Professor
Division of Endocrinology
210-567-5283

Education:
BS, Interdisciplinary Major, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1967-70
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1970-75
M.D. with Honors, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, 1970-74

Training:
Internship, Pediatrics, Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University, 1975 – 76
Residency, Pediatrics, University of Florida, College of Medicine, 1976 – 1977
Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology, Genetics and Metabolism, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1977-79

Board Certification:
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 1980
Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics, 1983; Recertification 2017
National Certification Board Diabetes Educators, 2013

Oral Presentations:
Endocrine Disorders – II: Calcium / Phosphate, Thyroid Disorders, Diabetes /Hypoglycemia, Invited Review: Ninth Annual Pediatric Board Review, Sponsored by Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, August, 2015.

Thyroid Cancer in Children, Otolaryngology Grand Rounds, VCUHS, Richmond, VA March 17, 2016.

Thyroid Cancer in Children. Jefferson University Thyroid Cancer Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, September, 2015.

Update on Thyroid Cancer Treatment Guidelines for Children, Endocrine Society, Boston MA, April 1, 2016.

Update on Thyroid Cancer in Children, Quebec Endocrine Society, Montreal, CA, May 14, 2016.

Hypothyroidism in Children, Internet Seminar, Coordinator: Hemraj B. Chandalia M.D., FACP, Director for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, India. May 25, 2016.

Endocrine Disorders I: Growth, Sexual Differentiation, Obesity, Annual Pediatric Board Review, Sponsored by Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, August, 2016.

Endocrine Disorders – II: Calcium / Phosphate, Thyroid Disorders, Diabetes /Hypoglycemia, Invited Review: Ninth Annual Pediatric Board Review, Sponsored by Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, August, 2016.

Thyroid Nodules and Cancers in Children, Pediatric Grand Rounds, University of Florida Orlando, October 18, 2016.

Thyroid Nodules and Cancers in Children, Pediatric Grand Rounds, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX January 13, 2017.

Contrasts Between Treatment Guidelines for Children and Adults with Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Nodules and Cancers in Children, Endocrine Grand Rounds, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX January 26, 2017.

Puberty: When is it Too Early or Too Late. American Academy of Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA, August 31, 2017.

Short Stature. American Academy of Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA, September 1, 2017.

Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Youth. American Academy of Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA, September 2, 2017.

Endocrine Cases for Review. American Academy of Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA, August 31-September 3, 2017.

Peer Reviewed Publications:
Andrew J Bauer, Gary L. Francis, Steven Waguespack, Donald Zimmerman, Sowmya Krishnan, Emily Breidbart, Pushpa Viswanathan, Ryan J. McDonough, Katie Barger, Yun Yan, Jennifer K. Yee, Allison Bauman, Jose Jimenez-Vega, Susan R. Rose, Philippe F. Backeljauw, Ron Newfield. How can We Apply the New American Thyroid Association Treatment Guidelines for Children and Adolescents with Thyroid Cancer to Improve Patient Management US Endocrinology, 2016 Summer 12(1) 39-51.

Andrew J Bauer and Gary L Francis. Management of Thyroid Nodules in Children. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2016 Aug;28(4):536-44 Apr 30. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27139001.

Niran R. Wjiesooriya1, M.D., Caroline Carrico2, Ph.D., Gary Francis1, M.D. Ph.D., Chris Gennings3, Ph.D., Edmond P. Wickham III1 2, M.D. MPH. Association between Urinary Phalate Levels and Body Mass Index Z-scores in US Children. Submitted to Obesity, May 2016.

Mark D. DeBoer M.D., MSc., MCR1,2, Daniel R. Cherñavvsky M.D.1, Katarina Topchyan M.D.3, Boris P. Kovatchev Ph.D.1, Gary L. Francis, M.D., Ph.D.3, Marc D. Breton Ph.D.,1,4 Heart Rate Informed Artificial Pancreas System Enhances Glycemic Control During Exercise in Adolescents with T1D. Pediatr Diabetes. 2016 Oct 13. doi: 10.1111/pedi.12454. [2017 Nov;18(7):540-546] PMID: 27734563

Prasanthi Pasala M.D. and Gary Francis M.D. Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases in Children. Expert Review of Endocrinol Metab http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17446651.2017.1300525

Bauer AJ and Francis GL. Chapter 4: Molecular Aspects of Thyroid Cancer in Children. Thyroid Cancer: A Clinical Guide, 3rd Edition. Ed. Leonard Wartofsky, M.D., and Douglas VanNostrand, M.D., 2015.

Waguespack S and Francis GL. Chapter 44: Radioactive Iodine Therapy of Thyroid Cancer in Children. Thyroid Cancer: A Clinical Guide, 3rd Edition, Ed. Leonard Wartofsky, M.D., and Douglas VanNostrand, M.D. 2015.

Bauer AJ, Waguespack S, Grover A and Francis G. Thyroid Neoplasia, Chapter 19. In Radovick and Misra Pediatric Endocrinology: A Practical Guide 3rd Ed. Springer Science. Submitted 2016.

Pasala P and Francis GL. Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases in Children. Expert Rev Endocrinol Metab, 2017.

Shabana Kalladi M.D., Gary Francis M.D., Uma Prasad M.D., Rajana Petersson M.D. Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Presenting as Acute Suppurative Thyroiditis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2018 Feb;105:12-15 PMID: 29447798

Clinical Features that Predict Presence of Thyroid Nodule in Children and Adolescents. J Endocrinol Invest. 2020 Jan 11.doi:10.1007/s40618-019-01176-6.

Phillips WT, Francis GL, Gorzell BC, Cooper AW, Metter DF, Lancaster LJ. FASpecT/CT, A New SPECT/CT Acquisition with Higher Sensitivity and Efficiency in Radioiodine Thyroid Cancer Imaging. Clin Nucl Med. 2020 May;45(5):356-364

Catherine Kerr MD, Gary Francis MD Ph.D, Thyroid Nodules in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Radiology and Imaging Science. J Radiol & Imaging Sci. 2020;1(1):1-5

Research Interests:
His research activities focus on thyroid neoplasia and thyroid cancer in children. He previously served on the American Thyroid Association Treatment Guidelines Committee for Medullary Thyroid Cancer. Dr. Francis recently led a task force commissioned by the American Thyroid Association (ATA) to develop a set of guidelines for evaluating and treating children with thyroid nodules and cancer. The recently issued guidelines are the first and only set of recommendations that provide best practice standards for diagnosing and treating thyroid cancer in children ages 18 and younger. He also serves as Chair of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for closed-loop insulin trials at the University of Virginia Center for Diabetes Technology.

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