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Gerald I Shulman

George R. Cowgill Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology; Co-Director, Yale Diabetes Research Center, Internal Medicine; Director, Internal Medicine



Dr. Shulman is the George R. Cowgill Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Physiology at Yale. He is also an Investigator Emeritus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Co-Director of the Yale Diabetes Research Center. Dr. Shulman has pioneered the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy combined with mass spectrometry to non-invasively examine intracellular glucose and fat metabolism in humans and transgenic rodent models that have led to several paradigm shifts in our understanding of type 2 diabetes (T2D), including the molecular mechanisms by which ectopic lipid promotes liver and muscle insulin resistance, as well as developing new drugs for the treatment of T2D, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Dr. Shulman is the recipient of the Stanley J. Korsymeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Outstanding Clinical Investigator Award from the Endocrine Society, the Solomon Berson Award from the American Physiological Society, the Banting Medal for Lifetime Scientific Achievement from the American Diabetes Association and the Manpei-Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes Research and the EASD-Lilly Centennial Anniversary Prize for Landmark Achievements in the Pathogenesis of Diabetes. Dr. Shulman is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Inaugural Fellow of the American Physiological Society and he has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

Education & Training

  • Research Fellow
    Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (1984)
  • Resident
    Duke University Medical Center (1981)
  • MD
    Wayne State University (1979)
  • PhD
    Wayne State University, Physiology (1979)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
EASD-Lilly Centennial Anniversary Prize for Landmark Discoveries in DiabetesEuropean Association for the Study of Diabetes2023
Investigator Emerius, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Howard Hughes Medical Institute2023
Fishman LectureshipUniversity of Miami School of Medicine2023
Elected Chair, Section 42 (Medical Physiology and Metabolism), National Academy of SciencesNational Academy of Sciences2022
Manpei Suzuki International Prize for Diabetes ResearchManpei Suzuki Diabetes Foundation2021
Elected to Fellowship in the Royal College of PhysiciansRoyal College of Physicians (London)2021
Elected to Mastership, American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians2020
Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in DiabetesAmerican College of Physicians2020
Arthur Riggs Award for Discoveries in the Basic SciencesCity of Hope2019
Stanley Mirsky AwardIchan School of Medicine2019
Inaugural Gerald Reaven LectureStanford University2019
Banting Medal for Lifetime Scientific AchievementAmerican Diabetes Association2018
Elected to the American Academy of Arts & SciencesAmerican Academy of Arts & Sciences2018
Bondy LectureshipYale School of Medicine2017
Special Achievement AwardThe Miami Winter Symposium2017
Guyton Distinguished Visiting Professor AwardUniversity of Mississippi2017
Team Science AwardAssociation for Clinical and Translational Science2016
Harrington Scholar-Innovator AwardHarrington Discovery Institute2016
Distinguished Alumni AwardWayne State University2016
Fellow, American Association for the Adancement of ScienceAmerican Association for the Adancement of Science2015
Fellow, American Physiological SocietyAmerican Physiological Society2015
Solomon Berson AwardAmerican Physiological Society2015
Elected to Mastership, American College of EndocrinologyAmerican College of Endocrinology2015
Sir Philip Randle AwardBiochemical Society2013
Frontier of Science AwardAmerican Association of Clinical Endocrinologists2012
Outstanding Clinical Investigator AwardEndocrine Society2012
Honorary Professor of Medicine and PhysiologyUniversity of Copenhagen2010
Elected as a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of ScienceAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science2010
Pfizer Visiting ProfessorshipColumbia University School of Medicine2009
Distinguished Leader in Insulin Resistance AwardWorld Congress on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome2008
Stanley J. Korsmeyer AwardAmerican Society for Clinical Investigation2008
Izenstein ProfessorshipBaystate Medical Center, Tufts University2008
Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes ResearchColumbia University2007
Elected to the National Academy of SciencesNational Academy of Sciences2007
Elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and EngineeringConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2006
Election to the National Academy of MedicineNational Academy of Medicine2005
Fellow of the American College of EndocrinologistsAmerican College of Endocrinologists2005
Distinguished Clinical Scientist AwardAmerican Diabetes Association2004
Pfizer Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Maryland Medical School2004
Yamanouchi USA Foundation Award2003
Josiah Brown Award in DiabetesUniveristy of California, Los Angeles2001
E.H. Ahrens Jr. AwardAssociation for Patient-Oriented Research2001
Pfizer Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine2001
Sam Grant Visiting ProfessorWashington University2001
Harold Rifkin Visiting ProfessorAlbert Einstein College of Medicine1999
Elected to Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in MedicineInternational Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine1998
Novartis Award in DiabetesNovartis1997
Freedom to Discover AwardBristol Myers Squibb1997
Outstanding Scientific Achievement AwardAmerican Diabetes Association1997
Diabetes Care Research AwardJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Int./Boehringer Mannheim1997
Elected to the Association of American PhysiciansAssociation of American Physicians1997
Outstanding Investigator Award in Clinical ResearchAmerican Federation for Clinical Research1995
Albert Weinstein Visiting ProfessorVanderbilt University1994
Elected to the American Society for Clinical InvestigationAmerican Society for Clinical Investigation1990
Fellow of the American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians1986

Professional Service

Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesMember of the Editorial Board2021 - 2022
Science Translational MedicineMember of Editorial Board/Advisory Board2013 - Present
Clinical and Translational ScienceMember of Editorial Board2008 - Present
Cell MetabolismMember of Editorial Board2004 - Present
Journal of Biological ChemistryMember of Editorial Board2002 - 2008
American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology/MetabolismMember of Editorial Board2001 - 2007
Current Diabetes ReportsMember of Editorial Board2001 - Present
Journal of Clinical InvestigationMember of Editorial Board1998 - Present
International Journal of Molecular MedicineMember of Editorial Board1997 - 2005
DiabetologiaMember of Editorial Board1997 - 2001

Departments & Organizations