Ivy Urgent Care is proud to introduce to you our medical director, Dr. Robert W. Malizia.
Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Dr. Malizia received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1997 and earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 2004. He then completed his residency in emergency medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, in 2007. Following two years of emergency room practice in Atlanta, GA, he returned to New Jersey along with his wife and beautiful daughters to continue his practice closer to family and friends.
With eight years of experience managing severe life-threatening illnesses and trauma in the emergency department, Dr. Malizia is taking his experience to the outpatient setting, where he will provide a source of convenient and affordable care for patients with less severe, but urgent illnesses and injuries.
Dr. Malizia is trained in all subspecialty areas, and he is comfortable caring for both genders and all ages of patients, including children and infants. In addition to diagnosing and managing urgent illnesses, Dr. Malizia is skilled in recognizing subtle signs of more serious, potentially life-threatening emergencies. He works closely with the local emergency medical services and emergency department of Staten Island University Hospital to get such patients the emergency care they need.
Staten Island and the Wagner College community have played a large role in Dr. Malizia's life. Cheering on the Wagner College Seahawks football team is a fond memory Dr. Malizia shares with his parents (Wagner classes of 1968 and 1970), as well as his two brothers and sister. Dr. Malizia's parents, his father a captain of the football team and his mother a cheerleader, met during their college years and were married in Staten Island. He enjoys serving the community that played such a large role in his family's history.
Mark Petrovani, M.D., FAAFP recently joined Ivy Urgent Care after moving back to New York City from Madison Wisconsin where he was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has significant experience in outpatient and urgent care medicine.
Dr Petrovani earned his B.A. in Biological Science and History from Rutgers University in New Brunswick and graduated medical school at the Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School in 1990. He completed his family medicine specialty training at the Montefiore Medical Center and then the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Upon completion of his medical training he spent the next 21 years in New York City practicing medicine and consulting as medical director for continuing medical education development companies. In 2011 he joined the UW faculty in Madison, Wisconsin. His career-long commitment to caring for individuals and communities continues here in NYC.
Dr. Petrovani has a strong, long-standing interest in global health and throughout his career has worked in several resource limited settings including the impoverished South Bronx, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Haiti, and most recently in Belize, Central America. Since 2012 he has been involved with Hillside Healthcare International, a small non-profit organization providing medical care, disease prevention, and health education to the impoverished people of Southern Belize. All of their services are provided free of charge to the people of the Toledo District and made possible by donors from around the world. They also offer global health education with academic credit for medical trainees, providing them the opportunity to learn while serving. He is currently a member of the board of directors for Hillside and is chair of the clinical committee. He volunteers his time and services on an annual basis and recently returned from his fifth medical mission trip to Belize.
Dr Petrovani is an outspoken advocate for his patients with special training and experience in the care of the medically underserved, drug abuse and those in our community without a voice. He has two grown daughters and comes from a modest background. His father was a civil engineer and his mother a registered nurse who passed their humanitarian values on to their children. "These values," says Dr. Petrovani, "are still a driving force for me. My life is an example that you do not have to be born privileged to make a contribution to a better world."
Jennifer Genuardi, MD completed her undergraduate and medical school at Georgetown University. She went on to completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds) at Christiana Care and DuPont Children's Hospital in Delaware. She stayed on as Assistant Chief of Service for Internal medicine while while doing pediatric and adult hospital work at Christiana Care and DuPont Children’s Hospital. For the past 7.5 years, Dr Genuardi has been serving the Hunts Point community in the South Bronx as primary care provider at Urban Health Plan. She is the Director of Clinical Best Practices and Clinical Education as well as the lead provider champion for much of the QI/PI work done there. She trains all new provider hires in an innovative preceptorship program and organizes/ teaches all PA, NP, and medical students throughout the year. She is continues to provide ways for current clinicians to continue to develop professionally and acquire medical knowledge. Additionally, she has worked for IVY Urgent Care as both a provider at our Staten Island sites as well as a QI/QA consultant and new provider trainer. In all of these years of practice, she sees her work as not only delivering the highest quality of care to the patients in front of her, but enacting systems to improve accountability and compliance with evidence-driven recommendations and implementing these systems to ensure all clinicians and students give the highest level of care to the patients they work with. For fun, she runs marathons, enjoys all that NYC has to offer, and is active in her children’s school.