Section of General Internal Medicine
Elbert Huang, MD, MPH, FACP is Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Translational and Policy Research of Chronic Diseases, and Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research at the University of Chicago. From 2010-11, he served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services.
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, in which uncertainty exists regarding how to best individualize diabetes treatments based on clinical parameters and patient preferences. Over the past decade, Huang has established one of the most active research programs in geriatric diabetes in the country. Huang is principal investigator with Andrew Karter from Kaiser Permanente of the NIH-sponsored Diabetes and Aging Study.
Apart from his work in geriatric diabetes, Huang also has 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.
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.
Huang received his AB, MD and MPH from Harvard University and came to the University of Chicago in 2001.
Recent News Stories
A paper by CCDTR researchers Elizabeth Tung, Arshiya Baig, Elbert Huang, and Neda Laiteerapong was featured in PRI’s The World, hosted by NPR on Thursday, February 9. Dr. Tung discusses disparities in diabetes screening between Asian Americans and other adults. Click here to listen to the story!
An article by CCDTR investigators Liz Tung, Arshiya Baig, Elbert Huang, and Neda Laiteerapong was featured in Science Life today. Dr. Tung discussed their findings that Asian Americans are less likely to be screened for diabetes than other racial and ethnic groups despite a high prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes in this population. Click here to […]
June 15, 2016 – Dr. Elbert Huang, CCDTR Associate Director, published a state of the art review entitled “Management of diabetes mellitus in older people with comorbidities” in the BMJ. More than 20% of adults age 65 or older are diagnosed with diabetes. Click here to read the article.
June 26, 2015 – Yesterday, Science Life published a blog post with CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Elbert Huang’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the federal government to provide tax subsidies to help low- and middle-income people purchase health insurance. The response was a follow-up to a post Science Life published last week in […]
June 19, 2015 – CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Elbert Huang has been featured in a Science Life post about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He discusses the case soon to be heard by the Supreme Court, King v. Burwell, which could jeopardize health care access for six to eight million people currently receiving subsidies for […]
April 27, 2015 – Last week, several CCDTR investigators and staff attended the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) in Toronto, ON, Canada. CCDTR-affiliated investigators presenting and/or facilitating workshops at the meeting included Jennifer Cooper and Drs. Sara Baghikar, Arshiya Baig, Alyna Chien, Marshall Chin, Scott Cook, Elbert Huang, Monica Peek, […]
New Report by CCDTR Investigators Weighs the Evidence for Diabetes Prevention Programs in Community Settings
March 26, 2015 – Yesterday, the NYSHealth Foundation released a report prepared by CCDTR invstigators Drs. Chia-Hung Chou, Deborah Burnet, David Meltzer, and Elbert Huang entitled “The Effectiveness of Diabetes Prevention Programs in Community Settings.” The report reviews the evidence from diabetes prevention programs that have been conducted in community settings to determine their effectiveness in […]
February 17, 2015 – Dr. Elbert Huang was quoted in a Chicago Health article entitled “Obamacare: One Year Later.” The article discusses what has happened as a result of the Affordable Care Act having taken effect just over a year ago in January of 2014. Dr. Huang was interviewed about his perspective on the benefits […]
January 13, 2015 – Dr. Elbert Huang was quoted yesterday in a Reuters article entitled “Older diabetics may be pushing blood sugar too low.” The article discussed new evidence from a study conducted by the Yale School of Medicine demonstrating that many patients with diabetes over the age of 65 who have other health concerns […]
November 24, 2014 – CCDTR investigator Emily Laflamme and CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Monica Peek presented their poster at the 2014 meeting of the American Public Health Association. Their poster described the collaboration between the Chicago Department of Public Health and our Center. Dr. Monica Peek and Emily Laflamme with their CDPH-UC poster at the […]
