Christoph Zechner, M.D., Ph.D.

Christoph Zechner, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
  • Type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
  • General endocrinology


Christoph Zechner, M.D., Ph.D., is an Instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Pharmacology, and the Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in Type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus, general endocrinology, and disorders of phosphate metabolism.

Dr. Zechner earned his medical degree and research doctorate at the University of Freiburg, combined with a research fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. After a medical internship at the University of Würzburg, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona. Subsequently, he moved to UT Southwestern to complete his clinical training in internal medicine and endocrinology and research training in energy and solute metabolism in the laboratory of Drs. David Mangelsdorf and Steven Kliewer as a member of the Physician-Scientist Training Program.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and the subspecialty of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2014.

Dr. Zechner’s research is focused on phosphate balance and energy metabolism.

In 2014, he received the Research Productivity and Accomplishment Award from UT Southwestern’s Division of Endocrinology.

Personal Note

In his spare time, Dr. Zechner enjoys biking in the Texas heat, watching soccer, and taking advantage of the great cultural opportunities that Dallas offers, especially the symphony.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011-2014), Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Medical School - Albert Ludwigs Universitat (1995-2003)
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2009-2011), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association (2009), Member
  • American Medical Association (2010), Member
  • Endocrine Society (2011), Member
  • American Diabetes Association (2011), Member
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (2013), Member
  • International Academy of Life Sciences
Honors & Awards
  • Biomedical Sciences Exchange Program (BMEP) 2000-2001, Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Research Scholarship 2006-2008, German Research Foundation
  • Trainee, T32 Endocrine and Metabolism Training Grant 2012-2014, NIH
  • Best Presentation by an Endocrinology Fellow 2013, UT Southwestern, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
  • Research Productivity and Accomplishment Award 2014, UT Southwestern, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
  • Physician-Scientist Training Program 2009-2015, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Books & Publications
  • Phosphate Metabolism
  • Energy Metabolism

Clinical Focus

  • Type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
  • General endocrinology
  • Disorders of phosphate metabolism

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