Notable Alums


Specialty: Endocrinology,Physiology

Graduation Year: 1979

Gerald Shulman

Gerald Shulman, M.D., Ph.D. ’79, is the George R. Cowgill Professor of Medicine at Yale University. He also is a professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Physiological Chemistry at Yale.

He is the co-director of the Yale Diabetes Research Center and Director of the Yale Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center. Also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dr. Shulman is also the associate director of the Yale Diabetes Endocrine Research Center and associate director of the Yale Medical Scientist (M.D., Ph.D.) Program.

Dr. Shulman, an internationally recognized diabetes researcher and a master of the American College of Endocrinologists, pioneered the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to non-invasively examine intracellular glucose and fat metabolism in humans for the first time. He has conducted groundbreaking basic and clinical investigative studies on the cellular mechanisms of insulin resistance that have led to several changes in the understanding of type 2 diabetes.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award and the Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the American Diabetes Association, the Diabetes Care Research Award from the Boehringer-Mannheim/Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Stanley Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the 2016 Wayne State University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Shulman is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Shulman has written and co-written more than 400 peer-reviewed publications. He has trained more than 60 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, many of whom now direct their own independent laboratories.