Mercedes Falciglia

Mercedes Falciglia , MD

Professor of Clinical

Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
MSB 7163
Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0547
Phone 513-558-4444
Fax 513-558-8581

Professional Summary

Dr. Mercedes Falciglia is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, UC College of Medicine. She is also Associate Chief Medical Officer for patient safety at UC Health, and medical director of Diabetes Now and Sweet Transitions programs at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Falciglia's ability to engage collaboration across specialties and service lines has resulted in the successful design and implementation of interdisciplinary system-based diabetes care programs in inpatient and ambulatory settings. Her depth of knowledge in diabetes and glycemic disorders is a product of both clinical expertise in endocrinology as well as experience from NIH-funded research on hyperglycemia and risk-adjusted mortality during acute illness. Nationally, her efforts include participating in writing the Veterans Health Administration/Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diabetes, and serving as national endocrinologist for the NIH-sponsored SHINE trial that examined the efficacy and safety of glycemic control in patients admitted with ischemic stroke.  Dr. Falciglia is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology/Metabolism, and sees patients at UC Health and the Cincinnati VAMC. 


Bachelor's Degree: Columbia University 1993 (Sociology)

Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 1997

Residency : University of Cincinnati/University Hospital 2000 (Internal Medicine )

Chief Medical Resident : University of Cincinnati/University Hospital 2001

Fellowship : University of Cincinnati/University Hospital 2003 (Endocrinology & Metabolism )


American Board of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology-Diabetes and Metabolism) (Certification Date: 11-05-2003 ) - (Recertification Date: to 02-17-2019 )

Clinical Interests



Endocrinology-Diabetes and Metabolism

Internal Medicine

Research and Practice Interests

Clinical Outcomes and Pathophysiology of Inpatient Hyperglycemia.

Positions and Work Experience

2003 -2017 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

2003 -To Present Staff Physician, Medical Service Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

2003 -To Present Staff Physician, Unviersity Hospital,

2005 -To Present Medical Director, Development and administration of a multidisciplinary program that provides education, protocols and data analysis to University Hospital staff members for the management of inpatient hyperglycemia., University Hospital Diabetes NOW, Inpatient Diabetes Program,

2017 -To Present Professor of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism , University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Research Support

Investigators:D Aron, M Falciglia 09-2009 -08-2012 Veterans Affairs Interprofessional Training to Improve Diabetes Care: The ReSPECT Trial

Investigators:S Kirsh, M Falciglia Veterans Affairs Identifying Best Practices to Reduce Hypoglycemia in ICUs

Grant: #K23 DK074440 Investigators:Falciglia, Mercedes 09-25-2006 -08-31-2012 National Inst of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease Hyperglycemia in Critically Ill Patients: Causes and Consequences Role:PI $663,595.00 Completed Type:Grant

Grant: #UVa GC12107-146758 / NS069498-04 Investigators:Falciglia, Mercedes 08-01-2014 -07-31-2018 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke The Stroke Hyperglycemia Insulin Network Effect (SHINE) Trial Role:PI $2,003.69 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #GB10253 1529123 / U01NS069498 Investigators:Falciglia, Mercedes 08-01-2016 -07-31-2017 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke The Stroke Hyperglycemia Insulin Network Effect (SHINE) Trial Role:PI $2,000.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #GB10253.155951 / 5U01NS069498-07 Investigators:Falciglia, Mercedes 08-01-2017 -07-31-2018 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke The Stroke Hyperglycemia Insulin Network Effect (SHINE) Trial Role:PI $2,000.00 Active Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Corathers SD1, Falciglia M (2011. ) The role of hyperglycemia in acute illness: supporting evidence and its limitations.Nutrition , , 27 (3 ) ,276-81 More Information

Corbin AE, Carmical D, Goetz JA, Gadomski VO, Knochelmann C, Whitmer K, Falciglia M (2010. ) One institution's experience in implementing protocols for glycemic management.Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing , , 29 (4 ) ,167-72 More Information

Falciglia M, Freyberg RW, Almenoff PL, D'Alessio DA, Render ML (2009. ) Hyperglycemia-related mortality in critically ill patients varies with admission diagnosis.Critical Care Medicine, , 37 (12 ) ,3001-9 More Information

Sharma S, Canos M, Falciglia M (2009. ) Optimizing perioperative glycemic control.International Anesthesiology Clinics, , 47 (4 ) ,107-20 More Information

