Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community members, the St. Joseph Hospital Gala, scheduled for May 2, 2020, has been canceled in response to concerns about the coronavirus. Thank you for your support and understanding of this decision; it is greatly appreciated.

If you believe you or your family members may have been in contact with a person diagnosed with the virus, please call your health care provider prior to visiting the office to alert them of this potential exposure. If you are unable to reach your provider or don’t have one, call the New York State coronavirus hotline with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms at 1-888-364-3065. In addition, be aware of any respiratory symptoms or fever. If you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath), ask your health care provider for instructions.

Please know that New York State has directed all insurance carriers to cover the cost of testing for coronavirus without copays. Testing is done through swabbing the nose and throat and sending it to an authorized lab.

If you have further questions, visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for detailed information about the coronavirus at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus



Joseph Chirayil, MDPhysician of Excellence
Joseph Chirayil, MD
Associate Director, Emergency Department
2013 – Present

Joseph John Chirayil was born in the quiet city of Brooklyn, NY. He moved to Westbury, Long Island in 1980. He attended New York University as a University Scholar and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. While at NYU, he was the president of the South Asian student organization.

In 2000, Dr. Chirayil earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and started his Emergency Medicine residency at Kings County Hospital/ SUNY Downstate. After completing his 4 years of training, he stayed on as faculty and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2009.

In 2013, Dr. Chirayil was one of the first physicians to join a new EM group, Progressive Emergency Physicians, and began working his first clinical shift at St. Joseph at the inception of the group’s first contract. Since that time, he has been in regular rotation at the hospital.

As his tenure with Progressive grew, Dr. Chirayil was honored to be appointed the Director of Emergency Medicine Department at St. John’s Episcopalian Hospital in Far Rockaway, Queens in 2018. After gaining invaluable experience there, he returned as the Associate Director of the Emergency Medicine Department at St. Joseph Hospital where he currently practices.

Dr. Chirayil volunteers at various charitable events in Long Island, including the Suffolk County Marathon, and has recently started a lecture circuit about the dangers of vaping to local high schools, middle schools, and hospitals.

He hopes to continue his career in Emergency Medicine as a practitioner, teacher, and leader for many years to come.

Dr. Chirayil is honored for his recognition as Physician of Excellence by St. Joseph Hospital and is grateful to be surrounded by his family: Parents John and Susan; Sister Terry; Daughters Suvanni and Sydnee; supportive Wife Lorna; Mother-in-law Yvonne: Sister-in-law Laura; and Nephew Armani.