Sue Kirkman, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism
Medical Director, UNC Diabetes Care Center’s Clinical Trials Unit

Specialty Areas

Diabetes, general endocrinology, clinical trials, medical education

Chronology

MD: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1982; Internship, residency and chief resident: University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals, 1982-1986; Endocrinology and Diabetes Research Fellowship: University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals, 1986-1987; Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, 1987-1989; Clinical Professor: University of North Carolina, 2013; Senior Vice President: Medical Affairs, American Diabetes Association, 2007-2012; Associate Professor of Medicine: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1994-1999; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1992-1994; Assistant Professor of Medicine: Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 1992-1994; Associate Instructor: Divisions of General Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 1989-1992.

In addition to her clinical practice and research work, Dr. Kirkman is currently chair of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint initiative of NIDDK and the CDC. NDEP works collaboratively with its partners at the federal, state, and local levels to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Kirkman is the medical director of the UNC Diabetes Care Center’s Clinical Trials Unit, which consists of five investigators, five study coordinators, and three research assistants conducting 15-20 trials in type 1 and type 2 diabetes and in obesity. Unit investigators have published over 80 papers since 2017.

Dr. Kirkman is site principal investigator of several clinical trials including the NIDDK-funded GRADE study, for which she also serves as co-chair of the Outcomes Committee. She is also co-PI of a CDC-funded grant to better distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults, using EHR and survey data. Beginning in January 2018, Dr. Kirkman became chair of the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint initiative of NIDDK and the CDC.

Selected Bibliography

Kahkoska AR, Brazeau NF, Lynch KA, Kirkman MS, Largay J, Laura A. Young LA, Buse JB. Implementation and Evaluation of Shared Medical Appointments for Type 2 Diabetes at a Free, Student-Run Clinic in Alamance County, North Carolina. IN PRESS, Journal of Medical Education and Training (2018)

Hunter J, DeVellis B, Jordan J, Kirkman MS, Linnan L, Rini C, Fisher E. The Association of Depression and Diabetes Across Methods, Measures, and Study Contexts. Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology (2018) 4:1. DOI 10.1186/s40842-017-0052-1

El-Khatib FH, Balliro C, Hillard MA, Magyar KL, Ekhlaspour L, Sinha M, Mondesir D, Esmaeili A, Hartigan C, Thompson MJ, Malkani S, Lock JP, Harlan DM, Clinton P, Frank E, Wilson DM, DeSalvo D, Norlander L, Ly T, Buckingham BA, Diner J, Dezube M, Young LA, Goley A, Kirkman MS, Buse JB, Zheng H, Selagamsetty RR, Damiano ER, Russell SJ. Home use of a bihormonal bionic pancreas versus insulin pump therapy in adults with type 1 diabetes: a multicentre randomised crossover trial. Lancet 2017;389:369-380. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32567-3. [Epub ahead of print]

Kirkman MS, Mahmud H, Korytkowski MT. Intensive Blood Glucose Control and Vascular Outcomes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am 2018;47:81-96. doi: 10.1016/j.ecl.2017.10.002. Review.