News, Honors, and Awards

Dr. Gunasekaran participates in LEAD virtual sessions


Uma Gunasekaran, M.D., a 2021 LEAD Participant presented her Capstone project at a recent virtual poster session. Her project was titled "Integrated Practice Unit: Diabetes and Infectious Diseases". 

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Congratulations to our recent Faculty Promotions


We would like to congratulate our faculty members who were recently promoted. Marconi Abreu, M.D., Sadia Ali, M.D., Jaime Almandoz, M.D., Uma Gunasekaran, M.D., and Kyaw Soe, M.D., were all promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor. 

Breastfeeding's legacy may protect against diabetes


Breastfeeding secures delivery of sugar and fat for milk production by changing the insulin sensitivity of organs that supply or demand these nutrients, a new study led by UT Southwestern scientists suggests. The findings, published in Diabetes, could explain how different tissues cooperate to start and maintain lactation and offer strategies to help improve breastfeeding success for mothers who have insufficient milk production.

Epidemiologic studies suggest that breastfeeding protects women from developing Type 2 diabetes, even decades after their children have been weaned. But how this benefit arises has been unclear, explains Maria A. Ramos-Roman, M.D.

Welcome to the team, Dr. Vora


Dr. Amy Vora is originally from Arkansas and received her internal medicine training at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Due to her interest in managing challenging endocrine diagnoses and helping a growing population of patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, she completed a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She has an interest in Type 1 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes and Reproductive Endocrine Disorders. Dr. Vora’s interests outside of medicine include running, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Mcfadden recently receives funding from Damon Runyon


Dr. David McFadden receives funding from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for "Identifying metabolic vulnerabilities in Hürthle cell carcinoma"

Dr. Lingvay promoted to Professor


Dr. Ildiko Lingvay has been promoted to Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. Dr. Pascual has secondary appointments in Clinical Sciences. Her research focus is on Metabolic Syndromes, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

Dr. Almandoz 2018 LEAD Participant


Jamie Almandoz, M.D. – 2018 Leadership in Emerging Academic Departments (LEAD) Program participant – "Weight Wellness Shared Medical Appointments: Sharing Visits and Success"

Dr. Esparza joins the Endocrinology team


Dr. Maria Esparza is originally from Chicago but grew up in Mexico. She received her medical training at Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes and graduated with honors. She completed her internal medicine training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Esparza pursued her fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at UTSW. During her fellowship, she participated in lipid research and her passion for education and clinical research led her to stay as faculty at UTSW. 

Dr. Bickel awarded NIDDK grant


The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases awarded Dr. Perry Bickel a grant for the study of "Perilipin 5 in the Regulation of Adipose Tissue Function."

Dr. Mirfakhraee awarded for Clinical Training


Dr. Sasan Mirfakhraee receives the Daniel W. Foster Excellence in Clinical Training Award.