I've been a Type 1 diabetic for over 40 years and have had extraordinary good fortune with my diabetes physicians, from day 1 of my diagnosis. Recently, however, this has changed radically for the worse. Whether one cares to blame the structure of hospitals, or the manner in which Insurance pays physicians on staff of hospitals these days, I've had 2 very fine endocrinologists in succession leave the practice and move over to Big Pharma. The latest doctor I'm seeing seems sorely overburdened, tries to keep office visits as short as possible (profit in volume, perhaps?) and seems put-upon when asked to engage in any conversation relating to my diabetes.
SO: would anyone in New York City care to make recommendations for an endocrinologist who might relate to their patients more like human beings and less like a commodity? I'd be interested in any insights any of you would care to offer, and I thank you all in advance.

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I used to see Dr. Robert Rapaport for pediatric (at Mount Sinai - on Madison Ave), and while that won't directly help you very much, whomever his office is recommending for adult care to their "graduated" patients I would certainly give a shot... so it depends on how good you are with making weird phone calls.

That's the best I could do from afar!

dr. Stewart Weiss
345 east 37th street
212- 953- 0703.
been seeing him for over 20 years and i have recommended him to others who fall in love with him right away.
brilliant, available, gentle, full service office (diatician, Pump Educator, if necessary)... everyone there is excellent. give it a try. personaly, i like being treated like a human being rather than just a disease. he is affliliated with NYU hspital.

I can vouch for Weiss as well. Im from the midwest but am in college in NYC and wanted to find someone to be my go to here. Dr. Weiss was recommended to me and, all I can say is that I have tried out my fair share of endos, and he is the first that I actually feel cares for me to be successful and clearly knows what he's talking about.

I don't have any advice re NYC, but I also note that several of my best doctors over the years, the docs who actually "got it" patient-relations wise and also were leading the pack in terms of intensive treatment, tend to pack up and move to big pharma as well. But... in each case their replacement was just as good (if not identical in attitude or style).

I've sort of given up on finding an endo who completely "gets it." I think for all the reasons you mention, the quality of medical care overall has gone down (esp related to diabetes). What I do recommend is becoming your own physician. Learn as much as you can, stay up-to-date on all the current research, and go into appointments armed with a clear list of what you want. For me, this approach has worked well as an adult. In my experience, there is very little than endo can tell me or do for me that I don't already know at this point.

I'd limit the search to one north of 40th st.

Actually I'm coming from Brooklyn and have been going to various Endocrinologists on the upper East Side as far north as 99th St (back in the golden age of Dr. Ginsberg-Fellner at Mt. Sinai) so I'm certainly open to someone who has a recommendation in downtown Manhattan (at least after the power comes back on in downtown Manhattan) or for that matter her in the People's Republic of Brooklyn, if such a physician exists.

It may be out of your preferred area, but try Lauren Golden at Naomi Berrie at Columbia Presbyterian uptown in the 160s on Broadway(fairly easy to get to on the A train). Very good team approach up there, with educators, nutritionists and a good eye doctor, too. And, being part of a hospital, they take a lot of insurance. Approach seems to be to help our diabetes care and treatment fit our lifestyles. Totally non-judgmental (like some very high priced endos I've seen).




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