Dr. Daniel Zeve: Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award

By Remekca Owens

Dr. Daniel Zeve can’t recall ever wanting to be anything other than a doctor. Growing up the youngest son of a pediatrician in Sugarland, Texas, he was seemingly surrounded by medicine his entire life. 

Dr. Daniel Zeve
Dr. Daniel Zeve

So after focusing much of his medical school research on endocrine diseases and earning a Ph.D. in genetics and development in the UT Southwestern Medical Scientist Training Program, he is now prepared to continue the legacy of medical care set by his father. This fall, he will begin a pediatrics residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. 

“My dad was definitely an inspiration for me, and I’ve always loved science and kids – mainly because I think kids get my jokes and appreciate how goofy I can be. So pediatrics was a natural fit,” said Dr. Zeve, who is the 2013 recipient of the Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award, an honor the Society bestows each year to a medical student who has done significant research in endocrinology.

Punch lines come to Dr. Zeve just as easily as scientific formulas. His charismatic personality has landed him several emcee jobs around campus, including two-time host of the annual faculty roast and the Multicultural Awareness Week closing event, Celebration of Cultures. He also has served as a writer, director, and star of the 2008 and 2013 UTSW senior student films.

Dr. Zeve, a 2004 graduate of Texas A&M University, has focused much of his research on childhood obesity and diabetes. In addition to publishing several research studies, he has spoken at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Diabetes and Obesity Study Group meeting in Tokyo, the 2010 Keystone Symposia-Adipose Tissue Biology conference, and the 2012 National M.D./Ph.D. Student Conference. 

“Dr. Zeve emerged as a leader of our lab, and drove many of the key experiments on mammalian adipose biology,” said Dr. Jonathan Graff, Professor of Developmental Biology and Molecular Biology. “He is an exceptional, intelligent young man, who I’m certain will make great contributions in the medical arena as a scientist and as a physician.” 

Outside of work and studies, Dr. Zeve enjoys playing golf and spending time with his two rescue dogs, Cedric and Sparky. And while he describes his next chapter in New York City with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, he is sure that the city will satisfy his other main hobbies – dining out and attending live music shows. 

“Going to New York will definitely be an adventure,” Dr. Zeve said. “The idea of navigating the city, leaving life as a student, and applying everything I’ve learned at UT Southwestern seems kind of scary, but I’m also looking forward to all of it.”

One day, Dr. Zeve hopes to return to an academic medical center, which will allow him to continue his passions for research, discovery, and patient care.