Endocrinology and Metabolism
The Section on Endocrinology and Metabolism is dedicated to
clinical care, the education of endocrinology fellows and internal
medicine housestaff, and research on diabetes and obesity. The
Section is one of the largest Endocrinology referral practices in
Education has traditionally been a strength of the section with
an active fellowship program to train new endocrinologists. Dr.
Patrick Ober and Dr. Cynthia Burns are devoted to the education and
training of new physicians.
The Section has a long tradition of research focused on diabetes
and diabetes complications with the studies of John Crouse, and has
been involved in the National Institutes of Health investigation
"Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD)" which
is examining ways to prevent heart attack, stroke, or
cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes
Clinical members of the Section with interests in management and
etiology of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance include Dr.
Kristen Hairston. Basic scientists within the Section are also
focused on the causes of type 2 diabetes and include Dr. Swapan
Das. Current and planned research activities in the Section span
the spectrum from basic bench studies in cells and animals to
Clinical care is a major focus of the section with both active
in-patient consult services and daily outpatient clinics that serve
all major endocrine diseases. Dr. Kavya Mekala is focused on the
Section's clinical mission. Each clinical member of the Section
maintains a clinic with special emphases on type 1 and type 2
diabetes and thyroid disorders.
In addition to comprehensive endocrinology, the Section offers
Diabetes Education with outreach to primary care physicians and the