Dr. Cartwright is an Assistant Instructor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and the 2021 W.W. Caruth Fellow Scholar at Children’s Health. She earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Chemistry and English at Vanderbilt University. She is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at UT Southwestern where she earned both her medical degree and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology. She then trained in the Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program at UT Southwestern, where she completed residency in General Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology. Her clinical interest is in pediatric obesity and type 2 diabetes, and she is the medical consultant on the multidisciplinary Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Team at Children’s Health. She performs basic and translational research in adipose development under the mentorship of Dr. Philipp Scherer and Dr. Rana Gupta, and her work on the cellular heterogeneity of pediatric adipose tissue is designed to better understand the unique biology of childhood-onset obesity and its implications for health. She also has an interest in medical education and advocacy regarding weight stigma and is dedicated to ensuring that all patients with larger bodies are treated with compassion, sensitivity, and respect.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2016)
Other Post Graduate Training
UT Southwestern Graduate School (2016)
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2019), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2022), Pediatric Endocrinology

Research Interest

  • Adipose development and adipogenesis
  • Childhood obesity
  • Heterogeneity of adipocytes and their precursors


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Seipin performs dissectible functions in promoting lipid droplet biogenesis and regulating droplet morphology.
Cartwright BR, Binns DD, Hilton CL, Han S, Gao Q, Goodman JM, Mol Biol Cell 2015 Feb 26 4 726-39
Seipin: from human disease to molecular mechanism.
Cartwright BR, Goodman JM, J Lipid Res 2012 Jun 53 6 1042-55
Yeast Est2p affects telomere length by influencing association of Rap1p with telomeric chromatin.
Ji H, Adkins CJ, Cartwright BR, Friedman KL, Mol Cell Biol 2008 Apr 28 7 2380-90

Honors & Awards

  • Presidential Poster
    Pediatric Endocrine Society (2021)
  • WW Caruth Fellow Scholar Award
    Children's Health (2021)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Resident
    UT Southwestern Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Students (2019)
  • Award for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine
    Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas (2016)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Dallas County Medical Society (2022)
  • Endocrine Society (2022)
  • Pediatric Endocrine Society (2022)
  • Texas Medical Association (2022)
  • The Obesity Society (2021)