David E. Cummings, University of Washington, USA

David E. Cummings, M.D.

David E. Cummings, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition at the University of Washington, based at the Diabetes & Obesity Center of Excellence and the V.A. Puget Sound Health Care System.  He studies the hormonal and metabolic pathways that regulate appetite, body weight, and glucose homeostasis, using experiments ranging from bench science to clinical investigation.  A major current focus of his research is to elucidate endocrine mechanisms mediating the profound effects of bariatric/metabolic surgery on diabetes and body weight, as well as to determine the role of surgery in diabetes care through randomized clinical trials.  He also seeks to clarify the physiologic functions of the orexigenic hormone ghrelin. 

Dr. Cummings is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in Biochemistry.  He obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers – the highest award conferred by the U.S. government to researchers in their early independent careers.  It was given at the White House by President George W. Bush and included seven years of additional research funding.  Dr. Cummings has also received the 1996 Ethan Simms Young Investigator Award from The Obesity Society, the 2001 Philip J. Fialkow Scholar Award from the University of Washington, the 2006 Outstanding Investigator Award from the Western Society for Clinical Investigation, membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation since 2006, the Endocrine Society’s 2009 Pfizer International Award, a 2010 honorary Pfizer Visiting Professorship, and his work received the 2016 Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award from the American Diabetes Association.  

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