Rabab Jafri, MD

UT Health San Antonio
Pediatric Endocrinology
Board Affiliation/Certification
American Board of Pediatric Endocrinology
American Board of Pediatrics
Aga Khan University, Medical College, 2010
University of Illinois, 2015
Massachusetts General Hospital, 2018
Insurance Accepted
6 Degrees - Transplant
90 Degree Benefits - Commercial
Aetna - Commercial Exchange
Aetna - PPO/EPO/HMO/MC Advantage
Aetna - Smart Care EPO
Aetna - Transplant
Aetna Better Health - Medicaid-CHIP
Aetna Better Health - Medicaid-STAR
Amerigroup (Gonzaba) - Medicare Advantage (Transplants only)
Amerigroup - Medicaid-CHIP
Amerigroup - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Amerigroup - Medicare Advantage
Amerigroup - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
Ancira Enterprises - Direct Employer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Exchange (BlueAdvantage)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HMO/PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HPN/EPO (Narrow Network)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicaid-STAR
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Essentials)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Premier)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Traditional
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Transplant Programs
Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage-SNP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-CHIP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Cenpatico - Medicare Advantage
Cigna (USSA Client Only) - Direct Employer
Community First Health Plans - HMO/Exchange (EPO)
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Community First Health Plans - Medicare Advantage HMO
Coventry - HMO/PPO
Coventry - Work Comp / Auto
Driscoll Health Plan - Medicaid-All
El Paso First - Medicaid-CHIP
El Paso First - Medicaid-STAR
Entrust - TPA
First Health - Commercial PPO
FirstCare (Part of Scott & White Health Plans) - Medicaid-STAR
Gonzaba Medical Group - Transplant ONLY
Healthsmart - Accel
Healthsmart - Commercial PPO
Healthsmart - HPO/POS
Humana - Commercial Behavioral Health
Humana - Exchange (HMOx)
Humana - HMO/PPO/Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage HMO (Gold)
Humana - Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana - National Transplant ONLY Network
Humana Military - TRICARE
Imperial Health Plan - Medicare Advantage
Independent Medical Systems (IMS) - PPO
Interlink - Transplant
LifeTrac - Transplant
Magellan - Commercial and Medicaid Behavioral Health
Molina - Commercial Exchange
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Molina - Medicaid-STAR
Molina - Medicare Advantage
Molina - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
OptumHealth - Transplant ONLY
Oscar - Commercial Exchange
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Refugee Medical Assistance
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Unaccompanied Children
Prime Health Services - Commercial PPO
Prime Health Services - Medicare Advantage
ProCare Advantage - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Provider Network of America (PNOA) - Commercial
Provider Partners Health Plan (PPHP) - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Scott & White Health Plan - HMO/PPO/Medicare Advantage
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare Advantage (Allwell)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare-Medicaid Duals (Allwell)
Texas Independence Health Plan - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Three Rivers Provider Network - PPO
Tokio Marine - Transplant
TriWest (via BCBSTX) - VA CCN Program
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR Kids
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
UnitedHealthcare - Medicare Advantage
UnitedHealthcare - PPO
Universal Benefits Consortium - Brokerage Firm (School Districts)
University of Incarnate Word (Gilsbar) - Direct Employer
WellCare - Medicare Advantage
WellMed - Medicare Advantage
WellPoint (Gonzaba) - Medicare Advantage (TRANSPLANTS ONLY)
WellPoint - Medicaid-CHIP
WellPoint - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR Kids
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
WellPoint - Medicare Advantage
WellPoint - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
Please contact your health insurance company to confirm provider participation. For billing and insurance questions, please call our Billing Department at 210-358-3260.
I’m a pediatric endocrinologist at University Health. I am interested in approaching complex medical issues with a focus on the family impacts my practice and research related to diabetes at the Texas Diabetes Institute.
I enjoy learning about the various aspects of diabetes in youth with regards to intervention, diagnosis and management as well as integrating diabetes technology within my research and clinical care. I am involved in the bionic pancreas research pivotal trials.
Career Highlights:
  • American Diabetes Association - Focus on Fellows Travel Award (2017)
  • Endocrine Society - Travel Award for Annual Meeting (2014)
  • University of Cambridge: Karachi Grammar School
  • Breton Medal for Academic Distinction (2005)
  • Kensett Medal for Academic Distinction (2005)
  • Glazebrook Award for Academic Distinction (2003)
Research Interests:
  • Bionic pancreas and other diabetes technology devices


