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Endocrinology Our Program

UPMC Endocrinology

At UPMC, our endocrinologists treat the entire spectrum of endocrine system disorders, including:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Pituitary tumors and other disorders
  • Adrenal
  • Male and female disorders of reproduction
  • Osteoporosis
  • Types 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Genetic causes of diabetes 
  • Other hormonal disorders

Our experts provide a special focus on complex cases for each of these disorders.

We provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to each patient in several specialty endocrinology clinic sessions, including a multidisciplinary diabetes program and a Multidisciplinary Center for Thyroid Disorders (MCTD).

In addition to these clinical activities, the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute  is the umbrella organization that encompasses activities in diabetes prevention, education, treatment, and research.  Many of our experts collaborate in a unique comprehensive program that facilitates the translation of diabetes research into practice.

The UPMC Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology and the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute have developed one of the nation’s largest comprehensive diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs that is recognized and accredited by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  DSME programs are available in all hospital-based endocrine offices as well as in primary care locations in the 53 site UPMC Diabetes Centers network.

The MCTD sees patients with a wide range of thyroid disorders, including thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer.  This center coordinates care with imaging, cytology, and surgical services allowing for prompt evaluation and management of the majority of thyroid disorders, often in a single office session. This group has provided national leadership in providing access to the most advanced methods of evaluation, including testing of genetic markers developed by our physician-researchers that guides comprehensive medical and surgical therapies. 

Clinical and Research Initiatives

As national leaders in endocrine and diabetes research, our faculty members are continually working to transform the most promising laboratory findings into clinical practice.

Areas of clinical research excellence include:

  • Calcium metabolism
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid cancer

Areas of excellence in basic research include:

  • Arterial smooth muscle in health and disease
  • Insulin resistance
  • Obesity
  • Osteoblast and osteoclast biology
  • Pancreatic beta cell function, survival and regeneration
  • Type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Our faculty has played key roles in each of the following areas:

  • Study of mineral metabolism and the effect on bone health and bone density
  • Pioneered drug trials to for treatment of osteoporosis.
  • Revising and initiating national Standards of Medical Care for Diabetes in the outpatient and inpatient settings.  These evidence-based research protocols are now being adopted by other health care institutions around the country.
  • Developed and validated the largest diabetes registry in the United States. This database comprises more than 120,000 patients with diabetes who are cared for at UPMC’s 20 hospitals and associated outpatient facilities and clinics.
  • Pioneered novel molecular diagnostic testing that can aid in the detection of thyroid cancer.

Our endocrinology research program ranks fifth in the nation for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and continues to expand annually with support from other funding organizations such as:

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Treating Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

UPMC’s endocrinology division uses a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach consisting of medical, surgical, and behavioral strategies to treat obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Strategies for early intervention in those who are at risk diabetes can prevent progression to type 2diabetes.

Bariatric surgery is available from nationally recognized surgeons for those patients who are unable to achieve meaningful weight loss with non-surgical therapies of diet and exercise.