Tucson Medical Center and TMC One, formerly Saguaro Physicians, are proud to welcome Dr. Shubh Preet Kaur, a board-certified endocrinologist who is accepting new patients. She specializes in diagnosing and treating diabetes, thyroid disorders, adrenal and pituitary gland disorders, metabolic disorders, menstrual irregularities, osteoporosis and calcium disorders.
“I believe in providing the same care to each patient that I would want for my family. My goal is to provide evidence-based, cost-effective and personalized health care of the highest quality to all my patients,” said Dr. Kaur.
Learn more about Dr. Kaur, her unique approach to patient care and why she really knows firsthand what challenges diabetics face:
▪ What is your background?
I grew up in India and completed medical school there before starting a residency in internal medicine at Rochester General Hospital in upstate New York. I was then presented with a great opportunity to be the chief resident for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Arizona. I went on to complete an endocrinology and metabolism fellowship here at the University of Arizona.
▪ What inspired you to go into Endocrinology?
I find complexities of the endocrine system challenging and fascinating. Having multiple family members with diabetes inspired and attracted me further to care for people suffering from diseases of the endocrine system.
▪ How do you help primary care physicians care for their patients with diabetes?
Diabetes is a very complex disease, which affects almost all the organs of the human body. I help primary care physicians care for patients affected by this dreadful disease in whom simple medication regimens do not work, whose disease is hard to control or whose disease has progressed to a stage of complete insulin dependence or overt organ damage. Together, we help patients maintain optimal metabolic goals with the latest the field has to offer. I work with my patients to help them prevent further complications and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle. Multiple other specialists also help us provide the best possible care to our patients.
▪ At what point does a diabetic patient need to see an endocrinologist rather than just receive care from a primary care physician?
Patients are usually referred to an endocrinologist for adrenal, pituitary, thyroid and calcium metabolism-related issues. Patients with diabetes are often referred if the disease is hard to control, progresses to a state where they require complex medication regimens, have wide blood sugar ranges, multiple complications or if they are having difficulty getting to their target blood sugars.
▪ After completing your endocrinology fellowship from the University of Arizona, what made you decide to stay in Tucson?
My training brought me to Tucson. I never thought I would stay here long, and now I don’t think I will ever leave. The small town feel with the amenities of a big city, great outdoors and the warm weather keep me in Tucson.
▪ What interests you outside of work?
I try to spend as much time as possible with 2-year-old daughter, taking her to the zoo to meet her favorite animal, Nandi, the baby elephant.
▪ What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?
My parents have diabetes so I have firsthand experience about how difficult it can be on patients and their families. I think of my parents when I see my patients and strive to improve their quality of life.
▪ How do you approach your relationship with your patients?
I believe in providing the same care to each patient that I would want for my family. My goal is to provide evidence-based, cost-effective and personalized health care of the highest quality to all my patients.
Dr. Kaur is located at TMC One, 5295 E. Knight Dr., right across from TMC.
She is accepting new patients! Call (520) 324-1010 to make an appointment.
Standard office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.