- Associate Professor of Medicine
Elbert Huang is associate professor of medicine, research associate of the Center on Demography and Economics of Aging, 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.