Issam Essa Cheikh, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (390 reviews)

Specialities: Endocrinology

Languages: Arabic, English

410-554-6490

About me

Issam Cheikh, MD, FACP, FACE, is Emeritus Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and director of the Diabetes and Endocrine Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. After completing his residency training in internal medicine at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Dr. Cheikh completed his fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the University of Maryland.
He founded the Division of Endocrinology at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and developed the endocrinology fellowship training program along with one of the largest diabetes and endocrine practices in the region. Dr. Cheikh has directed the longest-running annual diabetes symposium of its kind since 1976 and has gained numerous awards for teaching and service. Dr. Cheikh is a adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Issam Cheikh, MD, named 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020 "Top Docs" by Baltimore Magazine for endocrinology/diabetes care.
 

Clinical areas of focus

  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Adrenal Mass
  • Cushing Syndrome
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Goiter
  • Graves Disease
  • Hashimoto Thyroiditis
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Insulin Pump
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pituitary Disorders
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Prediabetes
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Glucose Metabolism
  • Achondroplasia
  • Addisons Disease
  • Adrenal Adenoma
  • Adrenal Atrophy
  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Adrenal Mass
  • Adrenal Neoplasm
  • Adrenal Nodules
  • Adrenogenital Syndrome
  • Androgen Excess
  • Androgen Insensitivity
  • Bartter Syndrome
  • Calcium Metabolism
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Congenital Hypothyroidism
  • Conn Syndrome
  • Cushing Syndrome
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Diabetic Coma
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Disorders Of Sexual Differentiation
  • Disorders Of Water Balance
  • Ectopic Hyperparathyroidism
  • Elevated Acth
  • Elevated Growth Hormone
  • Endocrine Complications Of Transplant
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Familial Dyslipidemia
  • Familial Hyperparathyroidism
  • Familial Hypocalciuric Hypercalcemia
  • Feminizing Syndrome
  • Glucagonoma
  • Glucocorticoid Deficiency
  • Glycogen Storage Disease
  • Goiter
  • Graves Disease
  • Growth Disorders
  • Growth Hormone Abnormalities
  • Growth Hormone Deficiency
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hashimoto Thyroiditis
  • History Of Pituitary Mass
  • Hurthle Cell Cancer
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypo Thalamic Pituitary Disorder
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Inborn Errors Of Metabolism
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Insulinoma
  • Islet Cell Hyperplasia
  • Islet Cell Tumor
  • Low T3
  • Low T4
  • Male Infertility
  • Mccune Albright Syndrome
  • Metabolic Abnormalities
  • Metabolic Bone Diseases
  • Metabolic Disorders Inherited
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Moon Facies
  • Morbid Obesity
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2A
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2B
  • Myxedema
  • Nodular Goiter
  • Non Toxic Goiter
  • Obesity
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ovarian Failure
  • Panhypopituitarism
  • Parathyroid Adenoma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Disease
  • Parathyroid Hyperplasia
  • Parathyroid Mass
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Pineal Gland Dysfunction
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Pituitary Disorders
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Polyglandular Autoimmune Syndrome
  • Prader Willi Syndrome
  • Precocious Puberty
  • Prediabetes
  • Premature Adrenarche
  • Pseudohermaphroditism
  • Pseudohypoparathyroidism
  • Rickets
  • Secondary Amenorrhea
  • Secondary Hyperaldosteronism
  • Short Stature
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Testosterone Deficiency
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cyst
  • Thyroid Disorder
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Thyroid Orbitopathy
  • Thyroid Storm
  • Thyroiditis
  • Thyrotoxic Exophthalmos
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Toxic Diffuse Goiter
  • Toxic Nodular Goiter
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Virilizing Syndrome
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Weight Problem
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Procedures I perform

  • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Diabetes Education
  • Fine Needle Aspiration Of Thyroid
  • Insulin Pump
  • Radioiodine Therapy
  • Testosterone Replacement Therapy
  • Thyroid Function Blood Panel
  • Thyroid Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Guided Thyroid Biopsy
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Practice locations

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200 East 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218

410-554-4511

Fax 410-554-6490

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Fellowship Program: University of Maryland Medical Center (1975)

Residency Program: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (1973)

Internship Program: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (1971)

Medical School: Damascus University (1968)

Awards

  • 2015-2017, 2019, and 2020 Top Doctor, Baltimore magazine

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.9
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.9
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.8
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.9
  • Provider showed respect

    4.9
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.9
  • Aug 4, 2021

    Was recommended to see a dietician which I concurred. However, need to be informed more concerning thyroid and it's function. Pros & con, the severity of having thyroid disease.

  • Jul 27, 2021

    Dr. Cheikh is absolutely the very best!!!

  • Jul 13, 2021

    Good