Sunita De Sousa

Sunita De Sousa

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Sunita De Sousa is a Staff Specialist in the Royal Adelaide Hospital Endocrine & Metabolic Unit and the South Australian Adult Genetics Unit, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. Her areas of special interest are pituitary endocrinology and endocrine genetics. Her recent research in endocrine genetics spans a range of endocrinopathies, including pituitary and adrenal tumours, paragangliomas, hyperparathyroidism, diabetes and hereditary pancreatitis.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Clinical Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2019 Staff Specialist Endocrine & Metabolic Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital
    2018 Staff Specialist South Australian Adult Genetics Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award University Doctoral Research Medal University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2017 Royal Australasian College of Physicians Australia FRACP
    2016 University of London United Kingdom MSc
    2009 University of New South Wales Australia MBBS (Hons)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Meyer, E. J., Spangenberg, L., Ramírez, M. J., De Sousa, S. M. C., Raggio, V., & Torpy, D. J. (2021). CBG Montevideo: A Clinically Novel SERPINA6 Mutation Leading to Haploinsufficiency of Corticosteroid-binding Globulin. Journal of the Endocrine Society, 5(9), bvab115.
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    2020 De Sousa, S. M. C., Toubia, J., Hardy, T. S. E., Feng, J., Wang, P., Schreiber, A. W., . . . Torpy, D. J. (2020). Aberrant Splicing of SDHC in Families With Unexplained Succinate Dehydrogenase-Deficient Paragangliomas. Journal of the Endocrine Society, 4(12), 1-12.
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    2020 De Sousa, S. M. C., Manavis, J., Feng, J., Wang, P., Schreiber, A. W., Scott, H. S., & Torpy, D. J. (2020). A putative role for the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) gene in a patient with cyclical Cushing's disease. BMC Endocrine Disorders, 20(1), 6 pages.
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    2020 De Sousa, S. M. C., Baranoff, J., Rushworth, R. L., Butler, J., Sorbello, J., Vorster, J., . . . Torpy, D. J. (2020). Impulse Control Disorders in Dopamine Agonist-Treated Hyperprolactinemia: Prevalence and Risk Factors. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 105(3), E108-E118.
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    2019 McCabe, M. J., Gauthier, M. E. A., Chan, C. L., Thompson, T. J., De Sousa, S. M. C., Puttick, C., . . . Lakhani, S. (2019). Development and validation of a targeted gene sequencing panel for application to disparate cancers. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 16 pages.
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    2019 Du, Y. T., Moore, L., Poplawski, N. K., & De Sousa, S. M. C. (2019). Familial GATA6 mutation causing variably expressed diabetes mellitus and cardiac and renal abnormalities. Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Case Reports, 2019(1).
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    2019 De Sousa, S. M. C., Saleem, M., Rankin, W., & Torpy, D. J. (2019). Serum prolactin overestimation and risk of misdiagnosis.. Endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism, 2(3), e00065.
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    2019 De Sousa, S. M. C., Wang, P. P. S., Santoreneos, S., Shen, A., Yates, C. J., Babic, M., . . . Scott, H. S. (2019). The Genomic Landscape of Sporadic Prolactinomas. Endocrine Pathology, 30(4), 318-328.
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    2019 De Sousa, S. M. C., & Jesudason, D. (2019). Cover Image, Volume 90, Issue 1. Clinical Endocrinology, 90(1), i.
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    2019 De Sousa, S. M. C., & Jesudason, D. (2019). Rebound vertebral and non-vertebral fractures during denosumab interruption in a postmenopausal woman. Clinical Endocrinology, 90(1), 250-252.
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    2018 De Sousa, S., Hardy, T., Scott, H., & Torpy, D. (2018). Genetic testing in endocrinology. Clinical Biochemist Reviews, 39(1), 17-28.
    Scopus5 Europe PMC3
    2018 De Sousa, S., Sheriff, N., Tran, C., Menzies, A., Tsang, V., Long, G., & Tonks, K. (2018). Fall in thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) may be an early marker of ipilimumab-induced hypophysitis. Pituitary, 21(3), 274-282.
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    2017 De Sousa, S. M. C., McCormack, A. I., McGrath, S., & Torpy, D. J. (2017). Prolactin correction for adequacy of petrosal sinus cannulation may diminish diagnostic accuracy in Cushing's disease. Clinical Endocrinology, 87(5), 515-522.
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    2017 De Sousa, S. M. C., Meyer, E. J., Rankin, W., Brautigan, P. J., Burt, M. G., & Torpy, D. J. (2017). Vasculogenic hyperprolactinemia: severe prolactin excess in association with internal carotid artery aneurysms. Pituitary, 20(6), 676-682.
    DOI Europe PMC1