Nikiforov YE, Steward DL, Robinson-Smith TM, Haugen BR, Klopper JP, Zhu Z, Fagin JA, Falciglia M, Weber K, Nikiforova MN (2009. ) Molecular testing for mutations in improving the fine-needle aspiration diagnosis of thyroid nodules.The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, , 94 (6 ) ,2092-8 More Information

Matrka L, Steward D, Falciglia M, Nikiforov Y (2008. ) Pharmacodynamic effect of iopanoic acid on free T(3) and T(4) levels in amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis .Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal, , 87 (12 ) ,702-4

Saleem JJ, Patterson ES, Militello L, Anders S, Falciglia M, Wissman JA, Roth EM, Asch SM (2007. ) Impact of clinical reminder redesign on learnability, efficiency, usability, and workload for ambulatory clinic nurses .Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, , 14 (5 ) ,632-40

Falciglia M (2007. ) Causes and consequences of hyperglycemia in critical illness.Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, , 10 (4 ) ,498-503 More Information

Falciglia M (2007. ) Intensive insulin therapy for the critically ill hospitalized patient-do the benefits outweigh the risks?.Nature clinical practice. Endocrinology & Metabolism, , 3 (5 ) ,386-7 More Information

Sdano MT, Falciglia M, Welge JA, Steward DL (2005. ) Efficacy of thyroid hormone suppression for benign thyroid nodules: meta-analysis of randomized trials.Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, , 133 (3 ) ,391-6 More Information

Saad A, Falciglia M, Steward DL, Nikiforov YE (2004. ) Amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis and thyroid cancer: clinical, immunohistochemical, and molecular genetic studies of a case and review of the literature.Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, , 128 (7 ) ,807-10 More Information

Salamone FN, Falciglia M, Steward DL (2004. ) Eagle's syndrome reconsidered as a cervical manifestation of heterotopic ossification: woman presenting with a neck mass.Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery , , 130 (4 ) ,501-3 More Information

Walner DL, Falciglia M, Willging JP, Myer CM 3rd (1998. ) The role of second-look nasal endoscopy after pediatric functional endoscopic sinus surgery .Archives of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery, , 124 (4 ) ,425-8

Draznin B, Gilden J, Golden SH, Inzucchi SE; PRIDE investigators, Baldwin D, Bode BW, Boord JB, Braithwaite SS, Cagliero E, Dungan KM, Falciglia M, Figaro MK, Hirsch IB, Klonoff D, Korytkowski MT, Kosiborod M, Lien LF, Magee MF, Masharani U, Maynard G, McDonnell ME, Moghissi ES, Rasouli N, Rubin DJ, Rushakoff RJ, Sadhu AR, Schwartz S, Seley JJ, Umpierrez GE, Vigersky RA, Low CC, Wexler DJ (2013. ) Pathways to quality inpatient management of hyperglycemia and diabetes: a call to action.Diabetes Care, , 7 (36 ) ,1807-14 More Information

Tang, Alice L; Falciglia, Mercedes; Yang, Huaitao; Mark, Jonathan R; Steward, David L (2017. ) Validation of American Thyroid Association Ultrasound Risk Assessment of Thyroid Nodules Selected for Ultrasound Fine-Needle Aspiration.Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association, , More Information

Manning, Amy M; Yang, Huaitao; Falciglia, Mercedes; Mark, Jonathan R; Steward, David L (2017. ) Thyroid Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology Results: Observed Increase in Indeterminate Rate over the Past Decade.Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, , 156 (4 ) ,611-615 More Information

Hensler, Matthew S; Falciglia, Mercedes; Yaqub, Abid; Yang, Huaitao; Steward, David L (2016. ) Elective central node dissection: Comparison of open to minimally invasive video-assisted approach.The Laryngoscope, , 126 (7 ) ,1715-8 More Information

Brumm, Susan; Theisen, Kathleen; Falciglia, Mercedes (2016. ) Diabetes Transition Care From an Inpatient to Outpatient Setting in a Veteran Population: Quality Improvement Pilot Study.The Diabetes educator, , 42 (3 ) ,346-53 More Information

Honors and Awards

2009 -2021 Cincinnati Magazine "Top Doctors"

2009 -2019 Cincy Magazine "Best Doctors"

2009 -2020 "Best Doctors in America"

2008 University Hospital, Doctor's Day Award

2004 Ursich Research Award VAMC/University of Cincinnati GCRC

2003 Pfizer Scholars in Endocrinology Award

2003 Endocrine Society travel grant recipient

2000 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society

2012 Doctors Day Award, Collaborator


hyperglycemia, critical illness, stress

Contact Information

Academic - Medical Sciences Building
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267-0547
Phone: 513-558-4444
Fax: 513-558-8581