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

  • Endocrinology medical director Dr. Esra Karslioglu French discusses how she and her colleagues Dr. Linwah Yip and Dr. Jenny Y. Yu in the UPMC Multidisciplinary Thyroid Eye Disease Clinic are implementing a care model that allows patients with Graves’ ophthalmopathy (GO) to obtain coordinated visits. 
  • Recently graduated clinical fellow Dr. Samina Afreen, and her mentor, endocrine genetics expert Dr. Helena Levitt present a clinical case that discusses the challenges of evaluating and managing hypercalcemia and hyperparathyroidism in a young woman.
  • Dr. Sadeesh Ramakrishnan discusses his research on the gut as an endocrine organ. 
  • Dr. Erin E. Kershaw 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


Drs. Esra Karslioglu French, Samina Afreen, Helena Levitt, Erin E. Kershaw have reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

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

  • Dr.  Ramakrishnan has grant/research support (DK110537)

All presenters disclosure 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.

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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.

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

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