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Robert M. Sargis MD, PhD

Endocrinology Fellow
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

About Robert M. Sargis MD, PhD

Robert M. Sargis, MD, PhD, is an endocrinology fellow at the University of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate education at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, before earning his medical degree at Rush University Medical College in Chicago. He also earned his PhD from the Graduate College at Rush University.

In his current postdoctoral research, Dr. Sargis is investigating how environmental pollutants relate to the development of obesity and diabetes by altering endocrine systems.

Publications

Publications
Sargis, RM; Wollmann, RL; Pytel, P. 2009. A 59-year-old man with sellar mass lesion. Brain Pathology, 19: 161-162.

Sargis, RM and Subbaiah, PV. 2006. Sphingomyelin protects membrane cholesterol against free radical-mediated oxidation. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 40: 2092-2102.

Sargis, RM and Subbaiah, PV. 2003. Trans Unsaturated Fatty Acids are Less Oxidizable than Cis Unsaturated Fatty Acids and Protect Endogenous Lipids from Oxidation in Lipoproteins and Lipid Bilayers. Biochemistry. 42: 11533-11543.

Subbaiah, PV and Sargis, RM. 2001. Sphingomyelin: a natural modulator of membrane homeostasis and inflammation. Medical Hypotheses, 57: 135-138.

Reviews
Sargis, RM. “Arteriosclerosis.” Salkind, N. Ed. Encyclopedia of Human Development. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 2005. 115-116.

Abstracts and Presentations
Sargis, RM; Johnson, DN; and Brady, MJ. 2008. Effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on Adipocyte Metabolism. Abstract for poster presentation, University of Chicago Department of Medicine Research Day, Chicago, IL.

Sargis, RM and Subbaiah, PV. 2006. Sphingomyelin protects membrane cholesterol against free radical-mediated oxidation. Abstract for poster presentation, University of Chicago Department of Medicine Research Day, Chicago, IL.

Sargis, RM and Subbaiah, PV. 2003. Trans Unsaturated Fatty Acids (TUFA) Inhibit Lipid Peroxidation in Lipoproteins and Artificial Membranes. Experimental Biology 2003. FASEB Journal, 17: A748.

Sargis, RM and Subbaiah, PV. 2002. Effect of Trans Unsaturation on the Oxidizability of Membrane Phospholipids. Third Annual Conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, Salt Lake City, UT. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, 22: 878.

 

 

Articles Written by Robert M. Sargis MD, PhD

About the Endocrine System
The endocrine system helps your body properly function by communicating and coordinating vital processes via hormones. Hormones are produced and released by specific glands and are delivered through the bloodstream. Article is an endocrine overview.
Thyroid Gland Overview
The thyroid, located in your neck, is a large endocrine gland that regulates your metabolism. It produces two main hormones to fulfill this role. The thyroid is associated with many distinct disorders, including hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
An Overview of the Pancreas
The pancreas produces insulin and other hormones to help regulate blood sugar and salt. Learn more about the pancreas in this overview article.
An Overview of the Ovaries
The ovaries play a vital role in not only the reproductive system but also the endocrine system. Their main hormones—estrogen and progesterone—ensure proper female development and fertility. This article also summarizes ovarian diseases.
An Overview of the Hypothalamus
The hypothalamus helps maintain your internal balance by regulating many of the body’s key processes, such as heart rate and body temperature. It also controls some hormones of the pituitary gland to ensure that the body functions properly.
An Overview of the Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands secrete adrenaline to help your body respond to stress, but they also regulate many vital processes in your body, such as metabolism.
How Your Thyroid Works
Thyroid hormone production and those factors which cause production to increase or decrease. Pictures help explain feedback between thyroid, pituitary, and hypothalamus. Article written by endocrinologist.
An Overview of the Parathyroid
The parathyroid gland has a single responsibility in the endocrine system—to regulate calcium levels. To do this, it secretes parathyroid hormone. The parathyroid is located near your thyroid; however, their functions are not connected.
How to Eat Well When You Have Graves’ Disease
There’s no such thing as a Graves’ disease diet, but eating certain foods can help ease Graves’ disease symptoms. Find out what foods you should be—and shouldn’t be—filling your plate with to live well with Graves’ disease.
What Is Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone, also called male hypogonadism, can be a very concerning medical condition. It can affect sex drive. Article covers low testosterone symptoms and causes.
An Overview of the Testes
The testes are twin endocrine glands that release testosterone, a hormone necessary for the normal development of male physical characteristics, such as muscle mass and hair growth. This article overviews testes function in the endocrine system.
An Overview of the Thymus
The thymus gland is largest during childhood and shrinks after puberty, but its effect on your body’s defenses last your whole life. Learn more about this important gland.
An Overview of the Pituitary Gland
The pituitary gland is called the “master gland” because it controls functions of other endocrine glands. But it is largely regulated by the hypothalamus. It has two lobes that have different functions and secrete separate hormones.
An Overview of the Pineal Gland
The pineal gland is the most mysterious organ in the endocrine system. It is influenced by light and produces the hormone melatonin, which affects your circadian rhythm and sleep cycles.
Graves’ Disease Symptoms
There are multiple symptoms of Graves’ disease—an autoimmune disorder that causes the thyroid gland to over-produce thyroid hormone, which is known as hyperthyroidism. In this article, you’ll read about the most common Graves’ disease symptoms.

