Born in Brazil, and moving to the United States at an early age, Dr. Maass quickly became interested in different languages and cultures. While in high school, she became involved in volunteer work internationally which introduced her to women’s health issues around the world, leading her to dedicate her career to providing access, education and quality health care to women of all ages. As a women’s health advocate and specialist, Dr. Maass aims at promoting health education and empowering women in regards to their sexual, reproductive and overall health in order to achieve optimal quality of life.
She attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health with specializations in women’s health and global health policy. She continued her medical education at Nova Southeastern University, where she was elected into the Sigma Sigma Phi national medical honor society, as well as graduating top of her class in 2017. She then received comprehensive training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health Care System in New Jersey. She is a DaVinci Robotic trained and certified surgeon, with a great interest in all minimally invasive procedures. She is also passionate about high risk pregnancies, adolescent health, reproductive health and other complex gynecological issues.
Interested in education and research Dr. Maass also serves as a Clinical Instructor at Weill Cornell School of Medicine and as an Attending Physician at Mount Sinai West and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She also continues to work with several international organizations to provide access to health care to underserved populations as well as providing clinical training to midwives, physicians and other clinical staff internationally.
She is a female gynecologist in Queens NYC.
What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
When I was obtaining my undergraduate degree at the University of Miami, and working at Ryder Trauma Center I was able to be a part of one of the first emergency response teams to arrive in Haiti just hours after the earthquake that devastated Port-Au-Prince in 2010. I can honestly say this was a turning point in my career. I not only assisted with the search and rescue efforts as well as providing care, but I was also heading the coordination, and transfer of critical patients working with the United Nations, Partners in Health and several other military relief teams. I spent 3 consecutive months in Haiti, followed by many trips throughout that year, and it was this experience that made me understand the importance of access to health care, and its effect in society.
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
One of my big mentors in residency was and still is Dr. Patrick Anderson. He’s a Gynecologic Oncologist, and a phenomenal surgeon whose influence led me to become even more passionate about surgery, and specially robotic surgery. More importantly however, he’s the type of person who always goes above and beyond for all of his patients. He remembers everyone by name, he knows all of their histories, he bonds with his patients making everyone feel heard and cared for. He is overall an incredible human being, and the level of bonding and connection he develops with his patients is what I strive to achieve some day.
What do you consider are some of the most pressing health issues today and why?
Access to health care, and reproductive rights and options. The ability of any individual to make educated decisions and take full control of their health in all aspects is integral in order to achieve optimal quality of life and achieve their full potential as humans. Health care is a human right, reproductive health is a woman’s right, and I believe this to be the most pressing issue in healthcare today.
Sarah S. My doctor made sure that I understood all results and she never rushed the visit, encouraging me to ask more questions. She thoroughly explained everything and I left the office knowing more information than ever before.