Rasa Kazlauskaite, MD, MS

Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine (Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism), Rush Medical College
Role: Clinician, Faculty and Researcher
Joined Rush in 2009


As a Senior Attending Physician and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, I focus on the integration of technology to make sense of diabetes and diabetes self-care. My other interest is metabolic health at midlife in women and men for cardiovascular and metabolic prevention.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I was inspired by my mentors and the analytic nature of the field of endocrinology and metabolism.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Rush University Medical Center has a unique place in the Chicago Medical District and in the Chicagoland medical community overall. I was attracted by the balance between academic mission and excellence in patient care that I found at Rush.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

Mentoring allows you to see the hope inside yourself, to find your direction and to focus. Sponsorship enlightens your abilities and helps you make the most of your strengths in the broader world. We should sponsor and mentor, just as we need to be sponsored and mentored.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

There is more complexity in diabetes than we have been led to believe.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy the arts because they make us human. I enjoy sports because challenge is obligatory for our bodies, just as much as it is for our brains.