The Division of Endocrinology has always maintained a high level of research and scholarly activity. All of our current full-time faculty have been or are currently involved in our clinical or basic-science research programs. All the clinical Faculty are actively involved in training, with an active ACGME accredited Endocrinology Fellowship program that has been in existence since 1962. There is active participation at all levels of medical student education and the research activities has led to many trainees who themselves have become independent successful investigators.

Physician-scientists in the division are actively involved in research in a number of areas, including thyroid cancer and diabetes, insulin resistance, and the genetics of obesity.

The division is also committed to furthering high-quality research, as reflected in leadership of NIH study sections and other rigorous research activities. In addition, a member of the division faculty currently serves as director of the Medical College of Wisconsin's NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center.

Clinical Research
We have active clinical research involving the genetics of obesity and metabolic syndrome, genetics and physiological determinants of hypertension, and ACTH and cortisol dynamics in human disease.

Basic Research
There are a number of investigators performing basic research in Endocrinology. These studies range from investigations of sterol metabolism, steroid hormone metabolism, genes involved in fat cell metabolism and the regulation of fat metabolism and energy utilization.

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Endocrinology Research Faculty

Blank, Robert, MD, PhD

Chief of Endocrinology, Professor of Medicine

Kidambi, Srividya, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Kotchen, Theodore, MD

Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Clinical Research

Raff, Hershel, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Physiology
Director of Endocrine Research Laboratory, St. Luke's Medical Center

Sahoo, Daisy, PhD

Dr. Sahoo is a Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, and the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine.

Zhang, Yi (Sherry), PhD

Assistant Professor, Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center

Everson, Carol, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Research Staff

  • Dima Alghazzy, Research Technologist
  • Gerard Coly, PhD, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Kaniz Fatema, Research Technologist
  • Diana Genz, Research Technologist
  • Rebecca Holme, PhD, Graduate Student
  • Roland James, MS, Program Manager, TOPS Center
  • Sushma Kaul, Research Associate
  • Jasmin Kristianto, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Elisa Maruko, Lab Aid
  • Yannick Munyura, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Kay Nicholson, Research Associate II
  • Sarah Proudfoot, Student
  • Theresa Ratzel, Research Technologist
  • Daniel Schroeder, Research Technologist
  • Xiaohu Wang, Research Technologist
  • Hao Xu, PhD, Lab Supervisor

Clinical Trial Information

Are you an Identical Twin? (PDF)
If so, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical study looking at what kind of modifications to one’s genetic code would lead to higher blood pressures. For more information, please call (414) 955-7438

Vitamin D Research Study (PDF)
Personalized Vitamin D Supplementation in European and African Americans Clinical Trial

Do you have high blood pressure? (PDF)

Effect of Body Fat on Infertility and Heart Disease (PDF)