Featured Faculty Member
Ron Koenig, M.D.
Dr. Koenig is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes. He also is Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program) and a member of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. Dr. Koenig received his MD degree from Cornell Medical College and his PhD degree from Rockefeller University. He undertook residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in endocrinology and metabolism at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1995.
Dr. Koenig’s clinical and research interests are both focused on the thyroid gland, and in particular on thyroid cancer. Approximately 1/3 of follicular thyroid cancers are caused by a chromosomal translocation that fuses together the genes PAX8 and PPARG. The resulting PAX8-PPARG fusion protein is not normally found in nature, and is oncogenic. Dr. Koenig studies this process in the laboratory, and based upon his laboratory findings, is directing a multi-centered clinical trial of pioglitazone as a therapy for this type of thyroid cancer (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01655719).
Dr. Koenig lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Rosalie. They have a son David, a daughter Sara, and a son-in-law John. Dr. Koenig’s hobbies include bicycling and cross country skiing. He and his wife recently bicycled across Bhutan, and several years ago they (along with their son, daughter and son-in-law) spent a week cross country skiing from hut to hut 200 miles above the Arctic Circle in the very northern tip of Sweden.