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Vivian L. Chin, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

Dr. Vivian Chin is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and general pediatrics. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Chin practices and has privileges at SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital Center. She is also involved in the Downstart Healthy Lifestyle program for overweight and obese children.

Research Interests

Her areas of interest include diabetes, obesity, bariatric surgery, PCOS and disorders of sexual development. Her previous fellowship projects involved studying women with PCOS to investigate the association between androgen excess and inflammatory markers in subcutaneous fat and serum, adolescents undergoing laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) as treatment options for morbid obesity, and clinical and phenotypic features of girls with PCOS in the bariatric surgery program. Similarly, she also studied clinical features of boys in the bariatric surgery program with low testosterone levels, a common finding among the morbidly obese adolescent population. She had presented this work at the Endocrine Society as well as the Pediatric Endocrine Society national meetings annually.

She has also published a study on the diagnostic use of leuprolide stimulation test for central precocious puberty in young girls. She was involved in writing up a unique case of complete androgen insensitivity syndrome with a novel mutation in the androgen receptor gene.

Currently, she is involved in several clinical research projects studying the screening for comorbid conditions in type 1 diabetes, treatment of children with Hashimoto's thyroiditis with vitamin D deficiency, endothelial dysfunction in obese and diabetic children, factors in metabolically unhealthy children, and performance of A1c against OGTT for diagnosis of prediabetes in overweight children.

Education / Training
  • BA in Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • MD, New York University School of Medicine, NY
  • Internship/Residency in Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology, New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, NY
  • Columbia Summer Research Institute (2012)
  • Kochummen E, Tong S, Umpaichitra V, Chin VL. A Unique Case of Bilateral Hurthle Cell Adenoma in an Adolescent. Hormone Research in Pediatrics. E pub July 29, 2016. PMID: 27467101
  • Censani, M, Chin VL, Fennoy I. Exenetide Effects on Cardiometabolic Risk and Weight in Adolescents with Morbid Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Two Case Reports. Journal of Obesity and Weight-Loss Medication. 2015, 1:1, PMID: 27182560
  • Chin VL, Cai Z, Lam L, Shah B, Zhou P. Evaluation of Puberty by Verifying Spontaneous and Stimulated Gonadotrophin Values. J Pediatr Endocr Met. 2015 March; 28(3-4):387-92. PMID: 25514323
  • Chin VL, Censani M, Lerner S, Conroy R, Oberfield S, McMahon D, Zitsman J, Fennoy I. Gonadal Dysfunction in Morbidly Obese Adolescent Girls, Fertil Steril. 2014 April; 101(4):1142-8, PMID: 24581575
  • Chin V, Sheffer-Babila S, Lee TA, Tanaka K, Zhou P. A Case of Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome with a Novel Androgen Receptor Mutation, J Pediatr Endocr Met. 2012; 25(11-12):1145-1151, PMID: 23329762
  • Lamkin TJ, Chin V, Varvayanis S, Smith JL, Sramkoski RM, Jacobberger JW, Yen A. Retinoic Acid-Induced CD38 expression in HL-60 Myeloblastic Leukemia Cells Regulates Cell Differentiation or Viability depending on Expression Levels. J Cell Biochem. 2006 Apr 15;97(6):1328-38, PMID: 16329108
  • Lamkin TJ, Chin V, Yen A. All-trans retinoic acid induces p62DOK1 and p56DOK2 expression which enhances induced differentiation and G0 arrest of HL-60 leukemia cells. Am J Hematol. 2006 Aug;81(8):603-15, PMID: 16823827

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