2002-09-28 / Community

PHC Opens Diabetes Center

PHC Opens Diabetes Center

Peninsula Hospital Center (PHC) has announced the opening of its new Diabetes Center. Perry B. Herson, M.D., an Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, will direct the new program.

The new Center will provide comprehensive diabetes management services, including diagnosis, treatment, and support, for all phases of care for diabetes patients, as well as emphasis on research and clinical trials in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

"The importance of diabetes education cannot be understated. Studies show that far too many diabetes patients fail to receive the necessary levels of self-management training and monitoring services recommended by the American Diabetes Association. It's our task at the Diabetes Center at PHC to be an easy-to-access resource for all aspects of diabetes care," Dr. Herson said.

"The opening of The Diabetes Center at PHC is indicative of the Hospital Center’s commitment to excellence and our desire to institute important clinical trials and research in the fight against diabetes. Dr. Herson has a stellar reputation in the medical community for his work in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. We are therefore extremely pleased to welcome him to Peninsula Hospital Center," said Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer at PHC. The Diabetes Center will provide care for people with all types of diabetes: Type 1, or insulin requiring diabetes; Type 2, or adult-onset diabetes. Dr. Herson is trained to treat all types of Diabetes for patients over the age of 15. To meet individual needs, a range of services that can be assembled into personalized programs of care for people with diabetes, their families and support persons will be offered. These include medical diagnosis and diabetes management, group diabetes education programs, individual self-management and education and counseling sessions, and an on-site foot care center managed by the Department of Podiatry at PHC.

According to Dr. Herson, if left untreated, diabetes can cause problems with kidneys, legs, feet, eyes, teeth, heart, nerves, and blood flow, resulting in kidney failure, gangrene, amputations, blindness, and stroke. "Diabetes is the disease of the Millenium," says Dr. Herson. "Currently there are 16 million Americans with diabetes, and about 800,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, as well as 5 million Americans who suffer from ‘Pre-Diabetes’ (a high blood sugar level after eating)." Approximately 50 percent of all Americans ages 55 and older have some form of diabetes. African, Hispanic, Native and Asian Americans, among the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population, are particularly at risk for diabetes and its most severe complications.

Dr. Herson is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in Endocrinology. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. He is also a specialist in managing Thyroid disorders and weight management. He is a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Herson continues to do research as a Study Coordinator in the Division of Endocrinology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Growth Hormone Replacement in Adults with Hypopituitarism, which is an abnormal condition caused by a deficiency of one or more hormones secreted by the pituitary gland. He has also been featured in various publications dealing with Diabetes.

This new center will raise the educational standards for patients with diabetes throughout the community and beyond. For more information, call the PHC Diabetes Center at (718) 734-2345.

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Perry B. Herson, M.D., will direct the new Diabetes Center at PHC.

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