Peter R Arvan MD, PhD

Professor, Internal Medicine
Endocrinology, Internal Medicine
Clinical Interests:

1) hypothyroidism, both autoimmune and genetic; 2) goiter (enlarged thyroid); 3) thyrotoxicosis, both autoimmune hyperthyroidism and other causes; and 4) general endocrinology

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U of M Endocrinology & Metabolism

Domino's Farms
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr
Ann Arbor

U of M Internal Medicine Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes

Domino's Farms
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr, GPS: 4000 Ave Maria Drive
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • Yale University School of Medicine, 1984


  • North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Internal Medicine, NC, 1985


  • Endocrinology, Yale-New Haven Hospital - Medical Staff Office, 1988

Professional Organizations

  • The Endocrine Society

  • American Thyroid Association

  • American Diabetes Association 

  • American Association of Physicians 

  • American Society for Clinical Investigation 

Board Certification

  • Internal Medicine


Formation of insulin secretory granules in pancreatic islets and in artificial B-cells, thyroid hormone synthesis by thyroid epithelial cells


Peter Arvan, M.D., Ph.D. is Chief of the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND), and is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology. Dr. Arvan received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his medical and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. Following residency training in internal medicine, Dr. Arvan completed fellowship training in endocrinology at Yale. Dr. Arvan then joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1988. He moved to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 1996 and became Division Chief at University of Michigan in 2003.

Dr. Arvan leads the MEND division and is Director of the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center, which includes the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research  group of highly accomplished basic and clinical investigators focused on finding new therapies that better treat diabetes and other endocrine diseases. His laboratory is funded by public research support (from the National Institutes of Health) as well as private research support.

Dr. Arvan's area of greatest clinical expertise is in the management of thyroid disease, especially causes and treatments of hypo- and hyper-thyroidism and their associated disorders. He served for many years as Editorial Board members of the journal Thyroid's.

Dr. Arvan's research work has focused on hormone synthesis, especially in two areas: thyroid hormone synthesis and insulin synthesis. He is specifically interested in understanding how the proteins that are hormone precursors are made and converted into medically-active hormones, and how these steps go wrong in various endocrine diseases.

Dr. Arvan has received numerous awards and honors. He was elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians. He was named as a Pfizer Visiting Professor, a Burroughs-Wellcome Visiting Professor, the Sidney Ingbar Lecturer at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital (Boston), and is the Brehm Professor of Diabetes Research at the University of Michigan.