Dr. Rickels is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rickels serves as Medical Director for the Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation program, and Director for Translational Research within Penn’s Institute for Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism. Dr. Rickels conducts patient-oriented diabetes research that is in particular focused on islet function and replacement in type 1 diabetes and pancreatogenic forms of diabetes. This work has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rickels is presently an elected councilor for the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association.