Melena D. Bellin, MD
Dr. Melena Bellin is a physician-scientist and tenured Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, (Endocrinology) and Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on pancreatitis, total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation outcomes, and diabetes secondary to acute and chronic pancreatitis. She has been an innovator in the field of total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT), including leading 4 randomized clinical trials of novel therapies to improve islet engraftment after TPIAT, observational studies to define long-term outcomes after TPIAT, and developing TPIAT as an accepted therapy for children with hereditary pancreatitis. In the clinic, she provides endocrinology and diabetes care for children and adults with pancreatitis. Dr. Bellin works alongside other researchers in the pancreatitis field as an investigator in the Chronic Pancreatitis Diabetes Pancreatitis Consortium, in the INSPPIRE pediatric pancreatitis registry, and in the Type 1 Diabetes Acute Pancreatitis Consortium.