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Erin Kershaw, MD

  • Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Endowed Chair of Obesity and Diabetes Research
  • Associate Professor, Medicine

    Education & Training

  • Medical School – Weill Cornell Medical College – MD
  • Internship – New York Presbyterian Hospital – Internal Medicine
  • Residency – New York Presbyterian Hospital – Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Joslin Diabetes Center - Endocrinology
Research Grants

NIH Grants:  R01, R03, K08

Research Summary

Dr. Kershaw has broad experience in the field of endocrinology and metabolism including over 25 years of experience specifically devoted to clinical and scientific efforts to understand obesity, diabetes, and their complications. Clinically, her academic expertise focuses on cardiometabolic diseases with an emphasis on lipid and adipose tissue disorders (disorders of fat). She is board certified  in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (American Board of Internal Medicine), Obesity Medicine (American Board of Obesity Medicine), and Clinical Lipidology (American Board of Clinical Lipidology).

Representative Publications
  1. Kershaw EE, Hamm JK, Verhagen LAW, Peroni O, Katic M, Flier JS. Adipose triglyceride lipase: function, regulation by insulin, and comparison with adiponutrin. Diabetes. 2006Jan; 55(1):148-57. PMID: 16380488. [PMCID: PMC2819178].
  2. Haemmerle G, Moustafa T, Woelkart G, Kotzbeck P, Büttner S, Schmidt A, van de Weijer T, Hesselink M, Kienesberger P, Zierler K, Schreiber R, Eichmann T, Kolb D, Schweiger M, Kumari M, Eder S, Schoiswohl G, Wonsiriroj N, Jäger D, Pollak N, Preiss-Landl K, Kolbe T, Rülicke T, Pieske B, Trauner M, Lass A, Zimmermann R, Hoefler G, Cinti S, Kershaw EE, Schrauwen P, Madeo F, Mayer B, and Zechner R. ATGL-mediated fat catabolism regulates cardiac mitochondrial function via PPARα and PGC-1α. Nat Med. 2011 Aug 21; 17(9):1076-85. doi: 10.1038/nm.2439. PMID: 21857651. [PMCID: PMC3244833].
  3. Sitnick MT*, Basantani MK*, Cai L*, Schoiswohl G, Yazbeck CF, Distefano G, Ritov V, Delany JP, Schreiber R, Stolz DB, Gardner NP, Kienesberger PC, Pulinilkunnil T, Zechner R, Goodpaster BH, Coen P, and Kershaw EE. Skeletal muscle triacylglycerol hydrolysis does not influence metabolic complications of obesity. Diabetes. 2013 Oct; 62(10):3350-61. doi: 10.2337/db13-0500. Epub 2013 Jul 8. PMID: 23825334. [PMCID: PMC3781480]. *Authors contributed equally to this work. Note: Cover
  4. Dube JJ, Sitnick MT, Schoiswohl G, Wills R, Basantani BK, Cai L, and Kershaw EE. Adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) deletion from adipocytes, but not skeletal myocytes, impairs acute exercise performance in mice. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2015 May 15; 308(10): E879-90. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00530.2014. Epub 2015 Mar 17. PMID: 25783895. [PMCID: PMC4436997].
  5. Schoiswohl G, Stefanovic-Racic M, Menke MN, Wills RC, Surlow BA, Basantani MK, Sitnick MT, Cai L, Yazbeck CF, Stolz DB, Pulinilkunnil T, O’Doherty RM, Kershaw EE. Impact of reduced adipocyte lipolysis on obesity-associated inflammation and insulin resistance in male mice. Endocrinology. 2015 Oct; 156(10):3610-24. doi: 10.1210/en.2015-1322. Epub 2015 Jul 21. PMID: 26196542. [PMCID: PMC4588821].
  6. Minster RL, Hawley NL, Su CT, Sun G, Kershaw EE, Chen H, Buhule OD, Lin J, Reupena MS, Viali S, Naseri T, Urban Z, Deka R, Weeks DE, McGarvey ST. A thrifty variant in CREBRF strongly influences body mass index in Samoans. Nat Genet. 2016 Sep; 48(9):1049-54. doi: 10.1038/ng.3620. Epub 2016 Jul 25. PMID: 27455349. [PMCID: PMC5069069].