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Deborah A. Elder, MD


  • Director of Endocrinology, Pancreas Care Center
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I approach each child as if they were my own. I often ask myself, 'If this were my child, what would I want from my provider and the management plan?'

About

Biography

During medical school, I was influenced by mentors and positive role models to enter the pediatrics field. As a pediatric endocrinologist and diabetes specialist, I approach each child as if they were my own. I often ask myself, “If this were my child, what would I want from my provider and the management plan?”

In my practice, I'm a strong patient advocate. I’m the lead endocrinologist within the Division of Pulmonology and Director of Endocrinology within the Pancreas Care Canter. I provide care for children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis and those with acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis.

TPIAT, or total pancreatectomy with islet auto transplantation, is surgery for severe, debilitating pain from acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis. We’ve created and utilized a TPIAT clinical registry to maintain better communication and management with our patients who have undergone this procedure.

I am studying beta-cell function in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis and those who are being evaluated for a TPIAT procedure.

In my spare time, I enjoy trying new recipes, gardening and spending time outdoors.

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Publications

Predictors of Glycemic Outcomes at 1 Year Following Pediatric Total Pancreatectomy With Islet Autotransplantation. Swauger, SE; Hornung, LN; Elder, DA; Balamurugan, AN; Vitale, DS; Lin, TK; Nathan, JD; Abu-El-Haija, M. Diabetes Care. 2022; 45:295-302.

Increased Prevalence of Beta-Cell Dysfunction despite Normal HbA1c in Youth and Young Adults with Turner Syndrome. Sheanon, N; Elder, D; Khoury, J; Casnellie, L; Gutmark-Little, I; Cernich, J; Backeljauw, PF. Hormone Research in Paediatrics. 2021; 94:297-306.

Inaccurate Glucose Sensor Values After Hydroxyurea Administration. Tellez, SE; Hornung, LN; Courter, JD; Abu-El-Haija, M; Nathan, JD; Lawson, SA; Elder, DA. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics. 2021; 23:443-451.

Improved Glycemic Outcomes with Early Initiation of Insulin Pump Therapy in Pediatric Postoperative Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation. Tellez, SE; Hornung, LN; Courter, JD; Abu-el-haija, M; Nathan, JD; Lawson, SA; Elder, DA. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021; 10.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit Following Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation in Children: Establishing Accuracy of the Dexcom G6 Model. Segev, N; Hornung, LN; Tellez, SE; Courter, JD; Lawson, SA; Nathan, JD; Abu-El-haija, M; Elder, DA. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021; 10.

Imaging prediction of islet yield and post-operative insulin requirement in children undergoing total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation. Trout, AT; Nolan, HR; Abu-El-Haija, M; Fei, L; Lin, TK; Elder, DA; Nathan, JD. Pancreatology. 2021; 21:269-274.

Islet cell transplantation in children. Balamurugan, AN; Elder, DA; Abu-El-Haija, M; Nathan, JD. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. 2020; 29.

903-P: Hydroxyurea Resulting in False Elevation of Continuous Glucose Sensor Values. TELLEZ, SE; HORNUNG, L; COURTER, JD; ABU-EL-HAIJA, M; NATHAN, JD; LAWSON, S; ELDER, DA. Diabetes. 2020; 69.

115-OR: Early Insulin Pump Use in Pediatric Post–Total Pancreatectomy Islet Auto Transplantation Management. TELLEZ, SE; HORNUNG, L; COURTER, JD; ABU-EL-HAIJA, M; NATHAN, JD; LAWSON, S; ELDER, DA. Diabetes. 2020; 69.

Imaging prediction of islet yield and function in children undergoing total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation. Nathan, J; Nolan, H; Fei, L; Lin, T; Elder, D; Abu-El-Haija, M; Trout, A. Pancreatology. 2019; 19.

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