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Dorothy J. Becker, MBBCh

Job Title Director, Diabetes Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
412-692-5170 Phone
412-692-5834 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1964 University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


1972 Red Cross Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
1974 Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa


1976 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Endocrine Society
  • Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Midwest Society for Pediatric Research
  • Pittsburgh Pediatric Society
  • International Study Group of Diabetes in Childhood
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes
  • American Pediatric Society

Board Certifications

  • F.C.P. (Paediatrics) South African College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Endocrinology
  • South African Medical and Dental Council
  • F.L.E.X. (PA)


  • 1996-1997 Listed in the First Edition of "The Best Doctors in America": Northeast Region, Woodward/White, Inc.
  • 1996-1997 Selected one of "The Best Doctors in America", Woodward/White, Inc.
  • Founder's Award, Midwest Society Pediatric Research
  • McEllroy Award, University of Pittsburgh Medical Alumni Association
  • 2002, 2005-2007 Selected one of “The Best Doctors”, Pittsburgh Magazine
  • Selected to be included in the “Best Doctors in America” 2005-2006 database



  • Akerblom HK, Knip M, Becker D, Dosch H-M, Dupre J, Ilonen J, Krischer JP, The TRIGR Study Group:  The TRIGR Trial: Testing the potential link between weaning diet and type 1 diabetes.  Immun Endoc & Metab.  In Press.
  • Helgeson VS, Reynolds KA, Siminerio L, Escobar O, Becker DJ:  Parent and adolescent distribution of responsibility for diabetes self care:  Links to health outcomes.  J Ped Psychology.  In Press.
  • Banwell B, Bar-Or A, Cheung R, Kennedy J, Krupp L, Becker DJ, Dosch H-M, Wadsworth Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Study Group:  Abnormal T-cell reactivities in childhood inflammatory demyelinating disease and type 1 diabetes.  Annals of Neurology.  In Press.

    View Dr. Becker's full list of publications from PubMed.


Biography Summary

Dorothy J. Becker, MBBCh, has been internationally recognized for her work in the treatment and prevention of diabetes in children. Dr. Becker is chief of endocrinology and diabetes and director of the diabetes program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Becker’s clinical and research focus is diabetes and the application of new therapies in this area. In a major project funded by the National Institutes for Health, Dr. Becker is the principal investigator and coordinator of six U.S. centers of a multinational primary prevention trial for Type I diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. This 10-year study is designed to determine whether feeding predigested cow milk formula to babies who are bottle-fed will prevent insulin-dependent diabetes. Dr. Becker’s current and past research activities include investigating cognitive function and hypoglycemia in children with Type I diabetes (through 2004), and causes and complications of and risk factors for developing Type I diabetes.

Among her many achievements, Dr. Becker has received the McEllroy Award from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Alumni Association, the Founder’s Award from the Midwest Society of Pediatric Research and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diabetes in Youth from the American Diabetes Association. She also is a member of the western Pennsylvania board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Association and has been invited to lecture audiences around the world.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • TRIGR (Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk) Study
  • TrialNet (Prediction and Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes)
Last Update
March 13, 2014
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March 13, 2014