Olga Gupta, M.D.

Olga Gupta, M.D.

  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • Pediatrics - Endocrinology


Dr. Olga Gupta, M.D., received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, and her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco, followed by residency training in Pediatrics at Duke University, and a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2007 then moved to the University of Texas Southwestern in 2012.  She was appointed the Medical Director of the pediatric Center for Obesity And Consequences of Health clinic in 2016.  Under her leadership the COACH program is building an interdisciplinary team of pediatric subspecialists (endocrinology, cardiology, gastroenterology), nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers, behavioral psychologists and bariatric surgeons to create a comprehensive and productive environment to care for this vulnerable patient population.

The central goals of Dr. Gupta’s research are to better understand the psychosocial mechanisms leading to poor adherence to diabetes self-management tasks in young individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus, and to develop novel behavioral interventions that are safe and effective for this population.  Her recent publications on this topic revealed a clinically and statistically significant change in HbA1c at 3 months for the adolescent participants who received the intervention (a pet fish with instructions for pairing fish care with diabetes self-management tasks) compared with their peers in the control group (usual care).  (Maranda et al., The Diabetes Educator, 2015).  This work was featured on an NIH podcast and in the New York Times Well Section. She also demonstrated that youth who actively care for at least one household pet were 2.5 times more likely to have good glycemic control compared to children who didn’t care for a pet (Maranda and Gupta, PLoS ONE, 2016).   Dr. Gupta has a firm commitment to serving pediatric patients with diabetes and through her research she strives to have a positive impact on the health of this population. 

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of California, San Francisco (1996-2000)
  • Residency - Duke University Medical Center (2000-2003), Pediatrics
  • Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2003-2006), Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Other Post Graduate Training - University of Massachusetts Medical School (2008-2010)
  • Graduate School - University of Massachusetts Medical School (2008-2010), Clinical Investigation
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Pediatric Endocrinology Society (2003)
  • American Diabetes Association (2003)
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (2003-2006)
  • Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange (2013)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2000-2003)
  • The Endocrine Society (2003)
Honors & Awards
  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care 2012
  • First Place Poster 2005, National Cooperative Growth Study, Genentech
  • Outstanding Patient-Oriented Research Poster 2006, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Spring Symposium and Kroc Lecture
  • Best Paper Published from 2008's "Novel Insights from Clinical Practice" 2009, Hormone Research
  • Translational Medicine and Science Retreat 2010-2011, Poster Award
  • Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments 2015, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Research Fellowship Grant 2005-2006, Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society
Books & Publications
  • Diabetes in adolescents
  • Congenital hyperinsulinism