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.

Education Recognition

The quality and effectiveness of our Division's program to provide diabetes education to patients has again been recognized by the American Diabetes Association.  This recognition, achieved continuously by the Division since 1998, confirms that its Adult Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.  The DSME program at LCOM / UVM MC is overseen by Linda Tilton, MS, RD, CDE.

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).  

2nd Annual Diabetes Education Conference

Joel Schnure, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, was the course director for "Diabetes 2019: Updates on Management and Treatment," a day-long CME conference held in South Burlington on Friday, November 8. The conference was attended by primary care providers and clinicians from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and upstate New York.  The faculty and their presentations were:

  • Mary Korytkowski, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - Treating Diabetes in Older Adults: What the Cardiovascular Outcomes Trials are Telling Us and Hypoglycemia in Diabetes: Definitions, Causes, Consequences, Prevention
  • David J. Schneider, MD, Professor and Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, LCOM - Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A New Era in the Treatment of Diabetes
  • Anders L. Carlson, MD, Medical Director, International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet and Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School - Using New Technologies in Diabetes Management
  • Rup Tandan, MD, Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences, LCOM - Clinical Presentations and Evaluation of Peripheral Nerve Involvement in Diabetes
  • Chassidy DesLauriers, RD, Clinical Dietitian and Diabetes Educator, UVM Medical Center - Ketogenic Diet and Diabetes: Is It Safe?

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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