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Philip Polgreen, MD, MPH

Contact Information

Office: SW34-P GH 
Phone: 319-384-6194 
Faculty Profile

Brief description of current research:

I am an infectious diseases physician. Historically, my primary research interest been in the field of infection control and designing ways to improve infectious disease surveillance. In my practice, I saw so many infections that were in part attributable to diabetes that I became motivated to think more about diabetes as a contributing factor to infectious disease morbidity and mortality. I realized that if we want to prevent some of the most common infectious diseases we needed to think more about controlling diabetes. Thus, I decided to apply my interests in disease surveillance to the field of diabetes and obesity. A pilot grant from FOEDRC made this possible.

3 most influential diabetes/obesity/metabolism publications:

  • This is a new field for me and most of my publications relate to the spread of infectious diseases.


To prevent many common infections we need to spend more time thinking about how we can prevent diabetes.