At the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, Dr. Gopal received her MD, doing her internship and chief residency at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She got the Leo Davidoff Award for Teaching during her tenure at Albert Einstein. She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, trained by the Institute of Functional Medicine in functional medicine, and trained in obesity medicine by the Columbia University School of Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Dr. Gopal became interested in integrative and functional models of medicine after 23 years of clinical practice, realizing that conventional medicine alone fell short in helping her patients with chronic diseases, especially obesity, psychological disorders, autoimmune disease, and that they were not treating their underlying causes. As a chronically ill child, her own personal experiences helped shape her philosophy and decision to seek medical training and to provide patients with compassionate treatment in the way she would have wanted to treat her own family members.
She is a huge fan of mysteries and feels that resolving a mystery or a puzzle is like internal medicine. At the end of the day, she believes that it is the best feeling in the world to use her expertise in integrative/functional medicine to make a difference in her patients' lives. Her message to patients is that medicine is a patient-doctor relationship, and that they should have open communication and expect the best quality of care.
With two daughters, Dr. Gopal is a native New Yorker and loves the community and activities that New York City has to offer.
The corporatization of medicine has destroyed primary care as a specialty. The primary care physician is supposed to be your go-to doctor, your advocate, the coordinator of your health care. Now that corporations buy out hospitals and private practices in an almost predatory fashion, the priority is turning a profit for the corporation at the expense of not only patient health but also the health and well-being of the primary ...