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David Maahs MD

David M. Maahs MD

Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California

Dr. David Maahs' research interest is to improve care, outcomes, and quality of life in people with diabetes. Specifically, his research has extended from epidemiologic studies identifying gaps in care to development of hypotheses to test interventions in clinical trials. His NIDDK-sponsored K23 “Cardiovascular Disease in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: Young Adults to Adolescents” focused on cardiovascular and kidney complications in young adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Dr. Maahs continued this work as part of the Coronary Artery Calcification in Type 1 Diabetes (CACTI) Study and as an investigator with the Search for Diabetes in Youth study.

Dr. Maahs is a past Co-Chair for Protocols and Publications with the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange and continues as director of international collaborations, which complements his role for ISPAD. 

While in Colorado, Dr. Maahs was local PI on two NIDDK-funded UC4 studies: PERL, an RCT to prevent early kidney function decline, and FLEX, an innovative behavioral intervention for adolescents with T1D. His research increasingly focused on diabetes technology to improve quality of life and increase time-in-range and to translate diabetes technology from research to the clinic to reduce disparities in care.

In Colorado, Dr. Maahs was the site PI on 3 UC4 -unded automated insulin delivery studies, and he continues this research at Stanford with Drs. Buckingham and Hood. He has worked with clinical and engineering collaborators at multiple institutions on JDRF, NIDDK, and NSF funded studies. With the expansion of diabetes technology into clinical care, they have identified local, national, and international disparities and designed projects (4T study, ECHO Diabetes) with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to provide the best possible care to all people with diabetes.

Dr. Maahs was co-PI with Dr. Klingensmith on the Barbara Davis Center T32 and K12 training grants in Pediatric Endocrinology and co-author with Dr Chase on the 12th and 13th editions of Understanding Diabetes, or Pink Panther education books. He currently serves as the Associate Director for the NIDDK P30-funded Stanford University Diabetes Research Center (SDRC) and PI of the Stanford K12 ‘Training Research Leaders in Type 1 Diabetes.”