Department and Faculty

Kurt A. Kennel, M.D.; Neena Natt, M.D.; and Michael D. Jensen, M.D.

Kurt A. Kennel, M.D., fellowship director; Neena Natt, M.D., vice chair for education and immediate past fellowship director; and Michael D. Jensen, M.D., principal investigator of the endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism NIH T32 training grant

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition at Mayo Clinic is the largest unified practice of its kind in the United States. In any given year, members of the division complete more than 14,000 patient visits.

The division is organized around interest groups oriented toward disease processes, specific glands or patient groups. Clinical expertise is integrated with the newest forms of established and experimental diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Patient care is provided by teams of physicians and other health care staff with broad expertise in all forms of endocrine and metabolic disorders.

Because of our recognition that high-quality care depends upon scientific discovery, major research programs at the basic, translational and applied levels exist to generate new knowledge that improves how we care for our patients. Mayo Clinic has a National Institutes of Health-funded T32 training grant in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

Areas of clinical and research expertise offered in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition include:

  • Clinical nutrition. Emphasizes obesity management, including bariatric procedures, and enteral and parenteral nutrition in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Inpatient endocrinology. Covers metabolic and endocrine management of inpatients, including the perioperative setting.
  • Thyroid. Deals with thyroid dysfunction and related complications (such as Graves' ophthalmopathy), diagnostic thyroid ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration of thyroid nodules, and management of low-risk thyroid cancer.
  • Adrenal disease. Includes adrenal tumors and congenital or acquired disorders of hyper- or hypofunction, including primary hyperaldosteronism, pheochromocytoma and Cushing syndrome.
  • Pituitary gonadal disease. Involves medical management of prolactinoma, acromegaly, Cushing disease, hypopituitarism, hypogonadism and diabetes insipidus.
  • Endocrine neoplasia. References advanced thyroid cancer, adrenal cancers, neuroendocrine tumors, multiple endocrine neoplasia, and other syndromes in coordination with oncology and related specialties.
  • Bone and calcium. Includes osteoporosis, osteomalacia including bone histomorphometry, cancer-induced bone disease, primary hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism and rare bone diseases.
  • Metabolic disorders. Covers diabetes mellitus, including technology and algorithms for insulin pumps, glucose sensor loops, lipid metabolism as it relates to cardiac disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, dyslipidemia, lipodystrophy and hypoglycemic disorders.
  • Transplant. Involves whole-pancreas transplantation and post-transplant endocrinology.
  • Transgender medicine. Includes an endocrinology-led multidisciplinary clinic.


In addition to caring for patients in clinical practice, Mayo Clinic's faculty is committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty members have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields. You work closely with these individuals throughout your training in the Endocrinology Fellowship.

Advisers and mentors

Faculty advisers are available to provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. You meet with your adviser periodically throughout the program to review your progress and career goals, and ensure that your educational needs are being met. Also, your adviser may serve as a contact point for introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures, participate in hospital rounds and have informal discussions with trainees. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these educational opportunities.

Visiting endocrinology professors include Richard Eastell, M.D., 1989 graduate of the Endocrinology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic

Richard Eastell, M.D. (front row, second from left), a 1989 Mayo Clinic Endocrinology Fellowship graduate and the 2017 Kroc Visiting Professor, hosted by the endocrinology fellows

Nov. 03, 2017