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David R. Repaske, MD

Endocrinology/Diabetes: Pediatric
Call 434.924.0123
Primary Location:
Pediatric Endocrinology

6th Floor

1204 W. Main St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:
ABMS Certification:
Pediatric Endocrinology
Clinical Practice:
Diabetes Insipidus- Pediatric, Hypopituitarism- Pediatric, Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion- Pediatric, Addison's Disease- Pediatric, Pheochromocytoma- Pediatric, Diabetes and Metabolism, Pediatric Diabetes and Metabolism Disorders, Pediatric Diabetes, Primary Care

Division Head of Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology


David Repaske, MD, (pronouns: he/him) 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, 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.

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 eight 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. The family cashmere goat farm is 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, and their current youngster is a 60-lb Goldendoodle who is a bundle of joy and energy. Their human kids are grown and have strategically placed themselves in great parts of the country to visit: California, Colorado, and Arizona.


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