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Since joining the Penn State College of Medicine faculty in 1998, Dr. Chris Fan has been principal investigator or co-investigator of several clinical trials. Most recently, he was the principal investigator of a glycemic control initiative in non-critically ill hospitalized diabetic patients.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Chris Fan is the director of the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The two-year clinical fellowship accepts two applicants per year, so there are four fellows at any given time. The curriculum includes inpatient and outpatient direct patient care as well as didactic conferences. All fellows are required to do a quality improvement project and a research project, but the emphasis is on clinical training. Dr. Fan has mentored a number of endocrine fellows on both research and quality improvement projects, primarily involving diabetes.

Dr. Fan further assists in setting up the endocrine clinic rotations for residents, both inside and outside the institution, and gives medical student lectures.

Clinical interests

Dr. Chris Fan is a general clinical endocrinologist with extensive experience as a clinic director. He was the practice site director for the endocrinology and nephrology clinics at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 2001 to 2016.

Dr. Fan sees patients with a wide variety of endocrine disorders. He has attended meetings of the Thyroid Cancer Survivor Group in Hershey to both receive and give knowledge, and was featured on a local ABC news segment dedicated to thyroid cancer in 2017. Dr. Fan has given numerous talks at the annual Diabetes Symposium in Hershey.

Professional information

Member, American Diabetes Association, 2004 to present

Provider Recognition, National Committee for Quality Assurance, 2000 to 2007

Provider Recognition, American Diabetes Association, 2000 to 2007

Member, Endocrine Society, 1998 to present

Subspecialty certification in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1998 (recertified in 2005 and 2018)

Member, American Medical Association, 1996 to 2020

Board-certified in Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996 (recertified in 2005)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification, 1996 and 1998

Member, American College of Physicians, 1994 to 2014

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1994

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification, 1990

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

BA (with distinction), University of Virginia


Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Fellowship, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Internal Medicine, Residency, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


MD, University of Virginia



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