He was trained in internal medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans where he treated his first HIV+ patient in the early 1980's. He continued his training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at University of Southern California / Los Angeles County Medical Center. In addition to private practice, Dr. Akil has started community-based HIV organizations for healthcare and research and has opened numerous free clinics to treat indigent populations. Dr. Akil received the Harvey Milk Humanitarian Award from Christopher Street West (Los Angeles Gay Pride) as recognition of his dedication to the Gay community.
He has been treating infectious diseases for more than 20 years. He graduated from New Jersey College of Medicine in 1982 and completed his residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt’s Hospital Center in Manhattan in 1985. From 1985 to 1987, Dr. McMeeking participated in Fellowship Training in Infectious Diseases at New York University Medical Center/Belleview Hospital. Today, Dr. McMeeking is an Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and an Attending Physician at NYU Medical Center. He works from his own office as well as consulting with other physicians for patients with complicated infections. While he treats all infectious diseases, Dr. McMeeking specializes in HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Herpes, MRSA, and Travel Medicine. He also conducts clinical research in new therapies for HIV . Because he is involved in cutting edge research, his patients can expect state-of-the-art treatments. Unlike many doctors, Dr. McMeeking is able to quickly schedule appointments. The wait is rarely longer than three days for any patient, and he tries to accommodate emergency patients on the same day.
He has been with the practice since January 1996. He graduated from the Physician Assistant (PA) program at Cornell University Medical College with certification in both surgery and general medicine – that’s how much he loves this job! A training stint at Callen Lorde, an LGBT clinic, enhanced Florentino’s desire to work with the LGBT community, specifically in HIV Medicine.
The staff of CVM is committed to providing you with the highest quality of care, which in part means spending generous time with your doctor or health care provider. When you visit CVM, you will be welcomed home — you will not feel rushed through your visit, nor will you experience long wait times or a crowded waiting room. You and your provider will have plenty of time to discuss your health concerns and for you to jointly make informed treatment decisions. When you leave the office, you will feel confident in the direction of your care. You will also have cellular phone access to your provider resulting in 24-7 availability of care.
CVM is a ‘third-party free practice,’ which means that neither the government nor insurance companies influence the way your care is provided. We do not contract with Medicare or HMOs – whose goal is to minimize costs at the expense of quality medical care. We have made this decision because we believe that the decisions about your health should be made jointly between you and your health care provider, not a third-party such as the government or an administrator at your health plan. And our patients agree. With the exception of Medicare, Medicaid and strict HMO plans, we still bill your insurance for you and most of our patients have very little out-of-pocket expense.