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Esteemed Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Diabetes and Obesity Researcher/Clinician Awarded UPMC Richard L. Day Endowed Chair

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh announced today that Silva A. Arslanian, MD, has been awarded the inaugural UPMC Richard L. Day Endowed Chair in Pediatrics.

Dr. Arslanian, a pediatric endocrinologist at Children's for more than 20 years, is the division chief of Children's newly established Weight Management and Wellness Center. She also is the director of Children's General Clinical Research Center and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

"Throughout her career at Children's, Dr. Arslanian has distinguished herself as one of the leading international authorities on the research and treatment of diabetes and childhood obesity, and has dedicated herself to educating and mentoring many future generations of endocrinologists," said David H. Perlmutter, MD, physician-in-chief and scientific director at Children's and the Vira I. Heinz Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "She embodies the qualities that made Dr. Day one of the preeminent pediatric researchers, clinicians and educators of his time."

An internationally recognized expert in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes in youth, obesity, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome in childhood, Dr. Arslanian has traveled throughout the world educating and lecturing other scientists and clinicians.

Within Children's Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes Mellitus, she established a highly successful diabetes training program for fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Arslanian has been awarded numerous National Institutes of Health grants to further study the causes and treatments of type 2 diabetes and obesity, particularly in African-American children. Throughout her career, she has authored or co-authored more than 250 scientific papers.

Richard L. Day, MD, was a highly regarded clinician, researcher and educator who served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 1960 to 1965.

Dr. Day was known worldwide for his pioneering studies of thermoregulation in prematurely born infants and for his work that led to an understanding of bilirubin toxicity. In 1949, he established the first premature infant station, the forerunner to the present-day neonatal intensive care unit. Dr. Day also was part of a team that described the genetic syndrome known as familial dysautonomia, or Riley-Day syndrome.

In 1986, Dr. Day received the Howland Award, the highest honor of the American Pediatric Society. He was best known in the history of academic pediatrics as a leader in the movement to apply scientific principles and "scientific rigor" to the practice of pediatric medicine.

View Dr. Arslanian's biography.

Download Dr. Arslanian's photograph.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
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February 22, 2008
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February 22, 2008