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William Tamborlane, MD

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics

Contact Information

William Tamborlane, MD

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Mailing Address

  • Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes

    PO Box 208064

    New Haven, CT 06520-8064

    United States



William V. Tamborlane, MD, received his undergraduate BS degree from Georgetown University and was also a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he completed his residency in pediatrics before going to Yale as a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric endocrinology. His scientific accomplishments over the past 45 years have established his international reputation as one of the most highly regarded clinical scientists in childhood diabetes and related disorders. He has published more than 1,000 original articles, chapters and reviews in the area of diabetes. Major accomplishments have included pioneering studies in the development of insulin pump therapy, direction of the Yale Center in the NIDDK-sponsored DCCT/EDIC and GRADE studies, and investigations of diabetes-induced defects in counterregulatory hormone responses to hypoglycemia. The prime focus of his work has been in patient-oriented studies in type 1 and type 2 diabetes and related metabolic and endocrine disorders. The hallmark of his research has been to overcome metabolic, physiologic and psychological obstacles to successful management of diabetes. Current research effort is focused on applying recent advances in diabetes technology towards the development of an artificial pancreas for individuals with type 1 diabetes and the study of new treatments of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. He is the recipient of many awards and honors and is frequently listed in publications of distinction, including American Men and Women of Science, The Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Pediatricians. In 2006 and 2011, he was awarded the Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine Award for Excellence in Clinical Research in Type 1 Diabetes by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. he has also received the 2009 Diabetes Technology Society’s Diabetes Technology Leadership Award, the 2010 American Diabetes Association Outstanding Physician Clinician Award, the 2014 National Award for Career Achievement and Contributions to Clinical, the Translational Science by ACRT/SCTS/AFMR, the 2014 Diabetes Prize for Achievement by the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent and the 2017 American Diabetes Association award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Diabetes Research. He has served on the FDA’s Endocrine Advisory Board, on the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association, was the first Steering Committee Chair of the Diabetes Research in Children Network, is the Founder and Chair of the Pediatric Diabetes Consortium and former Vice Chair (for Pediatrics) of the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry. He leads a multidisciplinary team of physicians, diabetes nurse educators, dieticians and social workers that care for more than 1000 children, adolescents and young adults with diabetes. He has also been the mentor of many young physician scientists in their training and career development in clinical research in diabetes.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Medicine and Pediatrics, Yale University (1977)
  • Chief Resident
    Georgetown University Hospital Washington DC (1975)
  • Resident
    Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC (1975)
  • MD
    Georgetown University (1972)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology (1986)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (1978)


  • Academic activities as Professor and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology
    New Haven, CT, United States 1985
    Clinical care, clinical research and training and education in pediatric diabetes

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
American Diabetes Association Award for Achievements in Clinical Diabetes ResearchAmerican Diabetes Association2017
Career Achievement AwardInternational Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes2014
National Award for Career Achievement and Contributions to Clinical and Translational ScienceSociety for Clinical and Translational Science2011
Outstanding Clinician Physician in DiabetesAmerican Diabetes Association2010
Diabetes Technology Society Leadership AwardDiabetes Technology2009
M.D. Excellence in Clinical Research AwardsJDRF 2006 and 2011 Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine2006
American Diabetes Association, CT Hall of MeritAmerican Diabetes Association2004
The Best Doctors in America, 2000-2010 Editions America’s Top Doctors, 1st-9th Editions New York Top Doctors, 5-12th Editions 2000, 2010
Charles Best AwardAmerican Diabetes Association1994
Man of the YearFairfield County American Diabetes Association1994

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