Tina Thethi
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Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Phone: (504)-988-5044

Research Interests

Dr. Thethi's research interests center around obesity, insulin resistance and type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. One aspect of type 1 diabetes that she has investigated is the loss of glycemic control over time after change of infusion pump line in those patients treated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusions.

She is currently the principal investigator of the LEADER study, a multicenter study examining the effects of liraglutide versus placebo on cardiovascular events. Other areas of interest include studying gender and racial differences in the role of the endocannabinoid system in obesity, endothelial dysfunction, and cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Some of Dr. Thethi's current research projects involve complications of diabetes such as nephropathy.

Selected Publications

Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH, Mohan Rajapurkar, Patrick Walker, Roberta McDuffie, David Goff, Jeffery Probstfield, C. Lillian Yau, Sudhir Shah, Uwe Christians, John Buse, Vivian Fonseca. Urinary Catalytic Iron and Oxidative Stress in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes without Microalbuminuria – a Sub-study in the ACCORD Trial. Clin Chem. 2011 Feb; 57(2):341-4 Epub 2010 Dec 15. PMID: 21159897.

Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH, Kaushik Parsha, MBBS, Mohan Rajapurkar, MD, Banibrata Mukhopadhyay, Sudhir Shah, MD,FACP Lillian Yau, PhD, Shanker Japa PhD, Vivian Fonseca, MD. Urinary Catalytic Iron in Obesity. Clin Chem. 2011 Feb; 57(2):272-8. Epub 2010 Dec 28. PMID: 21189275.

Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH, C. Lillian Yau, PhD, Lizheng Shi PhD, Sharice Leger, MPH, Prathima Nagireddy, MBBS, MPH, Jay Waddadar, MD, Prasanth Surampudi, MD, Jennifer John-Kalarickal, MD, Lydia Yenoby, MPH, Vivian Fonseca, MD. Time to Recovery in Diabetes and Co-morbidities Following Hurricane Katrina. The Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2010 Sept; 2:S33-38.

Tanika N. Kelly, PhD, Lydia A. Bazzano, MD, PhD, Vivian A. Fonseca, MD, Tina K. Thethi, MD, Kristi Reynolds, PhD, Jiang He, MD, PhD. Systematic review: glucose control and cardiovascular disease in type 2 diabetes. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Sep 15; 151(6):394-403. Epub 2009 Jul 20. PMID 19620144.

Tina K. Thethi, MD Ajay Rao, MD, Haytham Kawji, MD,Tilak Mallik, C Lillian Yau, PhD, Uwe Christians, MD, PhD, and Vivian Fonseca, MD. Consequences of delayed pump infusion line change in patients with Type 1 DM treated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion. J of Diabetes Complications, 2010 Mar-Apr; 24(2):73-8. Epub 2009 Apr 23. PMID 19395280.

Fonseca V, Smith H, Kuhadiya N, Leger S, Yau CL, Reynolds, K, Shi L, Thethi Tina, John-Kalarickal J. Impact of a Natural Disaster on Diabetes and its Co-Morbidities: Exacerbation of disparities and Long term Consequences. Diabetes Care. 2009 Sep; 32(9):1632-8 PMID 19542210.

Tina K. Thethi, MD, Christina Bratcher, MD, Vivian Fonseca, MD, Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Failure, Heart Failure Clin. 2006 Jan; 2(1):1-11. PMID 17386872.

Tina K. Thethi, MD, Sunil Asnani, MD, Christina Bratcher, MD, Vivian Fonseca, MD Insulin Resistance in the Elderly. Geriatric Diabetes, Chapter 3: 51-62.

Tina K. Thethi, MD, Christina Bratcher, MD and Vivian Fonseca, MD. November 2007, The Insulin Resistance Syndrome and Its Vascular Complications in, by Barry J. Goldstein and Dirk Mueller-Wieland, Type 2 Diabetes Principles and Practice, Taylor & Francis, Inc. pg 375.

Tina K. Thethi, MD and Vivian Fonseca, MD. 2009, Insulin Sensitizers and Cardiovascular Disease in Cardiovascular Endocrinology. Humana Press, 81-95.

Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH. Comparing insulin vials to pens – comparison of charges, not health care benefits. Editorial, Journal of Medical Economics, Informa UK, Ltd. Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] DOI:10.3111/13696998.2013.832259 PMID:23926888

Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH, Vivian Fonseca, MD. Macrovascular Complications and coronary artery disease, primary and secondary Prevention in Patients with Diabetes. Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus and Related Disorders.  American Diabetes Association. Editor – Dr. Guillermo Umpierrez (in print)

Poster Presentation

Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH, Prasanth Surampudi, MD, Jay Waddadar, MD, Shamsa Ali, MD, Shanker Japa, PhD, Lillian Yau, PhD, Connie Tompkins, PhD, Lydia Yenoby, MPH, Roberta McDuffie, ACNS, BC; MSN; CDE; BSBA, Jennifer John Kalarickal, MD, Amna Khan, MD, Fred Terano, MD, Min Li, MD, PhD, Vecihi Batuman, MD, Vivian Fonseca, MD. Urinary Free Light Chain Excretion in Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus. Poster presentation at the Seventh Annual Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research Symposium (P-56), Washington DC, November 8, 2010

Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH, Hiroyuki Kobori, MD, PhD, C. Lillian Yau, PhD, Roberta McDuffie, MSN, ACNS-BC, BSBA, CDE, Shamsa Ali, MD, Victoria Aucoin, Amna Khan, MD, Vivian Fonseca, MD. Gender Differences in Urinary Angiotensinogen in Obese Individuals without Diabetes Mellitus. Poster presentation, High Blood Pressure Research Conference 2010 Scientific Sessions (P218), Washington DC, October 13, 2010 and Global Obesity Summit 2010, Jackson, MS, November 10 – 11, 2010

Tina K. Thethi, MD, MPH, Aster Sigel, Japa Shanker, PhD, Roberta McDuffie, MSN, ACNS-BC, BSBA, CDE, Shamsa Ali, MD, Ajaz Banka, MD, Nick Avitabile, MD, Amna Khan, MD, C. Lillian Yau, PhD, Vivian Fonseca, MD. Polymorphisms of the endocannabinoid system in obese African American women. February 19, Southern Society of Clinical Investigators Meeting, New Orleans, February 17- 19, 2011.

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