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Elias S. Siraj, MD, Dr. Med, FACP, FACE

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Nationally known physician-investigator Dr. Elias Siraj is Chief of EVMS Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders and brings an international perspective and a special interest in improving outcomes for patients who have both cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

In addition to overseeing EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center, Dr. Siraj leads research programs at the EVMS Sentara Cardiovascular Diabetes Center, which helps coordinate long-term care of patients with diabetes and heart problems.

Dr. Siraj understands the critical impact that medical care can have on a community. For two decades, he has traveled regularly to his native Ethiopia, where he helped establish that nation’s first endocrinology fellowship training program. He has served in various leadership roles with People to People, a US-based non-governmental organization established by Ethiopian Physicians to Support Ethiopian Healthcare and Medical Education. In 2014, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology recognized his work when it presented Dr. Siraj with its prestigious Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population.

Dr. Siraj is a leading member of several national and international professional organizations. He is also a former President of the Philadelphia Endocrine Society and a former member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Endocrinology Subspecialty Board. He is on the editorial board or a reviewer for more than a dozen professional journals. He is well published in a variety of medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, and he has contributed chapters to medical text books.

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Secondary Specialty

Clinical Interests and Skills

Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes
Thyroid disorders including thyroid ultrasound and biopsy

General endocrinology


Professor & Chief of Endocrine and Metabolic Disor; Director of Strelitz Diabetes Center

Research Interests

Cardiovascular disease in the diabetic population
Post-transplant diabetes
Complications of diabetes
Treatment and outcomes in diabetes
Global impact of diabetes
Autoantibodies in Type 1 diabetes

Medical Education

Gondar College of Medical Studies, Addis Ababa University
University of Leipzig, Germany


Cleveland Clinic Foundation-Internal Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio


Cleveland Clinic Foundation-Endocrinology
Cleveland, Ohio

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine: Internal Medicine and Endocrinology

Additional Certifications