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Ask the Endo: Maria George Vogiatzi, MD

March 30, 2022

We reached out to Maria Vogiatzi, MD, to find out the latest in endocrine science. Dr. Vogiatzi is an attending physician in the Division of Endocrinology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, leads the Adrenal and Puberty Center, and serves on the Patient Engagement Committee.

Are there any endocrine and ethno-racial risk factors linked to adrenal health?   

Adrenal disorders affect people of all ethnic groups. There are many genetic or acquired adrenal diseases, and in most cases, there is no particular ethnic group that is at adverse risk. Certain adrenal disorders, such as Cushing’s syndrome, present more frequently in women than in men. An individual that uses chronic treatment with oral or inhaled steroids can be at risk of suppressing his own adrenal function, a condition called steroid-induced adrenal insufficiency. Luckily, the adrenal function recovers once the exposure to steroids is stopped. 

Is there any promising research on the horizon for people living with adrenal conditions? 

Several exciting research efforts are currently focused on improving the management of a genetic adrenal condition called Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). They include two current clinical trials of two promising investigational medications (CAHtalyst and CAHmelia), an upcoming trial of a modified- release steroid, a study of continuous hydrocortisone infusion using a pump, and last but not least, a gene therapy trial for CAH. Recently, a couple of new drugs were approved by FDA as part of the medical management of Cushing’s disease. 

What advice would you give patients on managing chronic adrenal conditions?

Team up with a group of doctors who are experts in adrenal disorders and who can provide access to the most updated therapeutic options.   

Curious about the experts behind the scenes? Read more about our Patient Engagement Committee members.  

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