Meet the Doctor: Vishal Datta, MD
Vishal Datta, MD, is an endocrinologist with Einstein Healthcare Network and sees patients at Endocrine Associates-EPM offices at 100 Market Street in Collegeville and at 210 Mall Boulevard in King of Prussia. He is board certified in Endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology.
We spoke recently with Dr. Datta about his career, his interests, and endocrinology at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: My father is a doctor practicing family medicine, and I followed in his footsteps, so to speak. I was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., where my father was completing his residency. When I was 3 years of age, we moved to Maryland, where he started in private practice. He just retired after practicing for 42 years.
You could say that I grew up in this environment. I would always be around his office, and during middle school, when I had summer vacation, I would come to the office and help with filing, organizing medical charts, taking temperatures and getting weights on his patients. I watched how he got to know his patients and how appreciative they were of him.
Q: Tell us about your education and career to date
A: I completed my undergraduate degree in biology at Haverford College and received my medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore. My residency in internal medicine was at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Then I completed my fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at New York University Medical Center.
Prior to joining Einstein, I worked in Maryland for a decade. I had my own private endocrinology practice for several years and then was medical director of one of the local hospitals’ endocrinology practices for a few years. In the beginning of my career, I also taught. I was an assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and assistant attending physician and professor of medicine at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: Having a father who is a family physician, and being around his office, was the greatest influence that led me to initially explore a career in internal medicine. In my second year of residency, I happened to select an elective in endocrinology and developed a passion for this area of medicine and decided to specialize.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: As an endocrinologist, I focus on hormonal pathways in the body and diagnose and treat hormone imbalances in the body, such as in the thyroid. Much of my work is also with patients who have diabetes, as this disease involves the hormone insulin.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: I always had a strong connection to Philadelphia and the medical community since I attended college in the area and then completed my residency at Jefferson. I was practicing in Maryland when a friend from my Jefferson days suggested I interview for an opening at Einstein.
I was very impressed by the organization and felt it was an ideal opportunity for me to take on more challenging cases and connect with other specialists in co-managing patient care. So my wife and I and our three young boys packed up and came to Einstein in 2018.
Q: Why should people choose Einstein for their endocrinology care?
A: Einstein’s endocrinology providers are such a talented and caring group of medical professionals. We all stay up to date on the latest treatments and research, which greatly benefits our patients.
When it comes to diabetes care, we are well versed in advanced technologies with regards to the use of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring, both of which have gone through great advancements over the past few years.
In our practice, our team approach to care is invaluable for our patients. Our six endocrinologists and two nurse practitioners work in tandem, and we also collaborate quite closely with primary care physicians.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: With three young boys, we stay very active. We enjoy biking, hiking, tennis and travel. We are excited about a trip to Hawaii this summer.
Q: Who were your greatest influences?
A: Both my mother and father have a strong work ethic, which was passed down to me as well. They were immigrants from India and met in the states in the 1950s after my father completed medical school in his homeland. Along with my interest in the sciences, especially biology, my parents had a strong influence on my career path.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: I really enjoy science fiction and fantasy movies. I am a fan of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings series.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: My favorite trip was to Europe, specifically Spain and Italy. The food and culture is incredible.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: We are vegetarians, and my wife is a phenomenal cook, so we eat at home quite often. Our favorite restaurants are Zaytinya, a Mediterranean restaurant in DC, and Charlie Was A Sinner in Philadelphia.
Q: What is an interesting fact that most people don’t know about you?
A: My wife and I went skydiving for her birthday!
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