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Kasia Lipska, MD, MHS, BS

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Associate Professor of Medicine


Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health



Associate Professor of Medicine

Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health


Dr. Lipska is an endocrinologist at the Yale School of Medicine and a Clinical Investigator at the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE). Her research program seeks to better understand the balance of benefits and harms of glucose-lowering therapy in older adults with type 2 diabetes. Her current research projects are primarily focused on severe hypoglycemia. She is investigating trends in admissions for hypoglycemia among the elderly Medicare population; race, sex, and age disparities in these admissions; using qualitative research methods to explore reasons for hypoglycemia admissions; examining key risk factors for hypoglycemia; and developing prediction models for hypoglycemia. Based on these data, she seeks to develop and implement decision support tools to help clinicians and patients make better decisions about their care. Her overall goals are to generate data that patients and clinicians need—data which currently do not exist—so that they can make better, smarter treatment decisions.

In addition, Dr. Lipska works at CORE on the development of ambulatory care quality measures for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She is currently leading the development of an outcome measure of care quality among people with diabetes mellitus.

YCCI Scholar 2013

Project: 11/01/13 - 10/31/15

Treatment-Related Determinants of SevereHypoglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes


Education & Training

Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship
Public Health Foundation of India (2012)
Yale University School of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (2011)
Yale University School of Medicine (2009)
Brigham and Women's Hospital (2006)
Harvard Medical School (2003)
Yale University, Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics (1997)



Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Aging; Diabetes Mellitus; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Drug Costs; Endocrinology; Global Health; Hypoglycemia; India; Insulin; Multiple Chronic Conditions

Research at a Glance

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Frequent collaborators of Kasia Lipska's published research.




Academic Achievements and Community Involvement

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    Committee Member

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    Diabetes Care in Older Adults

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    The Insulin Racket – Why Is A Century-Old Drug Still So Expensive and What Can We Do About It?

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    Diabetes Management on a Budget

Clinical Care


Kasia J. Lipska, MD, MHS, is a diabetes expert who encourages her patients to take an active role in managing diabetes so they can live their lives as normally as possible. “We've come a long way to make the treatment of diabetes more effective, safer and easier to incorporate into everyday life,” she says. “I want the management of diabetes to be thoughtful, safe and kind.”

An assistant professor of medicine (endocrinology) at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Lipska is also investigating ways to better manage type 2 diabetes, especially for older patients with multiple chronic ailments. Her primary research is on prevention of severe hypoglycemia, and on better understanding the pros and cons of glucose-lowering therapy in older adults.

An outspoken advocate for people with diabetes, Dr. Lipska published an opinion article in The New York Times in 2016 accusing drug companies and middle men of artificially inflating the price of insulin, which people with diabetes depend on to lower their blood sugar and keep them healthy. She also successfully petitioned federal regulators to allow expanded use of the drug metformin to treat type 2 diabetes.

Clinical Specialties

Internal Medicine; Endocrinology; Diabetes Medicine & Management

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