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Longtime Local Doctor Retires from MKMG

Louis Corsaro will remain chief medical officer for several school districts, including Bedford and Katonah-Lewisboro.

After 45 years in a profession, most people are looking forward to retirement, and many are ready to call it quits. 

For Dr. Louis A. Corsaro, a pediatrician who has seen thousands of local children—and, in some cases, their parents—the opposite is true.

Corsaro's last day as a physician with the Mount Kisco Medical Group (MKMG) was Dec. 31. At 70 years old, he said goodbye to his day job because of a corporate policy, one that Corsaro respects and understands. After all, he said, "It's difficult to keep up with medicine as you age."

"Ideally I would have worked for at least five more years," Corsaro said, adding that MKMG is a "superb" and "terrific" organization. "That would have been my fantasy."

Still, Corsaro's time as a pediatrician was nothing short of special. What he liked most was the opportunity to work with so many different people.

Between the last 26 years in the Bedford area, and the roughly 15 years he spent in Springfield, MA prior to that, Corsaro has seen thousands of patients. Some, including a 26-year-old man whose young daughter was a new patient, saw him through the early years of adulthood.

"The fondest memory I have is walking into an exam room and having had the mom as a patient, and being able to look at the child and say 'Hey, your mom was a little nervous when I was giving her her shots, too.'"

Since the fantasy of five more years with patients did not pan out, Corsaro has decided to "reinvent" himself. That means concentrating on his position as a consultant.

For the past 15 years, the doctor worked as the chief medical officer for the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. He's served in the same capacity for Bedford schools for about half that time, and over the years, he's added other districts, too. Now, he's up to five. 

"The word retirement seems kind of funny, it doesn’t seem to fit him whatsoever," said Carol Bumbolow, a nurse for the Lakeland Central School District, one of the more recent additions to Corsaro's list. 

The positions allow him to focus on special interests, one of which is establishing a standard for dealing with and preventing concussions.

"It's very important," Corsaro, a father of six, said. "...We’re recognizing we have a problem. We have to do something about it, and the answer is not to take kids out of sports. It's to make sports safer."

Corsaro is slated to present a lecture on concussion management to several of the school nurses in Putnam and Westchester later this month, according to Bumbolow, who complimented Corsaro's accessibility, passion and "wealth of knowledge." 

"He's truly eager to help the children and he has a tremendous understanding of what families are undergoing," she said. "He extends himself to help students become as healthy and as involved as possible."

Beyond professional endeavors, Corsaro's retirement plans include sailing lessons and travel time with his wife, a longtime local teacher.

"Between my wife and I, we can't walk through Mount Kisco without someone noticing us," he said.  "Policemen, firemen, garbage men, people who work in the stores. We know probably more than 50 percent of population collectively."

