Tom A. Elasy, M.D.

Associate Professor
Faculty Appointments
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health Associate Professor of Medicine Ann and Roscoe R. Robinson Chair of Clinical Research at the Diabetes Center
M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North CarolinaD.T.M.&H., Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LondonM.D., Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MarylandB.A., Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
Office Address
1215 Twenty-first Avenue South
6000 Medical Center East, North Tower
NASHVILLE, TN 37232--8300
Chakkalakal RJ, Gebretsadik T, Jagasia S, Shintani A, Elasy TA. Variation in the relationship between gestational diabetes diagnosis and total gestational weight gain by race/ethnicity. Diabetes Res. Clin. Pract [print-electronic]. 2015 Apr; 108(1): e14-7. PMID: 25661665, PMCID: PMC4388781, PII: S0168-8227(15)00028-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2015.01.020, ISSN: 1872-8227.

Roumie CL, Greevy RA, Grijalva CG, Hung AM, Liu X, Murff HJ, Elasy TA, Griffin MR. Association between intensification of metformin treatment with insulin vs sulfonylureas and cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality among patients with diabetes. JAMA. 2014 Jun 6/11/2014; 311(22): 2288-96. PMID: 24915260, PMCID: PMC4149288, PII: 1878717, DOI: 10.1001/jama.2014.4312, ISSN: 1538-3598.

Rolando L, Byrne DW, McGown PW, Goetzel RZ, Elasy TA, Yarbrough MI. Health risk factor modification predicts incidence of diabetes in an employee population: results of an 8-year longitudinal cohort study. J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2013 Apr; 55(4): 410-5. PMID: 23532193, PMCID: PMC3903429, DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31827cbaec, ISSN: 1536-5948.

Osborn CY, Mayberry LS, Wallston KA, Johnson KB, Elasy TA. Understanding patient portal use: implications for medication management. J. Med. Internet Res. 2013; 15(7): e133. PMID: 23823974, PMCID: PMC3713921, PII: v15i7e133, DOI: 10.2196/jmir.2589, ISSN: 1438-8871.

Roumie CL, Hung AM, Greevy RA, Grijalva CG, Liu X, Murff HJ, Elasy TA, Griffin MR. Comparative effectiveness of sulfonylurea and metformin monotherapy on cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a cohort study. Ann. Intern. Med. 2012 Nov 11/6/2012; 157(9): 601-10. PMID: 23128859, PMCID: PMC4667563, PII: 1389845, DOI: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-9-201211060-00003, ISSN: 1539-3704.

Mulvaney SA, Rothman RL, Dietrich MS, Wallston KA, Grove E, Elasy TA, Johnson KB. Using mobile phones to measure adolescent diabetes adherence. Health Psychol [print-electronic]. 2012 Jan; 31(1): 43-50. PMID: 21967662, PMCID: PMC3733352, PII: 2011-22083-001, DOI: 10.1037/a0025543, ISSN: 1930-7810.

Roumie CL, Greevy R, Wallston KA, Elasy TA, Kaltenbach L, Kotter K, Dittus RS, Speroff T. Patient centered primary care is associated with patient hypertension medication adherence. J Behav Med [print-electronic]. 2011 Aug; 34(4): 244-53. PMID: 21161578, DOI: 10.1007/s10865-010-9304-6, ISSN: 1573-3521.

Wright JA, Wallston KA, Elasy TA, Ikizler TA, Cavanaugh KL. Development and results of a kidney disease knowledge survey given to patients with CKD. Am. J. Kidney Dis [print-electronic]. 2011 Mar; 57(3): 387-95. PMID: 21168943, PMCID: PMC3053083, PII: S0272-6386(10)01440-X, DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2010.09.018, ISSN: 1523-6838.

Osborn CY, Cavanaugh K, Wallston KA, Kripalani S, Elasy TA, Rothman RL, White RO. Health literacy explains racial disparities in diabetes medication adherence. J Health Commun. 2011; 16 Suppl 3: 268-78. PMID: 21951257, PMCID: PMC3561717, DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2011.604388, ISSN: 1087-0415.

