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Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes,
and Metabolism

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Welcome to the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Winthrop University Hospital, Clinical Campus for the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

We are committed to our goal of excellence in patient care, education, and research. Our faculty specializes in a variety of endocrine disorders including diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, and obesity. We have a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, diabetes educators, medical assistants, and administrative staff who work together to provide our patients with an outstanding clinical experience and contribute to the education of our endocrine fellows, medical residents, medical students and nurse practitioner students. Our graduates are well prepared for careers in Endocrinology and have achieved success in private practice and academic settings throughout the world. Through collaborative relationships within the Winthrop Research Institute, there are myriad opportunities for participation in ongoing research studies. Thank you for visiting our Division.

Applying to our program

As Fellowship Program Coordinator, my role is to support our trainees and assist in making their fellowship experience successful. Feel free to contact me through e-mail with your questions. We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications will be downloaded for review in the beginning of July each year.

Corinne Alberto
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
1300 Franklin Ave., Suite ML-6
Garden City, NY 11530
Tel: 516-663-4775
Fax: 516-663-3931
Email: calberto@winthrop.org

Program Director's Message

24-shapiro Lawrence E. Shapiro, MD

The goal of the training program in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism is to develop expert medical consultants, teachers and researchers. Candidates who are motivated, talented and responsible will learn to be endocrinologists while functioning as representative team members of the Division in areas of patient care, teaching and research. Our curriculum is a comprehensive integration of didactic and practical teaching, literature review and close interaction with faculty in all clinical and research activities.

- Dr. Lawrence Shapiro

Associate Program Director's Message

As the Associate Program Director, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our program. I have been privileged to work with so many talented endocrine fellows over the past several years, and I am proud of the excellent clinical training our fellows receive from our program. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing our fellows with an outstanding training experience, and our hospital’s Research Institute continues to grow and provide an increasing number of research opportunities. Our goal is to provide our fellows with a well-rounded clinical training experience, and the necessary tools to excel in their future careers. Thank you for considering our program, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and share my excitement for our program.

- Dr. Michael Radin


What to expect

  • A comprehensive clinical experience with the opportunity to treat diverse patients referred to the endocrinology practice and consultation service
  • An outpatient private practice experience conducted by the fellow as an associate of the faculty in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • The opportunity to serve as leader of the inpatient consultation service
  • An intensive diabetes clinical experience, including interactions with Certified Diabetes Educators at a nationally recognized diabetes education center.
  • A strong and in-depth focus on “state of the art” diabetes technology including the management of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring.
  • Additional clinical experiences in ophthalmology, pediatric endocrinology, osteoporosis.
  • Nine months of protected research time.
  • An opportunity to learn the principles and treatment of obesity in an established Weight Management Program
  • Generous house staff benefits, including heavily subsidized housing and three complimentary meals per day.

Curriculum

The fellowship is a two year program.

First Year

The first year primarily focuses on training in clinical endocrinology with the goal of developing the skills and knowledge base required to skillfully manage patients with a variety of endocrine disorders. As leader of the inpatient endocrine consult service, the fellow takes responsibility for managing patients on the service under the close supervision of a faculty attending endocrinologist. Throughout both years, each fellow participates in his/her own continuity clinic consisting of 3 half-day sessions per week. The clinic is designed to run as the fellow’s own private practice under close supervision by faculty attending endocrinologists. Fellows also have enhanced educational experiences in diabetes technology (TechMastery), osteoporosis/metabolic bone disease clinic, personalized “hands on” instruction in thyroid ultrasound and fine needle biopsy and pediatric endocrinology rotation. Fellows have the opportunity to learn about the integral role of diabetes self-management education by closely working with the staff at our nationally recognized Diabetes Education Center. During the first year, each fellow is also expected to meet with faculty members to discuss, select, and begin to plan a research project. This will enable the fellow to complete a scholarly project by the end of the second year.

Second Year

The second year focuses on further developing and enhancing the fellow’s training in clinical endocrinology with greater in-depth exposure to endocrine subspecialties including: use of technology (insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors) in the management of patients with diabetes; obesity management; metabolic bone/osteoporosis treatment; pediatric endocrine rotation; and ophthalmology rotation. Additionally, the fellow participates in committees such as the Hospital Wide Insulin Safety Committee, which provides exposure to hospital systems and how they function. Outpatient continuity clinics continue throughout the second year while the focus shifts from inpatient management to research and completion of a scholarly project.

Clinical services and conferences

  • Inpatient endocrine consult service
    • Under the close supervision of a faculty attending endocrinologist, the fellow leads the inpatient consult service and is responsible for patient care. The fellow is also expected to be actively involved in the education of medicine residents and medical students who are participating in an endocrine elective rotation.
  • Outpatient endocrine continuity clinic
  • Under the supervision of a faculty attending endocrinologist, the fellow participates in 3 half day continuity clinics and is responsible for the management of patients with a variety of endocrine disorders. The clinic is designed to operate as the fellow’s own private practice in an effort to enhance outpatient management skills and prepare for clinical practice upon graduation.
  • Specialty Rotations
    • Diabetes TechMastery
      An intensive educational experience concerning in -depth study and use of technology for blood glucose management such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring.
    • Thyroid Ultrasound and FNA
      Fellows are exposed to a broad range of thyroid diseases, thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. With access to state of the art ultrasound machines, fellows gain experience performing diagnostic thyroid ultrasounds and ultrasound-guided FNA of thyroid nodules under the supervision of faculty endocrinologists.
    • Pediatric Endocrinology
      Located in shared space in the newly constructed, state of the art facility, adult endocrinology fellows have the opportunity to work with our pediatric endocrine colleagues and gain exposure to pediatric endocrine disorders. The rotation includes opportunities to learn about dynamic endocrine testing performed in pediatric endocrinology and attend pediatric endocrine case conferences and journal clubs.
    • Ophthalmology
      The curriculum for the ophthalmology rotation focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of diabetes-related eye disease including opportunities to participate in patient exams with exposure to retinal pathology.
    • Weight Management Program
      The Weight Management program provides fellows the opportunity to participate in the medical supervision associated with low calorie, meal- replacement diets.
    • Metabolic Bone Disease/Osteoporosis
      Once a month, fellows participate in a half day clinic session focused on patients with osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. Similar to the outpatient continuity clinic, the fellow is primarily responsible for the evaluation and management of the patients under the close supervision of a faculty attending endocrinologist. Winthrop’s Bone Mineral Research Center is part of several NIH sponsored research trials. Both clinicians and patients benefit from having DXA scans performed by a highly experienced bone density technician. During fellowship training fellows will have individual didactic education given by the Bone Mineral Research Center personnel.
  • Weekly endocrine conference and journal club
    Each week, members of the endocrine division participate in a variety of educational conferences including core content presentations, journal club, board review, and the multidisciplinary conferences listed below.
  • Multidisciplinary conferences
    These conferences facilitate interaction with other specialties within the institution. Patient cases relevant to both disciplines are discussed in detail to promote enhanced patient care and education. Images and pathology slides are presented when applicable and the fellows have the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions regarding patient management.
    • Radiology
    • Neuroradiology
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Pathology
    • Thyroid Tumor Board
    • Joint Adult-Pediatric Conference
    • Diabetes Education Center Conference
    • Nephrology
  • Regional conferences
    • Long Island Clinical Endocrinology Meeting (LICE)
      Winthrop is one of four academic institutions on Long Island participating in this quarterly meeting. Typically two adult endocrine cases and one pediatric endocrine case are presented at each meeting followed by an in-depth review of the topic and relevant literature. This results in a lively interactive discussion by the audience. Fellows at the host site are responsible for preparing and presenting the case conferences.
    • New York Thyroid Club
      Academic institutions throughout the New York metropolitan area participate in this semiannual, half-day conference. Abstracts are submitted for 15 minute presentations focused on a variety of research and clinical thyroid topics
    • Winthrop Annual Diabetes Symposium
      This annual symposium hosts nationally and internationally renowned experts who present a variety of diabetes-related topics.