‘Science Life’ Features CCDTR Investigator Dr. Neda Laiteerapong’s Study About Disparities in Quality of Care Among Patients with Diabetes
November 10, 2014 – University of Chicago blog Science Life interviews Dr. Neda Laiteerapong about the findings of a study looking at racial disparities in quality of care among adult patients with diabetes. — Standard measures of diabetes care in the US could be masking greater racial disparities Click here to view the original study published […]
October 16, 2014 – The journal Medical Care recently announced a special supplement issue focused on the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative (SNMHI), a five year effort to transform safety net primary care providers in five states into high functioning patient centered medical homes (PCMHs). The PCMH is widely-advocated new model of primary care and […]
Neda Laiteerapong and other CCDTR investigators publish important article in the high-profile journal Health Services Research
April 28, 2014 – CCDTR Investigator Neda Laiteerapong and other CCDTR investigators co-authored a paper that was published today in the journal Health Services Research. Their two-year study found that patients who seek care at federally funded health centers in the U.S. utilize the health care system less than patients who get their primary care […]
February 26, 2014 – Dr. Elbert Huang was quoted in a Reuters article entitled “Popular U.S. health reform plan may not cut costs, boost quality-study”. The article discusses new evidence from a large three-year pilot study among practices in PA that goes against the hypothesis that better preventive and primary care provided in patient-centered medical […]
‘Science Life’ Features the Diabetes and Aging Study and its recent findings on quality of life among older adults with diabetes
June 2013 – University of Chicago blog Science Life interviews Dr. Neda Laiteerapong about the Diabetes and Aging Study’s most recent findings about health-related quality of life among older adults with diabetes. — A Level Playing Field for Seniors with Diabetes
March 2012 – AAFP News highlights CCDTR study results showing that the patient-centered medical home is associated with higher morale and job satisfaction, but also risk of provider burnout. The study is from the Transforming Safety Net Clinics into Patient-Centered Medical Homes Evaluation Project (PI: Dr. Marshall Chin) and was published in the journal Archives […]
Recent CCDTR Publications
Sathe NA, Nocon RS, Hughes B, Peek ME, Chin MH, Huang ES. The costs of participating in a diabetes quality improvement collaborative: variation among 5 clinics.Joint Comm J Quality Safety. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016 Jan; 42(1): 18–25. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4861630
Laiteerapong N, Huang ES. The pace of change in medical practice and health policy:collision or coexistence?. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jun;30(6):848-52. PubMed PMID:25608743; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4441682.
Karter AJ, Laiteerapong N, Chin MH, Moffet HH, Parker MM, Sudore R, Adams AS,Schillinger D, Adler NS, Whitmer RA, Piette JD, Huang ES. Ethnic Differences in Geriatric Conditions and Diabetes Complications Among Older, Insured Adults With Diabetes: The Diabetes and Aging Study. J Aging Health. 2015 Feb 5;PubMed PMID:25659747; NIHMSID: 663495; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4430190
Grant RW, Huang ES, Wexler DJ, Laiteerapong N, Warton ME, Moffet HH, Karter AJ.Patients who self-monitor blood glucose and their unused testing results. Am J ManagCare. 2015 Feb 1;21(2):e119-29. PubMed PMID: 25880487; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4430190.
Laiteerapong N, Fairchild PC, Chou CH, Chin MH, Huang ES. Revisiting Disparities inQuality of Care Among US Adults With Diabetes in the Era of Individualized Care,NHANES 2007-2010. Med Care. 2015 Jan;53(1):25-31. PubMed PMID: 25373405;PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4394649.
Karter AJ, Nundy S, Parker MM, Moffet HH, Huang ES. Incidence of remission in adults with type 2 diabetes: the diabetes & aging study. Diabetes Care. 2014Dec;37(12):3188-95. PubMed PMID: 25231895; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4237974.
O’Doherty K, Jaszczak A, Hoffmann JN, You HM, Kern DW, Pagel K, McPhillips J,Schumm LP, Dale W, Huang ES, McClintock MK. Survey field methods for expanded biospecimen and biomeasure collection in NSHAP Wave 2. J Gerontol B Psychol SciSoc Sci. 2014 Nov;69 Suppl 2:S27-37. PubMed PMID: 25360025; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4303095.
