Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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Anastassios G. Pittas, MD, MS
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Co-Director, Diabetes and Lipid Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department + Services
Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Clinical Focus Areas
Endocrinology, diabetes, pre-diabetes, vitamin D deficiency
Research Focus Areas
The role of vitamin D and Diabetes
prevention of type 2 diabetes
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Tufts Medical Center
Biewend Building, 2nd Floor
800 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-5689
Fax #: 617-636-4719
2020, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2018/2019, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2017, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2017, Biomedical Research Exemplar Award which honors individuals doing high-quality, high-impact, federally-funded research who also maintain an impressive reputation for professionalism and integrity in their work.
2017, The Donna Seto-Young Award which recognizes meritorious achievement in the advancement of science, education, practice of medicine or improvement of human health and well-being.
2016, "Top Doctor," Boston Magazine
2014 - 2015, Chair (Standing), NIH Study Section - Clinical & Integrative Diabetes and Obesity
2011 - 2014, Member (Standing), NIH Study Section - Clinical & Integrative Diabetes and Obesity
2012, Robert M. Russell Scientific Achievement Award, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
2007, Oliver Smith Award Tufts Medical Center
1. Shahraz S, Pittas AG, Thomas C, Saadati M and Kent D. Change in testing, awareness of HbA1c levels, and glycemic control in US adults, 2007-2014. JAMA 2017 Nov 14;318(18):1825-1827
2. Lewis MR, Macauley RC, Sheehan PR, Staten MA, Phillips LS, Rasouli N and Pittas AG, D2d Research Group. Management of hemoglobin variants detected incidentally in HbA1c testing: a common problem currently lacking a standard approach. Diabetes Care 2017 Feb 40 (2):e8-e9.
3. Shahraz S, Pittas AG and Kent D. Less is More: Prediabetes risk in adult Americans According to a risk test. JAMA IM 2016.
4. Pittas AG, Westcott G and Balk EM. Technosphere Inhaled Insulin for Patients with Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2015:3(11):886-94.
5. Balk EM, Early A, Raman G, Avendano EA, Pittas AG and Remington PL. Combined Diet and Physical Activity Promotion Programs to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Among Persons at Increased Risk: A Systematic Review for the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med online 14 July 2015
6. Pittas AG, Dawson-Hughes B, Sheehan PR, Rosen CJ, Ware JH, Knowler WC, Staten MA and the D2d Research Group. Rationale and Design of the Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes Study: A Diabetes Prevention Trial. Diabetes Care 2014 Dec;37(12):3227-34.
7. Pittas AG, Nelson J, Mitri J, Hillmann W, Garganta C, Nathan DM, Hu FB and Dawson-Hughes B. Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D and progression to diabetes in patients at risk for diabetes: an ancillary analysis in the Diabetes Prevention Program. Diabetes Care 2012:35(3):565-573
8. Pittas AG, Chung M, Trikalinos TA, Mitri J, Brendel M, Patel K, Lichtenstein AH, Lau J and Balk E. Vitamin D and Cardiometabolic Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med 2010:152(5):307-314
9. Amori R, Lau J and Pittas AG. Efficacy and Safety of Incretin Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis JAMA 2007:298(2):194-206
10. Ceglia L, Lau J and Pittas AG. Efficacy and safety of inhaled insulin therapy in adults with diabetes mellitus. A systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2006:145:665-675
Dr. Anastassios Pittas was born and raised in Greece and came to the U.S. many years ago to attend college. At MIT, not only did he earn a B.S. degree in Biology, but also met his future spouse, Helen. Both earned their medical degrees at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and completed Internal Medicine Residencies at the New-York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell in New York City before moving to Boston. Following a Fellowship in Endocrinology at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Pittas joined the staff in the Division of Endocrinology in 2000.
From 2000 and 2002, Dr. Pittas was supported by a generous grant from the Friedman NY Foundation for Medical Research. In 2002, he was fortunate to become the recipient of a National Institutes of Health K23 Career Development Award to focus on diabetes research. During this period, in keeping with the goal of the Award, he earned a M.S. degree in Clinical Research from the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. The degree provided him with formal training on clinical research and during that time, he became interested in the role of vitamin D in diabetes. Working with wonderful colleagues, he received NIH funding (R21 and R01 mechanisms) to further test the idea and ultimately led the D2d study (www.d2dstudy.org), a multi-center clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in reducing risk of diabetes in people at high risk.
Dr. Pittas is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Policy at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship Program at Tufts Medical Center.
You can learn more about Dr. Pittas by visiting his website at www.agpittas.com.
1. The role of vitamin D in health and disease - Primary Care Physicians, Endocrinology
2. Pharmacotherapy of type 2 diabetes - Primary Care Physicians
1. Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes (D2d), supported by NIH. Major goal: to conduct a multi-center randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation for prevention of type 2 diabetes www.d2dstudy.org
2. The role of vitamin D in established Type 2 Diabetes, supported by NIH. Major goal: to define the effects of vitamin D on glucose metabolism in patients with established type 2 diabetes.
3. W81XWH-12-2-2055 Roberts (PI), supported by Department of Defense. Major goal: To develop more effective approaches for sustainable weight loss that can be scaled into nationally effective programs in different groups including military families.