Dawn B. Davis, MD, PhD
Chair, AFMR Midwest Section
Current Position: Dr Dawn Belt Davis is Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. She is also Section Chief of Endocrinology at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital.
Education: She received a BS with Honors in Biochemisty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received an MD and PhD from the University of Chicago as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and her fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, using the ABIM Research Pathway for her postgraduate training.
Clinical Interest: Dr. Davis has a broad clinical practice in endocrinology and diabetes, both at the University of Wisconsin and the VA Hospital. She has particular clinical interest in hypoglycemic disorders, complications of bariatric surgery, and genetic disorders leading to endocrine disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Research Interest: Dr. Davis runs a federally funded laboratory focused on pancreatic beta cell biology. Her translational work aims to understand mechanisms of beta cell proliferation and survival, with a goal of improving overall beta cell mass in type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes, and transplant. She also has an active, collaborative clinical research program with projects related to obesity and diabetes.
Award and Honor: Dr. Davis received a K08 Career Development Award from the NIDDK to support her early independent research career. She received the Endocrine Fellows teaching award and a UW Health Physician Champion Award for clinical care. She was the recipient of the AFMR Junior Physician Investigator Award in 2014. She has also won the Peustow Research Award from the Department of Medicine at University of Wisconsin.
Current AFMR position: Chair, AFMR Midwest Section