Dr. Robert Thomas is an academic endocrinologist and clinical investigator at the University of California, San Diego. He received his MD and completed Internal Medicine Residency at UCSD. During graduate school, he completed a PhD with Dr. Asa Gustafsson with a specialization in Anthropogeny through CARTA. The coursework and fieldwork he completed with CARTA continue to guide his research today. Mitochondrial DNA helped unlock human origins, and Dr. Thomas is currently investigating the role of mitochondrial DNA in diabetes.
After training, Dr. Thomas he spent a year as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and then completed Endocrinology Fellowship at UCSD. Dr. Thomas currently serves as a clinical endocrinologist at the VA Medical Center and investigator in glucagon receptor antagonism at ACTRI.
Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, swimming, and gardening. Dr. Thomas is a past recipient of the UCSD Leland S. Rickman Teaching Award and Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Resident Award. He is always happy for opportunities to discuss medicine, metabolism, and mitochondrial function.