Laura C Torchen

  • 53 Citations
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Research Interests

I have a general pediatric endocrine clinic in which I care for children with a variety of endocrine disorders, including thyroid, puberty, growth, adrenal, and pituitary disorders. In addition, I see patients in our multidisciplinary Endocrine Weight Management clinic, in which we care for children with excessive weight gain and endocrine co-morbidities of their obesity.

My area of research interest is in early origins of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). My research to date has concentrated on the metabolic and reproductive phenotypes of girls who may have increased risk - daughters of affected women and girls with excessive weight gain during childhood and puberty. Our studies of early reproductive and metabolic findings in these at-risk girls provides a unique opportunity to better understand the ontogeny of this syndrome.

Certifications and Licenses


Training Experience

2010Residency, Rush University Medical Center
2013Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital)

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Loyola University/Stritch School of Medicine

… → 2006


  • Endocrinology
  • Metabolism
  • Obesity
  • Pediatrics

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Grants 2014 2020

Research Output 2014 2019

  • 53 Citations
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Editorial
  • 1 Review article

Early phenotypes in polycystic ovary syndrome: some answers, more questions

Torchen, L. C., Feb 1 2019, In : Fertility and Sterility. 111, 2, p. 266-267 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
5 Citations (Scopus)

Cardiometabolic Risk in PCOS: More than a Reproductive Disorder

Torchen, L. C., Dec 1 2017, In : Current diabetes reports. 17, 12, 137.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Insulin Resistance

Cardiometabolic Risk in PCOS: More Than a Reproductive Disorder

Torchen, LC., Nov 11 2017, In : Current Diabetes Reports. 17, 12

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Testosterone Levels in Pre-Menopausal Women are Associated With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Midlife

Sarkar, M., Wellons, M., Cedars, M. I., VanWagner, L., Gunderson, E. P., Ajmera, V., Torchen, L., Siscovick, D., Carr, J. J., Terry, J. G., Rinella, M., Lewis, C. E. & Terrault, N., May 1 2017, In : American Journal of Gastroenterology. 112, 5, p. 755-762 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Free Association
Confidence Intervals
14 Citations (Scopus)

Evidence for increased 5α-reductase activity during early childhood in daughters of women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Torchen, L. C., Idkowiak, J., Fogel, N. R., O'Neil, D. M., Shackleton, C. H. L., Arlt, W. & Dunaif, A. E., May 1 2016, In : Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 101, 5, p. 2069-2075 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Nuclear Family