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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. 


Medical School
University of California, San Francisco (2000)
Duke University Medical Center (2003), Pediatrics
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2006), Pediatric Endocrinology
Graduate School
University of Massachusetts Medical School (2010), Clinical Investigation
Other Post Graduate Training
University of Massachusetts Medical School (2010)

Research Interest

  • Diabetes in adolescents
  • Severe obesity in youth
  • Type 1 diabetes in youth
  • Type 2 diabetes in youth


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Syndrome X (Metabolic Syndrome) for Generation Z! Why?
Gupta OT Metab Syndr Relat Disord 2015 Feb
A Novel Behavioral Intervention in Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Improves Glycemic Control: Preliminary Results From a Pilot Randomized Control Trial.
Maranda L, Lau M, Stewart SM, Gupta OT Diabetes Educ 2015 Jan
Engaging Teens and Parents in Collaborative Practice: Perspectives on Diabetes Self-Management.
Sullivan-Bolyai S, Bova C, Johnson K, Cullen K, Jaffarian C, Quinn D, Aroke EN, Crawford S, Lee MM, Gupta O Diabetes Educ 2014 Jan
Endotrophin triggers adipose tissue fibrosis and metabolic dysfunction.
Sun K, Park J, Gupta OT, Holland WL, Auerbach P, Zhang N, Goncalves Marangoni R, Nicoloro SM, Czech MP, Varga J, Ploug T, An Z, Scherer PE Nat Commun 2014 5 3485
Parental Mastery of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion Skills and Glycemic Control in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes.
Mitchell K, Johnson K, Cullen K, Lee MM, Hardy OT Diabetes Technol. Ther. 2013 Jun
Increased Toll-like receptor (TLR) mRNA expression in monocytes is a feature of metabolic syndrome in adolescents.
Hardy OT, Kim A, Ciccarelli C, Hayman LL, Wiecha J Pediatr Obes 2013 Feb 8 1 e19-23
What causes the insulin resistance underlying obesity?
Hardy OT, Czech MP, Corvera S Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes 2012 Apr 19 2 81-7
Effects of a multicomponent wellness intervention on dyslipidemia among overweight adolescents.
Hardy OT, Wiecha J, Kim A, Salas C, Briceno R, Moody K, Becker J, Glazer G, Ciccarelli C, Shi L, Hayman LL J. Pediatr. Endocrinol. Metab. 2012 25 1-2 79-82
Body mass index-independent inflammation in omental adipose tissue associated with insulin resistance in morbid obesity.
Hardy OT, Perugini RA, Nicoloro SM, Gallagher-Dorval K, Puri V, Straubhaar J, Czech MP Surg Obes Relat Dis 2011 Jan-Feb 7 1 60-7
Body mass index, treatment practices, and mortality in patients with acute heart failure.
Fitzgibbons TP, Hardy OT, Lessard D, Gore JM, Yarzebski J, Goldberg RJ Coron. Artery Dis. 2009 Dec 20 8 536-43


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Premature Thelarche. In The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 4th Edition, M. Schwartz, L. Bell Jr, P. Bingham, E. Chung, D. Friedman, A. Mulberg, R. Tanel, eds.

Hardy O, Kelly A. (2005). Philadelphia, PA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Hyperinsulinism of Infancy: Localization of Focal Forms. In Pediatric PET Imaging, M. Charron, ed.

Hardy O, Stanley C. (2006). New York, Springer

Honors & Awards

  • Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2015)
  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • Translational Medicine and Science Retreat
    Poster Award (2010-2011)
  • Best Paper Published from 2008's "Novel Insights from Clinical Practice"
    Hormone Research (2009)
  • Outstanding Patient-Oriented Research Poster
    Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Spring Symposium and Kroc Lecture (2006)
  • First Place Poster
    National Cooperative Growth Study, Genentech (2005)
  • Research Fellowship Grant
    Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society (2005-2006)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange (2013)
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (2003-2006)
  • American Diabetes Association (2003)
  • Pediatric Endocrinology Society (2003)
  • The Endocrine Society (2003)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2000-2003)