Dr. Marie Griffin, M.D.
Dr. Marie Griffin, M.D. | Endocrinology | St. Luke’s Hospital
What is the most exciting research currently happening in your field?
▷As an endocrinologist, over 50 percent of my time is spent treating complex diabetes, often Type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes. In the last several years, we have seen an explosion in the technology available for monitoring blood sugars, delivering insulin and communicating with patients. We have new pumps and sensors that act as an artificial pancreas to control the flow of insulin to match the blood sugar patterns. Patients have sensors to allow them to see their blood sugars constantly — often on their smartphones. This allows them to predict problems and avert them. They can even send the blood sugars to our Saint Luke’s cloud account right from their phone so we can retrieve them and analyze the patterns and alter the pumps in between appointments. We are now constantly able to respond to changing needs. I have been practicing endocrinology for 25 years and now, like never before, we can give patients good results, enhanced doctor patient communication and a better lifestyle.
Why did you become a doctor?
▷I became a doctor because I just couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I grew up in a family with both parents being physicians. Three of the four kids in our family became physicians. I think it’s because we saw our parents being invigorated by their jobs. I still think that being in medicine is a privilege. When I can help someone make their life healthier and happier, quite frankly my life is healthier and happier.
If you could tell your patients one thing, what would it be?
▷We need to think of food and lifestyle as medicine. As a society, we have been taught that food is the currency of our interactions — we celebrate, punish, mourn, reward with it. Our American diet has become unhealthy and much of the disease that I treat can be treated by altering our relationships with food.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
▷It was to be the kind of leader you would like to be led by. I’ve learned that I am only as good as my team, and if I appreciate them and find their unique talents and expect and allow them to operate at the top of their licensure, they will be engaged and functioning at their highest level.
What would you be if you weren’t a doctor?
▷I would be an event planner. It sounds kind of crazy, but I love planning events and personally designing flowers and invitations and decor. Creating something unique and beautiful is my happy place. I could seriously throw a large wedding from the stuff I have stored in my basement. I own enough votives to light a small country. My staff think I need an intervention.