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CareMount Medical Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist Named 2019 “Forty Under 40” Recipient by Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Chappaqua, New York—April 8, 2019CareMount Medical, the largest, independent multi-specialty medical group in New York State, is pleased to announce Varun Kumar, MD, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist has been named a 2019 recipient of  the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious “Forty Under 40 Mover & Shaker Award.” The annual award recognizes 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley by demonstrating advancement, excellence, creativity, and initiative in their professional endeavors, as well as through contributions to their community.

Dr. Kumar joined CareMount Medical’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department in 2017 after completing extensive training at Yale New Haven Hospital, where he was named Chief Medical Resident of Internal Medicine in 2014. As a clinical gastroenterologist and hepatologist, Dr. Kumar actively manages a care team providing all aspects of medical care, while engaging in hospital committees to provide innovative therapies. He also mentors local physician assistant students, allowing them the opportunity to shadow him during endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures.

“I am humbled to be named as one of this year’s Mover and Shaker award honorees,” said Dr. Varun Kumar. “My goal is to provide excellent patient care and improve the patient experience. I strive to offer new, life-saving techniques while maintaining one of the most important characteristics of medicine: empathy. As a physician, I am grateful to be able to help others during a difficult time in their lives, while providing them with the knowledge to lead and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Dr. Kumar is one of the lead authors for a paper published in Science Magazine in 2018 highlighting the work he did in explaining the mechanism by which specific bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract can cause autoimmune liver disease. He has served as a National Institute of Health-funded researcher and has conducted research on the role of Fecal Microbial Transplantation for C. difficile. This life saving treatment is the first of its kind to be performed in Dutchess County and Dr. Kumar is one of only a handful of gastrointestinal physicians in Dutchess County to perform this procedure.

Dr. Kumar is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the State University of New York—Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Kumar completed his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and his clinical research fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kumar practices at CareMount Medical’s Fishkill Westage, Poughkeepsie Columbia, and Kingston offices and has privileges at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Dr. Kumar is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York as well as the Dutchess County Medical Society. He is actively involved in his local Hindu Samaj Temple, helping to fundraise for various events.

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