Department and Faculty
Department and Faculty
The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition at Mayo Clinic is the largest unified practice of its kind in the United States. Members of the division complete more than 14,000 patient visits in a given year.
The division is organized around interest groups oriented toward disease processes, specific glands, or patient groups. Clinical expertise is integrated with the newest forms of established and experimental diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Patient care is provided by teams of physicians and other health care staff with broad expertise in all forms of endocrine and metabolic disorders.
From the program director
Thank you for your interest in the Endocrinology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. We invite you to consider an educational experience designed to provide the best training available in developing clinical expertise and academic ability.
Our program offers two distinct tracks over three years: a Clinical Scholar Track and an NIH-Sponsored Track. Through mentoring, exposure to the entire spectrum of clinical endocrinology, and stimulating research experiences, you explore your interests and refine your career goals.
Our size, infrastructure and unique program-funding mechanisms allow the Clinical Scholar Track to be tailored to meet your evolving interests and career development needs. Specifically, you and your mentor can individualize the third year of the fellowship to include up to six months of research time. The NIH track is selective and designed for those committed to pursuing a laboratory-based research career.
As a fellow, you have access to professional resources that will help guide your career development. The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, & Nutrition has physicians, clinician-investigators, physician-scientists, and basic scientists with expertise in all major areas of endocrine and metabolic disease.
At Mayo Clinic, we are at the forefront of providing innovative treatments to our patients by translating our research discoveries to improve patient care. You will have access to some of the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic tools available anywhere in the world, including state-of-the-art thyroid ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration procedure rooms with same-day cytology, an endocrine testing center integrated within the clinic, in-house same-day endocrine laboratory test results, selective venous sampling and selective arterial stimulation testing, endocrine surgery subspecialists, and more.
Together, we will care for patients and learn in the Mayo Clinic system of health care that is unsurpassed anywhere in terms of quality, efficiency, technology, safety, and compassion.
We encourage you to explore our website and contact us with any questions about our program.
Kurt Kennel, M.D.
Endocrinology Fellowship Director
Because of our recognition that high-quality care depends upon scientific discovery, major research programs at the basic, translational, and applied levels exist to generate new knowledge that improves how we care for our patients. Mayo Clinic has a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded T32 training grant in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism.
Areas of clinical and research expertise offered in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition include:
- Clinical nutrition. Emphasizes obesity management, including bariatric procedures, and enteral and parenteral nutrition in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
- Inpatient endocrinology. Covers metabolic and endocrine management of inpatients, including the perioperative setting.
- Thyroid. Deals with thyroid dysfunction and related complications (such as Graves' ophthalmopathy), diagnostic thyroid ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration of thyroid nodules, and management of low-risk thyroid cancer.
- Adrenal disease. Includes adrenal tumors and congenital or acquired disorders of hyper- or hypofunction, including primary hyperaldosteronism, pheochromocytoma, and Cushing syndrome.
- Pituitary gonadal disease. Involves medical management of prolactinoma, acromegaly, Cushing disease, hypopituitarism, hypogonadism, and diabetes insipidus.
- Endocrine neoplasia. References advanced thyroid cancer, adrenal cancers, neuroendocrine tumors, multiple endocrine neoplasia, and other syndromes in coordination with oncology and related specialties.
- Bone and calcium. Includes osteoporosis, osteomalacia including bone histomorphometry, cancer-induced bone disease, primary hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, and rare bone diseases.
- Metabolic disorders. Covers diabetes mellitus, including technology and algorithms for insulin pumps, glucose sensor loops, lipid metabolism as it relates to cardiac disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, dyslipidemia, lipodystrophy, and hypoglycemic disorders.
- Transplant. Involves whole-pancreas transplantation and post-transplant endocrinology.
- Transgender medicine. Includes an endocrinology-led multidisciplinary clinic.
In addition to caring for patients in clinical practice, Mayo Clinic's faculty is committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You work closely with these individuals throughout your training in the Endocrinology Fellowship.
Advisers and mentors
Faculty advisers are available to provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. You meet with your adviser periodically throughout the program to review your progress and career goals, and ensure that your educational needs are being met. Also, your adviser may serve as a contact point for introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system.
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures, participate in hospital rounds and have informal discussions with trainees. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.