Nocon RS, Gao Y, Gunter KE, Jin J, Casalino LP, Quinn MT, Derrett S, Summerfelt WT, Huang ES, Lee SM, Chin MH. Associations between medical home characteristics and support for patient activation in the safety net: understanding differences by race,ethnicity, and health status. Med Care. 2014 Nov;52(11 Suppl 4):S48-55. PubMed PMID: 25310638; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4232369
Gregg FT, O’Doherty K, Schumm LP, McClintock MK, Huang ES. Glycosylated hemoglobin testing in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2014 Nov;69 Suppl 2:S198-204. PubMed PMID: 25360021;PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4303085
Halter JB, Musi N, McFarland Horne F, Crandall JP, Goldberg A, Harkless L, Hazzard WR, Huang ES, Kirkman MS, Plutzky J, Schmader KE, Zieman S, High KP. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease in older adults: current status and future directions.Diabetes. 2014 Aug;63(8):2578-89. PubMed PMID: 25060886; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4113072.
Lipska KJ, Ross JS, Wang Y, Inzucchi SE, Minges K, Karter AJ, Huang ES, Desai MM,Gill TM, Krumholz HM. National trends in US hospital admissions for hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia among Medicare beneficiaries, 1999 to 2011. JAMA Intern Med. 2014Jul;174(7):1116-24. PubMed PMID: 24838229; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4152370.
Exalto LG, Biessels GJ, Karter AJ, Huang ES, Quesenberry CP Jr, Whitmer RA. Severe diabetic retinal disease and dementia risk in type 2 diabetes. J Alzheimers Dis. 2014;42Suppl 3:S109-17. PubMed PMID: 24625797; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4373321
Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Ralston JD, Adler N, Schillinger D, Moffet HH, Huang ES, Karter AJ.Patient-provider communication and trust in relation to use of an online patient portal among diabetes patients: The Diabetes and Aging Study. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013Nov-Dec;20(6):1128-31. PubMed PMID: 23676243; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3822118.
Kirkman MS, Briscoe VJ, Clark N, Florez H, Haas LB, Halter JB, Huang ES, Korytkowski MT, Munshi MN, Odegard PS, Pratley RE, Swift CS. Diabetes in older adults. Diabetes Care. 2012 Dec;35(12):2650-64. PubMed PMID: 23100048; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3507610
Wexler DJ, Porneala B, Chang Y, Huang ES, Huffman JC, Grant RW. Diabetes differentially affects depression and self-rated health by age in the US. Diabetes Care.2012 Jul;35(7):1575-7. PubMed PMID: 22611066; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3379579.
Tung EL, Baig AA, Huang ES, Laiteerapong N, and Chua KP. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Screening Between Asian Americans and Other Adults: BRFSS 2012–2014. J Gen Intern Med. 2016.
