- Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2009-2012), Endocrinology & Metabolism
- Residency - Mount Auburn Hospital (2006-2009), Internal Medicine
- Internship - Mount Auburn Hospital (2005-2006), Internal Medicine
- Medical School - George Washington University School of Medicine (2000-2004)
Uma Gunasekaran, M.D.
- Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
Uma Gunasekaran, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Gunasekaran earned her medical degree at George Washington University and completed her internal medicine residency at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She then received advanced training in endocrinology through a fellowship at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Gunasekaran joined the staff at UT Southwestern in July 2014 to pursue her interests in patient care, teaching, and research in diabetes. She is interested in general endocrinology, but she has a special interest in diabetes and serves as lead physician for the Outpatient Diabetes Clinic at Parkland Health & Hospital System.
She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society, and the American Diabetes Association.
Her interests outside of medicine include spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Meet Dr. Gunasekaran
Diabetes Specialist in Dallas
Endocrinologist Uma Gunasekaran, M.D., focuses almost exclusively on helping people with diabetes, who are living without adequate resources, manage their illness.
“I’ve always wanted to work with the underserved because I feel like I can make a real difference in someone’s life,” she says. “Diabetes can be challenging to manage even when you do have resources such as income, housing, and food – these are commodities that a lot of my patients struggle with.”
Unlike many of her peers, Dr. Gunasekaran must often make treatment decisions based on whether her patient has access to food three times a day or the money to purchase that day’s medication or supplies to test blood sugar levels.
Dr. Gunasekaran is the lead physician at the Outpatient Diabetes Clinic at Parkland Health & Hospital System. The clinic expanded in 2014, adding a secondary location in East Dallas as part of Parkland’s Global Diabetes Program, a multidisciplinary initiative to improve patient access to clinical care, improve and coordinate diabetes education programs for both patients and clinical staff, and connect patients to resources in their local communities.
Diabetes progresses differently in every patient, regardless of income or resources, Dr. Gunasekaran notes, adding that her approach for any patient is finding a reasonable treatment plan for that individual.
“The plan is unique for each patient. If you have a car, a job, a home, insurance to pay for medications, and the time to make lifestyle changes to take care of your diabetes, then our conversation will be different than the one I have with another patient who has three children and works three jobs; her focus is her kids and making sure there’s food on the table and there’s money to keep them clothed. She’s not as focused on whether she’s remembering to take her pills, check her blood sugar, or eat regular meals.”
Dr. Gunasekaran works with each of her patients to determine his or her priorities and discuss what’s reasonable in terms of day-to-day management of the disease.
“There’s no point in giving a patient an unrealistic goal; that’s just going to set him up for failure. So we work as a team,” she says. “It may take us a couple of visits before we make progress in controlling his blood sugar, but we develop a relationship. And that relationship is what will give us the power to change the course of his disease. That’s extremely satisfying.”
Dr. Gunasekaran also values working with the staff at Parkland.
“Everyone sees the potential for making a difference,” she says. “We have a lot of really great things going on at Parkland, and we’re always looking for new ways to help.”
Education & Training
Professional Associations & Affiliations
- American Medical Association (2004), Member
- Endocrine Society (2009), Member
- American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (2009), Member
Books & Publications
Connective tissue growth factor acts within both endothelial cells and beta cells to promote proliferation of developing beta cells.
Guney MA, Petersen CP, Boustani A, Duncan MR, Gunasekaran U, Menon R, Warfield C, Grotendorst GR, Means AL, Economides AN, Gannon M Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2011 Sep 108 37 15242-7
Differential regulation of embryonic and adult ? cell replication.
Gunasekaran U, Hudgens CW, Wright BT, Maulis MF, Gannon M Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) 2012 Jul 11 13 2431-42
Regulation of superoxide dismutase synthesis in Candida albicans.
Gunasekaran U, Yang R, Gunasekaran M Mycopathologia 1998 141 2 59-63
Partial purification and properties of putrescine oxidase from Candida guilliermondii.
Gunasekaran M, Gunasekaran U Applied biochemistry and biotechnology 1999 Mar 76 3 229-36
Type 2 diabetes and the aging pancreatic beta cell.
Gunasekaran U, Gannon M Aging 2011 Jun 3 6 565-75
Endocrine complications in long-term survivors after allogeneic stem cell transplant.
Gunasekaran U, Agarwal N, Jagasia MH, Jagasia SM Seminars in hematology 2012 Jan 49 1 66-72
- Connective tissue growth factor acts within both endothelial cells and beta cells to promote proliferation of developing beta cells.