Top Doctors 2011 Profile: Serhat Aytug, M.D., Endocrinology in Middletown
Taking on the diabetes epidemic and other endocrine ailments
Photograph by Michael Polito
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Medicine has always been a big part of life for Serhat Aytug, M.D., F.A.C.E. “My father was an administrator at a university medical school in Turkey, where I grew up. It was during those days that the dream of becoming a physician first occurred to me,” he says.
He went on to medical school in the city of Izmir, Turkey, formerly known as Smyrna. “It’s not far from where the pioneers of modern medicine, such as Hippocrates and Galen of Pergamon, practiced medicine — that was exciting to me, as a young medical student. In the areas where I lived, you can still see some ancient treatment centers; and in different areas of Europe people still come to use the warm-water springs.”
After medical school, Aytug moved to New York and completed his residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine; his internship was at Elmhurst Hospital, and he did rotations at both Elmhurst and Mount Sinai. “The Zip code of Elmhurst Hospital is 11373 — said to be the most ethnically diverse area in the United States. In just this small area, over 160 nationalities are represented, with over 100 different languages spoken,” he notes.
“I got to know people from around the world as well — as the different types of diseases affecting them. We saw diseases from the tropics, Africa, Asia, you name it,” says Aytug, who stayed an additional year at Elmhurst to serve as executive chief resident.
During his time at Elmhurst, Aytug first developed a special interest in his specialty field of endocrinology, which covers diseases such as diabetes; thyroid, pituitary and adrenal gland conditions; osteoporosis; and other hormonal disorders.
Aytug, a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, then did an endocrinology-diabetes-and-metabolism fellowship at Winthrop-University Hospital on Long Island, and a year of special training in pituitary diseases at the University of Virginia’s Endocrinology-Neuroendocrine Center. Before launching a full-time practice in the U.S., he spent two years practicing medicine in Istanbul. His sister is also a physician — a nuclear medicine specialist/M.D. — who practices in Ankara, Turkey.
Aytug — he’s board certified in internal medicine as well as endocrinology-diabetes-metabolism — moved to the Valley in 2005 and has served since then as an endocrinologist at Crystal Run Healthcare offices in Middletown, Goshen, and Rock Hill. He’s also affiliated with Orange Regional Medical Center, and Catskill Regional Medical Center (in Sullivan County).
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