Continuous glucose monitors proven cost-effective, add to quality of life for diabetics

Continuous glucose monitors (CGM) offer significant, daily benefits to people with type 1 diabetes, providing near-real time measurements of blood sugar levels, but they can be expensive. A new study by researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine, based on a 6-month clinical trial, finds that use of a CGM is cost-effective for adult patients with type 1 diabetes when compared to daily use of test strips. The results are well within the thresholds normally used by insurance plans to cover medical devices. During the trial, CGMs improved overall blood glucose control for the study group and reduced hypoglycemia, or … Read More

New York Times – Anna Volerman, MD explains practices to avoid life-threatening allergic reactions

Anaphylaxis is the scary end of allergy, the kind of reaction that can kill. It can happen almost immediately after the exposure — being stung by the bee, eating the peanut — and it can move fast. In anaphylaxis, your immune system turns against you with a vengeance, revs up and releases histamines and other chemicals that set off a range of dangerous physiological changes. More

National survey ranks Biological Sciences Division #13 and Pritzker #18

The University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division moved up one notch to No. 13 — with the paleontology program retaining its top rating and the ecology & evolution program placing 8th — in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report‘s survey of the country’s best biological sciences doctoral programs. Meanwhile, the Pritzker School of Medicine placed No. 18 among the best medical schools for research.   More

2018 Janet D. Rowley Research Day Abstract Winners

Congratulations to the following faculty and trainees who were recognized with Best Abstract Awards at the 2018 Janet D. Rowley Research Day that was held on March 6, 2018. Faculty Winners Clinical Research- Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD (Geriatrics/Palliative Medicine) Basic Research – Hatim Hassan, MD,PhD (Nephrology) Health Services Research- Milda Saunders, MD (General Internal Medicine) Translational Research-Alexandra Dumitrescu, MD, PhD (Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism) Trainee Winners  Clinical Research- Bow Chung, MD(Cardiology)  Basic Research-Matthew Krause, MS (Pulmonary/Critical Care)  Health Services Research- Juan Rojas, MD (Pulmonary/Critical Care) Translational Research- James Godfrey, MD (Hematology/Oncology) Honorable Mention Clinical Research:  JJ Bhongsatiern   (Hematology/Oncology)  Curt Ginder (Cardiology) … Read More

Diana Bolotin,MD,PhD- Appointed Interim Chief, Section of Dermatology

Effective March 1, 2018  Diana Bolotin, MD, PhD , Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Dermatology Ambulatory Practice and Director of the Dermatologic Surgery Program, will serve the Department of Medicine as Interim Chief of the Section of Dermatology. Dr. Bolotin received her BA with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. Upon completion she entered into the Pritzker School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program where she earned her PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology in 2004, followed by her MD in 2006. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine and residency training in … Read More

Research highlights cost savings from generic contraceptives

Generic medications contain the same active ingredients and work the same way as brand-name medications, but cost substantially less. As many Americans face mounting healthcare costs, substituting generic medications for their brand name counterparts can result in considerable savings for patients and payers. Researchers at the University of Chicago recently analyzed the generic substitution rates of oral contraceptives (OCPs) and the associated costs in the U.S for the period of January 2010-December 2014. While the rates of prescribing generic OCPs increased during this period, there was no decrease in the costs associated with brand OCPs. In most cases, brand OCPs … Read More

Drs. Bana Jabri and Louis Philipson Receive Named Professorships

President Robert Zimmer recently awarded named professorships to two Department of Medicine physician scientists: Bana Jabri, MD,PhD (Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition) and Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD ( Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism) effective January 1, 2018.   Dr. Jabri, a world expert in celiac disease, has been named as Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor, and Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on the biophysics of insulin secretion whose innovative work has significantly impacted clinical outcomes of patients with diabetes, has been named the inaugural James C. Tyree Professor of Diabetes Research and Care. Dr. Jabri is a world leader … Read More

34 Medicine faculty named as Chicago’s Top Doctors

Thirty-four  Department of Medicine physicians were  named to the “Chicago Top Doctors” list in the annual ranking by Chicago magazine (January 2017) . Honorees were nominated by physicians nationwide who were asked to consider such factors as clinical excellence, bedside manner, education and board certification. Chicago magazine worked with the health care and information research firm Castle Connolly Medical to create the list.   The 2018 Chicago magazine Top Doctors from the Department of Medicine are: Section of Cardiology: Drs. Michael Davidson, James Liao and Matthew Sorrentino Section of Dermatology: Dr. Christopher Shea Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism: Drs. David … Read More