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Director of Endocrinology, Pancreas Care Center

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Board Certified

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, Diabetes, Pancreas Care, Endocrinology

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

In-hospital and 90-day outcomes after total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation for pediatric chronic and acute recurrent pancreatitis. Kotagal, M; Slusher, J; Ahmad, S; Aronson, LA; Brunner, J; Chima, R; Elder, DA; Goldschneider, KR; Hornung, L; Lin, TK; et al. American Journal of Transplantation. 2019; 19:1187-1194.

Prevalence of abnormal glucose metabolism in pediatric acute, acute recurrent and chronic pancreatitis. Abu-El-Haija, M; Hornung, L; Denson, LA; Husami, A; Lin, TK; Matlock, K; Nathan, JD; Palermo, JJ; Thompson, T; Valencia, CA; et al. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13:e0204979-e0204979.

Relationship between exercise capacity and glucose tolerance in cystic fibrosis. Foster, K; Huang, G; Zhang, N; Crisalli, J; Chini, B; Amin, R; Elder, D. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2018; 53:154-161.

Severe fasting hypoglycemia in a child after total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation. Redel, JM; Nathan, JD; Abu-El-Haija, M; Lin, TK; Palermo, JJ; Elder, DA. Pediatric Transplantation. 2018; 22:e13080-e13080.

beta-Cell Function Over Time in Adolescents With New Type 2 Diabetes and Obese Adolescents Without Diabetes. Elder, DA; Hornung, LN; Khoury, JC; D'Alessio, DA. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2017; 61:703-708.

Effect of Oral Insulin on Prevention of Diabetes in Relatives of Patients With Type 1 Diabetes A Randomized Clinical Trial. Atkinson, M; Krischer, J; Moran, A; Peakman, M; Spain, L; Schatz, DA; Sosenko, J; Antinozzi, P; Benoist, C; Bourcier, K; et al. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2017; 318:1891-1902.

Continuous glucose monitoring following pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation in children. Elder, DA; Jiminez-Vega, JM; Hornung, LN; Chima, RS; Abu-El-Haija, M; Lin, TK; Palermo, JJ; Nathan, JD. Pediatric Transplantation. 2017; 21.

Obesity is associated with an altered HDL subspecies profile among adolescents with metabolic disease. Davidson, WS; Heink, A; Sexmith, H; Dolan, LM; Gordon, SM; Otvos, JD; Melchior, JT; Elder, DA; Khoury, J; Geh, E; et al. Journal of lipid research. 2017; 58:1916-1923.

Weight loss surgery in adolescents corrects high-density lipoprotein subspecies and their function. Davidson, WS; Inge, TH; Sexmith, H; Heink, A; Elder, D; Hui, DY; Melchior, JT; Kelesidis, T; Shah, AS. International Journal of Obesity. 2017; 41:83-89.

The incretin effect in obese adolescents with and without type 2 diabetes: impaired or intact?. Aulinger, BA; Vahl, TP; Prigeon, RL; D'Alessio, DA; Elder, DA. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2016; 310:E774-E781.