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. 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 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
Tim Graham, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Nutrition at the University of Utah. He is a specialist in thyroid and parathyroid health, providing the full spectrum of medical care, imaging, and interventional services for patients with goiter, thyroid nodules, hyperthyroidism/thyrotoxicosis, and hyperperparathyroidism.... 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|
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
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. Schlegel sees all general Endocrinology patients during a weekly half-day clinic at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center and a weekly half-day clinic at the Endocrinology clinic at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has particular interest in lipid disorders, type 2 diabetes mellitus, endocrine hyperten... 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