Meet 2015's Top Doctors
Meet Bonnie Wolf Greenwald, MD
Practice: Maple Medical
Hospital Affiliation: White Plains Hospital, White Plains
For Dr. Bonnie Wolf Greenwald, Director of the Endocrinology & Diabetes Department at White Plains Hospital, helping her patients understand how both healthy eating and exercise impact their health is an important part of her practice. “As part of being an endocrinologist, I am passionate about nutrition and exercise. I love to talk about it! I am not a nutritionist, but I do like to provide my patients with new recipes and healthy snacks. Now my patients have started bringing new recipes to me,” she says. “For exercise, I try to find videos available online for all levels of ability and give suggestions for classes that are available in the community.” She is experienced in all aspects of endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism, and osteoporosis, with an expertise in procedures such as thyroid ultrasound-guided biopsy.
Greenwald says she loves working at White Plains Hospital because her home and heart are tied to the people who live here. “I love practicing here because I’m a physician in my own community,” she says.
Diabetes has been called the chronic epidemic of this millennium. How are we handling this epidemic in Westchester?
Westchester patients are fortunate to have access to diabetes care and endocrine specialists who are experienced in treating patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. In addition, most hospitals in Westchester and some private offices have clinical diabetes educators and nutritionists who work with endocrinologists to provide additional care. White Plains Hospital has a Diabetes Education and Treatment Center, which is equipped to educate patients on insulin management, self-monitoring of blood glucose, and nutritional counseling.
Are we making strides in diabetes care?
As endocrinologists, we are always trying to provide excellent care to our diabetic patients. Part of this responsibility is keeping abreast of new medications and technologies as they become available. In the past few years, for instance, the SGLT-2 inhibitors (a new class of oral medications, used mostly to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes) were FDA-approved. In addition, inhaled insulin has become available as an alternative to injections in appropriate patients. On the horizon, there is a “closed-loop” insulin pump that acts as an artificial pancreas.
How difficult is it to diagnose endocrine disorders?
Endocrine disorders are sometimes very complex and difficult to diagnose. Often, patients present to the endocrinologist as a last resort for more extensive testing. These disorders may take quite a while to diagnose and require additional laboratory and radiologic studies. One case that I saw recently was a patient who’d had the “worst headache of his life” one month prior to his presentation to me. He had been feeling cold, fatigued, losing weight, and could barely get out of bed. That morning, a cortisol level was checked and undetectable. He was finally diagnosed with panhypo-
pituitarism, most likely secondary to pituitary apoplexy. He has now been treated appropriately, and he is feeling quite well.
What do you love most about practicing in Westchester?
I love being able to provide advice and help to my friends and family as they navigate the hospital and their medical concerns. In this, I’m more than just an endocrinologist. I can be a liaison providing advice and guidance—connecting people to the right medical professionals and generally ensuring that everyone I know is getting the best possible care.
Profiles by Ali Jackson-Jolley | Photography by Toshi Tasaki