WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 9, 2015 – Donald
A. McClain, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally recognized leader in diabetes and obesity
research, has been named founding director of the new Center on Diabetes,
Obesity and Metabolism at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
will join Wake Forest Baptist on April 1 from the University of Utah School of Medicine
in Salt Lake City, where he has held a number of leadership positions since
“The new center will give us the opportunity
to greatly enhance our research in diabetes, obesity and related conditions and
foster quicker translation from basic to clinical to population studies,” said
Edward Abraham, M.D., dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. “Dr. McClain is
eminently qualified to direct the development of the center and its strategic
director of the Center on Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, McClain will
oversee its research and training activities, including its collaborative
efforts with other Wake Forest Baptist researchers, and the recruitment of
additional investigators. He also will work closely with the Joslin Diabetes
Center and the Department of Internal Medicine’s Section on Endocrinology and
Metabolism, where he will have a faculty appointment, and see patients at the Salisbury
Veterans Administration Medical Center (VMAC).
native of Fayetteville, McClain received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford
College in Pennsylvania and a joint M.D.-Ph.D. from Rockefeller
University–Cornell Medical College in New York City. He completed an internship
and residency in internal medicine at Stanford University and a fellowship in endocrinology
at the University of California, San Diego, where he was an assistant professor
was as an associate professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at
Birmingham and a clinical investigator and endocrinology section chief at the
Birmingham VAMC, then a professor of medicine and physiology and director of endocrinology
at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and a clinical
investigator at the Jackson VAMC.
the University of Utah Medical Center where he holds an endowed chair in
diabetes research, McClain’s positions have included professor of internal
medicine and biochemistry; director of the Division of Endocrinology and
Metabolism; director of the NIH-funded Center for Clinical and Translational
Science; director of the Huntsman General Clinical Research Center; and
associate vice president for translational research. He also has been
endocrinology chief at the Salt Lake VAMC.
in internal medicine and endocrinology and metabolism, McClain has published
more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has served as chair of
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section on cellular aspects of
diabetes and obesity and as an adviser or reviewer for several NIH, Defense
Department and Veterans Administration study sections.