Testing & Ultrasonography
We use these methods to help diagnose endocrinology disorders:
- Osteoporosis testing
- Thyroid and parathyroid ultrasonography
Bone density testing (or DEXA testing) is fast, easy, and painless. It is a simple x-ray done to help diagnose patients at risk for osteoporosis. When you arrive, you will be asked a few questions about your health and medications to help us make sure we are billing your insurance properly. You may be asked to change into an exam gown if you are wearing any zippers, buttons, or hooks in the areas we will be scanning. You will be asked to lie on your back on a padded table for about five minutes.
The results of your test will be sent to your referring provider who will be able to answer any questions concerning your results.
Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasonography
The Thyroid Ultrasound Clinic provides comprehensive care to patients with thyroid nodules, hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancers, and long term thyroid cancer surveillance. Fine needle biopsy of thyroid nodules, lymph-nodes and parathyroid adenomas are performed under ultrasound guidance with bed side assessment of cells obtained during the biopsy. The majority of patients undergo the procedure during the same visit, thereby reducing the number of visits to outpatient clinics and procedure suites.
We have championed a unique method of estimating hormones in the specimens obtained during the biopsy that improves the diagnostic accuracy. We also have the expertise to perform percutaneous alcohol ablation of cystic thyroid nodules.
Dr. Abraham underwent medical schooling in India, and graduated with honors from the University of Madras. He underwent further training in England, where he was awarded the postgraduate degree, MRPC (UK), by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in London. In 1993, he underwent residency training at the University of Utah Medical center. F... Read More
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. Ms. Burton received her MSN from Westminster College. She received board certification as a family nurse practitioner and also has board cert... Read More
Tim Graham, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Nutrition at the University of Utah, and Medical Director of the Diabetes, Obesity, and Endocrinology Service Line for University of Utah Health Care. He is the Director of University of Utah's Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention Program. He specializes in assessment and t... Read More
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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
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
Endocrinology & Metabolism, Nurse Practitioner
|Utah Diabetes Center||(801) 581-7761|
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
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
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
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
Adrenal Disorders, Clinical Lipid Specialist, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Hypertriglyceridemia, Lipids, Metabolic Syndrome, Pituitary Disorders, Prediabetes, Thyroid Disorders, Type 1 Diabetes and Intensive Insulin Therapy, Type 2 Diabetes
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|Utah Diabetes Center||(801) 581-7761|
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
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