Faculty: Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Faculty of the Division of Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism serve to diagnose and treat endocrine diseases, conduct basic and clinical research on hormone-related diseases, and train future endocrinologists.

To learn more about our faculty, follow the links below to access their profiles. If a particular faculty member doesn’t have a link, their profile is currently under development and will be available shortly.

The Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism includes faculty from:

  • Department of Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University
  • Department of Medicine. MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Georgetown Affiliated Hospitals
  • Non-Georgetown Affiliates

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – Clinical Faculty

232 Building D, Georgetown University
4000 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-687-2818; Fax: 202-687-2040

Joseph G. Verbalis, MD

Joseph G. Verbalis, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism

Medical Degree:  University of Pittsburgh, 1975
Internship:  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1976
Residency:  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1978
Fellowship:  University of Pittsburgh, 1980

Certifications:  Internal Medicine, 1979; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 1981
Special Interests:  Pituitary diseases, disorders of water metabolism (DI, SIADH), adrenal disorders

Julia Barsony, MD, PhD

Julia Barsony, MD, PhD

Medical Degree: Semmelweis University of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary, 1972
Internship: Semmelweis University, 1972
Residency: St. Istvan Hospital, Budapest, Hungary, Internal Medicine, 1977
Ph.D: Semmelweis University / Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1985
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, 2002

Certifications: Clinical Bone Densitometry, 2005; Internal Medicine, 2006; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2007
Special Interests: Osteoporosis, metabolic bone diseases, vitamin D and calcium metabolism

Natasa Janici-Kahric, MD, PhD

Natasa Janicic-Kahric, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Medical Degree: University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 1991
Ph.D: McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1998
Internship: University of Massachusetts, Metro West Medical, Framingham, 1998
Residency: University of Massachusetts, Metro West Medical, Framingham, 2001
Fellowship: Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, 2003

Certifications: Internal Medicine 2001; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2003
Special Interests: Thyroid hormones in pregnancy, pituitary diseases, disorders of calcium metabolism 

Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD, PhD, M.P.H

Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD, PhD, M.P.H
Professor of Medicine

Medical Degree: Georgetown University, 1993
Ph.D: University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 1983
Internship: Georgetown University, 1994
Residency: Georgetown University, 1996
Fellowship: Georgetown University, 1998

Certifications: Internal Medicine, 1996; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 1998
Special Interests: Thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders 

Rachna M. Goyal, MD

Rachna M. Goyal, MD
Assistant Professor; Associate Program Director of Endocrinology Fellowship Program

Medical Degree: Albany Medical College, 2009
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Fellowship: MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center, 2017

Dr. Laura Cowen

Dr. Laura Cowen
Assistant Professor

Medical Degree: Tufts University School of Medicine, 2008
Residency: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 2011
Fellowship: MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center, 2013

Certifications: Internal Medicine, 2011; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2013
Special Interests: Type 2 diabetes, thyroid disorders

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital– Non-Clinical Faculty

Carolyn Ecelbarger, PhD

Carolyn Ecelbarger, PhD
Associate  Professor

Medical Degree: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Nutritional Sciences, 1992
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, 1992-1998
Special Interests: Renal physiology, sex differences, insulin, blood pressure control

MedStar Washington Hospital Center – Clinical Faculty

110 Irving Street, NW, Room 2A-72
Washington, DC 20010
202-877-6563; Fax: 202-877-6588

Kenneth Burman, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Endocrine Section, Washington Hospital Center
Director, Georgetown University Hospital/ Washington Hospital Center Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Former Deputy Editor, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Past President American Thyroid Association
FDA Endocrine Advisory Panel

Medical Degree: University of Missouri, 1970
Internship & Residency: Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 1971
Fellowship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center/ Endocrinology, 1974

Certifications: Internal Medicine, 1973; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 1975; American Board of Nutrition, certified as a specialist in Clinical Nutrition, 1984
Special Interests: Thyroid disease and physiology, autoimmune, thyroid disease and thyroid cancer

Kundra Priya, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, clinical track

Staff, Endocrine Section

Medical Degree: Medical College of Virginia, 2002
Residency: Georgetown University Hospital, 2005
Fellowship: Georgetown University Hospital/ Washington Hospital Center, 2007

Certifications: Internal Medicine 2005, Endocrinology and Metabolism 2007, Densitometry and Thyroid Ultrasound/FNA, 2007
Special Interests: Thyroid disorders, thyroid cancer, diabetes mellitus, adrenal disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome

Meeta Sharma, MD
Assistant Director, Section of Endocrinology
Director Diabetes Team, MedStar Diabetes Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine

Medical Degree: Lady Hardinge Medical College, 1986
Internship & Residency: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington DC, 1989
Fellowship: George Washington University Hospital, 1991

Certifications: Internal Medicine, 1993; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 1995
Special Interests: Diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, pituitary disorders, amenorrhea and hisutism

Susmeeta Tewari Sharma, MD
Director, Pituitary Endocrinology, Medstar Neuroscience Center

Staff, Endocrine Section

Medical Degree: Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh (India), 2002
Internship: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, 2006
Residency: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2009
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, 2012

Certifications: Internal Medicine, 2009; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2011
Special Interests: Pituitary and adrenal disorders

Leila Shobab, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Staff, Endocrine Section

Medical Degree: University of British Columbia, 2011
Residency: University of British Columbia Hospital, 2014
Fellowship: University of Toronto Hospital, 2016

Certifications: Internal Medicine, 2015; Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, 2017
Special Interests:

Jason A. Wexler, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Staff, Endocrine Section

Medical Degree: Suny Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 1995
Internship & Residency: University of Michigan Hospitals, 1996
Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell University Medical Center, 2000

Certifications: Internal Medicine, 1998; Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2000; Densitometry, 2005
Special Interests: Thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease, parathyroid disorder

Munaza M. Akunjee, MD

Staff, Endocrine Section

Medical Degree: Sir Salimullah Medical College at Dhaka
University, Bangladesh
Internship & Residency: Providence Hospital
Fellowship: George Washington
University Hospital

Certifications: Internal Medicine, 2017 ; Endocrinology, 2019
Special Interests: Adrenal, thyroid, and hypogonadism