Laiteerapong N, Huang ES. The Pace of Change in Medical Practice and Health Policy: Collision or Coexistence? J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jun; 30(6): 848-52. PMID: 25608743. PMCID: PMC4441682 [Available on 2016-06-01]
Laiteerapong N, Kirby J, Gao Y, Yu TC, Sharma R, Nocon R, Lee SM, Chin MH, Nathan AG, Ngo-Metzger Q, Huang ES. Health care utilization and receipt of preventive care for patients seen at federally funded health centers compared to other sites of primary care. Health Serv Res. 2014 Apr 30. PMID: 24779670. PMCID: PMC4177342 [Available on 2015-10-01]
Baig AA, Locklin CA, Foley E, Ewigman B, Meltzer DO, Huang ES. The association of English ability and glycemic control among Latinos with diabetes. Ethn Dis. 2014 Winter; 24(1): 28-34. PMCID: PMC3965672
Laiteerapong N, Karter AJ, John PM, Schillinger D, Moffet HH, Liu JY, Adler N, Chin MH, Huang ES. Ethnic differences in quality of life in insured older adults with diabetes mellitus in an integrated delivery system. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jul; 61(7): 1103-10. PMCID: PMC3714321
Campbell KH, Huang ES, Dale W, Parker MM, John PM, Young BA, Moffet HH, Laiteerapong N, Karter AJ. Association Between Estimated GFR, Health-Related Quality of Life, and Depression Among Older Adults With Diabetes: The Diabetes and Aging Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2013 Sep; 62(3): 541-8. PMCID: PMC3773939
Quinn MT, Gunter KE, Nocon RS, Lewis SE, Vable AM, Tang H, Park SY, Casalino LP, Huang ES, Birnberg J, Burnet DL, Summerfelt WT, Chin MH. Undergoing transformation to the patient-centered medical home in safety net health centers: Perspectives from the front lines. Ethn Dis. 2013 Summer; 23(3): 356–362. PMCID: PMC3740439
Laiteerapong N, John PM, Nathan A, Huang ES. Public health implications of recommendations to individualize glycemic targets in adults with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2013 Jan; 36(1): 84–89. PMCID: PMC3526201
Sudore RL, Karter AJ, Huang ES, Moffet HH, Laiteerapong N, Schenker Y, Adams A, Whitmer RA, Liu JY, John PM, Schillinger D. Symptom burden of adults with type 2 diabetes across the disease course: Diabetes & aging study. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Dec; 27(12): 1674-81. PMCID: PMC3509316
Wilkinson MJ, Nathan AG, Huang ES. Personalized decision support in type 2 diabetes mellitus: Current evidence and future directions. Curr Diab Rep. 2013 Apr; 13(2): 205-12. PMCID: PMC3593795
Laiteerapong N, John PM, Meltzer DO, Huang ES. Impact of delaying blood pressure control in patients with type-2 diabetes: Results of a decision analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jun;27(6):640-6. PMCID: PMC3358401
Laiteerapong N, Iveniuk J, John PM, Laumann EO, Huang ES. Classification of older adults who have diabetes by comorbid conditions, United States, 2005-2006. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9: E100. PMCID: PMC3463415
Katon W, Lyles CR, Parker MM, Karter AJ, Huang ES, Whitmer RA. Depression increases risk of dementia in patients with type 2 diabetes: The diabetes and aging study. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 Apr; 69(4): 410–417. PMCID: PMC3558525
Peek ME, Wilkes AE, Roberson TS, Goddu AP, Nocon RS, Tang H, Quinn MT, Bordenave KK, Huang ES, Chin MH. Early lessons from an initiative on Chicago’s south side to reduce disparities in diabetes care and outcomes. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Jan; 31(1): 177-86. PMCID: PMC3697906
Lewis SE, Nocon RS, Tang H, Park SY, Vable AM, Casalino LP, Huang ES, Quinn MT, Burnet DL, Summerfelt WT, Birnberg JM, Chin MH. Patient-centered medical home characteristics and staff morale in safety net clinics. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jan 9; 172(1): 23-31. PMCID: PMC3752653 [The first and second authors made equal contributions to the research]
Laiteerapong N, Huang ES, Chin MH. Prioritization of care in adults with diabetes and comorbidity. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Dec; 1243: 69–87. PMCID: PMC3292541
