Our center specializes in comprehensive care for patients who are diagnosed with endocrinology disorders. Because the endocrine system is a complex collection of hormone-producing glands that control basic body functions, endocrinology disorders can affect your entire body.

Disorder Causes

There are two main causes of endocrine disorders:

  1. Hormone imbalance - A condition caused by a gland producing too much or too little of the hormone it supplies to the body
  2. Lesions or tumors – In the endocrine system, these can affect hormone levels.

Either of these developments can affect how the body functions and how you feel.

Types of Disorders

There are many types of endocrine disorders including diabetes. Here is a list of the more common:

While disorders of the endocrine system can be difficult to diagnose and treat, our specialists are not just fellowship trained and certified in treating these disorders but are also consistently researching better methods for treatment and management. This allows us to provide you with the most up-to-date care methods and advancements in research.

Anatomy of the Endocrine System

The endocrine system is a complex network of glands and organs. It uses hormones to control and coordinate your body's metabolism, energy level, reproduction, growth and development, and response to injury, stress, and mood.  The following are integral parts of the endocrine system:

  • Hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is located at the base of the brain, near the optic chiasm where the optic nerves behind each eye cross and meet. The hypothalamus secretes hormones that stimulate or suppress the release of hormones in the pituitary gland, in addition to controlling water balance, sleep, temperature, appetite, and blood pressure.

  • Pineal body. The pineal body is located below the corpus callosum, in the middle of the brain. It produces the hormone melatonin, which helps the body know when it's time to sleep.

  • Pituitary. The pituitary gland is located below the brain. Usually no larger than a pea, the gland controls many functions of the other endocrine glands.

  • Thyroid and parathyroid. The thyroid gland and parathyroid glands are located in front of the neck, below the larynx (voice box). The thyroid plays an important role in the body's metabolism. The  parathyroid glands play an important role in the regulation of the body's calcium balance.

  • Thymus. The thymus is located in the upper part of the chest and produces white blood cells that fight infections and destroy abnormal cells.

  • Adrenal gland. An adrenal gland is located on top of each kidney. Like many glands, the adrenal glands work hand-in-hand with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The adrenal glands make and release corticosteroid hormones and epinephrine that maintain blood pressure and regulate metabolism.

  • Pancreas. The pancreas is located across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The pancreas plays a role in digestion, as well as hormone production. Hormones produced by the pancreas include insulin and glucagon, which regulate levels of blood sugar.

  • Ovary. A woman's ovaries are located on both sides of the uterus, below the opening of the fallopian tubes (tubes that extend from the uterus to the ovaries). In addition to containing the egg cells necessary for reproduction, the ovaries also produce estrogen and progesterone.

  • Testis. A man's testes are located in a pouch that hangs suspended outside the male body. The testes produce testosterone and sperm.

Devaprabu Abraham, M.D.

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Dr. Dev Abraham completed his graduate and post graduate training in India and in England respectively.  He joined the University of Utah internal medicine residency program in 1993 and then pursued endocrine fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Following his fellowship training he returned to the University of Utah in 19... Read More

Laura M. Burton, M.S.N., APRN

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Laura Burton, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE, is a nurse practitioner at the Utah Diabetes Center. As a nurse practitioner, her clinical interests include endocrinology; specifically diabetes and thyroid disorders.Philosophy:Diabetes is a growing concern in the United States and worldwide.  It is identified in many forms:  type 1, which is an absolute insul... Read More

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Endocrinology & Metabolism, Family Nurse Practitioner

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Utah Diabetes Center (801) 581-7761

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Endocrinology & Metabolism

Locations:

Utah Diabetes Center (801) 581-7761

Marissa P. Grotzke, M.D.

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Dr. Grotzke received her degree from University of Colorado-Denver. She received training in medicine and endocrinology from University of Edinburgh and University of Utah School of Medicine.... Read More

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Ann Haynes, APRN

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Ann is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her undergraduate nursing degree at Creighton University and her Master’s in nursing at the University of Utah. She is certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner she spent years as a hospital based nurse, primarily in the IUC. Before joining th... Read More

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Heather Johnson, APRN

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Heather Johnson is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. As a nurse practitioner her clinical interest include diabetes and thyroid disorders. She also provides diabetes management consultation services for the Inpatient Glucose Management Service at the University of Utah Hospital.She earned her undergraduate n... Read More

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Michelle L. Litchman, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC

Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing and School of Medicine. Her position includes research, teaching, and clinical work at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. She is passionate about teaching and precepts health sciences students and teaches didactic courses at the College of Nursing.... Read More

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Endocrinology & Metabolism

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Utah Diabetes Center (801) 581-7761

A. Wayne Meikle, M.D.

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Dr. Meikle’s major research interests are focused on male reproductive endocrinology, prostatic and thyroid neoplasia and laboratory techniques for hormonal assays. The objective of the studies in male twins has been to determine the influence of hereditary and environmental factors in the pathogenesis of lower urinary tract symptoms and benign pro... Read More

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Pamela Phares, Ph.D., APRN

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Dr. Phares specializes in diabetes care, obesity, and prevention of diabetes and heart disease. She has more than 20 years of experience as an independent advanced pratice clinician, both in public health and private practice clinical settings. She is the Program Director for the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center's Diabetes and Heart Disease P... Read More

Deepika Reddy, M.D.

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Beth A. Saucier, APRN

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Beth is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and certified diabetes educator (CDE). She owned and managed a diabetes management clinic on the Mississippi gulf coast before making Utah her home in 2010. Since her career began as a diabetes specialist in 1999, Beth has been educating and treating patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in bot... Read More

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Amnon Schlegel, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Schlegel sees patients with lipid disorders and type 2 diabetes mellitus requiring complex medical therapy at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. He sees patients with all endocrine and metabolic disorders at the Endocrinology clinic at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Schlegel also performs one mo... Read More

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Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Hypertension, Lipids, Osteoporosis & Metabolic Bone Disease, Pituitary, Thyroid Disorders

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Utah Diabetes Center (801) 581-7761
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 582-1565

Debra L. Simmons, M.D., M.S., FACE, FACP

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Dr. Debra Lynn Simmons is a professor of medicine at University of Utah and Director of Clinical Affairs, Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. Dr. Simmons is board certified in internal medicine as well as endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. In addition to her medical degree from... Read More

Gitana Staskus, M.D., CCD

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Gitana Staskus, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Staskus was recruited to the University of Utah in 2008. Before that she practiced endocrinology at Woodstock Medical Center, Woodstock, IL. Dr. Staskus graduated with honors from the Vilnius University and underwent postgraduate residency... Read More

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Endocrinology & Metabolism

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Utah Diabetes Center (801) 581-7761

Vishnu Sundaresh, M.D., CCD

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Donna M. Wahoff-Stice, M.S., APRN, FNP-BC

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Donna received her B.S.N. from St. Louis University, and her M.S.N. and N.P. from the University of Utah.... Read More

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Corrine K. Welt, M.D.

Female reproductive disorders are devastating and their underlying etiologies may present additional medical problems within and beyond the reproductive years. My work has therefore focused on disorders of reproduction and their medical consequences. Polycystic ovary syndrome causes infertility because of its irregular menstrual cycles. It is also ... Read More

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Endocrinology & Metabolism

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Utah Diabetes & Endocrinology Center

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