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Dr Billy White

Billy White - Clinical Champion 2018-2020

2022 - 2023 Clinical Champions Community: Leading Diabetes Care Innovation

Consultant Paediatrician, University College London Hospital and Great Ormond Street


I'm a paediatrician with special interest in diabetes and obesity. I did a PhD in clinical obesity interventions and I'm trying to work out how to balance academia in a busy clinical life.  

What gifts, strengths, or unique experiences do you intend to bring to your development work?

My original Clinical Champions project was around creating a specialist type 2 diabetes service for young people. Whilst my original aims haven't been hugely successful, I've ended up being involved in improving care for young people living with diabetes across the UK with a new national working group for type 2 diabetes and new regional obesity services. I'm now setting up a regional obesity service where I hope to support children and young people living with type 2 diabetes and other complications of obesity.

I like to bring enthusiasm, energy and ideas to create fun and novel solutions. My heart is in clinical medicine and I try to balance a background in academia, together with interests beyond medicine such as technology, architecture and fitness to develop clinic interventions. 

What area of change are you currently passionate about in diabetes care?

Improving care for children and young people living with diabetes, especially those with type 2 diabetes. 

What most excites you about this journey?

Being open to new ideas and ways of thinking, meeting new people and thinking how I can develop as a clinical leader. 


2018 - 2020 Clinical Champions

Consultant in adolescent diabetes and obesity, University College London Hospital

In his role as one of our Clinical Champions, Dr White would like to develop a specialist type 2 diabetes service for children and young people.

The needs of this group are often neglected, with the majority of paediatric services having expertise only in type 1 diabetes. A specialist service would offer holistic professional expertise (medical, nursing, dietetic, psychological), novel interventions including bariatric surgery, access to the latest drugs within research protocols and peer support. 


Dr White has worked for the last 5 years as a consultant in adolescent diabetes and obesity at University College London Hospital.

He has a special interest in type 2 diabetes and adolescent health and recently co-wrote a Lancet review on Type 2 diabetes in adolescence (June 2017). His PhD investigated clinical interventions for adolescent obesity, including bariatric surgery.  

Dr White believes that good control of diabetes frequently requires holistic care including management of co-morbidities and a solid understanding of age-appropriate care. He is a general adolescent physician and supports young people with common health issues including mood disorders, acne and headaches.

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