Hamdee Y. Attallah, M.D.
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
B.S. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
M.D. Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
2001-2005 Postdoctoral research fellow, Endocrinology, Diabetes and
Metabolism, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Clinical fellow, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1997-1999 Resident, Internal Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago,
1996-1997 Intern, Internal Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL Faculty Appointments:
2005-present Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State
University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
2005-present Attending Physician, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
2002-2005 Attending Physician, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism,
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
1999-2000 Staff Physician, Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Health System,
Major Professional Societies:
1996-1999 Member, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal
2000-present Member, The Endocrine Society
2002-present Member, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
Ad Hoc Committees:
2006-present Member, Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) for Dr.
Safwan Badr’s study on sex hormones and breathing during sleep.
Participate in quarterly DSMB meetings.
1999-2000 Medical License, State of Michigan 2000-2005 Medical License, State of California
2005-present Medical License, State of Michigan
American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine: Endocrinology, Diabetes and
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE),
Completion of the AACE Accreditation Course for Thyroid Ultrasound and Ultrasound Guided FNA Biopsy
The International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD), Certified
Honors and Awards:
Wayne State University Merit Scholarship recipient - 4 years
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Wayne State University
Nominee, Grumet Award for Best Resident Teacher, Northwestern
Recognized for outstanding performance in Patient Satisfaction Survey
Recipient of a Pharmacia Postgraduate Course Travel Grant to
Recipient of a Genentech Clinical Fellows Travel Grant to the Endocrine
Recipient of the Pfizer Clinical Scholars in Endocrinology Award
Service (Patient Care - Outpatient):
2005-present Diabetes Clinic at the Comprehensive Diabetes Center, Wayne State
week, 8-12 patients per clinic)
Provide mentored teaching to 1-2 Endocrinology fellows, rotating
residents and medical students at each clinic session
General Endocrinology and Diabetes Fellows Continuity Clinic, University
Physician Group (UPG) – Wayne State University (1 session per week, 15-20
patients per clinic). Teach and supervise three current clinical fellows in
Suzette Robinson, M.D.
Veena Watwe, M.D.
General Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinic in Wyandotte, Michigan
(UPG-affiliated), 1 session on Mondays, 8-12 patients per clinic
Service (Patient Care - Inpatient):
2005-present Teaching Attending on the Endocrinology Consultation Service (covers Harper
University Hospital, Detroit Receiving Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of
Michigan and Hutzel Hospital) = 3 months per year
Supervise and teach 1-2 Endocrinology fellows, 3-6 Internal Medicine
residents and rotating medical students during each month on the
inpatient consultation service
Teaching (Fellows) - Years at Wayne State University = 1.4 years:
Berhane Seyoum, M.D., Year 3 Endocrinology fellow
Reviewed and helped Dr. Seyoum revise an NIH Individual Ruth
Kirschstein National Research Service (NRSA) fellowship grant application
Reviewed and helped to revise Dr. Seyoum’s abstract submission entitled
“Successful Treatment of Type B Insulin Resistance with Rituximab”
Reviewed and helped to revise Dr. Seyoum’s manuscript entitled “Survey of
the High-risk Foot in Diabetic Patients”
Reviewed and helped to revise Dr. Seyoum’s manuscript entitled “Profile of
Diabetic Ketoacidosis in a Predominantly African American Urban
Veena Watwe, M.D., Year 1 Endocrinology fellow
Helped Dr. Watwe prepare an abstract reporting a rare case of
ascites and elevated LFTs associated with severe hypothyroidism. The
manuscript has been accepted for a poster presentation at the upcoming
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Conference in
April, 2007 in Seattle, WA.
Suzette Robinson, M.D.
Dr. Robinson and I are preparing a case report for submission to an
endocrine journal involving a novel case of ketosis-prone diabetes mellitus
in a 21-year-old Arab-American male.
