Desmond Schatz, MD


Professor and Interim Chairman

Phone: 352-265-7337
Fax: 352-627-4415

Office:  1600 SW Archer Rd Office: J-591
PO Box 100296 Gainesville, FL 32610-0296




  • University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professional Biography

Desmond Schatz, MD is Professor and Associate Chairman of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Diabetes Institute and Director of the Clinical Research Center within the CTSI at the University of Florida, Gainesville.  He served as President of Science and Medicine of the American Diabetes Association in 2016. Dr. Schatz has been involved in Type 1 diabetes research since the mid 1980’s and has published over 360 manuscripts, the majority related to the prediction, natural history, genetics, immunopathogenesis and prevention of the disease, as well as the management of children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) on several NIH awards. He is the PI of the University of Florida Clinical Center participating in the NIH-funded TrialNet (a founding member of the DPT-1 in 1994). He is co-PI on a Program Project Grant seeking to understand the immunopathogenesis of Type 1 diabetes, and also serve as PI for the NIH-funded international newborn genetic screening (TEDDY) program in North Central Florida. He is the PI on the NIH-funded Human Islet Research Network (HIRN) Grant evaluating novel markers and mechanisms of beta cell destruction. He is the PI of the University of Florida site participating in the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange and is PI of the Florida site for the NIH-funded FLAIR Study aiming at creating a closed loop pancreas system.  Dr. Schatz has served in numerous capacities (Committees, Study Sections) for the American Diabetes Association, JDRF and NIH.  He serves on the external advisory board for the NIH- and CDC-funded SEARCH and TODAY studies in youth with Type 2 diabetes and on the JDRF-funded Australian INIT II studies. He was awarded the Mary Tyler Moore and S Robert Levine JDRF Excellence in Clinical Research Award, the 2009 Cure Award from the American Diabetes Association, the 2010 Public Policy Leadership Award, the prestigious Banting Medal for service from the American Diabetes Association and the ISPAD Prize for achievement (the highest honor of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes)

Recent Publications

  • Philips T, Kusmartseva Ir, Gerling I, Campbell-Thompson M, Wasserfall C, Pugliese A, Longmate JA, Schatz DA, Atkinson MA, Kaddis JS. Factors that influence the quality of RNA from the pancreas of organ donors. Pancreas. 2017 Feb;46(2):252-259. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000000717.  PMID: 27984510
  • Skyler JS, Bakris GL, Bonifacio E, Darsow T, Eckel RH, Groop L, Groop Per-Henrik, Handelsman Y, Insel RA, Mathieu C, McElvaine AT, Palmer JP, Pugliese A, Schatz DA, Sosenko JM, Wilding JPH, Ratner RE. Differentiation of diabetes by pathophysiology, natural History and prognosis.  Diabetes. 2017 Feb;66(2):241-255. doi: 10.2337/db16-0806. PMID: 27980006
  • Albanese-O’Neill A, Wu M, Miller K, Jacobsen L, Haller MJ, Schatz D. Poor adherence to ketone testing in patients with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care  2017  doi: 10.2337/dc16-2620
  • Campbell-Thompson M, Posgai AL, Schatz DA, Haller MJ, McGrail KM, Brusko TM, Wasserfall C, Schultz AR, Xia LI, Shuster JJ, Muir AB. Serum Trypsinogen levels in type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care.  In press 2017
  • Posgai A, Atkinson MA, Schatz D, Wasserfall C. Plant-based vaccines for oral delivery of type 1 diabetes-related autoantigens: Evaluating oral tolerance mechanisms and disease prevention in NOD mice  Sci Rep. 2017 Feb 13;7:42372. doi: 0.1038/srep42372.PMID: 28205558



Honors and Awards

2017        University of Florida Research Foundation Professor

2016       ISPAD Prize of Achievement award, Valencia Spain

2016       American Diabetes Association Banting for Leadership and Service Award

2016      President, American Diabetes Association

2015      DMDEA Gold Medial Oration Award, Chennai India