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Clinical Division Faculty


 David Maahs, MD, PhD
 Primary Appointment: Associate Professor of Pediatrics
 Secondary Appointment: Epidemiology at Colorado School of Public Health, 
 Division of Renal and Hypertension

My research interest is to improve care and prevent complications in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). My research has extended from epidemiologic studies identifying targets to development of clinical trials to test interventions. My NIDDK sponsored K23 “Cardiovascular Disease in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: Young Adults to Adolescents” focused on cardiovascular and kidney complications in young adults with T1D. I continue this work as part of the Coronary Artery Calcification in Type 1 Diabetes (CACTI) Study with Drs. Marian Rewers and Janet Snell-Bergeon and in the pediatric population with Dr. Paul Wadwa. I am co-Chair for Protocols and Publications with the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange and also an investigator with the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study. I am local PI on a JDRF sponsored study of the genetics of diabetic kidney disease with Dr. Andrew Patterson (U Toronto) and the local PI on PERL, an RCT to prevent early kidney function decline with Michael Mauer (U Minnesota) and Alessandro Doria (Joslin) as PIs. I am a PI on FL3X, an innovative behavioral intervention for adolescents with T1D with Drs. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis (UNC) and Michael Seid (Cincinnati). As a logical extension of this research to prevent T1D complications, my research has increasingly focused on the development of the artificial pancreas as improved glucose control is the best proven method to prevent T1D complications. I work with Drs. Peter Chase, Paul Wadwa, and Rob Slover locally on the artificial pancreas and with clinical and engineering collaborators at Stanford, RPI, Jaeb, Sansum/UCSB, Yale, UVa, and UC-Boulder on JDRF, NIDDK, and NSF funded studies. I am co-PI with Dr. Klingensmith on the Barbara Davis Center T32 training grant in Pediatric Endocrinology. With Dr. Peter Chase, I am co-author of the Understanding Diabetes (Pink Panther) education books.
  I am Secretary General (2016-18) of the International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes.

Study Coordinators:
PERL Study: Vicky Gage
Artificial Pancreas Study: Laurel Messer
FL3X Study: Franziska Bishop


MD: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (1997)
PhD: University of Colorado Denver (2010)
Residency:  University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (2000)
Fellowship: University of Colorado Denver (2006)