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Elbert Huang, MD, Internal Medicine, Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Medical Center


Internal Medicine Chicago, IL

Geriatric Medicine, Healthcare Research and Healthcare Policy

Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine.

Overview of Dr. Huang

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.

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.

Education & Training

  • Harvard School of Public Health
    Harvard School of Public HealthMPH, Clinical Effectiveness, 1999 - 2001
  • Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford University
    Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford UniversityResidency, Internal Medicine, 1996 - 1999
  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolClass of 1996
  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityAB, Biology, Magna Cum Laude, 1992

Certifications & Licensure

  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 2001 - 2026
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1997 - 2025
  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 1999 - 2008
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2012-2013
  • Elected Member The American Society for Clinical Investigation, 2011
  • Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine, M.D., Excellence in Clinical Research Award 2011
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • The Cost and Safety of Insulin in Older Adults  
    Elbert Huang, MD, JAMA Internal Medicine

Books/Book Chapters

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  • Individualizing diabetes care for older people 
  • Diabetes care in the elderly 
  • “Diabetes and Dementia” and “Hypoglycemia Unawareness.” 
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Press Mentions

  • 7 Simple Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar
    7 Simple Ways to Lower Your Blood SugarMay 12th, 2023
  • Kovler Diabetes Center Raises over $35K for Diabetes Care and Research at Salon Kovler Event
    Kovler Diabetes Center Raises over $35K for Diabetes Care and Research at Salon Kovler EventApril 5th, 2023
  • Diabetes Decision Tool Yields ‘Modest’ Benefit in Low-Resource Clinics
    Diabetes Decision Tool Yields ‘Modest’ Benefit in Low-Resource ClinicsDecember 6th, 2022
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Grant Support

  • Diabetes And Aging In A Multi-Ethnic PopulationNational Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases2009–2012
  • Quantitative Analysis CoreNational Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases2011
  • Enrichment ProgramNational Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases2011
  • A Conference Grant For Special Programming On Decision Making In CancerNational Cancer Institute2009–2011
  • Individualizing Diabetes Care For Older PeopleNational Institute On Aging2004–2007

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
    Aetna HMO
    BCBS Blue Card PPO
    BCBS Illinois BlueChoice Select
    BCBS Illinois PPO
    CIGNA Open Access
    Cofinity PPO
    Coventry Health Care PPO Platinum
    Coventry Missouri - HMO/POS
    First Health PPO
    Great West PPO
    HealthLink PPO
    Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    Multiplan PHCS PPO
    Multiplan PPO
    Sagamore Health Plus
    United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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