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In this Spring 2020 edition of Update in Endocrinology, the latest contributions to UPMC’s research, educational, clinical, and quality missions are highlighted.

  • Dr. Pouneh Fazeli reviews research in regard to neuroendocrine adaptations and bone loss due to starvation
  • Drs. Carla DeJesus, Neha Mehrotra, Sann Mon, and Linda Siminerio discuss how a coordinated-care model was created to provide evidence-based care to patients in disadvantaged communities
  • Dr. Diana Pinkhasova and clinical fellow Dr. Vrushali Shah discuss the Division’s commitment to wellness initiatives 
  • Dr. Shah describes one such initiative that has been supported by a UPMC Physician Thrive grant that was awarded to Clinical Medical Director Dr. Esra Karslioglu-French
  • Clinical fellow Dr. Hammam Alquadan and his mentor, physician-scientist Dr. Maja Stefanovic-Racic present a clinical case that discusses the difficulties of treating paraganglioma in pregnancy

Educational Objectives: 

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

  • Identify paraganglioma/pheochromocytoma as a cause of hypertension in pregnant patients
  • Describe the impact of income and socioeconomic status on diabetes care
  • Explain the management of glycemic control in patients with low socioeconomic status
  • Recall the management of glucose levels by recognizing that poor glycemic control can be influenced by factors that are not directly limited to patient circumstances
  • Recognize the neuroendocrine adaptations to starvation


Drs. Alquadan, DeJesus, Fazeli, Mehrotra, Mon, Pinkhasova, Shah, and Stefanovic-Racic have reported no relevant relationships with entities producing health care goods or services.

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

  • Grant/Research support: Becton Dickinson Research

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.

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 .50 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: 3/30/2020 | Last Modified On: 3/30/2020 | Expires: 3/30/2021

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