A photo of Deborah Elder.

Director of Endocrinology, Pancreas Care Center

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research

Clinical Interests

Type 1 diabetes; type 2 diabetes; cystic-fibrosis-related diabetes; assessment of beta-cell function in the evaluation of total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TPAIT) in children with chronic pancreatitis; growth disorders; precocious puberty; pancreatic center member; cystic fibrosis and endocrine combined clinic; lung transplantation center member.

Research Interests

Beta-cell function and glucose tolerance in a variety of different diabetes conditions.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Endocrinology, Pulmonary Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Pancreas Care

My Locations

My Education

BS: Michigan State University, 1991.

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, 1995.

Residency: Indiana University Riley Hospital For Children, Indianapolis, IN, 1998.

Fellowship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2001.

Certification: Pediatric endocrinology.

My Publications

Kotagal M, Slusher J, Abu-El-Haija M, Ahmad S, Brunner J, Elder DA, Goldschneider KR, Hornung LN, Lin TK, Ogg SM, Palermo J, Rose J, Sekoulopoulos S, Szabova A, Nathan JD. In-Hospital and 90 Day Outcomes after Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation for Pediatric Chronic and Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis. American J Transplantation. 2019 Apr;19(4):1187-1194.

Abu-El-Haija M, Hornung L, Denson L, Husami A, Lin T, Matlock K, Nathan J, Palermo J, Thompson T, Valencia C, Wang X, Woo J, Zhang K, Elder D. Prevalence of abnormal glucose metabolism in pediatric acute, acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis. PloS One. 2018 Oct 31;13(10):e0204979.

Elder DA, Hornung LN, Khoury JC, D’Alessio DA. Beta-cell Function Over Time in Adolescents with New Type 2 Diabetes and Obese Adolescents without Diabetes. J Adolesc Health. 2017 Dec;61(6):703-708.

Redel JM, Nathan JD, Abu-El-Haija M, Lin TK, Palermo JJ, Elder DA. Severe Fasting Hypoglycemia in a Child after Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2017 Nov.

Foster K, Huang Guixia, Zhang N, Crisalli J, Chini B, Amin R, Elder DA. Relationship between exercise capacity and glucose tolerance in cystic fibrosis. Ped Pulm. 2017 Nov.

Davidson WS, Heink A, Sexmith H, Dolan LM, Gordon SM, Otos JD, Melchior JT, Elder DA, Khoury J, Geh E, Shah AS. Obesity is associated with an altered HDL subspecies profile among adolescents with metabolic disease. J Lipid Res. 2017 Sep;58(9):1916-1923.

Elder DA, Jiminez-Vega JM, Chima RS, Abu-El-Haija M, Lin TK, Palermo JJ, Hornung LN, Nathan JD. Continuous Glucose Monitoring Following Pancreatectomy with Islet Autotransplantation in Children. Pediatr Transplant. 2017 Aug.

Aulinger BA, Vahl TP, Prigeon RL, D’Alessio DA, Elder DA. The Incretin Effect in Obese Adolescents with and without Type 2 Diabetes: Impaired or Intact? Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2016 May 1;310(9):E774-81.

Inge TH, Prigeon RL, Elder DA, Jenkins TM, Cohen RM, Xanthakos SA, Benoit SC, Dolan LM, D’Alessio DA. Gastric bypass improves insulin sensitivity and β-cell function in severely obese adolescents. J Pediatr. 2015 Nov;167(5):1042-1048.

Wooldridge JL, Szczesniak RD, Fenchel MC, Elder DA. Insulin Secretion Abnormalities in Exocrine Pancreatic Sufficient Cystic Fibrosis Patients. J Cyst Fibros. 2015 Nov;14(6):792-797.