Plamen Penev, MD, PhD - Kovler Diabetes Center

Plamen Penev, MD, PhD

Plamen Penev, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the relationship between sleep and physical activity, energy metabolism, hormonal changes, glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.

Dr. Penev has published in numerous books and medical journals. He serves on the editorial board for the journal Sleep and as a reviewer for 14 medical journals. Dr. Penev also has been a panelist for sessions of the National Institutes of Health, the International Life Sciences Institute, the Endocrine Society and the Association of the Professional Sleep Societies.

Clinical Interests

  • Diabetes prevention
  • Thyroid Ultrasound & Biopsy

Medical School

Medical Academy, Bulgaria


St Louis University Medical Center


St Louis University Medical Center


University of Chicago


The Endocrine Society

American Federation for Medical Research

Central Society for Clinical Research

Sleep Research Society

Awards and Honors

Doctoral Fellowship award, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Postdoctoral Fellowship award, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Endocrine Society and Pharmacia Postgraduate Course travel award, Gothenburg, Sweden

Postdoctoral Research Grant, American Federation for Aging Research

American College of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic Endocrine University travel award, Rochester, MN

Pfizer Scholar in Endocrinology Award

Junior Physician Investigator Award, American Federation for Medical Research

Clinical Science Excellence Award, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Summer Research Program (Medical Student: Mei Zhou)

Member, Central Society for Clinical Research (by nomination)