Cavanaugh KL, Wingard RL, Hakim RM, Eden S, Shintani A, Wallston KA, Huizinga MM, Elasy TA, Rothman RL, Ikizler TA. Low health literacy associates with increased mortality in ESRD. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2010 Nov; 21(11): 1979-85. PMID: 20671215, PMCID: PMC3014012, PII: ASN.2009111163, DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2009111163, ISSN: 1533-3450.

Smith K, Coston M, Glock K, Elasy TA, Wallston KA, Ikizler TA, Cavanaugh KL. Patient perspectives on fluid management in chronic hemodialysis. J Ren Nutr [print-electronic]. 2010 Sep; 20(5): 334-41. PMID: 19913443, PMCID: PMC2888683, PII: S1051-2276(09)00241-6, DOI: 10.1053/j.jrn.2009.09.001, ISSN: 1532-8503.

Cavanaugh K, Wallston KA, Gebretsadik T, Shintani A, Huizinga MM, Davis D, Gregory RP, Malone R, Pignone M, DeWalt D, Elasy TA, Rothman RL. Addressing literacy and numeracy to improve diabetes care: two randomized controlled trials. Diabetes Care [print-electronic]. 2009 Dec; 32(12): 2149-55. PMID: 19741187, PMCID: PMC2782967, PII: dc09-0563, DOI: 10.2337/dc09-0563, ISSN: 1935-5548.

Cavanaugh KL, Wingard RL, Hakim RM, Elasy TA, Ikizler TA. Patient dialysis knowledge is associated with permanent arteriovenous access use in chronic hemodialysis. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2009 May; 4(5): 950-6. PMID: 19389825, PMCID: PMC2676183, PII: CJN.04580908, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.04580908, ISSN: 1555-905X.

Huizinga MM, Niswender KD, Gebretsadik T, Rothman RL, Shintani AK, Elasy TA. Insulin use and weight maintenance in well-controlled type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study. Obesity (Silver Spring) [print-electronic]. 2008 Aug; 16(8): 1933-7. PMID: 18551124, PMCID: PMC2694404, PII: oby2008301, DOI: 10.1038/oby.2008.301, ISSN: 1930-7381.

Huizinga MM, Beech BM, Cavanaugh KL, Elasy TA, Rothman RL. Low numeracy skills are associated with higher BMI. Obesity (Silver Spring) [print-electronic]. 2008 Aug; 16(8): 1966-8. PMID: 18535541, PMCID: PMC2694664, PII: oby2008294, DOI: 10.1038/oby.2008.294, ISSN: 1930-7381.

Mulvaney SA, Mudasiru E, Schlundt DG, Baughman CL, Fleming M, VanderWoude A, Russell WE, Elasy TA, Rothman R. Self-management in type 2 diabetes: the adolescent perspective. Diabetes Educ. 2008 Jul; 34(4): 674-82. PMID: 18669809, PMCID: PMC2757076, PII: 34/4/674, DOI: 10.1177/0145721708320902, ISSN: 0145-7217.

Cavanaugh K, Huizinga MM, Wallston KA, Gebretsadik T, Shintani A, Davis D, Gregory RP, Fuchs L, Malone R, Cherrington A, Pignone M, DeWalt DA, Elasy TA, Rothman RL. Association of numeracy and diabetes control. Ann. Intern. Med. 2008 May 5/20/2008; 148(10): 737-46. PMID: 18490687, PII: 148/10/737, ISSN: 1539-3704.

Rothman RL, Mulvaney S, Elasy TA, VanderWoude A, Gebretsadik T, Shintani A, Potter A, Russell WE, Schlundt D. Self-management behaviors, racial disparities, and glycemic control among adolescents with type 2 diabetes. Pediatrics. 2008 Apr; 121(4): e912-9. PMID: 18381520, PII: 121/4/e912, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2007-1484, ISSN: 1098-4275.

