Silvana Pannain, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Silvana Pannain, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Silvana Pannain, MD, is a skilled endocrinologist. She provides advanced endocrinology care for patients who have weight problems or endocrine disorders, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Pituitary disease
  • Adrenal disease
  • Metabolic syndrome (also known as the dysmetabolic syndrome, metabolic syndrome X or insulin resistance syndrome)

She uses highly specialized biochemical testing methods and the newest drug treatments available. Dr. Pannain also serves as director of Chicago Weight, a weight loss program and support group at the University of Chicago Medicine. She works closely with teams of specialists — including behavior therapists, dietitians, exercise therapists, bariatric surgeons, cardiologists, lipidologists, hypertension specialists and sleep specialists — to develop comprehensive weight management plans for adult patients. These multidisciplinary teams combine counseling and medical treatment options to help patients lose weight. The Chicago Weight program also teaches patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle by permanently changing diet, exercise and behaviors.

Dr. Pannain's clinical and research interests include obesity, metabolic syndrome and related health conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea and diabetes. She investigates the metabolic and endocrine aspects of chronic partial sleep loss, which is generally considered a risk factor for obesity and insulin resistance. Additionally, she is studying the effects of gastric bypass surgery on metabolism, sleep and hunger.

Specialties

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Diabetes and Metabolism

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • North American Association for the Study of Obesity
  • Endocrine Society

Practicing Since

  • 2004

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Naples Medical School

Internship

  • Montefiore Medical Center

Residency

  • Montefiore Medical Center; Naples Community Hospital

Fellowship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

News & Research

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  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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Weight Management Q&A

What are the main reasons people struggle to lose and maintain weight? We spoke with weight management experts Silvana Pannain, MD, obesity specialist and endocrinologist, and Andrea Busby, PhD, health psychologist answering viewer questions.

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