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One of the Cushing's Support and Research Foundation's objectives is to provide you with medical information from the best available sources. For this reason, we established a Medical Advisory Board. The Board is composed of highly experienced surgeons and endocrinologists, many who are active in Cushing's research and are world-renowned. These doctors have generously donated their time and resources to provide up-to-date information on Cushing's.

Beverly M.K. Biller, M.D.
Laurence Katznelson, M.D.Beverly M.K. Biller, M.D., is a faculty member of the Neuroendocrine Unit at The Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She attended Brown University, The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. Following fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Biller joined the faculty.

Dr. Biller directs the Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at The Massachusetts General Hospital, the annual Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education postgraduate course "Clinical Endocrinology" held in Boston every April, and the HMS Fourth Year Elective in Endocrinology at MGH. In addition, she is an Associate Program Director of the MGH Internal Medicine Residency, providing liaison to the subspecialty fellowships. Dr. Biller is a member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee in Internal Medicine, which accredits all Medicine training programs in the US.

Dr. Biller has had a longstanding interest in the diagnosis and treatment of Cushing's disease, and has published both primary scientific research and clinical guidelines on this topic. She was a member of The Endocrine Society Clinical Committee that developed guidelines for the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome for primary care providers and endocrinologists. She believes that patient support groups such as the CSRF can play and important role in disease awareness and patient education.

Dr. Biller has served as President of the Association of Program Directors of Endocrinology and Metabolism (APDEM). For five years, Dr. Biller served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and has been Clinical Chair and overall meeting Chair at past annual meetings of The Endocrine Society. She has also chaired many national and international Continuing Medical Education programs in the pituitary field and is a member of the HMS Committee on Continuing Education. Currently, she serves as a Council member of the Growth Hormone Research Society, is on the planning committee for their 2012 Scientific Congress in Munich.

Major research interests include the pathogenesis and treatment of pituitary tumors, with a special interest in Cushing's disease, neuroendocrine causes of osteoporosis, and the diagnosis and treatment of growth hormone deficiency in adults.

Dr. George Chrousos, MD

First Department of Pediatrics
Athens University Medical School
Children's Hospital Aghia Sophia
Athens, Greece
Section of Pediatric Endocrinology, NICHD, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Dr. David Cook, MD
Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University
Department of Endocrinology, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Dr. Cook has been involved in the diagnosis and treatment of Cushing's since 1969. Dr. Cook has also been extensively involved in the diagnosis and treatment of adult Growth Hormone deficiency.
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Dr. James Findling, MD
Endocrinology & Diabetes, St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI  
Dr. Findling has been involved with Cushing's for 18 years and is an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis of Cushing's.  Dr. Findling was intrumental in the development of salivary cortisol testing.
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Anthony P. Heaney, MD, PhD
Laurence Katznelson, M.D.Anthony P. Heaney, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine & Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Heaney is a Fulbright scholar and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and member of several professional organizations, including the Endocrine Society, the Pituitary Society and the Society of Endocrinology. He has written numerous articles for such peer-reviewed publications as Nature Medicine, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Lancet and his primary area of research interest involve the pathogenesis of pituitary tumors and exploiting novel molecular targets to develop innovative treatments for pituitary, and other neuroendocrine tumors.

Dr. Heaney received his medical (MB, ChB, BAO) and doctorate degrees (PhD) from Queen's University of Belfast in Ireland. Following internship in internal medicine and surgery, Dr. Heaney completed his residency and a research fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, was appointed Honorary lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Manchester. He pursued further translational molecular research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1997 where he joined UCLA faculty and moved to the main UCLA campus in 2006. Dr. Heaney's research focuses on pituitary and neuroendocrine tumors with an aim to identify novel tumor targets, and characterize candidate potential anti-tumor ligands. Neuroendocrine tumors originate in highly differentiated cell types, express clear phenotypic markers and are excellent models in which to study cellular transformation, providing unique insights into early transforming events in cancer. Current projects examine in vitro and in vivo effects of dietary sugars in cancer development, and progression. Utilizing metabolomic approaches with C13-labelled sugars, his group are examining carbohydrate (CHO) metabolism in cancer cells to better understand effects of refined CHO consumption on in vivo cancer growth.

