The Division of Mineral Metabolism at UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to providing excellence in the clinical care of patients with diseases of mineral metabolism, advancing medical knowledge of the causes and treatments of such diseases, instructing and educating physicians in the practice of mineral metabolism, and bridging exceptional clinical care with first-hand patient-oriented research in the field of mineral metabolism.
In conjunction with the Division of Mineral Metabolism, the Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research provides expertise and resources for both clinicians and basic scientists to explore the underlying mechanisms and genetic basis contributing to disorders of mineral metabolism. These entities are dedicated to providing postdoctoral fellows with a unique educational environment conducive to excellence in patient care and independent conduct of clinical research.
The mutual efforts between the Division of Mineral Metabolism and the Pak Center have led to the continued development of novel drugs for the treatment of disorders of mineral metabolism, specifically kidney stone disease and osteoporosis.
History of the Division of Mineral Metabolism
Charles Pak, M.D., spearheaded the Division of Mineral Metabolism in 1972 after he was recruited from the laboratory of renowned Frederic Bartter, M.D., at the National Institutes of Health. The Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research was established in 1994, maintaining a joint effort with the Division of Mineral Metabolism. Khashayar Sakhaee, M.D., assumed the title of Division Chief in 1999, and Orson Moe, M.D., was named Director of the Pak Center upon Dr. Pak’s retirement in 2003.
Visit the Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism to learn more about the Mineral Metabolism Clinic, the Biotechnology Program in Mineral Metabolism, our laboratories, faculty, research, and much more.