Endocrinology & Metabolism

The Section of Endocrinology is a research-intensive division in the Department of Internal Medicine. The areas of expertise in the Section include carbohydrate metabolism, mineral metabolism, neuroscience, immunology, and developmental biology. The faculty numbers 33 and includes two Yale–endowed professorships as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator. Research funding totals over $12 million yearly and includes a Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center, a Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, a Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center, 2 JDRF Research Centers and portions of several program grants in addition to individual research grants. There are a total of 6 clinical and 20 research postdoctoral fellows as well as a number of undergraduate and graduate students in training.

There is broad clinical expertise in the Section, covering all aspects of endocrine and metabolic disease, and in terms of outpatient visits the Section is the second busiest in the Department. This reflects the commitment of the physicians in the Section to provide high–quality and interactive care to patients and referring physicians throughout southern New England. There are a number of focused multidisciplinary clinics, including a Clinical Diabetes Center, a Bone Center, and multidisciplinary Thyroid and Pituitary Clinics. Dr. Silvio Inzucchi is the Clinical Director of the Section.

There is a very close working and training relationship between the adult and pediatric endocrine sections, and the NIH training grant includes support for pediatricians. These funds for training are used to support both physician–scientists and benchwork scientists in training.

There are multiple research opportunities for trainees at all levels. The largest research groups number more than 20 individuals each, providing the critical mass necessary to carry out cutting–edge work.