Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Endocrinologist Joins Fauquier Health



Fauquier Health has welcomed an endocrinologist to its family of healthcare providers. Beginning July 12, Lida Tabatabaeian, M.D., will be operating Fauquier Health Endocrinology. She will provide care to those with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, lipid disorders, osteoporosis, pituitary disease, adrenal disease, thyroid cancer, bone and mineral diseases and hypogonadism.

Dr. Tabatabaeian completed her endocrinology fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is a former Virginia resident, and was happy to relocate to the area. “During my first visit to Fauquier Health, of course I fell in love with the area and people,” Dr. Tabatabaeian says. “I really liked the town of Warrenton; I like the idea of working in a small town because I’ll have a group of patients that I can get to know, and I’ll be able to provide a continuance of care.”

Being able to provide ongoing care was one of the main reasons Dr. Tabatabaeian chose endocrinology as her specialty field. “Endocrinology is something I’ve been drawn to since my early days in medical school,” she says. “I like the science behind it; I also like that it requires a lot of patient interaction.”

Dr. Tabatabaeian’s holistic approach to care will also fit nicely with Fauquier Health’s patient-centered Planetree model of care. “I try to see patients as a whole,” she explains. “I always try to apply the most up-to-date research to manage treatment, but the most appropriate plan for one individual may not work for another patient. That’s why I need to understand a patient’s comprehensive health condition.”

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases that affects the endocrine system, and Dr. Tabatabaeian says a holistic approach works really well to treat the disease. “Diabetes is a complicated, multi-factor disease. Many social, economical, cultural, environmental and genetic factors contribute to the disease, and these factors cannot be overlooked.”

Dr. Tabatabaeian believes the most important step in the management of diabetes is patient education. Her primary goal is to make sure each patient knows what diabetes is, why it is so critical to get it under control, which complications it can cause and how, and what steps to take to control the disease and minimize complications.

“At the end of the day, it is patients who need to take their medications and follow the recommendations, and patients will not follow through unless they have a good understanding of the problem.”

Dr. Tabatabaeian says lifestyle change is the number one step in the management of diabetes. “I have actually seen patients reverse the disease. In fact, I have had patients on very high doses of insulin who were able to stop treatment when they made significant lifestyle changes.”

However effective lifestyle changes can be, medication may be necessary for some. Dr. Tabatabaeian adds that there are several great, well-studied medications available that can be selected based on the patient’s age and other ongoing medical conditions.

Whether she is treating diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, or any of the other diseases affecting the endocrine system, Dr. Tabatabaeian believes that being a physician is all about compassion, communication and reaching out. “I really like what I do. And I really like my patients. I try to care for my patients as if they were a part of my own family.”


About Lida Tabatabaeian, MD
Dr. Tabatabaeian is board-certified in Internal Medicine and board-eligible in Endocrinology. Endocrinology is the specialty medical field that offers advanced training in the endocrine system, which includes various glands and organs, including the pancreas, pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, ovaries and testes.

Dr. Tabatabaeian may be reached at 540-316-5940.

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