Dr. Natoushka Trenard is the Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Department at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. She joined PAGNY in 2019 as the Director of the Intensive Care Unit, and was promoted to Chief of the Divison in 2021. She is also a Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical College.
In honor of Women's History Month, we had the opportunity to interview Dr. Trenard on her experiences as a physician and why she chose PAGNY. Here's what she said.
PAGNY: Why did you choose a career in Pulmonary Care at PAGNY and NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan?
Dr. Trenard: I am a Pulmonary/Critical Care Attending at Metropolitan Hospital, and I chose this specialty because it allowed me to satisfy multiple areas of interest in medicine.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the forefront the significant health
disparities that exist within the population I am serving at
Metropolitan. It inspired me to redirect my interests and focus on
With my Chairman, Dr. Mattana, and talented colleagues in the division, I feel that I can use my leadership to improve health outcomes and impact positive change in our community. I hope to use any growth in my career to implement initiatives that aim to narrow that health gap.
PAGNY: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Dr. Trenard: It
is very rewarding to be able to take care of patients at different
levels of acuity. This was especially true during the COVID pandemic,
where I would follow up with patients in the pulmonary clinic. I
previously cared for intubated and critically ill patients in the ICU.
Caring for patients and their families during very challenging times is
I also enjoy being involved in resident and fellow education. It adds another dimension of purpose to my daily work.
Physicians like Dr. Trenard exemplify our mission to provide compassionate patient-centered care to vulnerable patients in New York City. We admire her commitment to addressing health care inequality, and affirm our commitment to making healthcare accessible to all.