Birnberg JM, Drum ML, Huang ES, Casalino LP, Lewis S, Vable AM, Tang H, Quinn MT, Burnet DL, Summerfelt T, Chin MH. Development of a safety net medical home scale in clinics. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Dec; 26(12): 1418–1425. PMCID: PMC3235610
Laiteerapong N, Karter AJ, Liu JY, Moffet HH, Sudore R, Schillinger D, John PM, Huang ES. Correlates of quality of life in older adults with diabetes: The diabetes & aging study. Diabetes Care. 2011 Aug; 34(8): 1749–1753. PMCID: PMC3142040
Huang ES, Liu JY, Moffet HH, John PM, Karter AJ. Glycemic control, complications, and death in older diabetic patients: The diabetes and aging study. Diabetes Care. 2011 Jun; 34(6): 1329–1336. PMCID: PMC3114320
Vable AM, Drum ML, Tang H, Chin MH, Lindau ST, Huang ES. Implications of the new definition of diabetes for health disparities. J Natl Med Assoc. 2011 Mar; 103(3): 219–223. PMCID: PMC3401566
Chien AT, Kirchhoff AC, Schaefer CT, Huang ES, Brown SE, Heuer L, Graber J, Tang H, Casalino LP, Chin MH. Positive and negative spillovers of the Health Disparities Collaboratives in federally qualified health centers: staff perceptions. Med Care. 2010 Dec; 48(12): 1050-6. PMID: 20966782
Baig AA, Wilkes AE, Davis AM, Peek ME, Huang ES, Bell DS, Chin MH. The use of quality improvement and health information technology approaches to improve diabetes outcomes in African American and Hispanic patients. Med Care Res Rev. 2010 Oct; 67(5 Suppl): 163S–197S. PMCID: PMC3144751
Laiteerapong N, Huang ES. Health care reform and chronic diseases: Anticipating the health consequences. JAMA. 2010 Aug 25; 304(8): 899-900. PMID: 20736475
Huang ES, Karter AJ, Danielson KK, Warton EM, Ahmed AT. The association between the number of prescription medications and incident falls in a multi-ethnic population of adult type-2 diabetes patients: The diabetes and aging study. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Feb; 25(2): 141–146. PMCID: PMC2837501
Zhang Q, Wang Y, Huang ES. Changes in racial/ethnic disparities in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes by obesity level among US adults. Ethn Health. 2009 Oct; 14(5): 439–457. PMCID: PMC2744849
Zhang JX, Huang ES, Drum ML, Kirchhoff AC, Schlichting JA, Schaefer CT, Heuer LJ, Chin MH. Insurance status and quality of diabetes care in community health centers. Am J Public Health. 2009 April; 99(4): 742–747. PMCID: PMC2661469
Chin MH, Kirchhoff AC, SchlotthauerAE, Graber JE, Brown SES, Rimington A, Drum ML, Schaefer CT, Heuer LJ, Huang ES, Shook ME, Tang H, Casalino LP. Sustaining Quality Improvement in Community Health Centers: Perceptions of Leaders and Staff. J Ambul Care Manage. 2008; 31(4): 319–329. PMCID: PMC2659650
Gorawara-Bhat R, Huang ES, Chin MH. Communicating with older diabetes patients: Self-management and social comparison. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Sep; 72(3): 411–417. PMCID: PMC3723802
Graber JE, Huang ES, Drum ML, Chin MH, Walters AE, Heuer L, Tang H, Schaefer CT, Quinn MT. Predicting changes in staff morale and burnout at community health centers participating in the health disparities collaboratives. Health Serv Res. 2008 Aug; 43(4): 1403–1423. PMCID: PMC2517268
Cheung K, Moiduddin A, Chin MH, Drum ML, Brown SE, Graber JE, Heuer L, Quinn MT, Schaefer CT, Schlotthauer AE, Huang ES. The perceived financial impact of quality improvement efforts in community health centers. J Ambul Care Manage. 2008; 31(2): 111–119. PMCID: PMC2291345
Huang ES, Brown SE, Zhang JX, Kirchhoff AC, Schaefer CT, Casalino LP, Chin MH. The cost consequences of improving diabetes care: the community health center experience. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2008 Mar; 34(3): 138–146. PMCID: PMC2366091
Chin MH, Walters AE, Cook SC, Huang ES. Interventions to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. Med Care Res Rev. 2007 Oct; 64(5 Suppl): 7S–28S. PMCID: PMC2366039
Peek ME, Cargill A, Huang ES. Diabetes Health Disparities: A Systematic Review of Health Care Interventions. Med Care Res Rev. 2007 Oct; 64(5 Suppl): 101S–156S. PMCID: PMC2367214