Huang RL, Donelli A, Byrd J, Mickiewicz MA, Slovis C, Roumie C, Elasy TA, Dittus RS, Speroff T, Disalvo T, Zhao D. Using quality improvement methods to improve door-to-balloon time at an academic medical center. J Invasive Cardiol. 2008 Feb; 20(2): 46-52. PMID: 18252966, ISSN: 1557-2501.

Huizinga MM, Elasy TA, Wallston KA, Cavanaugh K, Davis D, Gregory RP, Fuchs LS, Malone R, Cherrington A, Dewalt DA, Buse J, Pignone M, Rothman RL. Development and validation of the Diabetes Numeracy Test (DNT). BMC Health Serv Res. 2008; 8: 96. PMID: 18452617, PMCID: PMC2390531, PII: 1472-6963-8-96, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-8-96, ISSN: 1472-6963.

Villegas R, Gao YT, Yang G, Li HL, Elasy TA, Zheng W, Shu XO. Legume and soy food intake and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in the Shanghai Women's Health Study. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2008 Jan; 87(1): 162-7. PMID: 18175751, PMCID: PMC2361384, PII: 87/1/162, ISSN: 0002-9165.

Rothman RL, Housam R, Weiss H, Davis D, Gregory R, Gebretsadik T, Shintani A, Elasy TA. Patient understanding of food labels: the role of literacy and numeracy. Am J Prev Med. 2006 Nov; 31(5): 391-8. PMID: 17046410, PII: S0749-3797(06)00281-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2006.07.025, ISSN: 0749-3797.

Roumie CL, Elasy TA, Greevy R, Griffin MR, Liu X, Stone WJ, Wallston KA, Dittus RS, Alvarez V, Cobb J, Speroff T. Improving blood pressure control through provider education, provider alerts, and patient education: a cluster randomized trial. Ann. Intern. Med. 2006 Aug 8/1/2006; 145(3): 165-75. PMID: 16880458, PII: 145/3/165, ISSN: 1539-3704.

Mulvaney SA, Schlundt DG, Mudasiru E, Fleming M, Vander Woude AM, Russell WE, Elasy TA, Rothman R. Parent perceptions of caring for adolescents with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2006 May; 29(5): 993-7. PMID: 16644626, PII: 29/5/993, DOI: 10.2337/diacare.295993, ISSN: 0149-5992.

Blaha MJ, Kusz KL, Drake W, Elasy TA. Hypertension prevalence awareness, treatment and control in North Nashville. Tenn Med. 2006 Apr; 99(4): 35-7. PMID: 16704130, ISSN: 1088-6222.

Graber AL, Shintani AK, Wolff K, Brown A, Elasy TA. Glycemic relapse in type 2 diabetes. Endocr Pract. 2006 Mar; 12(2): 145-51. PMID: 16690461, PII: 3YU8HMMHVJNF2RCY, DOI: 10.4158/EP.12.2.145, ISSN: 1530-891X.

Huizinga MM, Shintani A, Michon S, Brown A, Wolff K, Shackleford L, King EB, Gregory RP, Davis D, Stiles R, Gebretsadik T, Chen K, Rothman R, Pichert JW, Schlundt D, Elasy TA. A randomized controlled trial to prevent glycemic relapse in longitudinal diabetes care: study protocol (NCT00362193). Implement Sci. 2006; 1(1): 24. PMID: 17054790, PMCID: PMC1634866, PII: 1748-5908-1-24, DOI: 10.1186/1748-5908-1-24, ISSN: 1748-5908.

Rothman RL, Elasy TA. Can diabetes management programs create sustained improvements in disease outcomes?. CMAJ. 2005 Dec 12/6/2005; 173(12): 1467-8. PMID: 16330635, PMCID: PMC1316162, PII: 173/12/1467, DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.051343, ISSN: 1488-2329.