  1. Jordan S. Sherwood M, Courtney A. Balliro, Mallory Hillard, Michele Maheno, Jason L. Sloane, Rabab Z. Jafri, Firas H. El-Khatib, Edward R. Damiano, Melissa S. Putman, Steven J. Russell. Pilot Study of Closed-Loop Glycemic Control with the Bionic Pancreas in Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes, A Pilot and Feasibility Crossover Trial Pediatric Research Day, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston, MA, 2018.
  2. Steven J. Russell, Rabab Jafri, Michele Maheno, Courtney Balliro, Laya Ekhlaspour, Firas El-Khatib, Edward Damiano, Britta Væver Bysted, Ulrik Mouritzen. The stable glucagon analog dasiglucagon is well-tolerated and as effective as recombinant human glucagon when delivered by the bionic pancreas in response to insulin excess. Advanced Technologies and Treatment for Diabetes Annual Meeting, 2018, Vienna, Austria.
  3. Rabab Z. Jafri, Michele Maheno, Courtney A. Balliro, Llazar Cuko, Debbie Mondesir, Firas El-Khatib, Laya Ekhlaspour, Steven J. Russell. Automated Glucagon Administration for Treatment of Postbariatric Hypoglycemia. American Diabetes Association Meeting, 2017, San Diego, CA .
  4. Courtney A. Balliro, Laya Ekhlaspour, Aryan Esmaeili, Firas El-Khatib, Debbie Mondesir, Rajendranath Selagemsetty, Mallory A. Hillard, Michele Maheno, Rabab Z. Jafri, Edward Damiano, Steven J. Russell. Effect of a Lower Glucose Target on Glycemic Outcomes with an Insulin-Only Bionic Pancreas. American Diabetes Association Meeting, 2017, San Diego, CA.
  5. Laya Ekhlaspour, Debbie Mondesir, Aryan Esmaeili, Mallory Hillard, Rabab Z. Jafri, Manasi Sinha, Ranjan Ajenthen, Courtney A. Balliro, Michele Maheno, Gina Masse, Llazar Cuko, Steven J. Russell. Effect of Ethanol Intoxication on the Antihypoglycemic Action of Glucagon. American Diabetes Association Meeting, 2017, San Diego, CA.
  6. Rabab Z Jafri, Rasha Al-Radadi, Claudia Boucher-Berry. Relationship Between Maternal Graves’ Disease and Two Different Presentations of Congenital Hypothyroidism at Birth. ENDO 2015, San Diego, CA.

Other Publications

  1. Castellanos LE, Russell SJ, Damiano ER, Beck RW, Shah VN, Bailey R, Calhoun P, Bird K, Mauras N; Bionic Pancreas Research Group. The Insulin-Only Bionic Pancreas Improves Glycemic Control in Non-Hispanic White and Minority Adults and Children With Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2023 Mar 31:dc221478. doi: 10.2337/dc22-1478. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37000680.
  2. Beck RW, Russell SJ, Damiano ER, El-Khatib FH, Ruedy KJ, Balliro C, Li Z, Calhoun P. A Multicenter Randomized Trial Evaluating Fast-Acting Insulin Aspart in the Bionic Pancreas in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2022 Oct;24(10):681-696. doi: 10.1089/dia.2022.0167. PMID: 36173235; PMCID: PMC9529301.
  3. Messer LH, Buckingham BA, Cogen F, Daniels M, Forlenza G, Jafri RZ, Mauras N, Muir A, Wadwa RP, White PC, Russell SJ, Damiano ER, El-Khatib FH, Ruedy KJ, Balliro CA, Li Z, Marak MC, Calhoun P, Beck RW. Positive Impact of the Bionic Pancreas on Diabetes Control in Youth 6-17 Years Old with Type 1 Diabetes: A Multicenter Randomized Trial. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2022 Oct;24(10):712-725. doi: 10.1089/dia.2022.0201.pub. PMID: 36173237; PMCID: PMC9529304.
  4. Bionic Pancreas Research Group. Multicenter, Randomized Trial of a Bionic Pancreas in Type 1 Diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2022 Sep 29;387(13):1161-1172. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2205225. PMID: 36170500.
  5. Mauras N, Damiano ER, El-Khatib FH, Marak MC, Calhoun P, Ruedy KJ, Balliro C, Li Z, Beck RW, Russell SJ. Utility and Safety of Backup Insulin Regimens Generated by the Bionic Pancreas: A Randomized Study. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2023 Mar 22. doi: 10.1089/dia.2022.0461. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36877259.
  6. Russell, S. J., Balliro, C., Ekelund, M., El-Khatib, F., Graungaard, T., Greaux, E., ... & Damiano, E. R. (2021). Improvements in glycemic control achieved by altering the t max setting in the iLet® bionic pancreas when using fast-acting insulin aspart: A randomized trial. Diabetes Therapy, 12(7), 2019-2033.
  7. Castellanos, L. E., Balliro, C. A., Sherwood, J. S., Jafri, R., Hillard, M. A., Greaux, E., ... & Russell, S. J. (2021). Performance of the insulin-only iLet bionic pancreas and the bihormonal iLet using dasiglucagon in adults with type 1 diabetes in a home-use setting. Diabetes Care, 44(6), e118-e120.
  8. Jafri, R. Z., Balliro, C. A., El-Khatib, F., Maheno, M. M., Hillard, M. A., O'Donovan, A., ... & Russell, S. J. (2020). A three-way accuracy comparison of the Dexcom G5, Abbott Freestyle Libre Pro, and Senseonics Eversense continuous glucose monitoring devices in a home-use study of subjects with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, 22(11), 846-852.
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