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Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director, Quality Improvement, Division of Endocrinology
Dr. Korytkowski’s research interests focus on improving inpatient and outpatient care and outcomes of people with diabetes. In the outpatient setting, Dr. Korytkowski serves as co-investigator and study physician for the NIH-sponsored Look AHEAD Study which is examining long term cardiovascular outcomes in individuals with type 2 diabetes randomly assigned to intensive versus conventional lifestyle intervention. She is co-investigator on two additional NIH sponsored clinical trials, one investigating interactions between treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and diabetes outcomes; and another exploring relationship dynamics in couples affected by diabetes. Previously, she was Diabetology site PI for the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation in type 2 diabetes (BARI 2D) that sought to define optimal glucose lowering and cardiovascular intervention strategies for type 2 diabetes complicated by coronary artery disease.
In the inpatient setting, much of Dr. Korytkowski’s work has focused on initiatives that investigate specific glycemic management strategies in hospitalized patients with diabetes, such as those who are hospitalized using insulin pump therapy or who receive enteral nutrition therapy. A recent study is investigating hypoglycemia unawareness in hospitalized patients as a risk for severe hypoglycemia and adverse outcomes.
An additional area of interest that crosses inpatient and outpatient areas is using electronic medical records to investigate patterns of glycemic management and cardiovascular outcomes in diabetes. Because diabetes is a systemic disorder affecting multiple organ systems, Dr. Korytkowski has wide collaborations with investigators in other divisions in the Department of Medicine as well as with other universities. Dr. Korytkowski is a general endocrinologist with particular expertise in the care and management of people with all forms of diabetes, as well as of women with polycystic ovary syndrome and other disorders of androgen excess. As Director of Inpatient and Outpatient Diabetes Quality Improvements Initiatives in the Division of Endocrinology, she remains actively engaged in initiatives that enhance the quality of care provided to patients with diabetes.
Currently she sees patients with difficult to manage diabetes, as well as patients who elect to use evolving technologies such as smart pumps alone or in combination with continuous glucose sensors as a way of achieving and maintaining glycemic control. She served as the American Diabetes Association Chair of the writing group for the Consensus Statement on Inpatient Glycemic Control and was a member of the writing group for the Endocrine Society Clinical Guideline for Management of Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized Patients in Non-critical Care Setting.
She has been a contributing member of the American Diabetes Associ