New York Top Doctors — Best Thyroid Doctors …

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Dr. John Leone, Family Practice 61 Maple Rd Amherst, NY, 14221, 716-565-1234. A reader writes: "Dr. Leone is a five star doctor. He is so good that I'm afraid if I tell everyone that his office will get too busy. I was able to change from Synthroid to Armour thyroid without any fuss. He listens and understands that one medicine is not for everyone and that everyone is an individual! Let me say as forthyroid, someone dear to him has a thyroid problem so he does understand. He conveys to me that the group of doctors he is associated with are switching their thyroid patients to Armour Thyroid if Synthroid is not doing the job." (Added 4/03)

Another reader writes: "I agree that Dr. Leone is top-notch! He was willing to switch me from Synthroid to Armour Thyroid. He didn't have a problem with it at all, felt that I could benefit from it, and if that was what I wanted, he would prescribe the Armour. I feel so much more like my old self that it is unbelievable. Dr. Leone is very easy to talk with about concerns and treatment. The best part is, he was already my Primary Doctor and I found out thru this site that he was a recommended Doctor for Thryoid!!!!" (Added 6/05)


Patricia Lisoto Endocrinology 1000 Youngs Road Second Floor Amherst, NY 14221 716-798-1947 A reader writes: "She works with Dr. Karen Giardino and I love her. She is very knowledgeable and takes all the time in the world to talk with you. Everything is very thoroughly explained in ENGLISH so you understand everything she is telling you. I very highly recommend her." (Added 11/02)


Shahid Haque, Endocrinology, 4247 Maple Rd., NY 14226, 716-835-9871. A reader writes: "Dr. Haque is a board-certified endocrinologist and is the 4th endo I have seen in the Buffalo, NY area. I have been under his care for 3 yrs. after my last endo overmedicated me and I suffered hyper symptoms along with chest pains and thought I was going to have a cardiac event! Dr. Haque does not rush you out of his office and listens to your concerns and addresses them and explains in detail. My TSH fluctuates several times per year and he suggested that I try alternating 2 different dose which seems to be working for the past 6 mos. so far! If I call him because I feel like something is wrong, he will order a blood test and believes me.... He always gives me a complete physical exam annually and orders complete blood work and addresses all issues. His staff is very competent and friendly and the office is very clean." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes: "I have been seeing Dr. Haque for over 4 yrs. now and can't express enough that the title"Top Doc" fits him perfectly! I am very critical of doctors and it took me 11 yrs. to finally find THE BEST endocrinologist in the area. Friends & family that have switched to Dr. Haque have thanked me because he has taken excellent care of them from thyroid issues to diabetes. Every visit entails a complete examination and he treats your body as a whole; not just that little butterfly-shaped organ in your neck. He is more concerned with how YOU feel and that the lab values ranges are only a guideline. He LISTENS to you. Dr. Haque is a KEEPER! I just wish he was a primary care provider. :-)" (March 2009)

Amherst & Williamsville

Karen Giardino -- No Longer listed (October 2006)


Charles Krieger, DC -- no longer listed

Ballston Spa

Dr. Eugene Merecki -- No longer listed (October 2006)


A reader recommends Dr. Hari Garg, 726-637?2161, West Ave, Brockport-- NY 14420. "Willing to listen to patients-- will prescribe T3-- will give lab results with no problems. Very caring."


Dr. Marvin Teich, General practice/internist/primary care,665 Thwaites Place, Bronx 10467, 718-882-3500

A reader writes: "Dr. Marvin Teich is an excellent doctor that my mother goes to. I recommended him to my mother because no one would prescribe Armour Thyroid to her. Dr. Teich will prescribe Armour Thyroid upon request. He is an excellent doctor who truly cares about his patients. He also has a pleasant and caring attitude. My mother's thyroid levels are now normal and she's in better health thanks to Dr. Teich." (July 2008)


David Borenstein, MD -- relocated to New York City / Manhattan


Dr. T. AvRuskin, Pediatric endocrinologist - treats adults too, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Linden Blvd. at Brookdale Plaza, 718-240-5244

Note: patients report that this doctor relies on TSH for diagnosis, and will not prescribe with Cytomel. (March 2009)

"Dr. AvRuskin is chief of pediatrics but takes care of adults too. He has treated my son for Graves disease and my friend for hypothyroidism. He is like a grandfather has a good sense of humor -- is easy to talk to. He takes a lot of time with patients is very interested in unusual cases and is willing to discuss alternative therapies. He listens to his patients. I am an RN and I recommend him highly."


