Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD

Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD

Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FACE, Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Neurosurgery, started practicing at the Emory Clinic in 2008.


  • Endocrinology (Board certified since 2006)
  • Internal Medicine (Board certified since 2004)

Areas of Expertise

  • Pituitary tumors
  • Pituitary hormone deficiencies
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Acromegaly
  • Hyperprolacinemia
  • Adrenal Insufficiency

Groundbreaking Research and Clinical Trials

Clinical Activities: Dr. Ioachimescu’s clinical activities focus on diagnosis and endocrine management of pituitary diseases. She is Co-Director and co-founder of the Emory Neuroendocrine Pituitary Center, a premier tertiary center for neuroendocrine care for patients with pituitary tumors. She oversees the activity of the neuroendocrine clinic. Dr. Ioachimescu works with Dr. Nelson Oyesiku and a team of radiation specialists to provide streamlined, comprehensive care for pituitary patients.

Research activities: Dr. Ioachimescu’s research focuses on pituitary tumors pathogenesis and outcomes, with the purpose of validation of prognostic markers and identification of novel therapies for pituitary tumors

The Road to Emory: Education

  • Medical School: Carol Davila University of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania, 1995
  • Internship: Yale University, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Connecticut, 2003
  • Residency: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, 2004
  • Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, 2006

Dr. Ioachimescu initially underwent postgraduate training in Europe in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, focusing on pituitary diseases. She earned a PhD in Neuroendocrinology from the Carol Davila University in Bucharest in 2001, then completed additional training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at Yale University and the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Ioachimescu was a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic before joining Emory University.


  • Endocrine Society
  • Pituitary Society
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Southern Society for Clinical Investigation


  • Mentor of the Year Award chosen by endocrine fellows in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, June 2010
  • Nominated for the Emory Department of Medicine Outstanding Scientific Citation, May 2010.
  • Elected Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, April 2010.
  • Mara Lieberman Award, Endrocrine Society, June 2008
  • Endocrine Fellows Grant Award, Endocrine Fellows Foundation, 2005
  • Young Investigator Award. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, May 2006

Major or Recent Publications


  • Shah R, Licata A, Oyesiku NM, Ioachimescu AG. Acromegaly as a cause of 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D dependent hypercalcemia: case reports and review of literature. Pituitary. Published online December 28, 2010
  • Pantalone KM, Gopan T, Remer EM, Faiman C, Ioachimescu AG, Levin HS, Siperstein A, Berber E, Shepardson LB, Bravo EL, Hamrahian AH.Change in adrenal mass size as a predictor of malignancy. Endocrine Practice, Feb 2010, pg 1-31
  • Ioachimescu AG, Brennan D, Hoar B, Hoogwerf BJ. The lipid accumulation product and all-cause mortality in patients at high cardiovascular risk: a PreCIS cohort study. Obesity, Dec 24, 2009 (Epub ahead of print).
  • Ioachimescu AG, Brennan DM, Hoar BM, Hazen SL, Hoogwerf BJ. Serum uric acid is an independent predictor of all-cause mortality in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease: A preventive cardiology information system (PreCIS) database cohort study. Arthritis Rheum. 2008 Jan 31;58(2):623-630.
  • Ioachimescu AG, Brennan DB, Hoar BM, Kashyap SR, Hoogwerf BJ. Serum uric acid, mortality and glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a PreCIS data base study. Diabet Med. 2007 Dec;24(12):1369-74.
  • Ioachimescu AG, Makdissi A, Lichtin A, Zimmerman R. Thyroid disease in patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenia - a cohort study. Thyroid. 2007 Nov;17(11):1137-42.
  • Tamaskar I, Bukowski R, Elson P, Ioachimescu AG, Wood L, Dreicer R, Mekhail T, Garcia J, Rini BI. Thyroid function test abnormalities in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma treated with sorafenib. Ann Oncol. 2007 Oct 24; [Epub ahead of print].
  • Hamrahian AH, Ioachimescu AG, Remer EM, Motta-Ramirez G, Bogabathina H, Levin HS, Reddy S, Gill IS, Siperstein A, Bravo EL. Clinical Utility of Noncontrast CT Attenuation Value (HU) to Differentiate Adrenal Adenomas/Hyperplasias from Nonadenomas: Cleveland Clinic Experience. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Feb; 90(2):871-7.
  • Ioachimescu OC, Ioachimescu AG, Iannini PB. Severity scoring in community-acquired pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae: a 5-year experience. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2004 Nov; 24(5):485-90.
  • Ioachimescu AG.: Somatostatin receptors in thalamic habenula - in vitro electrophysiology study. Romanian Journal of Endocrinology, 1998, vol. 3-4.


  • Srivatsa S, Ioachimescu AG, Oyesiku NM, Hunter S. Pituicytoma – a visual vignette. Endocrine Practice, 14 (9), pg 1192, 2008.
  • Ioachimescu AG, Bauer TW, Licata A. Active Crohn’s Disease as a Cause for Hypercalcemia, which Responded to Infliximab: Case Presentation and Review of Literature. Endocrine Practice. Endocr Pract. 2008 Jan-Feb;14(1):87-92.
  • Ioachimescu O, Ioachimescu AG, Badiu C, Calt C, Galbenu P, Stoicescu P., Coculescu M: Endocrine symptoms = Endocrine pathology? - Case presentation. Romanian Journal of Endocrinology, 1998, vol. 3-4.

Book Chapters

  • Ioachimescu AG, Hamrahian AH. Diseases of the adrenal gland. Chapter in 2009 Current Clinical Medicine. An Expert Consult Title. Editor Wiliam D Carey. Saunders Elsevier, 2009.

On-line Chapters

  • Ioachimescu AG, Hamrahian AH. Acute Adrenal Insufficiency in Critical Care Diagnosis and Treatment. Pulmonary and Critical Care Update (PCCU), volume 20, lesson 16, July 2006


  • Ioachimescu AG and Licata A. Etidronate: What is its place in treatment of primary osteoporosis and other demineralizing diseases today? Current Osteoporosis Reports. 2007 Dec, 5:165-169.
  • Ioachimescu AG and Licata A. Treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at risk for fractures. US Endocrine Disease, 2007 Jan; issue 2: 119-121
  • Ioachimescu AG. Pineal gland and sleep. Sibiul Medical, 2000, 11:8-14.

Course Director

  • October 2008: Emory Pituitary Day. A case-based update on pituitary disorders.

Course Faculty

  • Feb 2011: Endocrine Session Abstract Committee leader and moderator of the Endocrine Oral and Poster Session at the Annual Southern Regional Meeting
  • June 2009: Intraventricular and skull-based neuro-endoscopy course at Emory University (topic: Neuroendocrinology).
  • October 2009: Emory Pituitary Day. A case-based update on pituitary disorders (topic: Hyperprolactinemia).
  • August 2008, 2009 and 2010: Emory University Internal Medicine Board Review Course (topic: Pituitary and Adrenal Disorders).

Media credits / Press releases

  • Mara E Lieberman Memorial Award Grant - in conjunction with Endocrine Society 2008 for outstanding abstract submitted by women
  • Uric acid is predicts mortality in DM
  • Adriana Ioachimescu - first place at the AACE 15th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress oral presentation contest
  • Thyroid Tests Advised for Patients with Immunologic Thrombocytopenia
  • The Endocrine Fellows Foundation announces its research grants recipients for the spring cycle of 2005


Born in Bucharest, Romania, Dr. Ioachimescu is married to a Pulmonary/Critical Care physician and has a daughter. Her hobbies include music and skiing.