David  R. Repaske

David R. Repaske, MD

Division:
Endocrinology/Diabetes: Pediatric
Department:
Pediatrics
Expertise
ABMS Certification:
Pediatric Endocrinology
Clinical Practice:
Diabetes Insipidus-Child, Addison's Disease - Child, Pheochromocytoma - Child, Diabetes and Metabolism, Pediatric Diabetes and Metabolism Disorders, Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes, Primary Care, Transgender Services
About
Biography

David Repaske, MD, is a professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at UVA, ranked among the best pediatric endocrinology programs in the nation by US News and World Report. He splits his time between seeing inpatients and outpatients, administering the division, teaching (including directing the fellowship training program), research, and service to the Medical Center.

Dr. Repaske’s clinical work focuses on diabetes, transgender medicine, Prader Willi syndrome, and adrenal disorders, especially congenital adrenal hyperplasia. He has had a longstanding interest in technology in diabetes, including the use of insulin pumps in children and adolescents, continuous glucose monitoring, and more recently the development and use of the artificial pancreas. He has been involved with hormone therapy for adolescents with gender dysphoria for over six years. Dr. Repaske’s team works with adolescent health specialists in the Teen Center to provide both trans-friendly primary care and specialty endocrine care in one setting. He is the co-director of the UVA Health System Transgender Advisory Committee, which has guided the institution to achieve a near-perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index.

Dr. Repaske’s research is largely centered on diabetes. He is collaborating with Dr. Steve Rich in a study aimed to eventually allow genomic screening of every child in Virginia (and some day, beyond) for genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Identifying children with elevated risk will allow providers to educate their families on early recognition of development of diabetes and avoid the severe illness and complications of diabetic ketoacidosis. He is also developing a study with Dr. Larry Lum designed to modify the immune system of children who are in pre-symptomatic stages of development of type 1 diabetes, to delay or perhaps to completely prevent development of diabetes.

Dr. Repaske was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but did most of his growing up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He spent many Saturdays riding his bike down Beech Drive to the National Zoo or to the Smithsonian museums. He went to college at Cornell University, then back to Madison where he earned his PhD in biochemistry. After medical school at Vanderbilt University, he spent a year in a research fellowship in human genetics and then set out for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for internship and residency. He stayed on at Chapel Hill for a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology and got his first real job at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he stayed for 17 years. He was recruited up the road at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to be division chief, and after five years there he was recruited to UVA.    

After more than three years in Charlottesville, Dr. Repaske still enjoys exploring all of the many things to do, from hiking the mountains to exploring historic towns in the area to visiting the beach. His mother has a cashmere goat farm two hours from Charlottesville and he spends many weekends there mending fences, keeping the tractor running and helping care for the goats. His wife is a social worker at UVA, and their current youngster is a 60-lb Goldendoodle who is a bundle of joy and energy. Their human kids are grown, though no grandchildren yet, and have strategically placed themselves in great parts of the country to visit: California, Wisconsin, and Ohio. 

 

Awards
  • 2015-2018 Best Doctors in America® List 
Education
Primary:
Vanderbilt University
Residency:
North Carolina Memorial Hospital
Fellowships:
North Carolina Memorial Hospital