Thomas Buchanan

Thomas Buchanan, MD

SC CTSI Director/Principal Investigator


  • Vice Dean for Research
  • Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Physiology and Biophysics
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC

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Professional Background

Dr. Buchanan is the founding director of the SC CTSI. Administratively, he brings to the SC CTSI more than 20 years of experience leading clinical and translational research programs.

Scientifically, Dr. Buchanan leads an interdisciplinary translational team whose ground breaking research has helped define mechanisms and clinical approaches for prevention and treatment of gestational and type 2 diabetes in Latinos.

Buchanan’s honors include the Norbert Freinkel Award and a Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the American Diabetes Association, and election to the Association of American Physicians.

Dr. Buchanan received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix and at the University of Iowa, and did a combined clinical and research fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Northwestern University.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.