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UPMC's Fall 2019 edition of Update in Endocrinology. This issue highlights the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism's contributions to the research, educational, clinical, and quality missions.

  • Esra Karslioglu-French, MD, endocrinology medical director, discusses how she and her colleagues, Linwah Yip, MD, and Jenny Y. Yu, MD, in the UPMC Multidisciplinary Thyroid Eye Disease Clinic, are implementing a care model that allows patients with Graves’ ophthalmopathy to obtain coordinated visits.
  • Samina Afreen, MD, endocrinology fellow, and her mentor, Helena Levitt, MD, an endocrine genetics expert, present a clinical case that discusses the challenges of evaluating and managing hypercalcemia and hyperparathyroidism in a young woman.
  • Sadeesh Ramakrishna, MD, discusses his research on the gut as an endocrine organ. 
  • Erin E. Kershaw, MD, chief of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, describes predoctoral training opportunities in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. also describes predoctoral training opportunities in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Implement appropriate genetic tests in suspected cases of familial hyperparathyroidism
  • Identify two functions of HIF-2 signaling
  • Recognize thyroid eye disease and refer patients to a multidisciplinary center in a timely manner


Dr. Karslioglu-French, Dr. Yip, Dr. Yu, Dr. Afreen, Dr. Levitt, and Dr. Kershaw have reported no relevant
relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

Dr. Ramakrishnan has financial interests with the following entity or entities producing health
care goods or services as indicated below:

Grant/research support (DK110537)

All presenters' disclosures of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers, and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Pittsburgh designates enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

For your credit transcript, please access our website four weeks postcompletion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page.

Release Date: 11/27/2019 | Last Modified On: 11/27/2019 | Expires: 11/27/2020

This course has been expired.