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Professor Emeritus of Medicine Director, Endocrinology Laboratory

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

Samuel Refetoff, MD, specializes in adult and pediatric endocrinology, with expertise in congenital and inherited thyroid diseases.

His laboratory work focuses on identifying genetic errors that cause defects in thyroid hormone regulation, synthesis, transport and action. Dr. Refetoff has described several genetic diseases of the thyroid, including resistance to thyroid hormone (Refetoff’s syndrome). He has one of the largest referral centers for genetic thyroid disease in the world.

His research work is supported by a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, which has resulted in more than 480 publications. He serves on the editorial board of five endocrinology journals.

Medical Education

  • McGill University Faculty of Medicine


  • Notre-Dame Hospital


  • Good Samaritan Hospital; Lahey Hospital and Medical Center


  • Peter Bent Brigham Hospital

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Pediatric Endocrine Society
  • European Thyroid Association
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine
  • Association of American Physicians
  • American Thyroid Association
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Endocrine Society
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan 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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At a Glance

Practicing Since1963

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Bulgarian
  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish