Bio

Dr. Roxanne Sukol has spent her entire career at the intersection of preventive medicine and health literacy. Special interests in words, food and medicine give her a unique ability to say what needs to be said, and in a way that everyone can understand!

Dr. Sukol is a 1995 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with distinction in Biomedical Ethics, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the honor medical society. Board certified in Internal Medicine, she has been a practicing physician since 1998, when she completed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. During medical school, she volunteered in the HIV Counseling Program at Cleveland’s Free Clinic, and it may interest you to know that she and her classmates usually shared a pint of ice cream for dinner on those nights. “Everything in moderation, even moderation,” said Julia Child.

Dr. Sukol’s essay, “Redefined Wheat,” has just been published in the debut edition of Case Western Blot, the literary journal of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and a prior version of this essay was awarded second place in the 2008 Creative Nonfiction Competition at the Baltimore Review. Dr. Sukol is a 1995 winner of the Essay Competition of the John Conley Foundation for Ethics and Philosophy in Medicine; and her winning essay was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)! She is a recipient of numerous awards for academic excellence and community service. Her essays have appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Wall Street Journal, and she has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, New York Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Martha Stewart Living, Marie Claire, Redbook and Prevention Magazine, among many other publications.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Sukol spent seven years in environmental engineering consulting for government agencies including EPA and OSHA, and private industry. Dr. Sukol holds an MS in Environmental Science from the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University.

3 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Are you doing any conferences in the near future. I heard you speak and it changed my practice. I am a nurse midwife and I would love for my partners to hear you. I give you blog to all my patients and quote you frequently
    “Take back your sugar bowl”
    thank you


    • I will be at Symposia Medicus’s Sedona conference this coming May, and would highly recommend it. They really do a wonderful job, and this particular conference is on women’s health, which would be great for a nurse midwife! Please write back and let me know how my words changed your practice. I would be very interested to know how you translated what you heard for the benefit of your patients. Best wishes for your continued good health. Be well! RBS


  2. Dear Dr. Sukol:
    If you have time, could you provide advice either in a comment to me or a post, what a person who has lived with low blood sugar and is now becoming pre diabetic. That’s me. Post colicky baby, I was diagnosed by a doctor who was hard to find, my 7 and 1/2 glucose tolerance test in the 1980s revealing a score as low as 40 and as high as 230. A strict diet brought me into normal range. But I had what I called fuzzy head symptoms for two years before I got it under control. Then for a long time I lived normally, watching my sweets and either taking oil before bedtime or yogurt or Grape nuts in milk before bedtime. But now my A1C is creeping up. My fasting glucose sometimes in the low 90s. I’m confused about my diet, but eliminating sweets, watching carbs. I have some notes from you I follow carefully. But what should I eat around 11:00 pm before bedtime? Natural peanut butter? Will that suppress my insulin or support it? Having low blood sugar, one tries to keep insulin at bay. Now I need, as you say, not make it do all the work. I walk about 5 times a week, 2 and 1/2 miles. Thanks for your help.


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