Merri Lou PendergrassDirector, Professor | Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Merri Pendergrass, MD, PhD, has been appointed director of the Diabetes Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Dr. Pendergrass also has joined the faculty of the UA Department of Medicine as a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology.
Prior to joining the UA, Dr. Pendergrass was vice president and national practice leader for the Diabetes Therapeutic Resource Center® of Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (now Express Scripts, Inc.), maintained a clinical practice in diabetes and endocrinology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and was on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Prior to that, she was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and was director of the diabetes program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Pendergrass is a leading endocrinologist and authority on diabetes,” says Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and co-CEO of The University of Arizona Health Network. “She will help us develop comprehensive, multi-disciplinary health care for patients living with diabetes, including community programs and services and clinical and translational research.
Diabetes and obesity are increasing problems in the United States and we need new approaches to deal with this epidemic. Dr. Pendergrass has new and novel ideas on how to improve the care of people living with diabetes,” says Thomas D. Boyer, MD, professor and head, UA Department of Medicine. “Her leadership as director of the Diabetes Program will provide the Southern Arizona community with a new program that will improve the lives of many of our citizens.