Dr. Zhuravenko Igor, Internal Medicine, 445 Kings Hwy, 2 fl, Brooklyn, NY 11223, 718-375-1777.

A reader writes: "Providing with diagnostic services, he also has articles in Russian for multiple thyroid problems. He works with the best surgeons and provides proper treatment for thyroid cancer." (Added 10/05)

Another reader writes: "Great doctor, changed his office address, published many articles about thyroid problems, member of American Thyroid organization. All services, blood work, ultrasound, x-ray is in the office." (May 2008)


Martin Surks, MD, 3400 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx NY 10467, 718 920 4331, MSURKS@WESTNET.COM. Note: patients report that this doctor relies on TSH for diagnosis, and will not prescribe with Cytomel. (March 2009)

"He's kind and willing to listen to all the patients concerns. (Added Dec. 04)


Ulrich Schubart, MD, endocrinology, 1575 Blondell Ave Suite #200, New York 10461, 718-405-8260. A reader writes: "I was reading request from a TOP DOC in the New York City area...However, he's the GREATEST in The BRONX, his name is Dr. Ulrich Schubart and he is located I'm afraid to share, his office might get to busy, its in the Bronx. @1575 Blondell Ave., Bronx, NY 10461 718-405-8260. EXCELLENT!!!" He returns calls, very good listener, sharp, caring, optimistic, gets results--hes well known as the Top Thyroid Doc in this area-for good reason. It is worth the wait to get in to see him! To ensure that the proper dosage of medication is given he reviews does blood work every six weeks and reviews my dosage until he feels I have reached the right level. He is a good listener and interested in my health concerns. It's been a long three years for me fighting thyroid, but I can honestly say, he will give me the best available information, then let me make the choices." (Added 6/05)


Dr. David Cohen, naturopath, 1407 46th Street, Entrance B, Brooklyn, NY 11219. (718) 207 0909 / 718 972 1616. His website is, This reader "strongly recommends" Dr. Cohen. "He's a naturopath and very needed for "Hard Cases" such as myself."

Another reader writes: "This Dr. David Cohen is something else. His body scan reading was eerily accurate about medical problems I USED to have as well as the two I still have. About two hours after his homeopathic remedy, I felt enormous relief from my arthritis pain. I really have to say he gave me more relief than any five doctors added up together. Very recommendable fellow. Such relief!"

Another reader recommends Dr. David Cohen: "My neighbor, about 75 yrs young, went to Dr. Cohen after she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Not wanting all the heavy-duty meds which weren't working, she followed Dr. Cohen's recommendations, using only naturopathic remedies, and the improvement was so much better than anything the pharmaceuticals could do that her medical doctor cut her thyroid med in half. He's becoming a legend in Brooklyn for really tough cases. I'm quite impressed." (Added 11/02)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Cohen: "Five doctors in a row, including two who are renowned and very expensive, could not put a label on my numerous symptoms. Within an hour or so of Dr. Cohen doing a body scan, the remedies he suggested starting working. Can you imagine waiting sixteen months to get relief, and one naturopath gives you a detailed report about why your body's having so many problems, and BOOM! Relief in a couple of hours. I can't recommend him enough. What a wizard." (added 1/04)


Gabriel Spergel, M.D., P.C., Endoccrinologist. 135 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y. Telephone 718 853-3702. A reader writes: I looked up Dr. Spergel, because I was not menstruating and was not losing weight and I was always tired and very fatigued. He ran a battery of tests and after I'd been to so many doctors who had told me there was nothing wrong with me he found that I had an underactive thyroid and started hormone therapy immediately. He also found that I was going through an early menopause. He is a wonderful doctor. Patient a good listener, and is professional and very open and honest with his patients. I have begun to feel much better ever since I started seeing him. He is always there when I need to speak with him about my situation."


