PREGNANCY”
As a student in high school, Patrician Devine liked helping people and learning new things, particularly in math and science. "Becoming a physician was the perfect job for me," she recalled. "I always wanted to work with people, and now I'm helping people start their families and understand what it takes to stay healthy."
As chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Sound Shore Medical Center of New Rochelle, NY, and as a breast cancer survivor and women's health advocate, Patricia Devine has spent her career dealing with high-risk pregnancies and promoting health and wellness for women and their families.
Her skills and empathy also led to a long-term program in the community to help needy children. In 1994, after successfully helping a patient with a high risk pregnancy deliver a healthy baby, the patient Kathy Curto and her husband, in appreciation of the care she received, began the Sound Shore Medical Center's Annual Toy and Coat Drive, which Patricia Devine co-chairs. The toy drive provides toys and coats to over 1200 children annually, and is now expanding its services to provide food to needy families.
Nominated as a Local Legend by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY-18), Patricia Devine is an advocate for women's health and community service. Recalling how her family physician used to make house calls and encouraged her interest in science and math, she devotes time to teaching in medical school and mentoring high school students on health issues.
Her interest in health and medicine began early when in high school she worked with children suffering from severe handicaps. She found her calling as a physician working in the high-stress environment of maternal-fetal medicine and dealing with high-risk pregnancies.
"I like being able to treat women during maternity and make decisions that help them. One of the great satisfactions in my work is seeing the outcome of my decisions--a healthy child."
She credits her parents, neither of whom attended college, for encouraging her to attend medical school. "I teach and I mentor students," she said. "It's one way of passing along some of my own clinical experience and having an impact."
Patricia Devine has served as a reviewer for the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and is widely published in her field. She is also a frequent commentator on television and radio programs including The Discovery Health Channel.
Her encounter with breast cancer led to a strong desire to promote health and wellness and to lead by example. She has headed fund-raising efforts to raise money to defeat breast cancer and supports women with advice on medical and emotional cancer survival strategies. "It's important for women to see that they can go on to lead productive lives after breast cancer," Devine commented.
"I'd like to be remembered for helping my community and contributing to maternal-fetal medicine," she said. "I get a thrill when I run into one of the babies I delivered--sometimes years later. I even have some of them helping out now with the toy drive."
Appointed Clinical Assistant Physician, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Appointed Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Appointed Chief of Division, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester, New Rochelle, NY
Co-Chair, Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester Annual Toy & Coat Drive
Recipient of Woman Achievement Award (New York) for work in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, women's health advocacy, and service to the community
Appointed Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Medical School, Valhalla, NY
Recipient of New Rochelle Police Benevolent Association Community Service Award
Appointed Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Medical School, Valhalla, NY
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Maternal-Fetal Medicine/High Risk Pregnancy