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Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism is proud to be designated a Center of Excellence by the ENETs. Learn more.

Ayotunde Dokun, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and Director
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism


The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism is committed to providing excellent clinical care, education of learners at all levels, and the advancement of knowledge through pursuit of biomedical research. Clinical care is provided in the University Iowa Hospitals and Clinics inpatient units and the Medicine Specialty Clinic. All division faculty members are board certified in endocrinology and are regionally and nationally recognized for their expertise. The faculty, in collaboration with nurse practitioners and specialized nursing staff such as certified diabetes educators, endocrine nurses, dietitians and social workers, are focused on the delivery of excellent clinical care.

Division News

  • Dokun publication selected as a feature article in Experimental Biology and Medicine
    Congratualtions to Dr. Dokun and his team for their recent article entitled “Inhibition of PKCβ phosphorylation activates NF-κB and improves post-ischemic recovery in type 1 diabetes,” which has been selected as a feature article in EBM.
     
  • Hinton Selected as Ernest E. Just Postgraduate Fellow (April 7, 2020)
    Antentor (AJ) Hinton, Jr., PhD has been named an E.E. Just Postgraduate Fellow in the Life Sciences by the The United Negro College Fund. This fellowship is aimed at accelerating the career development of African Americans pursuing research careers in academic settings or biopharmaceutical companies. Hinton will receive a large stipend, a research budget, travel funds, and access to mentors andprofessional networks.
     
  • Stephens receives CDMRP grant (March 23, 2020)
    Sam Stephens, PhD has received a $1.2 million grant awarded by the Congressionally Direct Medical Research Program (CDMRP), administered by the Department of Defense for diabetes research. Stephens’ research project “Exhausted Protein Sorting Capacity Impairs Beta-Cell Function in Type 2 Diabetes” will focus on examining how defects in insulin synthesis and packaging within the pancreatic islet beta-cell contributes to beta-cell dysfunction in T2D. The funds will be awarded in $400,000 increments over a three year period.
  • Yorek Pub Lands on the Wall
    Congratulations to Mark A. Yorek, PhD, for his 2020 induction to the Wall of Scholarship for his publication “Membrane lipid composition and cellular function.” Journal of Lipid Research. 1985 Sep;26(9):1015-35. The Carver College of Medicine Wall of Scholarship recognizes published research articles of current faculty that have been cited over 1,000 times in subsequent published research articles.
     
  • Nolan receives Endocrine Division Service Award (February 18, 2020)
    In recognition of her five years of excellence, dedication, and contributions to the care of our patients and to the division’s success, the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism paused recently to award Sarah Nolan, PA-C, with her Service Award. Nolan has been instrumental in the tremendous growth of the inpatient diabetes service and her leadership and diligence have led to major improvements in clinical outcomes. The Division also recognized the exceptional mentorship and training that Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD, MS, and Janet Schlechte, MD, have provided Nolan along the way.
     
  • Nolan, Collier Promote Provider Communication Program (February 11, 2020)
    Sara Nolan, PA, and Melissa Collier, ARNP recently participated in the UI Health Care-sponsored Provider Communication Program. The program helped them hone their skills and achieve more effective interactions with patients. The Provider Communication Program is available to all physicians, APPs, PAs, and ARNPs within UI Health Care. Sign up today!
     
  • Rahmouni and Abel named co-directors of the Obesity Research and Education Initiative
    January 31, 2020 - The UI Carver College of Medicine has announced the appointment of Kamal Rahmouni, PhD, and Dale Abel, MD, PhD, as co-directors of the Obesity Research and Education Initiative.
  • Diabetes research enters "the matrix" (November 13, 2019)
    Work being done within the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) will be featured in an episode titled “Reversing Diabetes”on the program Information Matrix, hosted by Laurence Fishburne.

  • Endocrinology aids in SSI reduction project (November 5, 2019)
    PA Sarah Nolan and Melissa Collier, RN, are two members of a working group within University of Iowa Health Care designed to lower the incidence of surgical site infections. By focusing on people at risk of hyperglycemia and strictly monitoring their blood glucose levels, the two and the rest of the group comprised of members from eight different departments, have successfully prevented all incidences of hyperglycemia and lowered SSIs in patients undergoing colon and cardiothoracic surgery by 40 percent.

  • At the Forefront: Diabetes care at UI Hospitals and Clinics

  • How diabetes harms the heart
    Study in mice reveals heart-damaging pathway triggered by insulin, identifies possible drug targets to prevent or treat heart failure.


Jobs at the University of Iowa: The Academic Difference

Endocrinology Faculty Members
Positions at the rank of Associate (non-track), or Assistant and Associate Professor on the either the clinical or tenure track.  Duties will include inpatient consults at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and outpatient clinics at Iowa River Landing (IRL).

Clinical Track Assistant Professor
A joint position between the Department of Internal Medicine and the Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System. J1/H1b Visa applicants are encouraged to apply.

This position will have five eighths assigned for endocrine inpatient consults; outpatient clinic services; and hospitalist attending coverage at the Iowa City VA Hospital.  A total of three eighths will be assigned for clinical duties at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics to include inpatient attending services on the endocrine consult team and outpatient clinic services at Iowa River Landing.