Faculty Profile

Louis Philipson
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730
James C. Tyree Professor of Diabetes Research and Care; Director,Kovler Diabetes Center

Academic Interests

For over 30 years Louis Philipson, MD, PhD has been devoted to research that improves care for people with diabetes. His career first focused on cellular and translational studies related to insulin secretion, where he contributed to basic research in the control of insulin secretion via ion channels and calcium regulation in pancreatic beta cells. Currently, Dr. Philipson’s research interest lies in examining the genetic causes of diabetes and prevention of type 1 diabetes. He is also one of the principal investigators (PIs) and a member of the steering committee for the RADIANT study, a multicenter National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) Program working to identify atypical forms of diabetes. As an accomplished author and co-author, Dr. Philipson has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited “Atypical Diabetes,” a textbook printed by the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Philipson also serves as the founding director of the Kovler Diabetes Center. Together with his colleagues, Drs. Bell, Greeley, and Naylor, they established the first United States registry for neonatal and monogenic diabetes to follow and treat patients with complex diabetes. An active member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for his entire career, Dr. Philipson has served in a variety of ways including as the 2019 President for Science & Medicine, President of the Chicago/Northern Illinois ADA Community Board, a member of the ADA National Board, and several other committees. Presently, he is a member of the steering committee for the ADA-EASD Precision Diabetes Medicine initiative. Finally, Dr. Philipson is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, most notably the Banting medal for service as part of the 79th Annual Scientific Sessions (2019) for his term as President for Medicine and Science. In 2018, he was inducted as a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois at the 54th Convocation, the highest civilian honor of the State of the Illinois.

Clinical Interests

Diabetes, hypoglycemia, transplantation, and general endocrinology.


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  • BA, 1976, Harvard University, Biochemistry
  • PhD, 1982, The University of Chicago, Biochemistry
  • MD, 1986, The University of Chicago
  • Residency, 1990, The University of Chicago, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 1991, The University of Chicago, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism