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photo Linda M. Siminerio, RN, PhD, DCES

Endocrinology and Metabolism

Professor of Medicine

Executive Director, University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute


Office: Falk Medical Building, Suite 3A
3601 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Education and Training
BSN, Pennsylvania State University, 1972
MS, Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 1978
PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1998
Certified Diabetes Educator
Research Interest
Dr. Linda Siminerio's research focuses on the translation of evidence based practice into clinical and community settings with a concentration on improving access and quality to diabetes self-management and care. Projects have spanned a broad array of initiatives that include but are not limited to: (i) evaluating care models in primary care; (ii) implementing telemedicine to deliver diabetes specialty care to underserved communities; (iii) using technological approaches to enhance shared decision making; (iv) developing initiatives to improve the care and education of the hospitalized patient with diabetes; and (vi) interventions that address the behavioral and psychosocial needs associated with chronic disease management. Additionally, Dr. Siminerio has collaborated with faculty to develop and validate diabetes data bases, including a national registry to monitor diabetes behavioral and education outcomes for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). As a nationally-recognized expert on self-management education and care delivery models in both pediatric and adult populations, she serves as the Principal Investigator on numerous studies that have garnered the attention of both governmental and non-governmental organizations, nationally and internationally. Knowledge gained from this line of study have led to the implementation of diabetes quality efforts in underserved global communities, the US military and policy changes affecting reimbursement practices.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Siminerio has extensive experience in organizing diabetes self-management education and care programs for both pediatric and adult populations. Her clinical experience has led to the study of self-management approaches and the delivery of quality diabetes care. In her role as Director of the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute, she has organized one of the largest networks of diabetes self-management education and primary care programs that serve as a network for implementation and evaluation associated with research questions relevant to improvements in diabetes care.
Educational Interest
Dr. Siminerio serves as mentor to local health care professionals representing a variety of disciplines that include, endocrinology fellows, medical residents and students, nurses, pharmacists, behavioral therapists, dietitians and trainees of the Graduate School of Public Health. Her unique expertise in diabetes education and care delivery models is frequently sought by investigators and clinicians worldwide. In addition, as the Chair of the National Diabetes Education Program, a program sponsored by the NIH and CDC, she is responsible nation-wide for identifying and delivering educational resources for clinicians, investigators, people affected by diabetes and community education.
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Selected Publications:
Siminerio, L., Hamm, M., Kanter, J., Krall, J. A diabetes education model in primary care: Provider and staff perspectives. The Diabetes Educator. 2019; 45: 498-506.
Zupa, M., A Arena, V., Johnson, P., Thearle, M., Siminerio, L. A coordinated population health approach to diabetes education in primary care. The Diabetes Educator. 2019; 45(6): 580-585.
Wang, J., Coleman, D. C., Kanter, J., Ummer, B., Siminerio, L. Connecting Smartphone and Wearable Fitness Tracker Data with a Nationally Used Electronic Health Record System for Diabetes Education to Facilitate Behavioral Goal Monitoring in Diabetes Care: Protocol for a Pragmatic Multi-Site Randomized Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2018; 7(4): e10009.
Siminerio, L. M., Albright, A., Fradkin, J., Gallivan, J., McDivitt, J., Rodriquez, B., Tuncer, D., Wong, F. The National Diabetes Education Program at 20 Years: Lessons Learned and Plans for the Future. Diabetes Care. 2018; 41(5): 1116.
Krall, J., Donihi, A., Hatam, M., Koshinsky, J., Siminerio, L. The Nurse Education and Transition (NEAT) model: Educating the hospitalized patient with diabetes. Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology. 2016; 2: 1.
Korytkowski, M., Karslioglu, E., DeAlmeida, D., Kanter, J., Lombardero, M., Magaji, V., Orchard, T., Siminerio, L. Cardiovascular and metabolic risk Use of an electronic health record to identify prevalent and incident cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes according to treatment strategy. BMJ Open Diab Res Care2016. 2016; 4: e000206.
Krall, J., Gabbary, R., Zickmund, S., Hamm, M., Williams K.R., Siminerio, L. Current perspectives on psychological insulin resistance: Primary care provider and patient views. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. 2015; 17(4): 268-74.
Siminerio, L, Ruppert, K, Huber, K, Toledo, F. Telemedicine for Reach, Education, Access and Treatment (TREAT): Linking telemedicine with diabetes self-management education to improve care in rural communities. The Diabetes Educator. 2014; 40-45.
Siminerio, L, Albanese-O'Neill, A, Chiang, J, Hathaway, K, Jackson, C, Weissberg-Benchell, J, Wright, J, Yatvin, A, Deeb, L. Care of Young Children With Diabetes in the Child Care Setting: Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. 2014; 37: 2834-2842.
Toledo, F, Ruppert, K, Huber, K, Siminerio, L. Efficacy of Telemedicine for Reach, Education, Access and Treatment (TREAT) Model for diabetes care. Diabetes Care. 2014; 37: 179-80.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Sanofi Synthelabo Research
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2020
End Year: 2021
Title: Telemedicine for Reach, Education, Access, Treatment and Ongoing Support (TREAT-ON)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: R34 DK123370
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2021
Title: Evaluation of Insulin Start Therapy Application with Resources and Training (I-START) to address barriers to insulin therapy and development of a predictive modeling approach to identify patients at high risk for diabetes-related problems
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Becton, Dickinson, and Company
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2020
Title: National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Executive Committee Support
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
Grant Number: RES
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2017
Title: Glucose to Goal: A Model to Support Diabetes Management in Primary Care
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: R34 DK106684
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2018
Title: Glucose to Goal: A Model to Support Diabetes Management in Primary Care
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: R34 DK106684
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2018
Notable Achievements
Co-Chair, PA Chronic Care Commission
Chair, International Diabetes Federation BRIDGES Translation Research Program
Chair, National Diabetes Education Program