Michael R. Rickels, M.D., M.S.

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Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

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12-134 Smilow Center for Translational Research
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pa 19104
Office: (215) 746-0025
Fax: (215) 898-5408
B.A. (Mathematics major & Biology minor, Summa Cum Laude)
Colgate University , 1995.
M.D. (Top of the class)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1999.
M.S. (Translational Research)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2007.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Rickels conducts patient-oriented diabetes research that aims at understanding the pathogenesis of various forms of diabetes and the in vivo mechanisms of new diabetes treatments, and is in particular focused on islet function and replacement in type 1 diabetes and pancreatogenic forms of diabetes. Dr. Rickels' studies involve methodologies for quantifying insulin and incretin secretion, insulin sensitivity, and glucose counterregulatory responses to hypoglycemia, and include oral glucose and mixed-meal tolerance tests, the frequently-sampled intravenous glucose tolerance test, the glucose-potentiated arginine test, and hyperinsulinemic euglycemic and hypoglycemic clamps. Present work in type 1 diabetes is focused on understanding the mechanisms of defective glucose counterregulation and novel approaches to the prevention or correction of hypoglycemia, including by beta-cell replacement (islet transplantation) therapy or artificial pancreas (closed-loop) technology. Present work in cystic fibrosis-related diabetes is directed at understanding the pathophysiologic defects involved in the etiology of early defects in insulin secretion and the impact of different strategies for enhancing incretin effects on beta-cell function.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Rickels specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, hypoglycemia disorders, and general endocrinologic problems. Dr. Rickels predominantly cares for patients with type 1 and type 2 Diabetes, and is particularly interested in pancreas islet allotransplantation as therapies for type 1 diabetes, as well as islet autotransplantation for patients undergoing total pancreatectomy. Dr. Rickels serves as Medical Director for the Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Coupled to his research interests in islet function and transplantation as well as closed-loop insulin delivery technology, Dr. Rickels is committed to translating complimentary approaches for cellular and artifical pancreas replacement as treatments for patients with difficult to control type 1 and pancreatogenic diabetes.

Selected Publications

Rickels MR, Fuller C, Dalton-Bakes C, Markmann E, Palanjian M, Cullison K, Tiao J, Kapoor S, Liu C, Naji A, Teff KL: Restoration of glucose counterregulation by islet transplantation in long-standing type 1 diabetes. Diabetes 64(5): 1713-1718, May 2015.

Vetter ML, Wadden TA, Teff KL, Khan ZF, Carvajal R, Ritter S, Moore RH, Chittams JL, Iagnocco A, Murayama K, Korus G, Williams NN, Rickels MR: GLP-1 plays a limited role in improved glycemia shortly after roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a comparison with intensive lifestyle modification. Diabetes 64(2): 434-446, February 2015.

Rickels MR, Goeser ES, Fuller C, Lord C, Bowler AM, Doliba NM, Hegele RA, Cuchel M: Loss-of-function mutations in ABCA1 and enhanced beta-cell secretory capacity in young adults. Diabetes 64(1): 193-199, January 2015.

Gudipaty L, Rosenfeld N, Fuller C, Gallop R, Schutta MH, Rickels MR: Effect of exenatide, sitagliptin or glimepiride on beta-cell secretory capacity in early type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 37(9): 2451–2458, September 2014.

Rickels MR, Kong SM, Fuller C, Dalton-Bakes C, Ferguson JF, Reilly MP, Teff KL, Naji A: Insulin sensitivity index in type 1 diabetes and following human islet transplantation: comparison of the minimal model to euglycemic clamp measures. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism 306(10): E1217-E1224, May 2014.

Rickels MR, Kong SM, Fuller C, Dalton-Bakes C, Ferguson JF, Reilly MP, Teff KL, Naji A: Improvement in insulin sensitivity after human islet transplantation for type 1 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 98(11): E1780-E1785, November 2013.

Teff KL, Rickels MR, Grudziak J, Fuller C, Nguyen H-L, Rickels K: Antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance and postprandial hormonal dysregulation independent of weight gain or psychiatric disease. Diabetes 62(9): 3232-3240, September 2013.

Rickels MR, Liu C, Shlansky-Goldberg R, Soleimanpour SA, Vivek K, Kamoun M, Min Z, Markmann E, Palangian M, Dalton-Bakes C, Fuller C, Chiou AJ, Barker CF, Prak ETL, Naji A: Improvement in beta-cell secretory capacity following human islet transplantation according to the CIT07 protocol. Diabetes 62(8): 2890-2897, August 2013.

Weinstock RS, Xing D, Maahs DM, Michels A, Rickels MR, Peters AL, Bergenstal RM, Harris B, DuBose SN, Miller KM, Beck RW; T1D Exchange Clinic Network: Severe hypoglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis in adults with type 1 diabetes: results from the T1D Exchange clinic registry. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 98(8): 3411-3419, August 2013.

Liu C, Koeberlein B, Feldman MD, Mueller R, Wang Z, Li Y, Lane K, Hoyt CC, Tomaszewski JE, Naji A, Rickels MR: Accumulation of intrahepatic islet amyloid in a non-human primate transplant model. Endocrinology 153(4): 1673-1683, April 2012.

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