Vice Dean for Research
Chief of the Division of Endocrinology
Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Physiology and Biophysics
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Thomas A. Buchanan is an international leader in diabetes research. He and his colleagues conducted the first successful type 2 diabetes prevention study in the country, and helped to identify the genetic basis for the metabolic abnormalities at the source of the disease. His vital work in the arena of public health—particularly in the Hispanic-American community—forms the basis for current clinical management strategies in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, as well as the prevention of birth defects and perinatal complications in diabetic pregnancies.
Professor Buchanan wears many hats at USC. He is an important figure in the Keck School’s research enterprise, both as an academic leader and a principal investigator. He oversees the Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health, the largest grant at USC. His sound leadership also drives the remarkable success of two major clinical research institutes that greatly benefit from his vast experience and commitment to creative scholarship.
Professor Buchanan has inspired colleagues, residents, and staff at the Keck School for three decades, while his impressive accomplishments have generated well-deserved accolades from the larger medical community. In recognition of his status as a national leader in diabetes prevention, the American Diabetes Association has honored him with its Norbert Freinkel Award and its Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, which honors our nation’s top senior physician scientists.
For his dedication to improving lives, and for his crucial role in the fight against diabetes, the University of Southern California is pleased to honor Thomas A. Buchanan with the USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship.