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Clinical Division Faculty

Georgeanna Klingensmith, MD
Primary Appointment: Professor of Pediatrics

I joined the Barbara Davis Center (BDC) in 1995 during a merger of BDC and Children’s Hospital pediatric diabetes programs and served as the BDC Pediatric Clinic Director from 1995-2010. My major research interests have been in the epidemiology of type 1 diabetes, both the usual epidemiology of prevalence and incidence of childhood diabetes through the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study, but also the epidemiology of diabetes autoimmunity in high-risk children and youth as an active investigator in NIH sponsored DAISY and TEDDY studies. Another focus of my research over the past 20 years has been the assessment of quality of diabetes care in children and what factors and methods of management improve glycemic outcomes as well as quality of life for children and families. Through the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study and the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry I have published on the outcomes of care as well as participated in assessment of the evolving presentations of type 1 diabetes in adolescents. I have also published in type 2 diabetes in youth through SEARCH, the TODAY study and the Pediatric Diabetes Consortium. I have had the privilege of mentoring fellows and junior faculty in developing their research, especially clinical research skills. Since 2002 I have been the PI for the Barbara Davis Center T32 and K12 NIH grants to train young pediatric endocrinologists in research to prepare them for careers in academic medicine as the future leaders in diabetes research. I consider the careers of young faculty I have participated in teaching as my greatest accomplishment. I was awarded the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Physician-Clinician Award in Diabetes in 2012.


MD: Duke University School of Medicine (1971)
Internship: University of Colorado (1972)
Residency: St. Louis Children’s Hospital (1974)
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Program, Pediatric Endocrinology (Juvenile Diabetes) (1976)