Dr. Lans has been practicing medicine since 1985 and has been in private practice at our New Rochelle location since 1991. He has a great deal of experience as a clinician and educator and is a strong advocate of personalized medicine and preventive health care. Doctor Lans considers himself a “functional rheumatologist” a term he coined as he applies his extensive rheumatology experience with the patient-specific approach of functional medicine to address hormone imbalance, thyroid issues, weight loss, sexual wellness, and autoimmune diseases including M.S., Lyme’s, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Diabetes and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Dr. Lans graduated from Brandeis University and completed Medical School at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He then completed a Medical Residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed Fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at Tufts University, followed by a Rheumatology Fellowship at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College and the Chief of Rheumatology at New York Presbyterian /Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, New York. Dr. Lans is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, and Rheumatology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
In My Own Words
Let me tell you a little about myself, my experience, my approach to patients, and my philosophy about health care.
For the initial phase of my medical training, my approach was conventional. I have substantial training in orthodox medicine, having taken residencies and fellowships for 9 years after graduating medical school in 1981. This provided me with a great base from which to develop my own clinical instincts. Indeed, my first position, after completing my formal training was on the faculty of Albert Einstein Medical School, where I engaged in clinical practice, teaching medical students and postgraduate trainees, and conducting research. Within a few years, I chose to go into private practice, while maintaining a voluntary faculty position, to allow for greater flexibility in approaching patient care.
As an Osteopathic physician, my training, though conventional, also exposed me to holistic medicine and an open-minded view of “alternative” healing strategies. As such, I have always sought to learn from other healing traditions and to incorporate these treatment strategies in order to best help my patients.
As my experience grew, I became interested in integrative medicine: combining a traditional approach with functional medicine. While orthodox medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of disease, functional medicine is patient-centered and emphasizes an understanding of the underlying causes of physiologic imbalance in the individual patient. Functional medicine is holistic and considers the optimum functionality of all systems of the body. It incorporates a variety of methods and therapies for supporting those systems and keeping them healthy. These include nutrition and botanical therapies, lifestyle approaches and stress reduction programs. The idea behind functional medicine is that one can not only prevent disease and troubling health conditions but in many cases, reverse them.
Furthermore, to be an effective and thoughtful physician, it is important to approach patients personally and individually. This requires careful listening, thorough evaluations and time. Unfortunately, the way medicine is typically practiced today, these approaches have gone by the wayside. Often, patients feel rushed and without the time to communicate effectively with their doctor or even ask questions. I believe that personalized medicine is extremely important. That means viewing each person as a unique individual, whose physiology results from a combination of inherited and environmental influences.
In addition to Board-Certification in Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, and Rheumatology, I am also Fellowship trained and Board certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, where I have also completed a Stem Cell Fellowship.
Board Certifications and Associations:
- Board Certified in Internal Medicine
- Board Certified in Rheumatology
- Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology
- Fellow of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine
- Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine