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A welcome message from the Chief

Dr. Ellis R. Levin, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology
Kerrin Piché Serna / University Communications
Dr. Ellis R. Levin, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology at UC Irvine's School of Medicine

The Division of Endocrinology at UC Irvine's School of Medicine is committed to providing the highest level of care to patients with a broad range of complex endocrine conditions.

Our faculty members have special expertise in the diagnosis and management of diabetes, thyroid disease, pituitary dysfunction and other complex conditions. We also manage difficult-to-treat disorders of lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides), obesity, male infertility, and calcium.

We also have extensive experience with pediatric endocrinology and offer diagnostic services and treatment plans for young patients with glandular disorders, Turner's syndrome, ambiguous genitalia and precocious or delayed puberty.

Our division is at the forefront of developing new treatment strategies and targeted therapies for patients. In fact, our clinicians and researchers have developed innovative approaches for patients, including infusion therapies to help stop bone loss and prevent fractures in patients with osteoporosis; stem cell applications for patients with diabetes; and testing novel estrogenic agents to help prevent heart disease.

The Division of Endocrinology has a competitive training program that includes clinical training in diabetes, thyroid disease, growth disorders and obesity at UC Irvine Medical Center, the VA Healthcare System in Long Beach and CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange. These settings offer our students and residents valuable exposure to a wide variety of patients and disease presentations. To complement this hands-on education, students learn about early genetic identification to prevent disease, as well as pharmacological and lifestyle approaches to treat these conditions. 

The Division of Endocrinology is committed to mentoring our fellows in clinical skill development on inpatient consultations as well as managing endocrinology conditions on an outpatient basis. Our endocrinology fellows are exposed to the latest basic science and translational research in endocrinology, with one-on-one mentoring from leaders in the field. Our training program also provides an extensive didactic program of core lectures, seminars and journal clubs in endocrinology, as well as conferences and grand rounds.

In addition to providing patients with exemplary care, we strive to inspire students and residents to discover the challenge and excitement of caring for patients with endocrine conditions. From this, we also hope to nurture innovation and to recruit the finest physicians and students who will advance technological developments and treatment methods that will ultimately improve the health of our patients.