LIFESTYLE MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Welcome to my Website.
I am honored that you are visiting. My name is Bettina Chrysofakis-Baiduc, M.D. and I am an Internist and Geriatrician. However, I have found a new passion in life and that is called Lifestyle Medicine.
In October 2017 I was among the first physicians world-wide to sit for and pass the board certification of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine making me a board-certified diplomate in Lifestyle Medicine.
This website is dedicated to this field.
I was born in Romania while it was still under communist suppression. My father, Eugen Baiduc, M.D. did not handle this regime very well and got my mother, Doina Baiduc, M.D. to embark on the most dangerous journey of their lives. I was 1.5 years old when they risked their lives (and mine) to flee into freedom. Because of my mother’s German heritage, we were able to settle in Germany where my siblings were born and where I was raised. My childhood was spent in my favorite city of Berlin and we later moved close to Han(n)over.
I had the privilege of attending a wonderful and highly respected medical school in the north of Germany: The Medical School of Hanover (“Medizinische Hochschule Hannover”).
As a medical student I was lucky to experience some rotations in the USA. I was fascinated by the way residency programs were structured and I so gave it a shot to train in the United States. It took a lot of very hard work and I was fortunate to match into a great program for Internal Medicine at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.
I loved my residency. We were a large cohort of residents and many of us were from around the world. We were all in it together. We saw tough cases and worked very hard. It really rounded me as a physician and as a person.
During my residency I noticed how difficult it was for the American culture to accept death, which made patient care very challenging and sad at times. I wanted to learn more and so I decided to do a fellowship in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Care Medicine at the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York, NY.
I enjoyed my fellowship thoroughly and learned so much more than I would have expected. I was trained in acute Geriatric care in the hospital, Geriatric clinic as outpatient, Palliative care consultations, Hospice consultations and care, home visits, care at assisted living facilities. Once again, I matured very much as a person and as a physician. My dedication payed off and I was hired to stay on as an attending physician in my division after my fellowship finished. Soon after, the hospital was taken over by Mt. Sinai.
The work experience was great and I will forever be grateful for that time.
In the meantime, I had gotten married to my husband, Grigorios Chrysofakis, M.D., whom I had met during my residency at Jacobi. He also transferred to St. Luke’s Roosevelt / Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s / Mt. Sinai Roosevelt hospital for his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology.
After living in our beloved New York City for several years we wanted to try out something new and decided to
“go west”. We moved to Sacramento, CA.
I stumbled over the work of Michael Greger, M.D. and was suddenly intrigued to learn more about healthy living and nutrition. I realized that even though I had received fantastic training, I never really learned much of anything in regards to health or nutrition. So, I stopped watching TV or Netflix and started reading everything I could about this topic. Also, through Dr. Greger I found out about the American College of Lifestyle Medicine which I soon joined. I was thrilled to find out about the introduction of certification and as already mentioned I was in the first group to take this test. Poetically, Michael Greger, M.D. took the test the same day as me and was sitting 3 rows in front of me.
Ever since the discovery of this wonderful knowledge I have been eager to share this with my family, friends and patients. I have a new zest for life and medicine.
This website is meant to be a resource and a reference point for anybody who is looking for guidance.
It is so nice to meet you. Let me know how I can support you!