Facilities

Clinical Facilities

Winthrop-University Hospital is a 591 bed hospital and offers a wide variety of clinical services. The hospital boasts a number of residency and fellowship programs across a variety of specialties and subspecialties. Winthrop is also a designated clinical campus for the school of medicine at SUNY Stony Brook, where each year 40 third year and 40 fourth year medical students complete their clinical training. The large number of housestaff and medical students along with the dedicated faculty promotes an academic environment rich in clinical educational experiences. Additionally, our division has a very close relationship with the Winthrop Diabetes Center, which is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association and provides diabetes self-management education and diabetes prevention education.

Research Facilities

The Winthrop Research and Academic Center, a state of the art, 95,000 square foot facility will be home to the adult and pediatric endocrine divisions. In addition, the building will house clinical trials research center and basic science research laboratories.

Training Faculty

John F. Aloia, MD

Chief Academic Officer, Winthrop University Hospital
Associate Dean, Professor of Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Medical Degree: Creighton Medical School, Omaha, NE.
Residency: Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, PA, Meadowbrook Hospital, East Meadow, N.Y
Fellowship: Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, PA

*Cindy Bredefeld, DO

Attending Physician, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Assistant Professor of Medicine SUNY Stony Brook
Medical Degree: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
Residency: Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Fellowship: Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

Eileen A. Egan, FNP-C, CDE

Family Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Coordinator of Emerging Adults Transition Program
Director of Diabetes Tech Mastery Program

Raymond Lau, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Medical Degree: SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Residency: SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Fellowship: Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

Lauren Maiorini, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Medical Degree: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
Residency: Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Fellowship: Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

*Mageda B. Mikhail, M.D

Associate Director, Bone Mineral Research Center at Winthrop University Hospital
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Medical Degree: Ain Shams University, School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
Residency: Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens.
Fellowship: Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY

Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE

Executive Director Diabetes and Obesity Institute, Winthrop University Hospital
Professor of Medicine, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Associate Editor, The Diabetes Educator

*Michael S. Radin, MD

Associate Program Director, Endocrine Fellowship Program
Medical Director- Winthrop Comprehensive Diabetes Center
Director- Endocrinology Clinical Trials
Assistant Professor of Medicine SUNY Stony Brook
Medical Degree: University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Virginia Hospital/VA. Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh

*Lawrence E. Shapiro, M.D.

Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Program Director, Endocrine Fellowship Program
Professor of Medicine, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Residency: Bellevue-NYU Medical Center

Melanie Teslik, MS, RN, CPHQ, CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator

Meet our Fellows

Dr. Cindy Bredefeld, DO, 2010

Residency: Chief Resident, Winthrop University Hospital
Medical School: New York School of Osteopathic Medicine of NY Institute of Technology
Undergraduate: Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Hobbies: tennis, running
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program?
Winthrop University Hospital faculty member

Dr. Raymond Lau, MD, 2010

Residency: Winthrop University Hospital
Medical School: State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Hobbies: basketball
Why did you select Winthrop?
Winthrop has a known reputation for turning out excellent clinical endocrinologists. With the new diabetes and research center opening, I was excited to be a part of the growing department and program.
What is your favorite part of the program?
The mentors and teachers
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program?
Winthrop University Hospital faculty member with a research interest in the field of weight loss surgery.

Dr. Baron

Residency: Chief Resident, Winthrop University Hospital
Medical School: New York School of Osteopathic Medicine of NY Institute of Technology
Undergraduate: New York University
Hobbies: travel
Why did you select Winthrop? Winthrop gives you well rounded, hands -on experience; you have an opportunity to be independent and make your own decisions - it is very valuable when you get into the real world.
What is your favorite part of the program? Mutual respect between Attendings and fellows, and the opportunity for independence
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program? Private Practice

Dr. Buziashvili

Residency: Winthrop University Hospital
Medical School: I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy Russian Federation
Undergraduate: School # 325, Moscow, Russia
Hobbies: Music, Travel, Reading and Taking Long Walks
Why did you select Winthrop? Because it's Winthrop! I loved my residency there so it was natural to stay and of course, because Drs. Shapiro, Mikhail, Yu, Radin and Bredefeld are there. They are the best crew ever, seriously.
What is your favorite part of the program? Conferences, clinics, talks about everything with the Attendings, and the friendly atmosphere
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program? I did 3 months of Andrology fellowship then I opened my little practice in Queens, which I closed when I got employed by Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn (thanks to Dr. Shapiro!). Now, while still being an employee, I opened another little private practice in the city.

