Physician Profile

Pamela Taxel, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, UConn Health
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Taxel is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at UConn Health. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate College of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of South Florida and UConn School of Medicine. She went on to specialty training in geriatrics, as well as endocrinology and metabolism, at the UConn School of Medicine.

Currently, she serves as the fellowship director in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Her clinical area of focus is in the treatment of patients with osteoporosis, with a special interest in the treatment of men and women receiving cancer therapies that impact bone health. She collaborates with School of Dental Medicine colleagues in several research projects including a study assessing the impact of bone health on implant success or failure, as well as another project on the identification of risk factors for osteonecrosis of the jaws in patients receiving bone-modifying therapies for advanced cancers.

Office Locations:

Center for Osteoporosis
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Bone Health Program
Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center
UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion, 4th Floor
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Board Certifications:
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Geriatric Medicine
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhysical Therapy
Graduate SchoolNew York UniversityCardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
Medical SchoolSUNY Health Science CenterMedicine
ResidencyUniversity of South Florida College of MedicineMedicine
FellowshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineEndocrinology
FellowshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineGeriatrics
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Recognition, Kaiser Permanente Teaching AwardUConn Health Center
"Excellence in Teaching" Award
"Resident of the Rotation" Award
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

The effect of The effect of androgen deprivation therapy on bone in men with prostate cancer.

The effect of aromatase inhibitors on markers of bone turnover and bone density in women with breast cancer.

Osteoporosis and bone augmentation/implant outcomes: an observational study.

Bone and oral health in pateients on bone-modualting therapies for cancer treatment.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Loss of Bone in Sickle Cell Trait and Sickle Cell Disease Female Mice Is Associated with Reduced IGF-1 in Bone and Serum. Xiao, Liping; Andemariam, Biree; Taxel, Pam; Adams, Douglas J; Zempsky, William T; Hurley, Marja M. (2016). Endocrinology, en20152001.

CBCT evaluation of buccal bone regeneration in postmenopausal women with and without osteopenia or osteoporosis undergoing dental implant therapy. Tadinada, Aditya; Ortiz, Denise; Taxel, Pamela; Shafer, David; Rengasamy, Kandasamy; Pendrys, David; Freilich, Martin. (2015). The Journal of prosthetic dentistry, 4, (114), 498-505.

Osteonecrosis of the jaw and rheumatoid arthritis. Is it the disease or the drugs?. Landesberg, Regina; Taxel, Pamela. (2013). The Journal of rheumatology, 6, (40), 749-51.

The relationship between implant stability and bone health markers in post-menopausal women with bisphosphonate exposure. Taxel, Pamela; Ortiz, Denise; Shafer, David; Pendrys, David; Reisine, Susan; Rengasamy, Kandasamy; Freilich, Martin. (2013). Clinical oral investigations, 1, (18), 49-57.

Quality of life improves among post-menopausal women who received bone augmentation during dental implant therapy. Reisine, S; Freilich, M; Ortiz, D; Pendrys, D; Shafer, D; Taxel, P. (2012). International journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery, 12, (41), 1558-62.