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photo Sandra Indacochea Sobel, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Clinical Chief of Endocrinology, UPMC Mercy


Phone: 412-232-9150

Office: 1400 Locust Street
Suite 5120
Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-232-9150
Fax: 412-232-9145
Education and Training
BS, Wake Forest University, 2002
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2007
Internal Medicine, Intern Year, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2008
Internal Medicine, PGY2-3, Loyola University Medical Center, 2010
Fellowship, Endocrinology & Metabolism, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2013
Research Interest
Dr. Sobel's specific clinical research interests are in the areas quality improvement with the use of diabetes technology, such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices. As part of a multidisciplinary team at the University of Pittsburgh, it was found that a peri-operative glycemic management protocol developed for same day surgery procedures for individuals with insulin pumps was safe and effective for procedures less than 120 minutes long. In the outpatient setting, she is conducting a quality improvement study to see if a 7 day use of a continuous glucose monitoring device helps improve glycemic control in individuals with uncontrolled diabetes and reduce hypoglycemia in individuals with frequent hypoglycemia or hypoglycemic unawareness. In addition, she provides mentorship to several Internal Medicine residents and supports their interest in quality improvement initiaves spanning from proper use of DKA protocol to utilization of the Certified Diabetes Educators in outpatient clinics.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Sobel's clinical interests span the gamut of endocrinologic diseases but she has a particular interest in diabetes management.
Educational Interest
Dr. Sobel is very involved in Internal Medicine Resident education at UPMC Mercy as well as Medical Student education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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Selected Publications:
Sobel, SI, Brooks, HE, Kohrt, WM, Schwartz, RS. Endocrine Secrets. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders, Chapter 56, Aging and Endocrinology. 2013; 453-465.
Sobel, SI, Chomentowski, PJ, Vyas, N, Andre, D, Toledo, FG. Accuracy of a novel non-invasive multi-sensor technology to estimate glucose in diabetic subjects during dynamic conditions. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 2014; 8(1): 54-63.
Sobel, SI, Augustine, M, Donihi, AC, Reider, J, Forte, P, Korytkowski, MT. Safety and efficacy of a peri-operative protocol for patients with diabetes treated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion who are admitted to same day surgery. Endocrine Practice. 2015; 21(11): 1269-1276.
Notable Achievements
Beckwith Institute Frontline Innovation Grant Awardee, 2015
Invited Speaker at The Endocrine Society Fellows' Conference, 2015-2016
First Place Poster Award at American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Annual Ohio River Regional Chapter Meeting, 2014