Adena Leder, DO
As the director of the Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM), Adena Leder, DO, launched a boxing program last year to help patients feel stronger and build confidence. It’s just one way Dr. Leder applies the “Doctors That DO” approach to her work as an osteopathic neurologist specializing in movement disorders.
Why did you decide to become a DO?
I chose osteopathic medicine because I was attracted to the whole-person approach and emphasis on preventive medicine. Proper nutrition and exercise have always been part of my lifestyle. The holistic methods of treatment align well with my own beliefs.
What do you love most about being a physician?
The satisfaction that comes with helping improve a patient’s quality of life.
What is your proudest achievement?
Having the great honor of teaching the next generation of osteopathic physicians in my current position as an assistant professor at NYITCOM.
What is your life motto?
What/who inspires you?
My patients—especially their ability to foster a positive attitude in the face of great personal difficulties.
Describe your perfect day.
After an intense morning workout, I enjoy treating patients and teaching all day. When I arrive home, dinner is ready on the table and there’s no mess to clean up!