Nguyen CV, Powers AC, Greenspan DL, Elasy TA. Diabetes referrals at a Veterans Administration tertiary facility: who are the patients and why are they referred?. Diabetes Care. 2005 Feb; 28(2): 423-4. PMID: 15677805, PII: 28/2/423, ISSN: 0149-5992.

Elasy TA, Levy P, Davis SN. Optimizing combination therapy for type 2 diabetes in adolescents and adults: a case-based approach. J Fam Pract. 2004 Oct; 53(10): 815-22. PMID: 15469778, PII: jfp_1004_5310n, ISSN: 0094-3509.

Grogan EL, Speroff T, Deppen SA, Roumie CL, Elasy TA, Dittus RS, Rosenbloom ST, Holzman MD. Improving documentation of patient acuity level using a progress note template. J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2004 Sep; 199(3): 468-75. PMID: 15325618, PII: S1072-7515(04)00702-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2004.05.254, ISSN: 1072-7515.

Roumie CL, Grogan EL, Falbe W, Awad J, Speroff T, Dittus RS, Elasy TA. A three-part intervention to change the use of hormone replacement therapy in response to new evidence. Ann. Intern. Med. 2004 Jul 7/20/2004; 141(2): 118-25. PMID: 15262667, PII: 141/2/118, ISSN: 1539-3704.

Rosenthal AD, Jin F, Shu XO, Yang G, Elasy TA, Chow WH, Ji BT, Xu HX, Li Q, Gao YT, Zheng W. Body fat distribution and risk of diabetes among Chinese women. Int. J. Obes. Relat. Metab. Disord. 2004 Apr; 28(4): 594-9. PMID: 14770196, PII: 0802597, DOI: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0802597.

Rosenthal AD, Shu XO, Jin F, Yang G, Elasy TA, Li Q, Xu HX, Gao YT, Zheng W. Oral contraceptive use and risk of diabetes among Chinese women. Contraception. 2004 Mar; 69(3): 251-7. PMID: 14969675, PII: S0010782403002919, DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2003.10.015, ISSN: 0010-7824.

Graber AL, Elasy TA, Quinn D, Wolff K, Brown A. Improving glycemic control in adults with diabetes mellitus: shared responsibility in primary care practices. South. Med. J. 2002 Jul; 95(7): 684-90. PMID: 12144072, ISSN: 0038-4348.

Ellis SE, Elasy TA. Exercise and glycemic control in diabetes [letter]. JAMA. 2001 Dec 12/19/2001; 286(23): 2941-2. PMID: 11743825, PII: jlt1219-2, ISSN: 0098-7484.

Brown AW, Wolff KL, Elasy TA, Graber AL. The role of advanced practice nurses in a shared care diabetes practice model. Diabetes Educ. 2001 Jul; 27(4): 492-6, 498. PMID: 12212337, ISSN: 0145-7217.

Elasy TA, Ellis SE, Brown A, Pichert JW. A taxonomy for diabetes educational interventions. Patient Educ Couns. 2001 May; 43(2): 121-7. PMID: 11369145, PII: S0738-3991(00)00150-6, ISSN: 0738-3991.

Quinn DC, Graber AL, Elasy TA, Thomas J, Wolff K, Brown A. Overcoming turf battles: developing a pragmatic, collaborative model to improve glycemic control in patients with diabetes. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 2001 May; 27(5): 255-64. PMID: 11367773, ISSN: 1070-3241.

Elasy TA, Ellis S, Brown A, Pichert J. A Taxonomy for Diabetes Educational Interventions. Patient Educ Couns. 2001; 43: 121-7.

Friedmann JM, Elasy T, Jensen GL. The relationship between body mass index and self-reported functional limitation among older adults: A gender difference. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2001; 49: 398-403.

Quinn D, Graber A, Elasy TA, Thomas J, Wolff K, Brown A. Developing a Pragmatic, Collaborative Model to Improve Diabetes Care. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 2001; 27((5)): 255-64.