Dr. Michael Tiplitsky, MD, Nutritionist, Holistic Dr., 415 Oceanview Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 718-769-0997, A reader writes: "I was told my cholesterol was high and I had to take Zocor. I decided to go to a holistic doctor, Dr. Tiplitsky, and he said my thyroid was underactive which was causing the high cholesterol. He prescribed Armour Thyroid and some natural remedies for other problems. He's a wonderful doctor and a great listener." (Added 3/03)




Dr. Clementina Lewis, Endocrinologist,1856 Colvin Blvd, Buffalo, NY, 716-873-6653

A reader writes: "She's open to suggestion, it doesn't have to be her way. she's willing to try different things." (Added 6/05)


Dr. Joseph J. Torre -- no longer listed

Commack (Suffolk County)

Scott R. Torns, D.C. Chiropractor 717 Larkfield Road, Commack, New York 11725 (631)858-1788. A reader writes, "Dr. Scott, as he is affectionately called, not only listens but hears what you say. He spends 1/2 hour to 1 hour with his patients and skillfully keeps their bodies aligned. I have never found a doctor in any specialty that had the skill and caring of Dr. Scott. I have Hashimotos & Lupus and he has successfully kept my joint pain and fatigue at a minimum. P.S. He is also and Adjunct Professor at CW Post College teaching Kinesiology."


Dr. Paul J. Caro, Caro Medical Center 7020 Erie Rd. Derby NY 14047 716 947-9147. A reader writes: When I first went to Dr. Caro he spotted it right away like it was written on my forehead. He sent me to get blood work done and test results said that my number was out of the park. Now I am probably the youngest case he has ever had. He has a great personality. I recommend him to anybody. (Added 11/02)

Dix Hills

Dr. William Romero, Nutrition, Majestic Road, New York, 631-549-4500,, A reader writes: "Dr. Romero is one of the most approachable, kind and responsive doctors I have ever met. His invaluable expertise and caring nature have been extremely helpful as a patient receiving treatment for hypothyroidism. I highly recommend him." (Added 6/05)

Another reader writes: "Dr. Romero was a Godsend to me....I was experiencing all the typical symptoms of thyroid disease and sought out a top doc because my endo refuse d to deal with anything other than my TSH level...I got very depressed and frustrated as my symptoms were clearly related to my Hashimotos disease, yet they would not treat me beyond a certain point...(fear of lawsuits??) I sought and got relief from my symptoms as Dr. Romero listened to my sobs and saw my despair. There is hope, and he encourages you to find it. I am on Armour now and feeling better than I have in over one year...I no longer feel the despair of, is this how my life is going to be? Dr. Romero uses meaningful analogies to help you find that little "ember, and fan it" . He has been a blessing in an otherwise atrocious year." (Added 6/05)

Another reader writes: "My hypothyroidism is under control and I lost almost 30 pounds. Dr Romero listens and follows up. He also communicates and encourages through email in between appointments." (Added June 2005)

More praise for Dr. Romero: "Dr. Romero is a body mechanic. He listens to his patients and understands how the body works. I am reborn. The energy I have alone is amazing. Im on Armour Thyroid and seeing such an improvement. Make an appointment to see the body mechanic, you will not be sorry!" (Added 10/05)

Another fan of Dr. Romero: "Dr. Romero has done more for me than my endocrinologist. He listens to the person with compassion, develops a total wellness plan including diet, nutrition, exercise, and medication/herbs. I highly recommend him to anyone who is not satisfied with their doctor." (Added 10/05)

East Setauket

Marie C. Gelato, MD, PhD, Endocrinologist, University Hosptial at Stony Brook, State University of Stony Brook, 26 Research Way, East Setauket, NY 11733, 516 444-0580. A reader writes: "Dr. Gelato is a caring, listening, open minded doctor. When I complained about how I felt on Synthroid, she listened, tried other dosages, and listened some more. I don't feel right on Synthroid. I learned about Armour Thyroid. She was open to trying it. I've been on Armour now for almost 2 years. I feel much better. Need I say more? She is definitely a top doc!"

