Dr. Ariel Barkan named president of Pituitary Society

9/17/09 Dr. Ariel Barkan, Co-Director, Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Center Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery); Director, MEND Fellowship Program.

The Pituitary Society elected the University of Michigan Health System’s Ariel Barkan, M.D., to be the group’s newest president earlier this week.

The Pituitary Society brings together basic scientists as well as clinical endocrinologists, neurosurgeons and neuropathologists whose major interest is in pituitary diseases. A large international organization, the group’s most recent meeting welcomed delegates from 37 countries.

Dr. Barkan is a professor of medicine and neurosurgery at the U-M Health System. He also serves as co-director of the University’s Pituitary and Neuroendocrinology Center. Barkan says his selection as the Pituitary Society’s president is international recognition for the worthwhile work being done at U-M.

“It is a great honor to me personally, but even more so it is a truly worldwide recognition of the excellence of the University, its Medical School and especially the Departments of Medicine and Neurosurgery,” he says.

Barkan received his medical degree from Minsk State Medical Institute in 1972 and completed an endocrinology fellowship at U-M in 1983. His research and clinical interests include physiology and pathophysiology of Growth Hormone (GH) pulsatile secretion, as well as novel strategies for diagnosis and treatment of pituitary diseases, including acromegaly, Cushing’s Disease, prolactinoma, non-functioning tumors and hypopituitarism.