Laura Beth Kerr Gilman January 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM
MKMG needs to change its policy. Ridiculous policy! Dr. Corsaro has most definitely "kept up" with medicine! My children have been treated by Dr. Corsaro many times over the years at the practice he shares with other wonderful pediatricians. I have truly valued his experience, expertise and opinion over the years. One of the traits I admire most about him is his respect for the perspective of the patient's parent. I am very upset as I write this, as I am very angry that my children will no longer have the option to see him. One of my four children (now a teen) chose to see him, because he is a man and he felt more comfortable with him, at this stage. We had a great experience. Another time, one my children had an infection as an infant that was proving to be stubborn and our pediatrician asked if it would be okay if she brought Dr Corsaro in on the case. Of course it was okay! He came in the room and offered his opinion, based on his valuable experience, and we were grateful. I will be venting my frustration into a letter addressed to MKMG. In their attempt to stay current, they appear to be failing miserably, appearing to be archaic and ageist by applying a blanket policy, such as this. Some people are very old by the time they are 50 and others are learning and growing well into their 70s and 80s. What a stupid policy! CHANGE IT ! Please.
Ross Revira January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM
I guess you know more than the doctor. Your selfishness is clearly evident. "It's difficult to keep up with medicine as you age." said the good doctor.
Laura Beth Kerr Gilman January 23, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Hello Mr Revira: I have seen your posts on here before. You are correct. I am selfish. I want the best for my children. If you have children, I suspect you would want the best for them as well. It is selfish for me to have an opinion. In my opinion and selfishness, I would like Dr. Corsaro to stay on to care for my children. It is clear that you have never met Dr. Corsaro. You wrote, quoting the good doctor: ""It's difficult to keep up with medicine as you age." said the good doctor". Dr Corsaro is correct that it IS difficult to keep up with medicine as you age. I argue that he HAS. His passion for medicine is obvious, recommending current books to me, for me to read about medical issues affecting my children. As a person with young children, I argue that it might be more difficult to keep up with medicine as a man or woman with young children. As empty nesters, many people find new time and passion to commit to their careers. Our great nation is notorious for not valuing age and experience. Age is NOT a bad thing! A blanket policy, in my opinion, IS a BAD THING.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I've taken my children to Dr. Corsaro's office several times over the last ten years—we've enjoyed the visits, appreciated the care. Good luck Dr. Corsaro in your next chapter!
Marie January 23, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I had to FORCE my 'children' who are now young adults in their 20's to stop seeing Dr. Corsaro and start with a 'regular MD'. (Though they did not mind waiting with babies, toddlers to be seen by him.) This news makes me sad, but, grateful that we were fortunate to be under his care. He made me cry once when nervous about moving to Russia, he said 'you can call me at any time, with any concern'. He is a special man and Physcian and will be missed. I wish him well and hope to see him around town!
liz pezanowski January 23, 2013 at 03:28 PM
We are lucky to have Dr. Corsaro at Bedford Central School District! The kids and staff just LOVE him!!!
Lauren Doyle January 23, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Well said, Laura Beth.
Lauren Doyle January 23, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Well said, Laura Beth.
Bonnie Grabeklis January 23, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I have worked with Dr Corsaro for 26 years and wouldn't have changed a day. I miss him every day. The love for what he did showed in the devotion his patients and their families had for him. And now as he will be school doctor for many schools in the area his devotion to the students will go beyond.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Bonnie at least we get to see you there!
Melissa Moran January 23, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Dr. Corsaro became more to us than just our pediatrician...he became our friend! It is a shame that MKMG has that policy. He is truly missed!
Laura Beth Kerr Gilman January 23, 2013 at 06:12 PM
I agree with Lisa, Bonnie! I am glad we still get to see you! It is true that we will still get to see him through our school. I am over the initial shock after reading the article, but I will still miss him, as will the kids.
Melissa Moran January 23, 2013 at 06:18 PM
I couldnt agree with you more Laura! He is one of the best and it was always through HIS expertise and wisdom that we were able to get through some very rough patches with my sons.
Ross Revira January 23, 2013 at 07:52 PM
There are age restrictions in many professions and many reasons for them. They are usually put in place to protect society as a whole. For every rule there is an exception and most likely Dr. Corsaro is the exception but he voluntarily joined MKMG knowing these restrictions and has lived up to his contract. The fact that your children and many children throughout the area will not be treated by the good doctor is unfortunate but that is a fact of life. Why do many people like yourself and other bloggers feel that rules and regulations should not be enforced because it affects them? How do you determine when a doctor is too old to treat patients? Would you be so kind and not sue them for medical malpractice if they misdiagnosed your child’s illness do to their age? I do not think so. I would imagine if the good doctor still wanted to see patients he would join another group or open a small office. Just for the record I do have children and grandchildren and want the best for them. To believe Dr. Corsaro is the only good pediatrician in the area is naïve. Maybe when you get a little older you will see that you cannot always get what you want.
Laura Beth Kerr Gilman January 23, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Ross - discrimination is discrimination. Age does not equal ability to practice medicine. There are people in their 50s with advanced Alzheimer's, just as there are those in their 90s who are sharp as a tack. There are other ways to protect against having someone practice who shouldn't; reaccreditation is one way, physical exams are another. What would happen if we told all people of a certain age that they could no longer drive? What would the cutoff age be? What about homeownership? I very much believe in rules and regulations and laws. What would make you think, from my post, that I don't? I think that is a very judgmental assumption to make about someone you don't know and not nice to write. Is it because I spoke up when I felt a wrong had been done? Isn't that what I should do, as a good citizen? If a rule or regulation is discriminatory and unfair, then it should be changed. People should not be disposed of so easily. I believe we are too rash in our world. What is wrong with taking things on a case-by-case basis? It takes years to build relationships. As for my supposedly thinking I can always get what I want, what in the world would make you say that? Are you saying that people should be complacent and be accepting of things they think are wrong? If I don't speak out about ageism at my age (43), what kind of message am I sending to my kids? I hope someone would speak out for me if they felt I was being treated unfairly, just as I would speak up for you or anyone else.
tvita January 30, 2013 at 04:58 PM
some people just dont have anything better to do and are just plain old, and have nothing better to do than to agree with such lame rules and politics. Ross goes on every patch and bashes oppinions. Maybe DMV should put restrictions on drivers over 60 due to, aging heath problems that effect everyone as the get old. I think if you opposes everything you should go and voice your oppinion at every meeting that every town and disctrict has. It seems like you have the time on your hands.

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