Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD
Department of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Jeffrey I. Mechanick, MD is Director of Metabolic Support, Clinical Professor of Medicine, and on the voluntary attending staff of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease.
Dr. Mechanick is frequently consulted by the cardiac surgeons and intensivists of the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital to optimize control of blood sugar. Recent scientific studies have demonstrated that in patients with or without diabetes, optimal control of blood sugar, especially after heart surgery in the intensive care unit, is associated with better wound healing and improved outcomes. At Mount Sinai, heart surgery patients are routinely managed with a safe, state-of-the-art intravenous insulin protocol to optimally control blood sugar and nutritional status. Dr. Mechanick manages this protocol as well as the transition to subcutaneous insulin, oral blood sugar medications, discontinuation of insulin, and nutritional therapies. In addition, Dr. Mechanick may be consulted when there are specific endocrine (hormonal), metabolic, or nutritional problems with heart surgery patients. Nutritional support is a very important component of the routine postoperative care of heart surgery patients at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Mechanick is board-certified in endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes as well as nutrition. He received his M.D. degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1985. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1988. He then returned to Mount Sinai to complete his fellowship training in Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition in 1990. Dr. Mechanick continues to care for many patients with endocrine, diabetes, and nutritional disorders as inpatients in Mount Sinai as well as outpatients in his private office at 1192 Park Avenue.
Dr. Mechanick trains physicians in endocrinology, nutrition, and metabolic support and has authored over 200 scientific publications and written or edited 6 books in nutrition, diabetes, thyroid, and bone disease. His research interests are in the fields of nutrition and metabolic support, critical illness, and stress hyperglycemia, as well as other general endocrinology topics. He is section editor for “Nutrition and the ICU” in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care and “Obesity and Nutrition” in Current Opinion in Endocrinology and Diabetes. Dr. Mechanick is the 2013-2014 President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and in 2011, was appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) – Science Board. In 2013 Dr. Mechanick was appointed as Lead Editor of the PCFSN Research Digest. Dr. Mechanick is also a Past President of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and the 2011 recipient of the University of Maryland “Health Industry Impact Award” and “Biology Alumnus Award.” Dr. Mechanick currently chairs an international Transcultural Diabetes Nutrition Algorithm Task Force, co-chairs the Annual AACE-University of Pisa Endocrinology Conference in cardio-metabolic risk reduction, and lectures nationally and internationally in endocrinology, nutrition, and metabolic support.
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- Abbott Nutrition
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- Abbott Nutrition
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