STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Growing up, Dr. Vladimir Barayev, 33, became fascinated with the scientific approach to building better health.
“I have a passion for preventing diseases before they even begin. Preventive care offers the greatest benefit to people because of the years of suffering that can be avoided. Many diseases that adults face have origins to their childhood,” he said.
“To help my community thrive, I have felt a utilitarian need to do the most good for people so I decided to follow a career where I could interact with families while their children are young,” added Dr. Barayev, who received his Doctor of Medicine from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. and has been a pediatrician for more than nine years.
He opened his first private practice, Rivertowns Pediatrics of Staten Island in Concord — a venture he had been contemplating since 2018 — in February amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.