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Michael R. Rickels, MD, MS

Michael R. Rickels, MD, MS Physician

Medical Director, Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplant Program Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rickels is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Michael R. Rickels

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2019 Top Docs issue

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Clinical Specialties


  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, 2004

Clinical Expertise:

  • Diabetes
  • Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, National American Diabetes Association, National Collaborative Islet Transplant Registry, Rockville, MD, International International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association, International Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, New York, NY, International National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Bethesda, MD, National The Endocrine Society, National Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Exchange Clinic Network, Jaeb Center for Health Research, Tampa, FL, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Rickels is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Rickels conducts patient-oriented diabetes research that aims at understanding the pathogenesis of various forms of diabetes and the in vivo mechanisms of new diabetes treatments, and is in particular focused on islet function and replacement in type 1 diabetes and pancreatogenic forms of diabetes. Dr. Rickels' studies involve methodologies for quantifying insulin and incretin secretion, insulin sensitivity, and glucose counterregulatory responses to hypoglycemia, and include oral glucose and mixed-meal tolerance tests, the frequently-sampled intravenous glucose tolerance test, the glucose-potentiated arginine test, and hyperinsulinemic euglycemic and hypoglycemic clamps. Present work in type 1 diabetes is focused on understanding the mechanisms of defective glucose counterregulation and novel approaches to the prevention or correction of hypoglycemia, including by beta-cell replacement (islet transplantation) therapy or artificial pancreas (closed-loop) technology. Present work in cystic fibrosis-related diabetes is directed at understanding the pathophysiologic defects involved in the etiology of early defects in insulin secretion and the impact of different strategies for enhancing incretin effects on beta-cell function.

Selected Publications:

Rickels MR, Fuller C, Dalton-Bakes C, Markmann E, Palanjian M, Cullison K, Tiao J, Kapoor S, Liu C, Naji A, Teff KL: Restoration of glucose counterregulation by islet transplantation in long-standing type 1 diabetes Diabetes 64 (5): 1713-1718,2015.

Vetter ML, Wadden TA, Teff KL, Khan ZF, Carvajal R, Ritter S, Moore RH, Chittams JL, Iagnocco A, Murayama K, Korus G, Williams NN, Rickels MR: GLP-1 plays a limited role in improved glycemia shortly after roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a comparison with intensive lifestyle modification Diabetes 64 (2): 434-446,2015.

Rickels MR, Goeser ES, Fuller C, Lord C, Bowler AM, Doliba NM, Hegele RA, Cuchel M: Loss-of-function mutations in ABCA1 and enhanced beta-cell secretory capacity in young adults Diabetes 64 (1): 193-199,2015.

Gudipaty L, Rosenfeld N, Fuller C, Gallop R, Schutta MH, Rickels MR: Effect of exenatide, sitagliptin or glimepiride on beta-cell secretory capacity in early type 2 diabetes Diabetes Care 37 (9): 2451–2458,2014.

Rickels MR, Kong SM, Fuller C, Dalton-Bakes C, Ferguson JF, Reilly MP, Teff KL, Naji A: Insulin sensitivity index in type 1 diabetes and following human islet transplantation: comparison of the minimal model to euglycemic clamp measures American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism 306 (10): E1217-E1224,2014.

Rickels MR, Kong SM, Fuller C, Dalton-Bakes C, Ferguson JF, Reilly MP, Teff KL, Naji A: Improvement in insulin sensitivity after human islet transplantation for type 1 diabetes Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 98 (11): E1780-E1785,2013.

Teff KL, Rickels MR, Grudziak J, Fuller C, Nguyen H-L, Rickels K: Antipsychotic-induced insulin resistance and postprandial hormonal dysregulation independent of weight gain or psychiatric disease Diabetes 62 (9): 3232-3240,2013.

Rickels MR, Liu C, Shlansky-Goldberg R, Soleimanpour SA, Vivek K, Kamoun M, Min Z, Markmann E, Palangian M, Dalton-Bakes C, Fuller C, Chiou AJ, Barker CF, Prak ETL, Naji A: Improvement in beta-cell secretory capacity following human islet transplantation according to the CIT07 protocol Diabetes 62 (8): 2890-2897,2013.

Weinstock RS, Xing D, Maahs DM, Michels A, Rickels MR, Peters AL, Bergenstal RM, Harris B, DuBose SN, Miller KM, Beck RW; T1D Exchange Clinic Network: Severe hypoglycemia and diabetic ketoacidosis in adults with type 1 diabetes: results from the T1D Exchange clinic registry Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 98 (8): 3411-3419,2013.

Liu C, Koeberlein B, Feldman MD, Mueller R, Wang Z, Li Y, Lane K, Hoyt CC, Tomaszewski JE, Naji A, Rickels MR: Accumulation of intrahepatic islet amyloid in a non-human primate transplant model Endocrinology 153 (4): 1673-1683,2012.

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Academic Contact Info

12-134 Smilow Center for Translational Research
3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, Pa 19104
Phone: (215) 746-0025
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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