Sonia A. Henry, MD, FACC, FASE
Assistant Director, Echocardiography
North Shore LIJ Health System
New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Sonia Alissa Henry is the first medical doctor in her family. Her mother’s job as a midwifery nurse in Guyana sparked her interest in medicine. “I admired what my mother did. Somehow, she could always make her patients smile,” explains Dr. Henry, who is the assistant director of echocardiography and an attending cardiologist in the North Shore LIJ Health System. “I fell in love with the field of cardiology because of the heart’s seemingly simple façade yet intricate makeup. Also, cardiology marries research, technical skills and clinical skills in a way that is very different from most fields of medicine.”
Henry is also an assistant professor of cardiology at Hofstra University School of Medicine in Hempstead, N.Y. “I love teaching!” she exclaims. “Whether it’s students, young doctors or patients, an opportunity to teach is an opportunity to open the door to the unknown.” She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, with honors, from the State University of New York-Stony Brook, and her doctorate in medicine from SUNY Health Science Center, Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, N.Y., along with a cardiology fellowship focusing on advanced cardiac imaging.
Competitive by nature, with a love for anything active and adventurous, Henry holds a black belt in karate. She is passionate about raising awareness of heart disease in women, especially in female cancer patients, and recently launched a cardio-oncology program at North Shore LIJ. “More than two million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. are believed to be at risk for heart disease and a significant amount of our breast cancer patients who receive certain chemotherapy drugs will experience myocardial damage,” she explains. “There is a need for these women to be screened appropriately and treated accordingly to eliminate cardiovascular complications as a barrier to effective cancer treatment.”