Dr. Favorito

Residency: Chief Resident, Winthrop University Hospital
Medical School: State University of NY at Syracuse, College of Medicine
Undergraduate: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, CUNY City College
Hobbies: Parks, Pets
Why did you select Winthrop? Friendly atmosphere, good reputation, all available fellowships, located in great neighborhood
What is your favorite part of the program? Supportive atmosphere
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program? Private practice in Babylon, NY followed by current private group practice in Wilmington, NC.

Dr. Alexiadis

Residency: Winthrop University Hospital
Medical School: St. George?s University School of Medicine, Grenada
Undergraduate: State University of New York at Stony Brook
Hobbies: cooking, exercising
Why did you select Winthrop? I selected Winthrop because it is a respected institution, especially for Endo and diabetes and I knew I would get exposure to a broad range of Endo topics through clinic, presentations, etc. also everyone is friendly and it is a great atmosphere to work in.
What is your favorite part of the program? My favorite part of the program truly was working with and learning from all my amazing Attendings.
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program? Private Practice

Dr. Sionit

Residency: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
Undergraduate: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario/ Canada
Hobbies: Spending time with my daughter, travelling, keeping up-to-date on current events
Why did you select Winthrop? Very dedicated patient centered care and up-to-date with advanced technologies in Diabetes care
What is your favorite part of the program? Independence and trust afforded from attendings with mentoring when needed
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program? Private practice in Toronto, Canada

Dr. Maiorini

Residency: Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Medical School: New York School of Osteopathic Medicine of NY Institute of Technology, Westbury, NY
Undergraduate: Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family
Why did you select Winthrop? After doing internship and residency at Winthrop I found the Endocrine faculty very academically engaging. I was also seeking a strong clinically based fellowship.
What is your favorite part of the program? 1. Hands on in thyroid ultrasound 2. Warm and welcoming faculty
3. Independence as a fellow when managing your own patients
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program? Winthrop University Hospital faculty member

Dr. Bansal

Residency: Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Medical School: St. George?s University School of Medicine, Grenada
Undergraduate: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario/Canada
Hobbies: Running, trying out new restaurants
Why did you select Winthrop? There is great camaraderie amongst faculty and fellows. Winthrop is up to date with all the technology associated with diabetes care which I knew would make a great learning experience. They also have a diverse patient population.
What is your favorite part of the program? Having our own patients in clinic with a great balance of autonomy and supervision regarding our patients care is my favorite part of the program.
What did you do after graduating from the fellowship program? Scheduled to graduate 6/2015


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Resident and Student Education in Endocrinology

The Division offers residents and students an elective rotation in endocrinology. The elective offers experiences in outpatient endocrinology by seeing patients with different attending endocrinologists in their outpatient practices. Additionally, residents and students participate as part of the inpatient endocrine team. Activities include independent, supervised assessment of new consults and follow up patients with daily teaching rounds. Managing patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings provides the residents and students with exposure to a wide variety of acute and chronic endocrine disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, metabolic bone disease, pituitary, adrenal, and reproductive diseases.

Patient Care

Providing outstanding clinical care with customized care plans individualized for each patient remains a top priority for our division, and we are proud to present an outstanding clinical team to meet that goal. Our division sees patients with a wide range of general endocrine disorders. In addition, we have faculty who specialize in the care of patients with diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, and obesity. (Drop-down Menu)

Patient Resources

Research

Faculty members in the division are involved in a variety of research projects. Active areas of study include basic science, translational, and clinical research in the following areas:
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid
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