Brown A, Wolff K, Elasy TA, Graber AL. The Role of Advanced Practice Nurses in a Shared Care Diabetes Practice Model. Diabetes Educator. 2001; 27((4)): 492-501.

Elasy TA, Samuel-Hodge CD, DeVellis RF, Skelly AH, Ammerman AS, Keyserling TC. Development of a health status measure for older African-American women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2000 Mar; 23(3): 325-9. PMID: 10868859, ISSN: 0149-5992.

Elasy TA, Samuel-Hodge C, Skelly A, DeVellis R, Ammerman A, Keyserling T. Development of a Health Status Measure for older African American Women with type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2000; 23: 325-9.

Elasy TA, Levinsky M. Effect of low dose continuous estrogen and progesterone therapy with calcium and vitamin D on bone in elderly women. Ann Intern Med. 2000; 132((3)): 244.

Samuel-Hodge C, Headen S, Skelly A, Ingram A, Keyserling TC, Jackson EJ, Ammerman A, Elasy TA. Influences on Day-to-Day Self Management of Type 2 Diabetes Among African-American Women: Spirituality, the Multicaregiver role, and other social context factors. Diabetes Care. 2000; 23: 928-33.

Hebert R, Elasy TA, Canter J. The Oslerian Triple Threat: An Endangered Species? A survey of Department of Medicine Chairs. Am J Med. 2000; 109: 346-9.

Skelly AH, Samuel-Hodge CD, Elasy TA, Ammerman AS, Headen S, Keyserling T. Development and testing of culturally sensitive instruments for African American women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Educator. 2000; 26((5)): 769-74.

Keyserling T, Ammerman AS, Samuel-Hodge CD, Ingram AF, Skelly AH, Elasy TA, Johnston LF, Cole A, Henriquez CF. A diabetes management program for African American women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Educator. 2000; 26((5)): 796-805.

Swiggart W, Pichert J, Elasy TA, Dixon G, Spickard A. Continuing Medical Education Courses on Proper Prescribing of Controlled Substances in the United States. Fed Bull. 1999; 86((1)): 20-8.

Elasy TA, Gaddy G. Measuring subjective outcomes: rethinking reliability and validity. J Gen Intern Med. 1998 Nov; 13(11): 757-61. PMID: 9824522, PMCID: PMC1497034, ISSN: 0884-8734.

Elasy TA, Mehler PS. Secondary prevention practices after acute myocardial infarction in a large city hospital. Am. J. Cardiol. 1998 Oct 10/15/1998; 82(8): 987-9. PMID: 9794360, PII: S0002-9149(98)00521-9, ISSN: 0002-9149.

Elasy TA. Hyperlipidemia: A Cost-Effective Approach to Management. Primary Care Case Reviews. 1998; 1((3)): 111-8.

Elasy TA, Mehler P. Secondary Prevention Practices after Acute Myocardial Infarction in a Large City Hospital. Am J Cardiol. 1998; 82: 987-9.

Elasy TA, Gaddy G. Measuring Subjective Outcomes: Rethinking Reliability and Validity. J Gen Intern Med. 1998; 13: 757-61.

Crews C, Batal H, Elasy T, Casper E, Mehler P. Primary Care for those with severe and persistent mental illness. West J Med. 1998; 169: 245-50.

Skelly A, Elasy TA. Approaches to therapy: Endocrine Disorders. Lippincotts Prim Care Pract. 1997; 1((5)): 459-73.

Elasy TA, Skelly A. Patient with Hyperparathyroidism. Lippincotts Prim Care Pract. 1997; 1((5)): 563-6.

Primary Care and Mental Illness. Elasy T, Crews C, Casper E, Mehler, P. J Gen Intern Med. 1996; 11((7)): 441-2.

Elasy TA, Anderson R. Changing Demography of Acute Renal Failure. Seminars in Dialysis. 1996; 9((6)): 438-43.

Elasy T, Tracey M, Kominsky D, Mehler P. Allopurinol Hypersensitivity Revisited. West J Med. 1995; 162((4)): 360-1.