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William Riley, M.D.




Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director of Diabetes Services


(409) 772-3365
Appointments: 409-772-3695



Mailing Address

301 University Blvd., Galveston, Texas 77555-0373

Dr. Riley is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director of Diabetes Services. He received his M.D. at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, followed by a pediatric internship and residency at the Albert B Chandler Hospital at the University of Kentucky. He was a fourth year chief resident at the same institution. After a 3 year tour of duty in the US Army in Okinawa, Japan and Fort Knox, Kentucky, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Florida.

Dr. Riley stayed at the University of Florida until 1993 progressing from assistant professor to full professor. During that time he was part of one of the leading groups in Pediatric diabetes and became recognized as one of the leaders in the immunology of Type 1 diabetes, publishing numerous papers in this area.

Later he moved to the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston as director of the Pediatric Endocrinology and director of the combined adult/pediatric diabetes service. He was appointed to the Texas Diabetes Council during this time and served until he left Texas in 2005.

He then moved to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi as Vice President of medical education from 1997-2005. Dr Riley served as the residency program director, director of the 3rd year pediatric rotation for medical students from Texas A&M and University of North Texas and associate dean for Texas A&M. In 2005, he became the director of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Akron Children’s hospital. At that institution, he developed the program into the premier pediatric diabetes service in Northeast Ohio caring for over 900 children with type 1 diabetes before returning to Texas, UTMB and his grandchildren in 2010.

Dr. Riley has published more than 200 publications including clinical reviews, book chapters and peer reviewed manuscripts. His research and clinical interests has primarily focused in management of type 1 diabetes and the immunology of type 1 diabetes. He was the principal investigator for the US, specifically Texas, for the 19 country study to prevent diabetes, ENDIT. He used insulin pumps very early and published several papers on their use in patients with diabetes in 1980. He has long been interested in diabetes camps serving as the chair of the ADA diabetes camping committee for Kentucky in 1973-5 and of the same committee in Texas in 1996-1998. In Ohio, his program developed a unique hospital sponsored diabetes camp for the patients cared at Akron Children’s Hospital.

William Riley, M.D.