January 06, 2012

John Morley to Direct Endocrinology

Endocrinologist and geriatrician John Morley, M.D., has been named director of the division of endocrinology, effective Jan. 3. Morley has directed the division of geriatrics since he joined Saint Louis University in 1989 and has served as acting director of endocrinology since 2006.

John Morley, M.D.

In announcing the appointment, Adrian Di Bisceglie, M.D., chair of the department of internal medicine, said the divisions of endocrinology and geriatrics will remain separate but may jointly develop educational and research initiatives.

Under Morley's leadership, the division of endocrinology will focus on becoming a center for diabetes care with an emphasis on the use of insulin pumps, Di Bisceglie added. The division also will develop centers for obesity and managing thyroid cancer. SLUCare endocrinologists see outpatients at the Saint Louis University Doctors Office Building, University Club Tower and Des Peres Hospital.

An expert in treating and studying endocrine disorders as well as in geriatrics, Morley is internationally recognized for his work on male hypogonadism or low testosterone. He is a leading researcher in the field of appetite regulation, hormones and muscle strength and diabetes in older people.

Morley has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology. His scientific papers have been cited more than 40,000 times and he has 99 papers cited at least 100 times. He serves on the executive board of the Aging Male Society and is vice president of the Society for Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Wasting Disorders.

Before joining Saint Louis University, Morley was on faculty at the University of Minnesota as an endocrinologist. He did his endocrinology training at University of California, Los Angeles, and received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and geriatrics.

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