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Teri Hernandez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Hernandez completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois in 1994. She then worked as a medical and oncology nurse in the Chicago area, and was granted admission to a cardiovascular nurse internship program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 1995. During her years at Baylor, she fulfilled a variety of roles as a cardiovascular nurse, including: post-operative cardiothoracic, heart/lung transplant, telemetry, charge nurse/supervisor, and cardiac rehabilitation educator. In 2000, she came to the University of Colorado Hospital and worked on 8 West General Clinical Research Center. She joined Dr. Robert Eckel as part of his research team in 2001, and joined the faculty in Endocrinology as an Instructor in 2005. Her Master of Science in Nursing degree was conferred in May, 2005 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She is currently working on her PhD in Nursing, also at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Research interests include: cardiovascular disease prevention and risk education, diabetes and insulin resistance, gestational diabetes, lipids and lipid metabolism, obesity and fat metabolism, and research design/program development. She is also interested in philosophy as it pertains to nursing science and other human sciences.

Selected Publications 

  • Hernandez TL, Sutherland JP, Wolfe P, Allian-Sauer M, Capell WH, Talley ND, Wyatt HR, Foster GD, Hill JO, Eckel RH. Lack of suppression of circulating free fatty acids and hypercholesterolemia during weight loss on a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Jan 27. Epub PUBMED
  • Donahoo WT, Hernandez TL, Costa JL, Jensen DR, Morris AM, Brennan MB, Hochgeschwender U, Eckel RH. Plasma alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone: sex differences and correlations with obesity. Metabolism. 2009 Jan;58(1):16-21. PUBMED
  • Cornier MA, Dabelea D, Hernandez TL, Lindstrom RC, Steig AJ, Stob NR, Van Pelt RE, Wang H, Eckel RH. The metabolic syndrome. Endocr Rev. 2008 Dec;29(7):777-822. PUBMED
  • Hernandez TL, Ballard RD, Weil KM, Shepard TY, Scherzinger AL, Stamm ER, Sharp TA, Eckel RH. Effects of maintained weight loss on sleep dynamics and neck morphology in severely obese adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Jan;17(1):84-91. PUBMED
  • Wu X, Zvonic S, Floyd ZE, Kilroy G, Goh BC, Hernandez TL, Eckel RH, Mynatt RL, Gimble JM. Induction of circadian gene expression in human subcutaneous adipose-derived stem cells. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Nov;15(11):2560-70. PUBMED
  • Barbour LA, McCurdy CE, Hernandez TL, Kirwan JP, Catalano PM, Friedman JE. Cellular mechanisms for insulin resistance in normal pregnancy and gestational diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2007 Jul;30 Suppl 2:S112-9. PUBMED
  • Golden, WM, Weber, KB, Hernandez, TL, Sherman, SI, Woodmansee, WW, Haugen, BR. Single-dose rexinoid rapidly and specifically suppresses serum thyrotropin in normal subjects. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Jan;92(1):124-30. PUBMED
  • Hernandez, TL, Capell, WH, Wolfe, P, Gerard, LA, Eckel, RH. Time course of C-reactive protein reduction with simvastatin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Am J Cardiol. 2006 Dec 15;98(12):1656-9. PUBMED
  • Eckel, RH, Hernandez, TL, Bell, ML, Weil, KM, Shepard, TY, Grunwald, GK, Sharp, TA, Francis, CC, and Hill, JO. Carbohyrdate balance predicts weight/fat gain in adults. Am J Clin Nutr, 2006, 83:803-8. PUBMED 
  • Hernandez, TL. The Place of Experience in Graduate Level Nursing Education: A time for discussion and debate. Nursing Outlook, 2006, 54(1): 8-9. PUBMED
           Additional Publications​ 


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Reasearch Interests

  • Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Fetal Programming
  • Lipids
  • Fat and Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Insulin Resistance​