Teaching (Residents) - Years at Wayne State University = 1.4 years:
Gustavo Cumbo-nacheli, M.D., Year 1 Internal Medicine Resident
Dr. Cumbo-nacheli and I are jointly working on submitting a case report
to an endocrine journal of a patient with known multiple rheumatologic
diseases who presented with pseudo-hypoglycemia.
Teaching (Course/Curriculum Development) - Years at Wayne State University = 1.4 years:
Ad Hoc committee member involved in the development of Resident
Curriculum in Endocrinology
2006-present Coordinator, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of
Endocrinology Journal Club. Meet with 2 Endocrinology fellows
each month for 2-3 hours per fellow to identify journal articles for
discussion, analyze content of article and to provide guidance and
assistance in preparing discussion.
2006-present Director, Division of Endocrinology Course Elective for Wayne
State University medical students
2006-present Coordinator, Division of Endocrinology Rotation for Internal
Teaching (Year 2 Medical Students) - Years at Wayne State University = 1.4 years:
Year 2 Pathophysiology Course Lectures:
2. “Male Hypogonadism”
Year 2 Pathophysiology Course Problem-Solving Sessions:
1. Diabetes, Lipids, Obesity and Male Hypogonadism (3 hour session)
2. Calcium and Metabolic Bone Disorders, Pituitary Disorders (3 hour
Year 2 Physical Diagnosis Course:
Mentored and provided bedside teaching and supervision of Physical
Diagnosis (PD) to Year 2 medical students. Total students mentored per
session = 2. Total # of PD sessions in which I mentored students = 10
sessions (including a mid-term PD evaluation of 2 students).
Teaching (Fellows) at Stanford University:
Marina Basina, M.D., Year 2 Endocrinology fellow
Reviewed and helped Dr. Basina revise an NIH Individual Ruth Kirschstein
National Research Service (NRSA) fellowship grant application
Teaching (Course/Curriculum Development) at Stanford University:
Organized the Stanford Endocrinology teaching conference, lecture
series and Journal Club (for fellows, residents and medical students on a
Taught and supervised endocrine fellows, medical house staff and
students every week in the Palo Alto VA Endocrinology and
Provided training and supervision to 5 physicians and a Stanford
University student who joined as research volunteers on the Clinical
Clinical and Research Interests:
My research interests are in the areas of: (1) diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance
and the metabolic syndrome; (2) obesity; (3) neuroendocrinology; and (4)
body weight regulation and the hypothalamic-pituitary axis
Principal Investigator (PI) on a double-blind, placebo-controlled study
conducted at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System from
March 2003 to June 2005.
Title: Effects of GH and Pioglitazone in Viscerally Obese
Research Mentor: Andrew Hoffman, MD, Endocrinology, Gerontology
• Designed and conducted protocol in collaboration with Dr. Hoffman
• Sought and received funding needed to conduct trial (total = $280,000)
• Recruited subjects (200 men and women were screened; 62 subjects
were enrolled and completed the 40-week treatment period)
• Performed clinical examinations and 3-hour insulin sensitivity testing
• Analyzed glucose, insulin sensitivity and body composition data
• Performed statistical analyses with Dr. Anne Friedlander
• Completed and submitted manuscript that has been accepted for
publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal
Assistant investigator or research contributor to the following protocols:
• An Open-Label, Randomized, Parallel-Group Study of the Safety and
Efficacy of Nutropin Depot in Adults with GH Deficiency; PI: Andrew Hoffman, MD, Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism (Stanford University); 2001-2004.
• A Multicenter, Open-label Extension Study to Assess the Long-term Safety
and Efficacy of Experimental Calcimimetic drug on Serum Ca, PTH, BMD and Other Endpoints in Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism (PHPT); PI: Andrew Hoffman, MD, Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism (Stanford University); 2001-2004.
• An 18-Month Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase III, Trial with a 12-
Month Interim Analysis of the Effect of Recombinant Human Parathyroid Hormone (ALX-11) on Fracture Incidence in Women with Postmenopausal Osteoporosis; PI: Andrew Hoffman, MD, Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism (Stanford University); 2001-2004.
