Faculty Profile

Tamara Vokes
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730
Medical Director, 150 E. Huron

Academic Interests

Dr. Vokes has a clinical program that focuses on osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. Patients are referred from within the institution as well from the Chicago metropolitan area and the Midwest. As a result, the fellows rotating through this clinic are exposed to wide range of bone pathology. Dr. Vokes' research interest is also in the area of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. In the area of osteoporosis, Dr. Vokes has investigated novel approaches to refining the assessment of fracture risk. Among those, she has pioneered the clinical application of Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) in improving identification of patients with highest fractures risk who may need the most aggressive therapeutic approach. In addition, she has studied the possibility of detecting bone fragility using a new method for non-invasive assessment of bone structure known as Radiographic Texture Analysis (RTA) of bone images. This work is done in collaboration with a medical physicist, Dr. Maryellen Giger and has shown promising results demonstrating the utility of RTA in assessing bone fragility. Finally, Dr. Vokes is examining racial differences in fracture risk particularly in relationship to the effects of glucocorticoids on bone fragility, which may differ between Caucasian and African American subjects. In the area of metabolic bone disease, Dr. Vokes is participating in the multicenter clinical trial using PTH replacement therapy for patients with hypoparathyroidsim, the last hormone deficiency syndrome for which hormone replacement therapy has not been available to date. The results of this trial are very promising and are likely to revolutionize the treatment of this disease.

Clinical Interests

Osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases


  • Zeytinoglu, M. Talking it out: Helping our patients live better while dying. Ann Intern Med. 2011; 154:830-832.
  • Zeytinoglu M and Huang E. Diabetes and aging: a burgeoning epidemic in the United States. Health Systems & Reform. 2015. 1(2):128-141, DOI: 10.1080/23288604.2015.1037042.
  • Zeytinoglu M and Huang E. Diabetes: a primary health care approach. In: Prevention of cardiovascular diseases: From current evidence to clinical practice. Eds. Jadelson, Adrade P, Pinto, FJ, and Arnett DK. Springer, 2015.
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  • MD, 1977, University of Belgrade,
  • Residency, 1982, Ravenswood Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 1983, University of California, Endocrinology
  • Fellowship, 1985, The University of Chicago, Endocrinology