Dr. Robert A. Fuhrman, MD
Endocrinology-Diabetes | Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism552 Westfield Ave Westfield NJ, 07090
Dr. Robert Fuhrman practices Endocrinology in Westfield, NJ. Dr. Fuhrman specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases related to hormone imbalance, and the bodys glands in the endocrine system. Endocrinologists are trained and certified to treat a variety of conditions, including menopause, diabetes, infertility, and thyroid disorders, among many others. Dr. Fuhrman examines patients, determines means of testing, diagnoses, and decides the best treatment methods.
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Education and Training
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science 1966
American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal MedicineABIM- Endocrinology and Metabolism
Dr. Robert A. Fuhrman, MD's Expert Contributions
Do I have diabetes?
The criteria for dx is 2 fasting tests at level in excess of 125 or 2 hours post meal greater than 140 for diagnosis. Speak to your MD, as zyprexa may elevate the glucose levels. READ MORE
Am I overdosing on vitamin D?
The level is less than the vitamin D dose administered for deficiency under most circumstances. Ask your doc to check your vitamin D level with your next blood draw. READ MORE
What can I do to lower my blood sugar?
Diet and exercise is the best bet. Weight loss if you are overweight. If not, may need to add meds. READ MORE
It depends on whether criteria for Dx was met. If yes, then diagnosis is maintained, but listed as controlled. READ MORE
Not familiar with it causing acne or other masculinization, but can disturb glucose levels and contribute to weight gain and pulse irregularity. READ MORE
Why a massive rise in blood sugar level?
The rise is not massive the level went from low to normal. You need to speak with your doctor to monitor your sugars and test blood pre meal and 2 hours after meals to see how the levels swing which is normal and treat if needed. READ MORE
Can diabetes cause muscle weakness?
It can be related to diabetes with neuropathy, which can lead to muscle atrophy and weakness. Need to control diabetes and exercise to use and strengthen muscles. It takes time for the muscles to respond. READ MORE
What is the best way to keep type 2 diabetes at bay?
Weight loss and exercise can help delay onset. You can’t outsmart your genes. It is likely to surface at some point. If you have it, diet and exercise will help, and monitoring will allow you to assess control which is essential to prevent complications. READ MORE
What is the best spot in the body for insulin injections?
The sites can vary in effectiveness of absorption and need to rotate. Use places where you can reach with subcutaneous fat that can be reached with a small needle when you gently pinch the skin and see the fat. Use abdominal all over except umbillicus and as wide as you can reach it inner aspect of thigh. If you keep hitting the same site, you may not get uniform absorption. READ MORE
Can prediabetes numbers be managed with just diet alterations?
Generally yes. READ MORE
Is it possible for a 34 year old to suffer from diabetic neuropathy?
Yes. It is not age related, but rather more likely if control has been poor. It is more related to duration of poor control and associated with other microangiopathic complications such as retinopathy or kidney problems that develop when control has been poor. READ MORE
How can one prevent diabetes if it is hereditary?
You can’t necessarily, but type 2 DM can be delayed with diet, exercise with weight loss for people significantly overweight. Will await genetic studies and gene modification effort, which is currently off the grid. READ MORE
Levothyroxine side effects?
I don’t see a question. If the diagnosis is correct, the medicine is generally very safe and effective. If started, the level needs to be checked to regulate the dose. Too much or too little is the most frequent source of symptoms. Allergies are infrequent. READ MORE
Can diabetes be reversed if diagnosed early?
Diabetes 2 is a genetically transmitted disease that is multifactorial. It is not reversible, but is controllable with diet and exercise. Weight loss is very helpful, and for the very obese, bariatric surgery is potentially reversible at least for some time. READ MORE
Does uncontrolled diabetes cause low hemoglobin?
Diabetes doesn’t typically cause anemia, but can be associated with anemia if there is a chronic infection, such as a bone infection, or chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or chronic kidney disease where blood production can be reduced or in association with internal bleeding. It requires investigation when present. READ MORE
If I have diabetes, do I have higher chances of having an overactive thyroid?
There is an increased risk of thyroid disease, but mostly, hypothyroidism rather than hyperthyroidism. READ MORE
What is the best way to stop bleeding in a diabetic patient?
Venous. If possible, elevate the bleeding part above the level of the heart while laying down and use an elastic bandage to apply mild to moderate pressure until the bleeding has stopped. Then, use a sterile dressing and petrolatum gel beneath the covering pad. This is the same as for non diabetics! READ MORE
Does Metformin ensure that I won't have diabetes because of my PCOD?
