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Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

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photo Lauren Willard, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Telemedicine Unit Leader


Phone: 412-232-9150

Office: Endocrinology & Diabetes Center, UPMC Mercy
1400 Locust Street, Suite 5120, Building D
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-232-9150
Fax: 412-232-9145
Education and Training
BSc, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
DO, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2009
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
Fellowship, Endocrinology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 2014
Research Interest
Dr. Willard’s academic interests focus on the use of telehealth clinical care delivery models for endocrine disorders such as diabetes and thyroid disease. Dr. Willard is the Clinical Leader of the UPMC Endocrinology Telehealth Unit. In this role, Dr. Willard has successfully implemented telehealth programs across Western Pennsylvania. She has also contributed to the development of new models of care that take advantage of telehealth resources and new technology. To determine the overall effectiveness of these programs, Dr. Willard assesses clinical outcomes, quality measures, cost effectiveness, and patient satisfaction of these telehealth models. In addition to continuously improving telehealth services, Dr. Willard contributes to the training of future generations of endocrinologist in use of telehealth clinical care delivery models.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Willard practices general endocrinology. At present she spends the majority of her clinical time rounding on the inpatient Endocrinology service and really enjoys the challenges of inpatient diabetes management. She is also one of two providers in the division who utilizes Telemedicine to provide diabetes care to patients at UPMC Bedford and UPMC Northwest. Long term she plans to further explore interests in thyroid disease and cancer, obesity management, and the use of Telemedicine in the inpatient setting.
Educational Interest
Dr. Willard spends more than half of the year on the teaching service and really enjoys working with the internal medicine residents and medical students that rotate on service. She also lectures at their conferences and grand rounds.
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Selected Publications:
Magaji, V, Nayak, S, Donihi, AC, Willard, LA, Jampana, S, Nivedita, P, Eder, R, Johnston, J, Korytkowski, MT. Comparison of insulin infusion protocols targeting 110-140 mg/dL in patients after cardiac surgery. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. 2012; 14(11): 1013-7.
Nayak, S, Magaji, V, Donihi, AC, Willard, LA, Jampana, S, Nivedita, P, Eder, R, Johnston, J, Korytkowski, MT. Efficacy and Safety of Continuous Insulin Infusion Protocols with Glycemic Targets of 110-140 mg/dL in Patients with and without Diabetes Following Cardiac Surgery. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 2014; 8(2): 425-426.
Kovarik, JJ, Eller, AW, Willard, LA, Ding, J, Johnston, MJ, Waxman, EL. Prevalence of undiagnosed diabetic retinopathy among inpatients with diabetes: The diabetic retinopathy inpatient study (DRIPS). BMJ Open Diabetes Research Care. 2016; 4(1).