Dr. Deena, as her patients like to call her, is a New Yorker born and raised. A true city girl at heart.
Her life experiences working with the underserved and volunteering in medical camps in third world countries inspired her passion for health education and utilizing food as medicine.
She has won many awards for her volunteer and educational efforts, most notably from President Bill Clinton.
She earned her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship training at Yale University where she received awards for her humanism in medicine and community involvement.
She chose endocrinology because she finds hormones fascinating and it is a speciality where she is able to be the expert on what excites her every day-- disease prevention, women's health, hormone health, obesity and diabetes.
It is also a speciality that allows her to build on her love and interest in food and nutrition. Endocrinologists study metabolism and how our body/hormones respond to different macronutrients and micronutrients.
She has helped prevent and treat diseases, like diabetes and obesity, in many of her patients simply by using food. Her "SHD" (Simple, Healthy, Delicious) recipes have been showcased at many live food demonstrations and community events. She uses these recipes to empower the public to make healthier decisions with their food and to demonstrate that healthy eating does not need to be expensive or complicated.
She is now in practice at Mount Sinai in NYC.
She is one of the youngest members to serve on national advisory committees on diabetes, obesity and hormone health. She also represents the Endocrine Society, the world's authority on endocrinology, as a spokeswoman for hormone health.
She is very involved in media and has written articles on a variety of health topics both online and in print. She has been interviewed for television and other media outlets as an expert for various news agencies and magazines.
ABOUT DR. DEENA