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Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism


The Albany Med Faculty Physicians in adult endocrinology work with physician assistants, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, and nutritionists to provide a well rounded group in providing patients with the most comprehensive care. Our staff consists of:

Endocrinologist/Attending Physician:
Physicians who specialize in disorders of hormones. An attending physician may supervise fellows, residents and medical students. Attending physicians may also have an academic title at the medical college meaning that they also teach medical students.

Matthew C. Leinung, MD, FACE
Fellow of the American College of

Jessie Block-Galarza, MD

Sara Clark, MD

Shannon Comley-Sood, MD

Mary Ellen Ehlers, MD

Mary K. Luidens, MD

Hassan Shawa, MD

 Vibhavasu Sharma, MD

Marjorie Starkman, MD


Physician Assistant:
A health care professional licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. 

Shannon E. Thompson, MS, RPA-C
Registered Physician Assistant Certified

Nurse Practitioner:
Registered nurses with advanced training in diagnosing and treating various medical problems, while collaborating with a physician. 

Marie Schongar, F-NP, CDE

Elizabeth Nardacci, MS, RN, FNP-C, CDE, BC-ADM
Certified Diabetes Educator
Family Nurse Practitioner Certified
Board Certified in Advanced DiabetesManagement 

Diabetes Nurse Educator:
Registered nurses who specialize in diabetes self-care counseling.

Kathryn Godley MS, RN,
Certified Diabetes Educator
Board Certified in Advanced
Diabetes Management

Diabetes Nutrition Educator:
A registered dietitian who specializes in medical nutrition therapy in diabetes.

Kara Filardi CDE, RN
Certified Diabetes Educator 
Registered Nurse  

Teri Hutson-Mulligan CDE, RN
Certified Diabetes Educator 
Registered Nurse

Clinical Research Coordinator:
A health care professional who works with patients who are participating in clinical research studies. The coordinator assures protocols are followed and works with the physician to provide care. 

Manjula Salgam, MBBS
Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery