About The Author
Steven Z. Kussin, MD
Steven Z. Kussin, MD, is a physician, author, television commentator, and pioneer in the Shared Decision movement. He founded and led his clinical practice for three decades. He then wrote Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now: Gaining the Upper Hand in Your Medical Care (2011). He founded the Shared Decision Center in Central New York. He retired from his center in 2015.
Education: Raised in the New York public school system. Attended college at Columbia University and medical school at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Post-graduate training was also completed at Einstein.
Certifications: Certified in Internal Medicine and attended Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for fellowship in Gastroenterology. Following certification in Gastroenterology, Dr. Kussin served in Manhattan as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia.
“The dichotomy between a roiling public city hospital and a world class private specialty institution, Sloan Kettering, permitted me a front row seat to the full spectrum of human frailty, folly and foibles,” Dr. Kussin said.
Practice: Founded a solo practice in Utica, NY that expanded over time to include several physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. A traumatic car accident ended his clinical career in 2005, sparking his passion for patient advocacy.
Published Work: Dr. Kussin is the author of two books on patient advocacy. Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now: Gaining the Upper Hand in Your Medical Care (2011) and The Slippery Slope of Healthcare: Why Bad Things Happen to Healthy Patients and How to Avoid Them (2020) through Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. In addition, he was published several times throughout his teaching career in publications including; The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and Digestive Diseases and Sciences.
Dr. Kussin is an Invited Expert on several websites.
Family: Dr. Kussin and his life partner, Annie, divide their time between Clinton and Manhattan, NY. He is the proud father of two sons.