Biography: Andrea Dunaif, MD

Andrea Dunaif, MD
  • Lillian and Henry M. Stratton Professor of Molecular Medicine
  • Chief of the J. Lester Gabrilove Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • New York, NY

Andrea Dunaif, M.D., is the Lillian and Henry M. Stratton Professor of Molecular Medicine and Chief of the J. Lester Gabrilove Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. Dr. Dunaif graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and obtained her M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and her subspecialty training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Before joining Mount Sinai in May 2017, Dr. Dunaif was the Charles F. Kettering Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University where she served as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine for 10 years and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine for Research for 5 years. Prior to her tenure at Northwestern, she held a number of leadership positions in academic medicine, including Chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Director of Harvard Medical School’s Center of Excellence in Woman’s Health. Her first faculty appointment after fellowship was at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Dunaif is an internationally recognized expert in endocrinology and women’s health. Her research on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common hormonal disorder of reproductive-age women, has shown that it is a leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Further, this research has revolutionized the treatment of PCOS with insulin sensitizing drugs. Dr. Dunaif is the Director of a National Institutes of Health-supported Specialized Center of Research on Sex Differences and leads an international effort to map the genes for PCOS.

Dr. Dunaif has more than 135 original scientific publications and has edited four books. She has received numerous awards and honors including the Endocrine Society’s highest award for clinical research, the Clinical Investigator Award, and the Arnold Adolph Berthold Medal Prize from German Endocrine Society. She has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Dunaif received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Athens Medical School. She is a past president of the Endocrine Society, a former associate editor of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Obesity and a past Chair of the National Institutes of Health Integrative and Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction Study Section.

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