Phoenix, Arizona


Karlin.Nina@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Nina J. Karlin, M.D., conducts clinical research focused on the relationship between cancer and diabetes, as well as on geriatric oncology. She is involved in clinical trials related to several types of cancer.

Focus areas

Dr. Karlin is studying the interaction of cancer and diabetes. Along with collaborators in the Division of Endocrinology and the Division of Biostatistics, she has retrospectively examined the prevalence of diabetes mellitus, level of glycemic control and the impact of diabetes mellitus on overall survival in cancer patients.

Dr. Karlin is now pursuing a project titled "Cancer patients with diabetes: defining the population and assessing outcomes." This research was made possible through a benefactor-funded career development award.

In addition, Dr. Karlin has an interest in geriatric oncology and conducts clinical trials in breast cancer, ovarian cancer and thyroid cancer.

Significance to patient care

This research will ultimately assist with the development of algorithms to improve the care and outcomes of patients with cancer and co-existing diabetes.

Professional highlights

  • Chair, working group for the development of a Maintenance of Certification module for geriatric oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Recipient, Kathryn H. and Roger Penske Career Development Award to Support Medical Research at Mayo Clinic Arizona, 2012


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Medicine


  1. Fellow - Hematology-Oncology UCLA Olive View/Cedars Sinai
  2. Fellow - Geriatrics University of California, Los Angeles
  3. Resident - Internal Medicine William Beaumont Army Medical Center, United States Army
  4. Internship - Categorical Medicine William Beaumont Army Medical Center, United States Army
  5. MD Dartmouth Medical School
  6. BA - Biology & Classics Brown University

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