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The Section of Endocrinology provides a full range of clinical services involving management of a wide variety of endocrine and metabolic disorders. These include hypothalamic/pituitary disease of all types, often in conjunction with neurosurgery service; diseases of calcium, bone, and mineral metabolism; disorders of the male and female reproductive systems; disorders of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; adrenal disease; GI endocrine disorders; metabolic disorders of acute and chronic illness, including systemic non-endocrine disease, neoplastic disorders, and psychiatric illness; endocrine emergencies; and endocrine disorders in pregnancy. Thyroid disease of all types is managed within the Section. About 300 thyroid aspiration biopsies are performed each year. Radioactive iodine therapy for both hyperthyroidism and thyroid malignancy is managed by the endocrinologists.
The Endocrinology Section has as its foundation the University of Illinois at Chicago's committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Section facilities include an in-hospital office complex, dedicated clinical endocrine and research laboratories, and clinical research center. These facilities are staffed by more than 50 professionals, including clinical and research nurses, technologists, dietitians, epidemiologist, statistician, and other support staff.
The Endocrine Section is involved in a number of areas of clinical and basic research. Protocols ranging from broad-based multicenter clinical outcome studies to the effect of hormonal manipulations on gene expression are ongoing. State-of-the-art technologies for immunoassay, flow cytometry, molecular biology, mass spectrometry, and metabolic studies including the use of stable isotopes, as well as computer-based data analysis are available through both the Section of Endocrinology and the Clinical Research Center at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
The University of Illinois Medical Center is ranked by US News and World Report, in 1993 and 1994, as in the top 4% of America's 1,172 teaching hospitals including 10 of 16 subspecialties. It is also ranked among the top 3 in Chicago. The Best Doctors in America have rated 34 doctors at UIC Medical Center as top doctors. Eight of our doctors have been rated top by Chicago magazine. As our campaign says, we are "the source of health and healing for the people of Illinois".
UIC Medical Center is a major referral center for the state of Illinois for patients with endocrine disorders. The Section of Endocrinology is staffed by 8 board-certified endocrinologists each with a specific subspecialty interests, and 10 adjunct faculty members, providing clinical teaching from a variety of perspectives. Sectional faculty are involved in more than 10,000 outpatient visits per year and provide consultation for several hundred inpatients with acute and chronic endocrine/metabolic disorders.