Connecting Research, Education, and Patient Care

Our Division conducts basic (laboratory) and clinical research related to diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis/metabolic bone disease, nutrition, and cardiovascular disease.  Current research includes a study of the effects of dietary plant and dairy derived bioactive lipids on gut microbiota eubiosis, glucose homeostasis regulation, and aging; treatment of diabetes through a smartphone app or a web portal; and research on glucose measurements in pregnant women. 

Our faculty serve as mentors and educators to learners at all levels, from high school students to graduate and medical students and from residents and fellows to community physicians.

Through the UVM Medical Center, we provide consultative and ongoing care for patients in Vermont and upstate New York, bringing these patients current, evidence-based treatment for their endocrine disorders.

Mark Your Calendars

Diabetes Teaching Day - Friday, November 8.

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The keynote address for this 2nd annual conference will be from Mary Korytkowski, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of Quality Improvement, Division of Endocrinology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Click here for more info

Dr. Gilbert Interviewed on NBC5

On September 16, 2019, local television station NBC5 aired a story highlighting the difficulties experienced by patients who are left in limbo after medication recalls.  The piece (link) reported on a patient of Matthew Gilbert, DO, MPH, Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.  The patient has a rare, life-threatening condition and relies on a certain hormone--however, that critical hormone has been recalled and is now unavailable.  Said Dr. Gilbert, "Just because it impacts a small amount of people doesn't decrease the urgency" to make the medication available again. 

GilbertThe patient and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) are pleading with the federal government to expedite the return to market of this medication.  Rep. Welch is also leading the fight for more affordable medication (see the article on our "Events" page).  

Telemedicine Initiative with NMC

Kaitlyn Barrett, DO, second year Endocrinology Fellow (pictured during a telemedicine patient visit)The outpatient clinic at the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) in St. Albans, Vermont have created a virtual video conferencing set up for use by patients with diabetes. Patients are first seen in the endocrine clinic for a new patient visit, and subsequent visits are via a telemedicine appointment.  Leading this initiative on the UVM MC side are Joel Schnure, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the division, and Kaitlyn Barrett, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division (pictured during a telemedicine patient visit).

Osteoporosis Update for Primary Care

Jennifer Kelly, DO, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, was the course director for this CME program on Friday, September 27, 2019. The goal of the conference was to improve the skills of the primary care team, as they are often the first to encounter patients who have, or who are at risk of developing, osteoporosis.  The conference was attended by primary care providers from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and upstate New York.  Dr. Kelly presented on "What's New in Osteoporosis"; other invited faculty and their presentations were:

  • Morgan Merchand, APRN, Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner, LCOM (below) - Osteoporosis and Special Populations
  • Teresa Fama, MD, MS, Medical Director, Specialty Care; and Director, Fracture Liaison Service, CVMC - Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis (GIOP)
  • Kaitlyn Barrett, DO, Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology, LCOM - Pharmacologic Management of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
  • Elizabeth Ames, MD, Professor, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Residency Program Director; and Attending Surgeon, Division of Spine, LCOM - Geriatric Fractures and Proximal Humerus Fractures

Osteo Conf

Advisory Council for the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at UVMMC

Since 1998, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recognized the Adult Diabetes Self-Management Education Program provided by the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at LCOM/UVM MC.  The National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support require that recognized programs establish an Advisory Council to provide ongoing input from stakeholders and diabetes experts to promote program quality and enhance participant utilization.

Our Advisory Council holds its annual meeting in November, usually around World Diabetes Day.  The meeting provides valuable input to our diabetes education team.

Leahy Leads Endocrine Society Panel to Update Recommendations for Treatment of Diabetes

leahy_jack200x300In 2018, the Endocrine Society convened a panel of diabetes experts to "examine how advances in medications, lifestyle changes and technologies can help manage the challenges associated with post-meal blood sugar levels."  The panel was led by Jack Leahy, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at LCOM, and its report and recommendations were published in the October 7, 2019 issue of the Journal of the Endocrine Society (link).

Leahy JES article

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