Top Doctors 2011 Profile: Marc Tack, M.D., Infectious Diseases in Kingston
A beacon of hope for infectious disease survivors
Photograph by Michael Polito
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The closing of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan in April 2010 hit Marc Tack, D.O., hard.
He was among the dedicated staff who served there back in the 1990s when St. Vincent’s was at the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in New York. “I was down there recently, and it was heartbreaking to see those empty buildings,” says Tack, an infectious disease specialist. “Back in the early 1990s, at the height of the epidemic, there would be 700-800 patients a day in the hospital. Its closing was an incredible loss to that community.”
Tack grew up on Long Island, went to the University of Buffalo and the New York Institute of Technology, and got his D.O. degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his internal medicine residency at St. Vincent’s — including a term as chief resident — and received his training in infectious disease treatment at Brown University.
Today, he’s affiliated with the Medical Associates of the Hudson Valley practice in Kingston; he’s also director of the department of infectious diseases at Health Alliance — Kingston and Benedictine Hospitals — and is on staff at Northern Dutchess Hospital. He’s the president of the Ulster County Board of Health.
Medicine has always been a part of Tack’s life: his dad was a hospital administrator at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center for 38 years. His sister is a nurse and one brother is a physician.
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