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Saturday, February 14, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Abigail Yap of Lenox Hill Cardiology

Here at Whom You Know, we profile Movers and Shakers that are notable in their field. It is important to remember that no matter how amazing a designer, artist or banker may be at what they do, when they are up against a challenge usually no one's life is at stake. In honor of Valentine's Day, Peachy Deegan has profiled a notable figure in Manhattan that not only has a big heart, but also works with hearts and is in the business of saving hearts and lives.

Abigail Yap is a 32 year old physician assistant practicing at Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East side, specializing in post-operative critical care in the department of cardiothoracic surgery. It's intense, high-energy, and fast-paced. Outside of work, Abby is easygoing in her personal life to balance her intense career. Abigail is a suburban Jersey Girl by birth but the last several years, she has been striving for the diverse adventures Manhattan brings: she has been exploring the city and beyond, traveling the world including most recently Greece and Argentina. She loves fine wine and dining, nightlife, high fashion, cultural activities, music, the arts, and world travel. Apart from her more sophisticated side, Abby also likes playing tennis, skiing, hiking, kayaking, working out, bar-hopping, dancing to hip-hop, house, and 80's music, laughing aloud, and watching reality TV. Abigail surrounds herself with positive and honest people: family first, then everyone else.

Peachy Deegan: What inspired you to go into cardiology?
Abigail Yap: The heart is the core of all body systems, and cardiology is the foundation of medicine.

Does your cardiology department do anything special in honor of Valentine's Day?
As we ARE in the business of mending broken hearts, I think it's appropriate to say that we hold this holiday sacred by continuing to do the best for our patients.

What do most people not know about cardiology that they should know?
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The intensity of the work environment and the acuity of patients. And occasionally, I have to deal with difficult personalities and egos.

What do you like most about your career?
Building rapport with patients and staff; working towards improving patient outcomes. My job is fast-paced and very hands-on; it requires critical thinking, attention to details, and teamwork. That's totally my scene!

What are you doing for Valentine's day?
Visiting my family in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Home is where the heart is.

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
Sunday brunch at a sidewalk cafe in the summer

What is your favorite shop?

What is your favorite drink?
Captain and Diet

What is your favorite restaurant?
Park Avenue Winter

What is your favorite NYC book?
ZagatSurvey New York City Restaurants and Zagat New York City Nightlife

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else?
Satisfy any type of food craving!

What do you think is most overrated and underrated here?
Dating and BYOB's

If you personally knew how much fun Abby is, you would realize she is not only a heartsaver, but a real heartstopper! (pun intended!) And she is single, boys!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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