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Dr. Stuart Weiss Part 1, Challenges of Working in a Private Practice

In part 1 this Exclusive Interview, Dr. Stuart Weiss talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the AACE meeting in Austin, Texas about his practice and striving to be attentive to his patients.

Dr. Stuart Weiss, is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Endocrinology at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has a long history of clinical practice in the management of patients in the field of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism.

Transcript of this video segment:

Steve: This is Steve Freed with diabetes in control and we are here at the American Diabetes Association 77th scientific session 2017 and we are here to present to you some really exciting interviews with some of the top endocrinologists around the world. We are going start off with a special guest, Dr. Stuart Weiss who happens to work very closely with one of our associates who sits on our board, Joy Pape.

Steve: Tell us a little bit about your practice.

Dr. Weiss: I am a clinical endocrinologist in a solo private practice, I have nurse practitioners and nurse educators in my office. I have an academic affiliation with NYU, but as the academic institution… is hiring more and more people, I am less and less involved with academic because they have enough people over there on salary to do the work that I used to do for free.

Steve: One of my first questions is if you are in private practice and not associated with a large corporation, it’s important that you see enough patients to support yourself and your family.

Dr. Weiss: Well, I live in New York City too so seeing enough patients is a huge problem. The overhead for my practice is tremendous relative to other areas in the country where rent isn’t quite as expensive, so I barely make it through. I really do focus on taking care of patients and spending time with them; my office people are always rushing me to get through to the next patient. But I don’t think that it’s the best way to practice especially when you have patients with diabetes who are confused and anxious about their management.

Steve: What makes you special where you can actually have a private practice in this day and age?  Why do people come to you? I know it comes from referrals, but why do people refer people to you?

Dr. Weiss: I think people come to me because of the fact that I spend time to listen and because I have a lot of insight into how to make diabetes management easier for patients; how to help them live as normal a life as possible while keeping the diabetes in mind.

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