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Division Highlights - Endocrinology & Diabetes

The Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes provides state-of-the-art medical care through four multidisciplinary clinics: diabetes, endocrinology, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and pediatric fitness.

Our research aims to improve the health and quality of life of children with diabetes and endocrine disorders and to prevent childhood obesity and its consequences.

2010 Highlights

  • David Allen, MD, began his term as president of the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
  • Tracy Bekx, MD, was first author of “Characteristics of Adolescents Presenting to a Multidisciplinary Clinic for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome,” published in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
  • Aaron Carrel, MD, and David Allen, MD, were awarded a two-year, $291,882 grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Medical Education and Research Committee to study barriers to physical activity and good nutrition among Latino students in South Milwaukee.
  • Ellen Connor, MD, presented an invited seminar, “Endocrine Disruptors and the Female Patient,” at the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
  • Fellow Vanessa Curtis, MD, was chosen to attend the Endocrine Aspects of Metabolism and Diabetes fellowship at the NIH. She also presented results from her research project at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Society Meeting in Vancouver, BC.  
  • Michael MacDonald, MD, successfully renewed his NIH/NIDDK grant on glucose/secretagogue metabolism in pancreatic islets.
  • Fellow Jennifer Rehm, MD, and research mentor Ellen Connor, MD, received funding from the Endocrine Fellows Foundation and the Genentech Center for Research and Education for research on inflammatory markers and hepatic triglyceride content in adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Todd Varness, MD, received the UW Alumni Association’s Clinical Science Teaching Award for dedicated commitment to teaching excellence.


Michael J. MacDonald, MD

Professor and Division Chief

David B. Allen, MD


M. Tracy Bekx, MD

Assistant Professor

Aaron L. Carrel, MD

Associate Professor

Ellen L. Connor, MD

Associate Professor

Ei Terasawa, PhD


Gordon A. Tuffli, MD

Clinical Professor Emeritus

Todd S. Varness, MD

Assistant Professor

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Last updated: 01/04/2016
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