A native of Newton, Mississippi, Dr. Don P. Wilson attended the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving a degree in pre-medical education. He earned a medical degree from the University of Mississippi before completing Pediatric residency training and post-graduate fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology and Clinical Lipidology.
In 1997, Dr. Wilson was selected as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Texas A&M University College of Medicine, a position he held for 12 years. In addition to overseeing an active research and medical education program, Dr. Wilson was instrumental in creating one of the first cardiovascular risk assessment clinics for children and adolescents. This clinic provided education to encourage healthy lifestyles, developed effective screening strategies and created novel interventions to improve the health and well being of children and adolescents risk for premature cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Although most of his professional focus has been in the area of childhood diabetes Dr. Wilson has expanded his role in the related areas of childhood obesity, insulin resistance and dyslipidemia. He is board certified by the American Board of Lipidology, a Fellow of the National Lipid Association and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Wilson is currently a member the Board of Directors of the Southwest Lipid Association and the American Board of Clinical Lipidology
Recognizing that current approaches have proven inadequate to identify and effectively address the growing concern of premature cardiovascular disease, Dr. Wilson has been working with local, regional and national experts create a better clinical care model that will provide enhanced health care, assessment, research and education for children and adolescents with genetic and acquired forms of dyslipidemia.
In 2009 Dr. Wilson was recruited to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Working with a host of primary care providers, community leaders and the academic community, Dr. Wilson was able to create a unique Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Research and Education program (C.A.R.E.) serving as the program’s Director from 2009 – 2011. While in Arizona he severed as a member of Arizona’s AAP subcommittee for childhood obesity and was selected by the National American Academy of Pediatrics to serve on a task force to evaluate the feasibility of a national obesity registry. In 2011, Dr. Wilson was recruited to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth where he currently serves as the Endowed Chair, Cardiovascular Health and Risk Prevention.