    2017 De Sousa, S. M. C., Stowasser, M., Feng, J., Schreiber, A. W., Wang, P., Hahn, C. N., . . . Gagliardi, L. (2017). ARMC5 is not implicated in familial hyperaldosteronism type II (FH-II). Journal of Human Hypertension, 31(12), 857-859.
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    2017 De Sousa, S., Chapman, I., Falhammar, H., & Torpy, D. (2017). Dopa-testotoxicosis: disruptive hypersexuality in hypogonadal men with prolactinomas treated with dopamine agonists. Endocrine, 55(2), 618-624.
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    2017 De Sousa, S., McCabe, M., Wu, K., Roscioli, T., Gayevskiy, V., Brook, K., . . . McCormack, A. (2017). Germline variants in familial pituitary tumour syndrome genes are common in young patients and families with additional endocrine tumours. European Journal of Endocrinology, 176(5), 635-644.
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    2016 De Sousa, S., Haghighi, K., Qiu, M., Greenfield, J., & Chen, D. (2016). Synchronous Nesidioblastosis, Endocrine Microadenoma, and Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasia in a Man Presenting with Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia. Pancreas, 45(1), 154-159.
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    2016 De Sousa, S. M. C., Kassahn, K. S., McIntyre, L. C., Chong, C. E., Scott, H. S., & Torpy, D. J. (2016). Case report of whole genome sequencing in the XY female: identification of a novel SRY mutation and revision of a misdiagnosis of androgen insensitivity syndrome. BMC Endocrine Disorders, 16(1), 58-1-58-7.
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    2016 de Sousa, S., & Mccormack, A. (2016). Cutaneous lichen amyloidosis in multiple endocrine neoplasia. Internal Medicine Journal, 46(1), 116-117.
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    2016 De Sousa, S., & Norman, R. (2016). Metabolic syndrome, diet and exercise. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 37, 140-151.
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    2016 De Sousa, S. M. C., Maiti, K., Smith, R., & McCormack, A. I. (2016). Corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) expression in the dermoid component of ovarian teratomas. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 30(5), 867-869.
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    2015 De Sousa, S. M. C., Earls, P., & McCormack, A. I. (2015). Pituitary hyperplasia: case series and literature review of an under-recognised and heterogeneous condition.. Endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism case reports, 2015, 150017.
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    2015 Lam, T., Chan, M. M. K., Sweeting, A. N., De Sousa, S. M. C., Clements, A., Carlino, M. S., . . . Chipps, D. R. (2015). Ipilimumab-induced hypophysitis in melanoma patients: An Australian case series. Internal Medicine Journal, 45(10), 1066-1073.
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    2014 De Sousa, S. M. C., Long, G. V., & Tonks, K. T. (2014). Ipilimumab-induced hypophysitis: Early Australian experience. Medical Journal of Australia, 201(4), 198-199.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2018 Hardy, T., De Sousa, S., & Norman, R. (2018). Obesity and reproduction. In M. J. Skinner (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Reproduction (pp. 87-93). Academic Press.
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    2015 De Sousa, S., & Norman, R. J. (2015). A patient found to have Cushing syndrome. In N. S. Macklon, H. M. Fatemi, R. J. Norman, & P. Patrizio (Eds.), Case Studies in Assisted Reproduction: Common and Uncommon Presentations (pp. 50-52). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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    2013 Hardy, T., De Sousa, S., & Norman, R. J. (2013). Polycystic ovary syndrome: Prognosis and risk of comorbidity. In Novel Insights into the Pathophysiology and Treatment of PCOS (pp. 123-137). Future Medicine Ltd.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 De Sousa, S. M., McCormack, A. I., McGrath, S., & Torpy, D. J. (2018). Use of prolactin in inferior petrosal sinus sampling is misleading. In CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY Vol. 89 (pp. 32). Perth, AUSTRALIA: WILEY.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2017 De Sousa, S. M. C., Chapman, I. M., Falhammar, H., & Torpy, D. J. (2017). Dopa-testotoxicosis: a novel drug toxicity of dopamine agonists in male prolactinoma patients. Poster session presented at the meeting of CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
    2017 De Sousa, S. M., Stowasser, M., Feng, J., Schreiber, A. W., Hahn, C. N., Torpy, D. J., . . . Scott, H. S. (2017). Sequence variants in ARMC5 are not implicated in familial hyperaldosteronism type II. Poster session presented at the meeting of CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
    2017 Meyer, E. J., De Sousa, S. M., Burt, M. G., & Torpy, D. J. (2017). Cavernous internal carotid artery ansurysm: a rare cause of marked hyperprolactinaemia. Poster session presented at the meeting of CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Co-Chair ESA Early Career Researcher Committee Endocrine Society of Australia Australia

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