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Robin Karpfen MD, FACOG
Specialties: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Board Certified: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical School/Degree: SUNY at Buffalo
Hospital Affiliations: Orange Regional Medical Center,Catskill Regional Medical Center,Crystal Run Ambulatory Surgery Center of Middletown, LLC
Prior Experience: Women’s Personal Care Center, Middletown, NY
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecology, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY
Internship: Obstetrics & Gynecology, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY
Undergraduate: SUNY at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
Clinical interest in adolescent gynecology, as well as broad GYN practice.
Year Joined: 2002
What made you want to become a health care provider or what is your earliest memory of wanting to be one?
After graduating from SUNY Binghamton with a BS in biology, I was considering a career in medicine. Since I never make hasty decisions, I decided to take a job at a chronic disease hospital near Boston to see if medicine was the right choice for me. I started out at the most entry level position as a nurse's aide. What an incredible experience! The nurses and doctors were terrific, hardworking and so caring. I learned so much from every patient I came in contact with and realized medicine would involve a lifetime of teaching and learning. I was accepted to SUNY Buffalo for the following fall and spent the remainder of that year absorbing everything I could about patient care.
What do you love most about your specialty? / Why did you choose your specialty?
When I started my clinical rotations in medical school, I was not planning on a career in Ob-gyn. After my first day working in the clinic, I realized that it was so natural to understand and empathize with women's concerns. In the late 1970s there were very few female Ob-gyns. That was about to change and I was lucky to be part of that change. Taking care of women is how I define my career and again, I have learned as much from my patients as they have from me.
How do you connect with your patients?
It was wonderful to experience many of the same life changing events with my patients along the way- from pregnancies, to child-rearing, to menopause. Working in a community like Orange County for 26 years gave me the opportunity to know many of my patients outside of the doctor-patient relationship. From sitting on community boards to soccer practice with our children, I quickly became a native to Orange County.
What are your interests outside of the office (hobbies, activities)?
I love to read, hike, and ski. Lately, I love to go to Yoga classes and it's become more fun since my 21 year old daughter joins me whenever she's home. I'm also a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, so I stay pretty busy.
What is your advice for your patients?
Well, I'm a gynecologist, so some of it's probably not printable. But in general - stay active and learn not to worry so much.