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Dr. Russell

William E. Russell, M.D.

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Principal Investigator
Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic

Additional Titles
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University
  • Director, Ian M. Burr Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Vanderbilt University
  • Director, Children’s Diabetes Program, Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic

The recipient of multiple research grants and awards, Dr. Russell the Principal Investigator on two additional NIH-funded research studies in addition to Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet.  He directs the Children’s Diabetes Program at the multispecialty Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic, which follows over 2000 children with diabetes from eight surrounding states, and provides state-of-the-art diabetes care for children and adults of all ages.  In addition to his TrialNet research to prevent type 1 diabetes, he also has an active laboratory research program in liver biology.  He has trained dozens of students over the past 30 years and also directs the training program in pediatric endocrinology at Vanderbilt.  

Research Focus
  • Diabetes in Children
  • The role of tyrosine kinase receptors in the regeneration and function of liver cells
  • Tyrosine kinase receptors in liver cancer

A native of Michigan, Dr. Russell is a graduate of the University of Michigan.  He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his residency training in Pediatrics and in Pediatric Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He also undertook additional training in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dr. Russell is Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatric Endocrinology.  He has published extensively on a variety of topics related to liver biology and to endocrine disorders in children.  He has been voted one of America’s Top Doctors and he and his group received the 2009 Focus on the Cure Award from the Middle Tennessee JDRF.

To schedule an interview

Please contact Craig Boerner,  craig.boerner@vanderbilt.edu,  615-322-4747.