Department of medicine

Maria G. Buse, M.D.

Dr. Buse joined the faculty at MUSC in 1957. Her career has been marked by sustained excellence in research, teaching and mentorship. Dr. Buse has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for nearly fifty years. She has made substantial and sustaining contributions toward understanding basic mechanisms through which diabetes mellitus alters cellular function, ultimately resulting in micro- and macro-vascular disease, and organ failure.

Maria Buse, M.D., was the first woman in MUSC’s 179-year history to receive the honor of Distinguished University Professor in 2003.  MUSC Distinguished Faculty Service Awards are given annually to faculty members who achieve unique and exemplary levels of excellence in university service during academic careers. These individuals provide exceptional and sustained service and contributions in teaching, research, health care, and public service to the university and South Carolinians.

The excellence of Dr. Buse’s career work and its importance were also validated by recieving the Albert Renold Award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This award constitutes the top research honor given by the ADA. Dr. Buse has been the recipient of numerous other awards including the South Carolina Governor’s Award. She is widely acknowledged as the founder of the field of nuclear medicine in South Carolina, and of the field of endocrinology (along with her late husband, John) in South Carolina. Dr. Buse’s standing as an international leader is supported by her numerous editorial positions and over 150 publications.

Maria Buse

Maria G. Buse, M.D.

Dr. Buse's Clinical Interests

Mechanisms of insulin resistance
Insulin receptor regulation and signaling
Amino acid metabolism and protein turnover
Nuclear medicine

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Buse's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.
Dr. Buse is widely acknowledged as an excellent teacher who consistently attracts the best students at MUSC to her laboratory. She is beloved by her students due to her keen intellect, unflagging commitment and dedication to her students. She approaches each day with a sense of purpose consistent with her commitment to making fundamental contributions to understanding diabetes mellitus. Dr. Buse has always found time to be a strong advocate and mentor for students, house staff, and junior faculty. According to Dean Jerry Reves, Dr. Buse “is truly an outstanding individual whose career has enriched MUSC for many decades”.

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