Endocrinology

Endocrinologist Louisville

UofL Physicians-Endocrinology, formerly known as University Medical Associates, 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 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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Endocrinology treatmentsOur endocrine program directed by Endocrinology Chief Dr. Stephen J. Winters, treats patients with:

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

Our diabetes program, under the direction of Dr. Betty C. Villafuerte and Dr. Sathya S. Krishnasamy, 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

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.

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. We offer 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).

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.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

Offices and Clinics

  • UofL Health Care Outpatient Center
    401 E. Chestnut St.
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-4600
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  • AIM Clinic, Ambulatory Care Building
    550 S. Jackson St.
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-561-8686
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital
  • Norton Hospitals
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Frazier Rehab Hospital

Our endocrinologists and nurse practitioner are highly trained specialists in endocrinology services and metabolic disorders in the Louisville area. They have received training at some of the finest institutions in the country, including the National Institutes of Health, Albert Einstein Medical Center and Emory University. They hold leadership positions in national organizations, including the Endocrine Society and the American Diabetes Association, and serve as consultants on NIH panels and on Veterans Affairs (VA) study sections.

As part of the UofL Physicians team, our endocrinologists frequently meet with other UofL Physicians specialists to evaluate and discuss our patients’ treatment. These specialists include ophthalmologists, nephrologists, radiologists and nuclear medicine specialists.

UofL Physicians-Endocrinology also maintains inpatient consultation services at Jewish Hospital, Norton Hospital, the Louisville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Louisville Hospital. We do more than 200 initial inpatient consultations per year.

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000