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Mercedes Falciglia, MD

Professor of Clinical

Internal Medicine | College of Medicine

  • Bachelor's Degree: Columbia University
  • Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Residency : University of Cincinnati/University Hospital
  • Chief Medical Resident : University of Cincinnati/University Hospital
  • Fellowship : University of Cincinnati/University Hospital
Board Certifications & Licenses

American Board of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology-Diabetes and Metabolism) (Certification Date: 20031105) - (Recertification Date: 20190217)


Endocrinology-Diabetes and Metabolism
Internal Medicine

Contact Information
Research Interests

Clinical Outcomes and Pathophysiology of Inpatient Hyperglycemia.

Clinical Interests



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. 

Peer Reviewed Publications

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

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, ,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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