Endocrinology

Overview

UofL Physicians – Endocrinology provides sophisticated, cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic care for patients with a broad range of hormonal disorders in the Louisville, Southern Indiana and greater Kentucky areas. Our endocrinologists see patients from all over the United States, as far away as New York and Pennsylvania, with complicated endocrine disorders.

We treat endocrine diseases, including those of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, testes and ovaries, as well as diabetes, hypoglycemia, dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) and disorders of calcium metabolism including osteoporosis.

UofL Physicians – Endocrinology is dedicated to advancing the care of patients with endocrine disorders and diabetes in the greater Louisville region.

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Diseases & Conditions

Our endocrine program cares for patients with:

  • Pituitary disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Disorders of the testes and ovaries
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Calcium disorders
  • Metabolic bone disease

Our diabetes program provides comprehensive care for patients with:

  • Newly diagnosed and pre-existing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, including insulin self-management, carbohydrate counting, continuous glucose monitoring (CGMs) and insulin pumps
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Lipid disorders

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • High blood sugar, weight loss, increased thirst and urination

Symptoms of hypoglycemia (insulin shock) include:

  • Confusion, sweating, memory loss
  • Double/ blurry vision
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Pounding heart or fast heartbeat
  • Nervousness, headache or hunger

Treatments & Services

Diabetes and Hypoglycemia

About 27 million Americans live with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-injury lower-limb amputations and new cases of adult blindness in the United States. Hypoglycemia, or insulin shock, occurs when blood sugar is too low, and can be very dangerous. At UofL Physicians-Endocrinology, our goals are to provide outstanding clinical care for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus; to educate patients, the public and members of the health care profession about diabetes; and to advance understanding of diabetes by conducting high-quality research.

We work closely with primary care providers and with other UofL Physicians who are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic complications, to create a large, multidisciplinary network to provide optimal care. Our diabetes program includes training in carbohydrate counting, insulin self-management, and insulin pumps. Our physicians and certified diabetes educator (CDE) provide education and support on how to manage diabetes and prevent diabetes complications.

Learn more about our diabetes services from the UofL Physicians – Diabetes and Obesity Center by clicking here.

Lipid Disorders/Cardiovascular Endocrinology

Low HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) are associated with heart disease and stroke. Our practice can help you lower your LDL cholesterol, raise your HDL cholesterol and reduce triglycerides while minimizing adverse side effects.

Pituitary Disorders

The pituitary gland is called the “master gland” because it controls the complex function of most other endocrine glands and is located at the base of the brain. The Neuroendocrine Program at UofL Physicians offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with pituitary and hypothalamic disorders including acromegaly, Cushing’s syndrome, prolactinoma, chromophobe or non-functioning adenomas and thyroptroph adenomas, and the many conditions that cause hypopituitarism, as well as diabetes insipidus and low sodium (SIADH). Learn more about the Neuroendocrine Program by clicking here.

Adrenal Disorders

The adrenal glands produce hormones responsible for the maintenance of metabolic processes, salt/ water regulation and the response to stress. These hormones are cortisol, aldosterone and epinephrine. Addison’s disease, hypertension with low potassium and pheochromocytoma are among the endocrine disorders of the adrenal glands that we treat.

Disorders of Calcium Metabolism

Our Metabolic Bone Disease Program provides care for patients with primary hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, Paget’s disease, renal bone disease, disorders of vitamin D metabolism, male osteoporosis and transplantation-associated bone disease. We offer bone density testing for the diagnosis and follow-up of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. We work closely with our UofL Physicians endocrine surgeons to provide minimally invasive surgical treatment for parathyroid tumors. We also offer bone density testing for the diagnosis and follow-up of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases.

Reproductive Endocrinology

We provide comprehensive medical services for patients with reproductive endocrine problems, including menstrual cycle abnormalities, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menopause, premature ovarian failure, male hypogonadism including late onset male hypogonadism and pubertal disorders.

Thyroid Disorders

Patients with thyroid disorders include those with hyper- and hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the body produces too much thyroid hormone causing symptoms including nervousness, heat intolerance and weight loss. In hypothyroidism, by contrast, the body produces too little thyroid hormone causing fatigue, cold intolerance, hair loss and weight gain, among other symptoms. At least 10 percent of women have hypothyroidism by the age of 50. We offer ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules including molecular testing, and we work with our Nuclear Medicine colleagues to use radioactive iodine (RAI) to scan or destroy thyroid cells that are overactive or malignant.

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Mary Self, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrine & Diabetes Associates
Springs Medical Center
6400 Dutchmans Parkway, Suite 345
Louisville, KY 40205
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Emily Frazier, RD, LD, CLC

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology

Primary Practice Location

No Primary Location
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Lisal J. Folsom, M.D., M.S.

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology | LGBTQ Care

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrinology
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 310B
Louisville, KY 40202
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Amy Baird, APRN

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrine & Diabetes Associates
Springs Medical Center
6400 Dutchmans Parkway, Suite 345
Louisville, KY 40205
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Michelle Mike, APRN

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrine & Diabetes Associates
Springs Medical Center
6400 Dutchmans Parkway, Suite 345
Louisville, KY 40205
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Lara Fakunle, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Endocrinology

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Endocrine & Diabetes Associates
Springs Medical Center
6400 Dutchmans Parkway, Suite 345
Louisville, KY 40205

Locations & Contact

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UofL Health – Medical Center Northeast

UofL Health - Medical Center Northeast
2401 Terra Crossing Boulevard
Louisville , KY 40245
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Call Us (502-210-4200)

UofL Health – Medical Center East

UofL Health - Medical Center East
3920 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville , KY 40207
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Call Us (502-259-6000)

Accepted Insurance

UofL Physicians participates in most major health plans in Kentucky. Coverage may vary by specialty. Coverage limitations are dependent on the terms of your personal health plan. This is not a guarantee that all services you receive will be covered by your health plan. Review your health plan provider directory and/or consult with your plan to confirm coverage.

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