Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
I am a board-certified endocrinologist with a special interest in diabetes and thyroid- and cancer-associated endocrinological issues. My clinical expertise is in diabetes, thyroid nodules and the endocrine side effects of cancer drugs. I work in tandem with a team of nurses, certified diabetes educators (CDEs) and physicians to provide the best possible care to my endocrine patients. I see patients at UBMD Internal Medicine at the Conventus Center for Collaborative Medicine located on Main St. in Buffalo.
I have a simple approach toward my patients: I want them to see me as a true friend for whom their health is a top priority. I get to know my patients by asking about their hobbies, travel plans and daily chores. I avoid medical terminologies so that we can communicate without confusion and develop as equal partners in their care. I believe that the relationships I develop with my patients, along with aggressive care, help prevent long-term complications and facilitate excellent diabetes-related outcomes--in many instances avoiding amputations or stopping diabetes from progressing to chronic kidney disease (CKD).
My current research interests include checkpoint inhibitors (as a new cancer therapy), related endocrine dysfunction and the methods to recognize and manage these toxicities. I encourage residents and fellows to work with me on small research projects and present them at national meetings.
I teach medical students and residents on topics related to endocrine issues in adult patients. I also lecture to residents and fellows on diabetes, thyroid disorders and endocrine-related cancers. I emphasize with all my trainees that patients benefit maximally if health care professionals work as a team: team work minimizes errors, and it also elicits new ideas.