Articles Reviewed by Robert M. Sargis MD, PhD

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, sensitivity to cold, dry skin, and hair loss. You don’t have to experience every common symptom to have hypothyroidism, though. Every patient’s set of symptoms is unique.
Complications of Hypothyroidism
If you have hypothyroidism and don’t seek proper treatment, you risk experiencing a variety of complications. This article describes some of the common problems associated with untreated hypothyroidism.
Addison’s Disease and Adrenal Insufficiency Overview
Addison’s disease, a rare disorder, develops when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormone cortisol. Sometimes, the adrenal glands also don’t produce enough of the aldosterone hormone. Includes list of Addison’s disease symptoms.
What is Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy?
There is really only one option for treating hypothyroidism, and that is thyroid hormone replacement therapy. T4 supplements are the standard form of treatment, but there are other forms available. Article describes importance of therapy.
Risk Factors of Hypothyroidism
Age and sex are the two biggest hypothyroid risk factors. However, medical history also plays a part. This article outlines the top risk factors for hypothyroidism, and will help your doctor determine if regular hypothyroid testing is right for you.
Addison’s Disease Treatment
Treatment of Addison’s disease involves replacing the hormones the body is unable to secrete or produce in sufficient quantity. Read about medications you may need to take and what to do in an Addisonian crisis.
Addison’s Disease Causes
There are several causes of Addison’s disease that primarily affect the adrenal glands’ ability to produce the hormone cortisol. Learn the different endocrine conditions that can cause Addison’s disease.
Addison’s Disease Diagnosis
To diagnose Addison’s disease, your doctor will run exams and tests that may include blood tests and CT scans of the brain and abdomen.
Graves’ Disease Diagnosis
In diagnosing Graves’ disease, the doctor will measure the level of different hormones, such as TSH, T3, and T4. Learn what tests you may need to have and what each of the results can tell you about your thyroid condition.
Graves’ Disease Treatment
Treatment of Graves’ disease may involve anti-thyroid medications, radioactive iodine, and sometimes a partial or total thyroidectomy. The goal of treatment is to bring your overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism under control.
Animal Thyroid Supplements for Hypothyroidism
Animal thyroid hormones were the first hypothyroid medication. But since the development of synthetic thyroid hormones, they are no longer the standard in treatment. Though natural, that doesn’t mean animal thyroid hormones are entirely safe.
Synthetic T4 Supplements for Hypothyroidism
Synthetic forms of T4 hormone are generally called levothyroxine, and they are considered the standard treatment for hypothyroidism. Finding the right dosage is vital to the success of your therapy. Article explains synthetic T4 supplements.
Causes of Hypothyroidism
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. But this isn’t the sole cause of hypothyroidism. This article gives an explanation of each of the possible causes of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism Diagnosis
There are a variety of tests that diagnose hypothyroidism. TSH screenings are the first line of testing, but they are not the sole factor in diagnosing the disorder. T4 testing may also be necessary to determining if you are hypothyroid.
Hypothyroidism FAQ
Get quick answers to the most common questions about hypothyroidism. Includes links to in-depth articles so that you can get more information.

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