Lewis Blevins Jr. MD


Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Neurological Surgery

Medical Director, California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF


Dr. Blevins' main clinical interests are in the evaluation and management of patients with various disorders of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. He has particular expertise with regards to Cushing's syndrome and has edited a book on the subject. He also has extensive experience in treating patients with acromegaly, prolactinoma's, other pituitary tumors, diabetes insipidus, and hypopituitarism. He has extensive experience in the management of patients with growth hormone deficiency. Dr. Blevins is medical director of the California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF.

His current research interests involve diagnostic testing in patients with hypercortisolism. He is currently evaluating new ways to test for the presence of Cushing's syndrome. He is also interested in clinical predictors of surgical and medical success with regards to the management of patients with different types of pituitary tumors. Some of this work involves collaboration with neuropathologists at UCSF. Dr. Blevins is also involved with industry sponsored trials to evaluate new pharmacologic therapies for patients with pituitary tumors.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

1981: BS, East Tennessee State University
1987: MD, East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine
1987-1988: Intern, Medicine, Univeristy of Alabama Hospitals
1988-1990: Resident, Medicine, Univeristy of Alabama Hospitals
1990-1993: Fellow, Endocinology, Johns Hopkins Hospital
1993-1997: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
1998-2007: Associate Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
1998-2007: Director, The Pituitary Center at Vanderbilt

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

The Endocrine Society
Southern Society for Clinical Investigation

Selected Honors and Awards

1995: Fellow, American College of Physicians
1997: Golden Apple Award (Teacher of the Year), Department of Internal Medicine, Emory University Hospital
2000: Hugh J. Morgan, Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2001: Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award, East Tennesse State University College of Medicine Alumni Society
2004: Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Teaching Award, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2005: Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Teaching Award, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Selected Recent Publications

Devin JK, Blevins LS Jr, Verity DK, Chen Q, Bloodworth JR Jr, Covington J, Vaughan DE. Markedly impaired fibrinolytic balance contributes to cardiovascular risk in adults with growth hormone deficiency. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2007;92(9):3633-9.

Devin JK, Vaughan DE, Blevins LS Jr, Chen Q, Covington J, Verity DK, Young PP. Low-dose growth hormone administration mobilizes endothelial progenitor cells in healthy adults. Growth Horm IGF Res 2008;18(3):253-63.

Sughrue ME, Chang EF, Tyrell JB, Kunwar S, Wilson CB, Blevins LS Jr. Pre-operative dopamine agonist therapy improves post-operative tumor control following prolactinoma resection. Pituitary. 2008; [Epub ahead of print].

Devin JK, Lakhani VT, Byrd BF 3rd, Blevins LS Jr. Prevalence of valvular heart disease in a cohort of patients taking cabergoline for management of hyperprolactinemia. Endocr Pract 2008;14(6):672-7.

Adams JR, Blevins LS Jr, Allen GS, Verity DK, Devin JK. Disorders of water metabolism following transsphenoidal pituitary surgery: A single institution's experience. Pituitary 2006;9(2):93-9.
Devin JK, Blevins LS Jr. Visual vignette. Hypopituitarism with central diabetes insipidus attributable to traumatic brain injury. Endocr Pract 2006;12(1):108.
Dahir KM, Gonzalez A, Revelo MP, Ahmed SR, Roberts JR, Blevins LS Jr. Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone hypersecretion due to a primary pulmonary paraganglioma. Endocr Pract 2004;10(5):424-8.
Devin JK, Allen GS, Cmelak AJ, Duggan DM, Blevins LS. The efficacy of linear accelerator radiosurgery in the management of patients with Cushing's disease. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 2004;82(5-6):254-62.
Li HY, Dahir KM, Blevins LS Jr. Treatment of adult patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency: a clinical practice audit. Endocr Pract 2003;9(5):347-52.
Fan X, Olson SJ, Blevins LS, Allen GS, Johnson MD. Immunohistochemical localization of carboxypeptidases D, E, and Z in pituitary adenomas and normal human pituitary. J Histochem Cytochem 2002;50(11):1509-16.
Fowler MJ, Pannone AF, Blevins LS Jr. Pitfalls to avoid while interpreting thyroid function tests: five illustrative cases. South Med J 2002;95(5):486-92.
Schefter JK, Allen G, Cmelak AJ, Johnson M, Toms S, Duggan D, Blevins LS. The utility of external beam radiation and intracystic 32P radiation in the treatment of craniopharyngiomas. J Neurooncol 2002;56(1):69-78.
Blevins LS Jr, Christy JH, Khajavi M, Tindall GT. Outcomes of therapy for Cushing's disease due to adrenocorticotropin-secreting pituitary macroadenomas. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1998;83(1):63-7.
Thaler LM, Blevins LS Jr. The low dose (1-microg) adrenocorticotropin stimulation test in the evaluation of patients with suspected central adrenal insufficiency [Review]. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1998;83(8):2726-9.