PCOS is associated with a high incidence of diabetes. Met Forman helps to control male hormones but also controls glucose level and treats and or delays the development of diabetes, but it doesn’t prevent it. DM 2 is genetically based and may become evident with weight excess, pregnancy, or aging among other things. READ MORE
Why do I feel tired after I eat?
It is caused by metabolizing food, particularly carbs, in people who are not very active and often overweight. READ MORE
If I had gestational diabetes, am I at higher risk of diabetes at a later stage?
Gestational diabetes is a genetically defined condition in which pregnancy related hormones antagonize the action of insulin and bring out the diabetes which generally resolves with labor and delivery. It is most often associated with type 2 diabetes during the pregnancy. Less frequently, it requires insulin. There is a 25 to 50% chance of the diabetes recurring in later life with a higher risk of diabetes with subsequent pregnancies. Diet exercise and weight control (weight loss) if needed can improve the action of insulin and delay or prevent recurrence. Age, obesity, and some meds antagonize the action of insulin and expedite the return. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Chief of Endocrinology & Chief in the Department of Medicine, Endocrinology Section Overlook Medical Center in Summit -
- Endocrinology Consultant Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick -
- Clinical Assistant Professor University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School -
- Clinical Assistant Professor Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons -
- “Top Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area” Year Castle Connolly
- “America’s Top Doctors” Year Castle Connolly
- John J. Sheinin, MD, Meritorious Award Year
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine Solomon A. Silver Award Year
- American Medical Association Physician Achievement Award Year
- High Cholesterol
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Vascular Disease
- Endocrine Society
- American Diabetes Association
- New Jersey Motor Vehicle Bureau Diabetes Advisory Board
- Mount Sinai Medical Center Endocrinology
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Patient Experience with Dr. Fuhrman
Get to know Endocrinologist Dr. Robert A. Fuhrman, who serves patients in Clark, New Jersey.
Recognized as a well-versed endocrinologist, Dr. Fuhrman treats diabetes, metabolic disorders, obesity, thyroid disorders, lipid disorders, metabolic bone disease, hormone imbalances, and more. He sees patients at Summit Medical Group in Clark, New Jersey.
“I believe in taking the time needed to form long-term relationships with my patients. It is, in my opinion, essential to the health of my patients and the foundation for delivering outstanding care” as stated by the doctor.
In his current capacity, he is Chief of Endocrinology & Chief in the Department of Medicine, Endocrinology Section at Overlook Medical Center in Summit. He is also an Endocrinology Consultant for Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick.
Alongside his clinical roles, he has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School & Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeon.
In regards to his educational background, Dr. Fuhrman obtained his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School – Rosalind Franklin University in 1966. He then went on to complete his internship, residency, and fellowship in endocrinology at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Following his education, he earned board certification in internal medicine and endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The ABIM is a physician-led, non-profit, independent evaluation organization driven by doctors who want to achieve higher standards for better care in a rapidly changing world.
A Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE), Dr. Fuhrman is a member of the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Bureau Diabetes Advisory Board. He has also been a board member of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, Jewish Family Services Agency, and Temple EmanuEl of Westfield.
Among his various roles throughout his extensive career, he is a former President and Life Director of the American Diabetes Association New Jersey Affiliate, a former Medical Director and Chairman of the Board of Camp Nejeda and the Camp Nejeda Foundation, a past President and member of the Union County Medical Society Executive Committee, a Past Chairman of the New Jersey State Medical Association Organized Medical Staff Section, and a former President of the Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey.
Endocrinology is a branch of biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and its specific secretions known as hormones. Endocrinologists have the training to diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in the body. The common diseases and disorders of the endocrine system that endocrinologists deal with include diabetes mellitus, as well as adrenal, pituitary, and thyroid disorders, among others.
For more than 10 years, Dr. Fuhrman has been featured in the Castle Connolly “Top Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area” and Castle Connolly “America’s Top Doctors” listings. His Castle Connolly listings have been reprinted in US News and World Report and Inside Jersey. He is also a recipient of more than 22 honors and awards, including the John J. Sheinin, MD, Meritorious Award, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Solomon A. Silver Award, and the American Medical Association Physician Achievement Award.
When he is not working with his patients, Dr. Fuhrman enjoys skiing, traveling, watching sports, and reading. He also takes great pleasure in spending time with his family and celebrating their accomplishments.
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