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Richmond University Medical Center Names Dr. Michael Cabbad New Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

August 8, 2019 – Dr. Michael Cabbad has been appointed the new chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Richmond University Medical Center. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as maternal fetal medicine, Dr. Cabbad has over 40 years of experience caring for families with high risk pregnancies and providing consultation to physicians who also treat high risk pregnancies. Dr. Cabbad is the first physician on Staten Island providing transabdominal cerclage procedures, or TAC, to prevent pregnancy loss due to cervical weakness.

“We could not be more excited to have Dr. Cabbad join the Richmond University Medical Center family,” said president and chief executive officer, Dr. Daniel J. Messina. “He brings new hope to families who have lost previous pregnancies through his expertise in performing transabdominal cerclage procedures and breathes new life into our already highly skilled, compassionate OB/GYN department.”

Armed with years of experience helping mothers with high risk pregnancies and reoccurring pregnancy losses, Dr. Cabbad is one of the foremost experts in transabdominal cerclage, or TAC procedures. A TAC involves a small incision in the lower abdomen through which a small, woven synthetic band is placed above the cervix. The band supports the cervix, preventing it from opening and losing a pregnancy.

“Dr. Cabbad has personally delivered well over 10,000 children and has overseen the care and treatment of more than 50,000 mothers over the course of his distinguished career,” Dr. Messina said. “He has inspired many young physicians to enter the field of obstetrics and gynecology, co-authored book chapters and has been published in many medical journal articles. You could say that Richmond University Medical Center has landed an OB/GYN legend.”

Dr. Cabbad was born in Argentina as a naturalized American citizen, arrived in New York at the age of three and received his education through the New York City public school system.  He completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at Long Island University in Brooklyn and subsequently attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara.  He completed an externship program at Long Island College Hospital sponsored through SUNY-Downstate.  He subsequently became director of obstetrics at Kings County Hospital before going to Brooklyn Hospital Center where he took on the role of chief of maternal fetal medicine, establishing an active perinatal diagnostic center that has performed over 10,000 fetal assessments a year. During his 20 year tenure at Brooklyn Hospital Center, he also served as program director of the hospital’s OB/GYN training program.

Dr. Cabbad’s addition to Richmond University Medical Center further enhances the hospital’s continuing commitment to providing the highest quality women’s health care services on Staten Island. Last October, the hospital opened its dedicated Breast and Women’s Center at 1161 Clove Road. The $6 million facility provides comprehensive imaging and clinical services at one location, including diagnosis, treatment and support for cancer patients. The medical team at the center includes specialists, technicians and nurse navigators under the direction of the hospital’s board certified diagnostic radiologist and board certified oncoplastic physician. The center also features Staten Island’s first sensory exam suites that feature images and sounds clinically proven to relax patients, providing a calming experience during imaging and clinical procedures.