Perry E. Bickel, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He serves as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and holds the Daniel W. Foster, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine. 

Originally from Houston, Dr. Bickel holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and classical civilization from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He then earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He completed both internal medicine residency training and a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He also completed a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and served as a visiting scientist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, Dr. Bickel joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012.

Among his other roles, Dr. Bickel is the Associate Program Director of UT Southwestern’s Endocrine and Metabolism Training Grant. His research lab investigates how cells store and use fat and the underlying mechanisms that could be targeted to develop safe and effective treatments for diabetes and obesity. 

Dr. Bickel is a member of the American Diabetes Association, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Endocrine Society, and the Obesity Society.

Among his many honors, he was named a Best Doctor in America for three consecutive years, as well as a D Magazine Best Doctor three times.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (1988)
Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital (1990), Internal Medicine
Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital (1994), Endocrinology & Metabolism

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Diabetes Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • The Endocrine Society
  • The Obesity Society