About the Friedman Diabetes Institute

The number of people affected by diabetes is significant and growing. Today, an estimated 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, including 7.2 million who remain undiagnosed. Each year, 1.5 million new cases are reported. In New York City, there are over 1 million adults with diabetes (14.9% of the population) and the disease is the fifth most common cause of death.

To address this epidemic, Northwell Health System opened the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute in the summer of 2016. Under the leadership of Leonid Poretsky, MD, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology at Lenox Hill Hospital, the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute offers innovative methods to help patients control blood sugar levels and avoid serious health complications from diabetes. The Institute also conducts both basic and clinical diabetes research.

Our Mission is best summarized by the acronym: ALL

Advance: public awareness of diabetes and knowledge about the disease by conducting clinical and basic science research.

Learn : we offer education on diabetes prevention and management to people with the disease and their significant others. We also educate health care professionals, physicians, nurses, and members of other allied health care disciplines. We deliver information about diabetes to the multicultural NYC communities via our outreach programs.

Live: we provide world class clinical care, with the goal of helping patients to optimize their health and fulfill their life’s potential.

Clinical Services

  • Individual and group education sessions with focus on:
    • Blood glucose monitoring
    • Basic nutrition and meal planning
    • Medications
    • Prevention of acute complications
    • Prevention of chronic complications
  • Support groups
  • Exercise program
    • Individual sessions
    • Group classes
  • Insulin pump training
  • Program for pregnant women with diabetes
  • Community outreach programs

Our Website Editorial Board Includes:

Leonid Poretsky, MD
Chief, Division of Endocrinology
Associate Chairman for Research, Department of Medicine
Director, Friedman Diabetes Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Gerald Bernstein, MD
Director, Diabetes Management Program

Marina Krymskaya, MS, ANP, CDE
Assistant Director, Friedman Diabetes Institute