Clinician Corner – Liana Billings

Dr. Billings received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Afterwards, she completed her fellowship training in Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She has also completed a Masters in Clinical Investigation at Harvard Medical School and an Endocrinology Research Fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She is currently an adult endocrinologist at NorthShore Endocrinology Medical Group as well as the Director of Diabetes and Obesity Research and Personalized Medicine in Diabetes and Clinical Assistant Professor in Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem. There, she runs clinical trials employing novel therapeutics as well as new indications for current medications. She also is an investigator in studies examining how or if genes influence the bodies response to medications used to treat diabetes.

Dr. Liana Billings is a friend to the Monogenic Diabetes Registry and advocate for her patients.

Interviewed by: Anastasia Harris

A: Who/what influenced you to become a physician?
L: A fascination with science, interest in helping others, and my supportive parents led me to a career in medicine.

A: What brought you to the Chicagoland area?
L: I grew up in Chicagoland.  It is the best city on earth.

A: If you were not an endocrinologist, what other specialty would you have chosen?
L: A ballet dancer 🙂 – in all honesty, I cannot think of a career I could love more than the one I have now.

A: What do you enjoy to do during your free time?
L: I most enjoy just being with my family, but also I like reading novels, singing Broadway tunes, and cooking.

A: What is the most important advice you have for patients?
L: I emphasize that the food we choose to put into our bodies is the most powerful “medicine” we have and the most powerful tool we have to combat diseases like diabetes.  Choosing nutritious foods, listening to our body’s satiety cues, and being active are essential to good health and, most importantly, feeling well.