Another reader writes: "Dr Gelato was the THIRD endocrinologist I had been to and I was not really optimistic since the others had not really heard my complaints about how I was feeling. Well, I was so pleasantly surprised! Not only did she listen to my issues, she took my symptoms as well as my "numbers" into consideration and tried me on Unithroid. To my surprise, within three weeks I felt like a new person! I can't believe there are still doctors who think that a set of lab values tells the whole story! Dr. Gelato was willing to see if a different medicine worked for me and how my body would process the medication. She took my individual symptoms into account and since she treated me as a "whole person" and not just labwork, she gets my vote as a Top Doc!" (Added Apr 06)

Forest Hills

Carl Adler, General practice/internist/primary care, Osteopath/DO, 110-06 72 Ave, Forest Hills, N.Y, 11375, 718-793-6779

A reader writes: "This doctor is very smart; explained that TSH levels are not accurate according to research and should be set lower and cases are being missed" (March 2009)

Garden City

Dr. Ashok Vaswani, Nutrition, 520 Franklin Ave., Suite L2, Garden City, NY 11530, 516 739-0414. "I felt he gives you confident care." (Added 6/02)

Another reader recommends Dr. Vaswani: "Dr. Vaswani is Board Certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism and Internal Medicine. He really listens and is kind and gentle." (added 1/04)

A reader writes: "He is a good listener. He will listen to all my symptoms. I have thyroid nodules and he was very gentle when he did my biopsy. He is always sympathetic and never discards my feelings." (Added: June 2004)

A reader writes: "Dr. Vaswani, is a terrific diagnostician and also prescribes the right dosage of medicine. He is easy to talk to. He diagnosed my problem within 2 minutes after meeting me and prescribed the right dose of Levoxyl. He gave me my life back. I was a mess and my G.P. had put me on anti depressants which wasn't really the answer. It was a band aid and got me through until I saw Dr. Vaswani. I went off the anti depressants and I am taking my thyroid medication and I feel great. Dr. V gave me my life back and I am so grateful to him." (Added Apr 06)

Garden City

Dr. Rajesh S. Kakani, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, 877 Steward Avenue, Suite 2, Garden City, NY, 516-222-1105. A reader writes: "Not only is Dr. Kakani a very skilled surgeon, but also very compassionate and caring." (Added 10/05)


Ron Miller, Physicians Assistant, Gasport. 716-735-7774. This reader suggests the addition of Ron Miller, "Because he listens! He says that no one knows our bodies better than ourselves. He prescribed Armour without hesitation. He appreciated all the research Ive done on the disease."

Glen Cove

Dr. Idel I. Moisa, M.D., Ear, Nose and Throat - Head and Neck Surgeon, 3 School St, Suite304, Glen Cove, NY 11542. "Experienced, professional, professional staff, and caring," noted one reader.

Glen Cove

Dr. Richard Linchitz, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 70 Glen Street, Glen Cove, NY, 11542, 516-759-4200. A reader writes: "Dr. Linchitz does all the proper testing for testing for thyroid FT3, FT4, Anti, Ferritn, saliva tests for adrenals and hormones. He is patient, kind, and has empathy for the patient. He also prescribes Armour Thyroid and Cortef if needed. Everyone in his office is very pleasant. I can't find enough good things to say about this Dr. Before visiting him I saw 5 Endo's which turned out to be a waste of my time. Thank you." (August 2007)

Glen Cove

Paul Capobianco, D.O. Osteopath/DO 71 Walnut Road Glen Cove 11542 5166715017

The doctor writes: "Please include my address on your site. I have been using Armour thyroid, vitamins and kelp on my patients for years. I am now getting more interested in L-tyrosine. I am also looking into the Iodoral as a possible way to nourish the thyroid. I am also consider adopting Dr. Blanchard's 98/2% method, as some patient's are sensitive to too much T3. " (March 2009)


