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Elbert Huang, MD

Dr. Elbert Huang is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy, and Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research at the University of Chicago. From 2010-2011, he served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services.



Dr. Huang is a general internist who studies clinical and health care policy issues at the intersection of diabetes, aging, and health economics. His main research focus is in the area of medical decision making for elderly patients with type 2 diabetes where uncertainty exists regarding how to best individualize diabetes treatments based on clinical parameters and patient preferences. Over the past decade, Dr. Huang has established one of the most active research programs in geriatric diabetes in the country.



Apart from his work in geriatric diabetes, Dr. Huang has also performed other seminal translational diabetes research in the area of cost-effectiveness analysis. He performed the economic analyses of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Disparities Collaboratives initiative of diabetes quality improvement in community health centers that serve the indigent. With this one study, he performed one of the first business case analyses from the perspective of the community health center as well as one of the first societal cost-effectiveness analyses of a quality improvement initiative.



Dr. Huang’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has received numerous honors including the Research Paper of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine and elected membership to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.



Dr. Huang received his A.B., M.D., and M.P.H. from Harvard University and came to the University of Chicago in 2001.

Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, MA
MPH - Clinical Effectiveness
2001

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
- Fellow, General Internal Medicine Faculty Development and Fellowship Program
2001

Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA
- Internship and Residency
1999

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
MD - Medicine
1996

Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
BA - Biology
1992

Pembrolizumab and lenvatinib versus carboplatin and paclitaxel as first-line therapy for advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer: A Markov analysis.
Ackroyd SA, Huang ES, Kurnit KC, Lee NK. Pembrolizumab and lenvatinib versus carboplatin and paclitaxel as first-line therapy for advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer: A Markov analysis. Gynecol Oncol. 2021 Jun 05.
PMID: 34103196

Analyzing Medical Guideline Dissemination Behaviors Using Culturally Infused Agent Based Modeling Framework.
Santos EE, Korah J, Subramanian S, Murugappan V, Huang ES, Laiteerapong N, Cinar A. Analyzing Medical Guideline Dissemination Behaviors Using Culturally Infused Agent Based Modeling Framework. IEEE J Biomed Health Inform. 2021 Jun; 25(6):2137-2149.
PMID: 33465031

Re-examining the Classification of Older Adults with Diabetes by Comorbidities and Relationship with Frailty, Disability, and 5-year Mortality.
Leung V, Wroblewski K, Schumm LP, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Huang ES. Re-examining the Classification of Older Adults with Diabetes by Comorbidities and Relationship with Frailty, Disability, and 5-year Mortality. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2021 May 18.
PMID: 34003280

The Cost and Safety of Insulin in Older Adults.
Huang ES, Lipska KJ. The Cost and Safety of Insulin in Older Adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2021 May 01; 181(5):608-609.
PMID: 33646282

Cost and healthcare utilization analysis of culturally sensitive, shared medical appointment model for Latino children with type 1 diabetes.
Gold HT, Pirraglia E, Huang ES, Wan W, Pascual AB, Jensen RJ, Gonzalez AG. Cost and healthcare utilization analysis of culturally sensitive, shared medical appointment model for Latino children with type 1 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 2021 Apr 28.
PMID: 33909322

Association of Loneliness With Falls: A Study of Older US Adults Using the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.
Zeytinoglu M, Wroblewski KE, Vokes TJ, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Hawkley LC, Huang ES. Association of Loneliness With Falls: A Study of Older US Adults Using the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project. Gerontol Geriatr Med. 2021 Jan-Dec; 7:2333721421989217.
PMID: 33614830

Health economic analyses of the justice community opioid innovation network (JCOIN).
Murphy SM, Laiteerapong N, Pho MT, Ryan D, Montoya I, Shireman TI, Huang E, McCollister KE. Health economic analyses of the justice community opioid innovation network (JCOIN). J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Jan 05; 108262.
PMID: 33419602

Cost-Effectiveness of 5-Aminosalicylate Therapy in Combination With Biologics or Tofacitinib in the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis.
Shaffer SR, Huang E, Patel S, Rubin DT. Cost-Effectiveness of 5-Aminosalicylate Therapy in Combination With Biologics or Tofacitinib in the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2021 01 01; 116(1):125-133.
PMID: 32947317

The Development and Validation of a Machine Learning Model to Predict Bacteremia and Fungemia in Hospitalized Patients Using Electronic Health Record Data.
Bhavani SV, Lonjers Z, Carey KA, Afshar M, Gilbert ER, Shah NS, Huang ES, Churpek MM. The Development and Validation of a Machine Learning Model to Predict Bacteremia and Fungemia in Hospitalized Patients Using Electronic Health Record Data. Crit Care Med. 2020 11; 48(11):e1020-e1028.
PMID: 32796184

Variability in Hourly Activity Levels: Statistical Noise or Insight into Older Adult Frailty?
Huisingh-Scheetz M, Wroblewski K, Waite L, Huang ES, Schumm LP, Hedeker D. Variability in Hourly Activity Levels: Statistical Noise or Insight into Older Adult Frailty? J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2020 Oct 13.
PMID: 33049032

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Award for Leadership
Midwest Region Society of General Internal Medicine
2018

American Society for Clinical Investigation, Elected Member
2011

Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine, M.D., Excellence in Clinical Research Award
JDRF
2011

Leif B. Sorensen Faculty Research Award
Department of Medicine, University of Chicago
2011

Research Paper of the Year Award
Society of General Internal Medicine
2009

Presidential Poster Session Award (Preventive Medicine)
American Geriatrics Society
2007

Presidential Poster Session Award (Quality of Life)
American Geriatrics Society
2006

Merck New Investigator Award
American Geriatrics Society
2006

Junior Faculty Research Abstract Award
Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine
2001