Laurence Katznelson, M.D
Laurence Katznelson, M.D.Laurence Katznelson, M.D. is currently Medical Director of the Pituitary Center at Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for Pituitary and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Katznelson has served as an ad hoc member of NIH study sections. He is currently Chairman of Membership for the Pituitary Society. Dr. Katznelson received his medical degree from UCLA and performed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then performed a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was a member of the Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital until he recently assumed the medical directorship of the Pituitary Center at Stanford University. Dr. Katznelson is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Katznelson has a long standing clinical and research interest in the pathophysiology and treatment of pituitary disease.
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Dr. Anne Klibanski, MD
Anne Klibanski, M.D, is Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Chief, Neuroendocrine Unit and Director of the Neuroendocrine Clinical Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is Co- Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital/MIT Clinical Research Center. A leader in the field of neuroendocrinology, Dr. Klibanski's research interests include the pathogenesis of human pituitary tumors, the pathophysiology of growth hormone disorders, and, the neuroendocrine control of bone metabolism. An elected member of ASCI and AAP, Dr. Klibanski is on the board of directors and President of The Pituitary Society. She has served on NIH study sections and was the Chairman of the NIH Osteoporosis Consensus Conference. She served on the Endocrine Society Council and currently is a member of the Executive Committee on Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Klibanski has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and other Journals. The author of over 200 papers and chapters, she is the recipient of many Awards including the prestigious Endocrine Society 2002 Clinical Investigator Award, Honorary Master's Degree, Harvard University, the British Endocrine Society Trust Medal in 2003 and the Harvard Medical School Dean's A Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award.
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Dr. Andre Lacroix, MD
Andre Lacroix, M.D. is Professor, Department of Medicine and Associate Director general for Medical and Academic affairs at University of Montreal teaching hospital (CHUM). He obtained his medical degree at University of Montreal, where he also completed his training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. This was followed by fellowships in pituitary adrenal disorders at Vanderbilt University and in hormone-dependent cancers at NCI, NIH. One of his main research interest since joining the Division of Endocrinology and CHUM Research Center is the molecular pathophysiology of adrenal Cushing's syndrome; his group has uncovered the adrenal expression of aberrant hormone receptors leading to adrenal overgrowth and hyperfunction. Other interests include investigation and therapy of Cushing's disease, primary aldosteronism, adrenal carcinoma and pheochromocytomas. Dr Lacroix has served as president of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and is currently member of the executive board of the International Society of Endocrinology. He is editor of the adrenal section of UpToDate.
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Dr. Edward R. Laws, MD, FACS
Dr. Laws received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University with honors in Economics and Sociology in the Special Program in American Civilization, and then attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland receiving the MD in 1963. He did his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at Johns Hopkins under A. Earl Walker. After completing his residency in 1971, he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins medical school with a primary appointment in pediatric neurosurgery. In 1972, he joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where ultimately he became Professor of Neurosurgery and developed major interests in pituitary surgery and epilepsy surgery along with a continuing interest in the metabolism and pathophysiology of primary brain tumors. In 1987 he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and in 1992 joined the faculty of the University of Virginia as Professor of Neurosurgery and Professor of Medicine, establishing a Neuro-Endocrine Center there. During his surgical career he has operated upon more than 5,000 brain tumors, of which 4,200 have been pituitary lesions.

Dr. Laws has served as President of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Editor of Neurosurgery, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery, Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and President of the Pituitary Society. He has authored over 400 scientific papers and book chapters, and with Andrew Kaye is co-editor of the encyclopedic volume, "Brain Tumors". Currently he is President of the American College of Surgeons. Recently he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine. He remains actively involved in brain tumor and Neuroendocrine research.
Email: elaws@partners.org
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Dr. Lynnette K. Nieman, MD
Clinical Director, NIH, Bethesda, MD
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Dr. Edward Oldfield
David E. Schteingart, M.D. Dr. Oldfield is a well known, highly experienced pituitary neurosurgeon. From 1986 until 2007, Dr. Oldfield was the Chief of the Surgical Neurology Branch, NINDS, at NIH in Bethesda, MD. In 2007, Dr. Oldfield joined the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, where he leads a multidisciplinary effort in the treatment of pituitary tumors. Dr. Oldfield is currently the Crutchfield Chair in Neurosurgery, Professor of Neurosurgery and Internal Medicine, and head of the Neuroendocrine program. Dr. Oldfield is involved in a number of professional associations, has over 400 publications in the medical literature, and has been the recipient of many awards in the field of neurosurgery.

David E. Schteingart, M.D.
David E. Schteingart, M.D. David E. Schteingart, M.D. is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Michigan. He is currently the Associate Director of the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) and Director of the University of Michigan Training Programs in Clinical Research. Dr Schteingart received his M.D. degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and completed training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Michigan. He has been on its faculty since 1962. His areas of current research interest are disorders of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis, Cushing’s disease and adrenal cancer for which he has been internationally recognized. He has 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.
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Dr. Constantine Stratakis, M.D.

Constantine Stratakis, M.D. Dr. Constantine Stratakis, M.D. work focuses on understanding the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to disorders that affect the adrenal cortex and pituitary gland, which has long has been a field of research in the NICHD at NIH. Emphasis is on disorders that are hereditary and associated with multiple tumors and abnormalities in other endocrine glands and other tissues. The aim of this work is to understand, diagnose and treat endocrine neoplasias. Dr. Stratakis has formulated a hypothesis that endocrine tumorigenesis follows the pattern of oncogenesis, i.e. the progress to malignancy is associated with an increasing number of genetic changes. Thus studying the relatively few genetic changes in benign hyperplasias may represent the first and most important genetic changes leading to endocrine tumors. Studies by Dr. Stratakis and his group include Carney complex, MEN I and II, other causes of Cushing syndrome, particularly in children, pituitary tumors, acromegaly, familial hyperaldosteronism, childhood adrenocortical cancer, adrenocortical hypoplasia and hyperplasia, and massive macronodular adrenococrtical hyperplasia. As Laboratory Chief and Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Program, Dr. Stratakis has treated a large number of Pediatric Cushing’s patients and trained numerous students and fellows in laboratory research, molecular and medical genetics and pediatric endocrinology.
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Dr. Brooke Swearingen, MD
Department of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Dr. Swearingen is an expert pituitary neurosurgeon and has performed many pituitary surgeries.
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Dr. J. Blake Tyrrell, MD
Chief, Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
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Dr. Mary Lee Vance, MD
Professor of Medicine and Neurosurgery, Endocrinology & Metabolism,
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Dr. Vance has been involved in the treatment of pituitary tumors and Cushing's for many years.  Dr. Vance has also been involved with treatment of pituitary tumors using gamma knife radiation and Growth Hormone deficieny following pituitary surgery
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Dr. Martin Weiss, MD
Chairman, Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
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