Tabbsum Malik, Endocrinologist & Internist, 70 Hatfield Lane, Goshen, N.Y. 10924, (845) 294-5472. "She is most knowledgeable and supportive. She is encouraging about alternative therapies and will prescribe Armour. I have suffered from Hashimotos for over 20 years and have Fibromyalgia. She recommended my first thyroid ultrasound and uses it as a tool. I finally found a good doctor whose opinion I trust. I have been off sugar, wheat, yeast, cheese, for over 11 months and I'm truly encouraged. I do 1 hour of Kundalini Yoga 5 days a week and at the age of 57, feel better than I have in years. I've also been using the new Rife frequency machine. There is hope for us." (added 1/04)

Another reader writes: "She listens very well. Requested an ultrasound to rule out any complications. She seems very open minded and helpful. Her assistance provide treatment consistency and good follow-up on explaining and going over the labs. Only downside, it takes weeks to months to see her." (Added 6/05)

Another fan: "I have been going to Dr.Malik for over 3 yrs. She is very knowledgeable and very compassionate. She will listen to every concern and give the encouragement you need. Her staff is friendly and welcoming. I travel an hour to visit her office- it is worth the distance!" (Added 1/06)

NOTE: Readers are reporting that this doctor's office may be heavily overbooking patients, and you may have to wait an hour or more past your scheduled time. (October 2006).

Grand Island

Kevin Augustine, DC -- no longer listed


Susanne Saltzman, M.D., Homeopathic Medicine, 250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St.22, Hartsdale, NY, 10530, 914-472-0666. A reader writes: "I'm open-minded, compassionate, flexible and well-liked by patients. I also have a thyroid problem myself (Hashimoto's) and I've done alot of research on it. I know that people require different treatments- one size does NOT fit all when it comes to thyroid disease (or any disease for that matter!) (Added Apr 06)

Hicksville, Long Island

Edward Persuad of Medical Network of Long Island 516 937 7440 in Hicksville, Long Island, NY. A reader writes: "He not only treats allergies, but sensitivities to everything including hormones. No other doctor caught the fact that I was sensitive to t3 t4 and trh. After being treated for this, and numerous other things, my very complicated symptoms abated, something many doctors couldn't do to the extent that Edward has done. He's truly in this business to help people, not money hungry at all. He spends at least an hour each time I see him. Sometimes I spend $140 sometimes less, sometimes more depending on how many allergens I buy. He's treated my insomnia, cravings and constipation like no one else has. He uses something called immunology which is explained on He treated all bacteria, fungi, food, vitamins, environment allergies and hormone imbalances etc. Please recommend this very innovative dr. He has a superb reputation." (Added 2/03)


Dr. William Romero Huntington Atrium, 775 Park Avenue Suite 155, Huntington NY 11743, 631-549-4500, I highly recommend Dr. William Romero. In the past I had been put on Synthroid but had become symptomatic (gaining weight without any lifestyle/eating changes, sleeping 10-14 hours a day and still feeling exhausted, falling and tripping so much that moving around was almost a safety hazard . . . etc). After spending an hour with Dr. Romero on my first visit, I felt like I had a new lease on life with him as my cheering section. He also prescribed a combination of Armour and Synthroid and a well balanced diet and exercise program (it's a lifestyle change, folks!) . . . that was 3 weeks ago. I just returned from a 2 week European vacation (historically, I gain about 1 pound per day when I go on vacation despite exercising, watching my diet and exploring the sights). When I weighed in at Dr. Romero's office, I did not gain 14 pounds, but instead maintained my weight like a normal, active person! In Europe, I was also able to explore the sights (including climbing up to the Acropolis, walking up and down stairs in Venice, and navigating over many cobblestone walkways) WITH ENERGY AND WITHOUT TRIPPING! I am now able to sleep a solid 8 hours and wake up feeling refreshed!! My thinking is clearer and I am not as forgetful and I used to be. If you live in the LI area and are tired of doctors who tell you that you overeat, overwork, don't exercise enough or everything is in your head, you must make an appointment with Dr. Romero. After 28 years, I feel reborn!

Another fan: "He is caring, he listens, he works with you, and he adjusts your treatment when required." (Added Dec. 04)

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