Dr. Robert Williams
Dr. Robert Williams

History

Founded in 1948 by Dr. Robert H. Williams, the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition is internationally recognized for its expertise in several research areas.

Our faculty and research have distinguished history of contribution to the study of diabetes, lipoprotein metabolism and antherosclerosis, body weight regulation and obesity, and male reproductive endocrinology.

Overview

The Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition at the University of Washington is nationally and internationally recognized for its expertise in several areas, especially diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis, body weight regulation and obesity, and male reproductive endocrinology.

The Division includes approximately 45 faculty members and have a long and distinguished history of being at the cutting edge of discovery in these areas, spanning the range from basic science research, through clinical investigation and state-of-the-art innovative clinical care. The spirit of excellence continues today, with outstanding research and clinical programs. 

The recent establishment of the Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence based at the South Lake Union campus is an example of the Division’s commitment to basic research in these areas. 

Patient Care

The Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition provides comprehensive clinical care in all aspects of outpatient and inpatient metabolism and endocrinology.  Inpatient consult services are provided at three major clinical sites of the University of Washington: The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). A general Endocrine Clinic is provided at UWMC-Roosevelt, HMC and the VA. The HMC clinic also serves patients referred from community primary care providers. 

Research

The Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition includes approximately 45 faculty members with a variety of research interests in the areas of diabetes mellitus, lipids and lipoproteins, obesity and its related disorders, and reproductive endocrinology. Nutritional research is an important component in most of these areas. Studies by faculty members are funded by a large number of grants, primarily from the National Institute of Health, but also from various foundations and from the pharmaceutical industry. The division also plays a leadership role in several NIH-funded Program Project Grants and Centers.

Education and Fellowship Training

The main objective of the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition fellowship program is to prepare talented MDs and/or PhDs, who have a strong interest in basic and/or clinical research, for full-time careers in academic endocrinology.  

To this end it has an accredited fellowship program leading to board eligibility in endocrinology. MD fellows receive clinical training in metabolism, endocrinology and nutrition to prepare them for board certification. The fellowship training program has a strong research focus, which is supported by two NIH training grants. 

Both MD and PhD fellows receive training in laboratory research and in the basic sciences in the laboratories of individual faculty members. Several centers and facilities are available to facilitate the research of postdoctoral fellows.

In addition to mentoring fellows, division faculty are very active in teaching medical students, housestaff and residents, and also are active in continuing medical education. 

Faculty members also have been active in providing education to the lay public, especially in the area of diabetes.