Virginia Sarapura, MD
Professor, Medicine-Endocrinology/Metabolism/Diabetes

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Buenos Aires (1981)
Residency:
  • Tulane University Program, Internal Medicine (1986)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (1990)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Medicine-Endocrinology/Metabolism/Diabetes

Professional Titles

  • Professor of Medicine

Research Interests

My research interests have involved the molecular basis of pituitary gene expression and regulation, primarily thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), and more recently, the mechanisms underlying thyroid autoimmunity, focusing on the genetic and immunological development of disease.

Teaching

  • Director, Endocrine Unit, DEMS block (2006)
    School of Medicine, Medicine

Publications

  • Smith MJ, Ford BR, Rihanek M, Coleman BM, Getahun A, Sarapura VD, Gottlieb PA, Cambier JC. Elevated PTEN expression maintains anergy in human B cells and reveals unexpectedly high repertoire autoreactivity. JCI Insight. 2019 Feb 7;4(3). [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30728334
  • Smith MJ, Ford BR, Rihanek M, Coleman BM, Getahun A, Sarapura VD, Gottlieb PA, Cambier JC. Elevated PTEN expression maintains anergy in human B cells and reveals unexpectedly high repertoire autoreactivity. JCI Insight. 2019 Feb 7;4(3). [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30728334
  • Smith MJ, Rihanek M, Coleman BM, Gottlieb PA, Sarapura VD, Cambier JC. Activation of thyroid antigen-reactive B cells in recent onset autoimmune thyroid disease patients. J Autoimmun. 2018 May;89:82-89. PubMed PMID: 29233566
  • Smith MJ, Rihanek M, Coleman BM, Gottlieb PA, Sarapura VD, Cambier JC. Activation of thyroid antigen-reactive B cells in recent onset autoimmune thyroid disease patients. J Autoimmun. 2017 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29233566

Practice Locations

Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism - Anschutz
1635 Aurora Ct
6th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-2650

Denver Health
777 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
303-436-6000

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Board Certification (1992)
  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification
Conditions & Treatments
  • Endocrine System (Hormones)
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include primarily thyroid, pituitary, and metabolic bone disorders, particularly abnormal thyroid function, thyroid nodules and cancer, disorders of prolactin secretion, pituitary tumors, disorders of calcium metabolism and osteoporosis.

Care Philosophy
I strive to understand the unique circumstances surrounding my patient's endocrine disorder and propose a solution that best adapts to my patient's needs.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Buenos Aires (1981)
Residency Programs:
  • Tulane University Program, Internal Medicine (1986)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (1990)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Medicine-Endocrinology/Metabolism/Diabetes
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