Title: Pediatrics Educator, Biomedical Researcher
Company: University of South Florida, College of Medicine
Location: Temple Terrace, Florida, United States
John Malone, Biomedical Researcher and Pediatrics Educator at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in metabolic pathology, pediatrics, and diabetes.
For Dr. Malone, pursuing the field of medicine was a mix of circumstance and opportunity. As a high school student, he knew he wanted to make an impact and discovered his strength in research. He continued to explore this area as an undergrad student at Pennsylvania State University, becoming involved in human research projects instead of chemical. This paved the way for him to go to medical school, and after earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1963, he continued at the University of Pennsylvania to receive an MD in 1967. While still in school, Dr. Malone obtained a federal grant to work on a research project, opening his work up to diabetes studies. Eventually, a faculty member asked him to join the pediatric department at a yet-to-be-opened medical school in Florida. He accepted and became the head of a division on pediatric diabetes.
In his current role, Dr. Malone has utilized his decades of experience as a research professor of medicine at the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. He has previously taught and held leadership roles at such institutions at the University of Pennsylvania. As a physician, he has served the community with his positions with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the Shriners’ Hospital for Crippled Children, the All Children’s Hospital, the Tampa General Hospital, the Philadelphia General Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has also worked as a visiting professor at the Uniformed Services University Health Sciences and has held positions with the International Study Group with Diabetes in Children and Adolescents, the Suncoast Regional PKU Program, and the Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council.
With a career grounded in decades of hard work, there are many points of acclaim for Dr. Malone. As part of his fellowship training, he worked with an expert in galactosemia, who gave him a project working with animals. Dr. Malone made a number of important observations while working with test animals that were dying—the orthodoxy was that they were dying due to galactosemia. Dr. Malone, however, felt that they were expiring from dehydration. He presented these assertions to the expert, who was initially skeptical but came around to his line of thinking. He proceeded to publish his findings to great acclaim, a point of immense pride for him. In the 1980s, there was a popular perception that a virus was responsible for Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Malone was involved in a project to prevent this alleged virus from damaging the cells responsible for producing insulin. He was able to demonstrate that patients hooked up to a biostator for two weeks could preserve their normal pancreatic functions for over a year. This revelation excited many people, spurring them to create a project called “the Diabetes Prevention Trial,” which Dr. Malone served and provided advisory on.
Dr. Malone’s achievements include research in metabolic causes of diabetes-associated complications, development and prevention of diabetes in relatives of patients with insulin-dependent diabetes, 95 abstracts published in his field, and 128 published articles in the field. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Elliot P Joslin 50 Year Medalist Award, the Professional Excellence Program Award from the USF College of Medicine, a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the Founder’s Award in Pediatrics from the Southern Society for Pediatric Research. Furthermore, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Charles W. and Jonnie N. Fishel Distinguished Scientist Award from the University of South Florida, and was named among the Best Doctors in America.
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