Sentara RMH recently welcomed Nabeel Babar, MD
, the first endocrinologist to join the Sentara RMH Medical Staff. Dr. Babar began seeing patients age 18 and older in late February.
Endocrinology is the medical specialty that deals with diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones and the hormone producing glands of the body. Endocrinology covers such human functions as the coordination of energy metabolism, growth and reproduction.
Conditions that an endocrinologist treats include type 1 and type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, thyroid disorders, parathyroid gland disorders (hypercalcemia), pituitary disorders, adrenal gland disorders, osteoporosis, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels in the blood), polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, lack of growth, and cancers of the endocrine glands.
“We are pleased to be bringing this much-needed and in-demand specialty to the Harrisonburg community as part of our mission to improve health every day,” said John McGowan, MD, president of the Sentara RMH Medical Group.
Dr. Babar graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his internship and internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, N.Y., and an endocrinology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He is board certified in internal medicine and in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.
Before joining Sentara RMH, Dr. Babar served as clinical endocrinologist at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and, more recently ran a busy endocrinology practice at the UVa Specialty Care Clinic in Culpeper, Va. During this time he also served on faculty as clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
“I’m very excited about starting the Sentara RMH endocrinology practice here in Harrisonburg. The demand for endocrine services here is tremendous and the community has been extremely welcoming,” said Dr. Babar. “For too long, patients have had to travel long distances to see an endocrinologist. With the establishment of the clinic here, we aim to provide patients with the quality care they need closer to home.”
The Sentara RMH Endocrinology practice is located at the Sentara RMH South Main Health Center, 1661 South Main Street in Harrisonburg. The clinic is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and can be reached at 540-689-4300.