Robert Sargis, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sargis is studying the effects of synthetic chemicals released into the environment on the development of obesity and diabetes. While research into effects of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals on reproduction and the thyroid is more widespread, less is known about their effects on metabolism. Dr. Sargis’s research studies the molecular mechanisms by which environmental pollution affects insulin production action and fat cell biology, with the goal of understanding how such chemicals may be contributing to obesity and diabetes epidemics.

Dr. Sargis has published numerous articles in publications such as Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism Journal, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology and Molecular Endocrinology.

Clinical interests:

Endocrine problems resulting from anti-cancer therapies; lipid disorders; diabetes


  • MD, Rush University
  • Internship & Residency: University of Chicago
  • Fellowship, University of Chicago

Honors and awards:

  • 2013 Early Career Development Award, Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research, Milwaukee
  • 2013 Brinson Foundation Junior Investigator Award, Brinson Foundation, Chicago
  • 2012 Central Society for Clinical Research K Award Grant, Combined Annual Meeting, Chicago
  • 2009 Travel Award, Endo 2009, The Endocrine Society.
  • 2006 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • 2005 Dean’s Award for Student Leadership and Service, Rush University