Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, MD, MPH

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Dr. Ayca Erkin-Cakmak is a pediatric endocrinologist who cares for children with conditions related to hormonal issues. These include obesity, thyroid disorders, hormone-related growth disorders, metabolic syndrome (having a combination of health factors that increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes), and endocrine conditions associated with iron overload from thalassemia (an inherited blood disorder that can lead to anemia).

Erkin-Cakmak's research focuses on how exposures to certain chemicals in early childhood can affect the endocrine system and later development of obesity and metabolic syndrome. She is also interested in endocrine issues related to blood transfusions given to treat thalassemia.

Erkin-Cakmak earned her medical degree from Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology as well as a fellowship in advanced research in pediatrics at UCSF. She also earned a master of public health degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Erkin-Cakmak is a member of the Pediatric Endocrine Society, Endocrine Society and Obesity Society. She is originally from Turkey.


PSUN160 Transfusion Related Endocrinopathies and Thalassemia (TREAT) Study.

Journal of the Endocrine Society

Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, Tariq Ahmad, Anne Rishon, Marcela Weyhmiller, Ellen Fung, Maya Lodish, Ashutosh Lal

Effects of Isocaloric Fructose Restriction on Ceramide Levels in Children with Obesity and Cardiometabolic Risk: Relation to Hepatic De Novo Lipogenesis and Insulin Sensitivity.


Olson E, Suh JH, Schwarz JM, Noworolski SM, Jones GM, Barber JR, Erkin-Cakmak A, Mulligan K, Lustig RH, Mietus-Snyder M

Abstract 16511: Isocaloric Fructose Restriction Improves Postprandial Chylomicron and VLDL Excursions in Adolescents With Obesity by Reducing Angiopoietin-Like Protein 3 and Apolipoprotein CIII.


Yasmin Bains, Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, Russell Caccavello, Kathleen Mulligan, Susan Noworolski, Jean-Marc Schwarz, Robert Lustig, Alejandro Gugliucci

1360-P: Infertility Is Not Associated with Clinical Factors in Women with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).



SUN-690 HNF4A Mutation in Siblings with Diazoxide Responsive Congenital Hyperinsulinism.

Journal of the Endocrine Society

Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, Hannah Chesser, Joseph Shieh, Christine Ferrara, Stephen Eric Gitelman, Gina Capodanno

Short-Term Isocaloric Fructose Restriction Improves Postprandial Lipoprotein Subclass Profiles.


A. Gugliucci, Y. Bains, R. Caccavello, M. Wen, A. Erkin-Cakmak, K. Mulligan, R. Lustig, S. Noworolski, J.M. Schwarz

Isocaloric Fructose Restriction Reduces Serum d-Lactate Concentration in Children With Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome.

The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism

Erkin-Cakmak A, Bains Y, Caccavello R, Noworolski SM, Schwarz JM, Mulligan K, Lustig RH, Gugliucci A

SAT-269 Insulin 101: Quality Education Strategies for Trainees (QuEST).

Journal of the Endocrine Society

Janet Lee, Alyssa Huang, Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, Jeanne Buchanan, Gina Capodanno

Effects of Dietary Fructose Restriction on Liver Fat, De Novo Lipogenesis, and Insulin Kinetics in Children With Obesity.


Schwarz JM, Noworolski SM, Erkin-Cakmak A, Korn NJ, Wen MJ, Tai VW, Jones GM, Palii SP, Velasco-Alin M, Pan K, Patterson BW, Gugliucci A, Lustig RH, Mulligan K

Short-term isocaloric fructose restriction lowers apoC-III levels and yields less atherogenic lipoprotein profiles in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome.


Gugliucci A, Lustig RH, Caccavello R, Erkin-Cakmak A, Noworolski SM, Tai VW, Wen MJ, Mulligan K, Schwarz JM

Erratum: "In Utero and Childhood Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Exposures and Body Mass at Age 7 Years: The CHAMACOS Study".

Environmental health perspectives

Erkin-Cakmak A, Harley KG, Chevrier J, Bradman A, Kogut K, Huen K, Eskenazi B

Isocaloric fructose restriction and metabolic improvement in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)

Lustig RH, Mulligan K, Noworolski SM, Tai VW, Wen MJ, Erkin-Cakmak A, Gugliucci A, Schwarz JM

In utero and childhood polybrominated diphenyl ether exposures and body mass at age 7 years: the CHAMACOS study.

Environmental health perspectives

Erkin-Cakmak A, Harley KG, Chevrier J, Bradman A, Kogut K, Huen K, Eskenazi B

A bridge to insulin pump therapy: twice-daily regimen with NPH and detemir insulins during initial treatment of youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Endocrine practice : official journal of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Cengiz E, Sherr JL, Erkin-Cakmak A, Weinzimer SA, Burke EN, Sikes KA, Urban AD, Tamborlane WV

Research Area: 
Clinical Research