• The Bone Health in Female Runners Intervention Trial (B-FIT); PI: Kristin
Cobb, PhD, Center for Health Research and Policy (Stanford University); 2003-2004.
• Thermoregulation in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury; PI: Anne
Friedlander, PhD, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System); 2003-2004.
• Year 3: Acute Mountain Sickness and Work Performance at 4,300 M Altitude:
Effects of Energy Deficit, Antioxidants, and Carbohydrate Supplementation; PI: Anne Friedlander, PhD, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center
(Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System); 2001-2002.
Grant Support/Funded Research Grants:
Research Grant, Genentech Center for Clinical Research and Education
Period of Award: 2004-2005
F-32 Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA), National
Institutes of Health - National Institute on Aging (NIH-NIA)
Period of award: 2003-2005
Fellowship Grant, Genentech Center for Clinical Research and Education
Research Grant, Pharmacia International Fund for Research and Education
Original observations in peer-reviewed journals:
1. Attallah, H
., Friedlander, A.L., Nino-Murcia, M., Hoffman, A.R. Effects of Growth
Hormone and Pioglitazone in Viscerally Obese Adults with Impaired Glucose Tolerance: A
Factorial Randomized Trial. PLoS Clinical Trials. 2007 (accepted and in press).
2. Hsu, A.R., Hagobian, T.A., Jacobs, K.A., Attallah, H.
, Friedlander, A.L. Effects of Heat
Removal through the Hand on Metabolism and Performance During Cycling Exercise in
the Heat. Can. J. Appl. Physiol. 30:87-104, 2005.
3. Ma, T.P., Lynch, J.C., Donahoe, D.K., Attallah, H.
, Rafols, J.A. Organization of the Medial
Pulvinar Nucleus in the Macaque. Anat. Rec. 250:220-237, 1998.
1. Attallah, H
. Friedlander A.L., Hoffman, A.R. Visceral Obesity, Impaired Glucose
Tolerance, Metabolic Syndrome, and Growth Hormone Therapy. Growth Horm. IGF Res. 16
Published abstracts (last 5 years only):
1. Attallah, H
, Friedlander, A.L., Nino-Murcia, M., Hoffman, A.R., Effects of GH and
Pioglitazone in Viscerally Obese Adults with Impaired Glucose Tolerance. Oral
Presentation at The Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, 2005.
1. Attallah H. Blood pressure machines draw mixed reviews. The Detroit News 1989
● Endocrinology Grand Rounds or Endocrine Fellows’ Conference at Stanford University
“Disturbances of Sodium and Water Balance”
“Caloric Restriction and Anti-aging”
“Review of Disorders of the Pituitary”
“Hypothalamic-pituitary Function and Obesity”
“Clinical and Laboratory Evaluation of Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine
“Evaluation and Treatment of Pituitary Tumors”
“A Diabetogenic Drug for Pre-diabetic Adults”
● Endocrinology Grand Rounds at Wayne State University / The Detroit Medical Center
“The Scope of Diabetes in African Americans: Looking Beyond Traditional
Measures of Obesity”
“Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD) Syndrome”
“Classifying Diabetes in Adults: Looking Beyond Type 1 and Type 2”
Presented “The GHRH-GH-IGF 1 Axis” at the Pharmacia International Postgraduate Course on Growth Hormone in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Oral Presentation on Growth Hormone topics; 87th Annual Meeting
of The Endocrine Society meeting in San Diego, CA.
in African American Adults” at the
monthly Diabetes Forum at The Detroit Medical Center, Detroit,
2007 Presented “Inpatient Management of Diabetes” at a CME Conference
in the Kresge Auditorium attended by nurses at the Detroit Medical
Center (approximately 150 attendees)
Invited speaker and panelist at a forum entitled “Heart Health Risk
Factors” at the National Women’s Heart Health Day Conference at the
Detroit Renaissance Center on February 16, 2007
Gave an interview to Health and Leisure magazine on the epidemiology
of diabetes mellitus in Michigan
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