Barbara J. Anderson, PhD, is a behavioral scientist and licensed clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience in diabetes research as well as in clinical work with youth with diabetes and their families. She has published extensively on the relationships between emotional and family factors with adherence, medical, and quality of life outcomes in youth with diabetes. Dr. Anderson is currently working with two multi-site NIH-funded trials-one with youth with type 1 and families and the other with youth with type 2 and families. And her favorite work is advocacy for families living with diabetes Dr. Anderson is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Head, Psychology Section, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
Natalie Bellini, RN, CDE, has had Type 1 diabetes since she was a young child. Within a year of finishing nursing school, she started to care for people with diabetes, focusing first on diabetes in pregnancy then pediatrics and insulin requiring adults. She has worked on the medical side of camps for children and teens in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She has spoken nationally and internationally as an expert in both working with teens and their parents with diabetes as well as infusion set choice, usage and maintenance. Her fundamental goal when developing the teenage curriculum for Children with Diabetes conferences is that each and every teen that attends finds a passion in life and pursues it. She is currently attending Drexel University part time in order to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Natalie is a senior territory manager with Animas Corporation and mom to Erin.
Jen Block, MSN, RN, CDE, NP, has had type 1 diabetes for 15 years and works as a Research Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator at Stanford University in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology. Jen also works as a consultant on the T1D Exchange Project. She very much enjoys participating in Friends for Life as Staff, and is looking forward to working in the Grandparents Program this summer!
Bruce Buckingham, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at Stanford Medical Center. His research interests have focused on continuous glucose monitoring in children. He is Principal Investigator at Stanford for DirecNet, an NIH sponsored multicenter study group which evaluates continuous glucose sensors in children. His current work focuses on the use of continuous glucose sensors in real-time, and the development of a closed-loop. These efforts are being funded by the JDRF and NIH and are currently focused on preventing nocturnal hypoglycemia and rapidly restoring metabolic control at the onset of diabetes.
Eda Cengiz, MD is an assistant professor in the division of pediatric endocrinology at Yale University School of Medicine. She is the principal investigator of several clinical studies including the ultra fast-acting insulin research (U-FAIR) and the detection of early cardiovascular disease markers in youth with type 1 diabetes projects. Dr. Cengiz has been an active member of the artificial pancreas team at Yale and has many publications in the field of diabetes technology. She has been selected as a member of the diabetes core group for the National Institute of Health Best Practices for Pediatric Treatment Group, and has been collaborating with diabetologists overseas to improve the treatment of pediatric diabetes globally.
Kelly L. Close is president of Close Concerns, Inc., a healthcare information firm exclusively focused on the businesses of diabetes and obesity. The mission of Close Concerns is to improve patient outcomes by getting the best information on the state of the fields available globally to whoever needs it – companies, healthcare professionals, patients, and families. Kelly is editor-in-chief of diaTribe, a free online newsletter focused on new research and products for people with diabetes (diaTribe.us) that has over 20,000 subscribers. Additionally, she is active in dQ&A, Close Concerns’ sister company, a market research business that surveys over five thousand people with diabetes each quarter. She is a longtime diabetes advocate, and on the boards of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and the Behavioral Diabetes Institute. Before starting Close Concerns in 2002, Kelly was an equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch in medical technology; prior to this, she worked at McKinsey & Company. Kelly is a graduate of Amherst College, magna cum laude, and of the Harvard Business School. She has had type 1 diabetes for over 25 years.
Edward Damiano, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. His educational training is in the areas of biomedical and mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. His lab is engaged in basic scientific research that uses fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, and intravital microscopy to study blood flow in the microcirculation and to elucidate mechanisms by which the lining of blood vessels can determine vascular health and disease. In one study, his lab is investigating the effect of hyperglycemia in diabetic mice with the goal of finding ways to counteract the damage to blood vessels that leads to so many of the well-known complications of diabetes. In addition to this research, he is also committed to creating and integrating technologies to build a bionic endocrine pancreas. His interest in a bionic pancreas is quite personal, and began when his twelve-year-old son, David, developed type 1 diabetes before the age of one. His goal is to have the control system that he developed with one of his postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Firas El-Khatib, hard at work closing the loop for his son and others with diabetes before David goes off to college.
Kimberly M. Davis is a Director of Federal Affairs at Johnson & Johnson, representing the interests of Johnson & Johnson's Diabetes Franchise in front of the US Congress, the Executive Branch and with other external stakeholders. Kimberly has more than 15 years of political and health care public policy experience working with and for key congressional, regulatory, and executive-branch decision makers on important public policy issues areas. She participated in Friends for Life and other CWD initiatives, and she is committed to making a difference for families with type 1 diabetes. Kimberly resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Todd, and their two young daughters.
Oliver Double is a senior lecturer in drama at the University of Kent, but in a former life he was a professional comedian. His sons Joe and Tom both have type 1 diabetes, and in 2006 this inspired him to write and perform a solo stand-up show, Saint Pancreas, which is now available on DVD ('A tender and uplifting monologue that's surprisingly funny.' Guardian. 'Funny, charming, touching.' Arthur Smith, Balance). He has just started writing a regular column for Diabetes UK's Linkup magazine, in spite of being, by comparison with his wife Jacqui, slightly rubbish at dealing with diabetes.
Steven V. Edelman, MD is the founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 diabetes education organization founded in 1995. He is committed to promoting education, motivation and self-advocacy for people living with diabetes. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Dr. Edelman currently serves as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California at San Diego and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of San Diego. He is the Director of the Diabetes Care Clinic VA Medical Center and the Editor of the journals Insulin and Diabetes, Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome. His research and publication history is extensive with over 200 articles and 5 books. In 2009, the American Diabetes Association recognized Dr. Edelman with the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award. Dr. Edelman graduated as the valedictorian from the University of California at Davis Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at UCLA and Clinical Fellowships in Diabetes and Metabolism at the Joslin and Lahey Clinics in Boston, as well as a research fellowship at the University of California at San Diego.
Zakariyya Elarbi is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. After his twin sister Maryam was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he knew that diabetes would forever play an important role in his life. Zak enjoys spending his free time reading, going to the gym, and hanging out with his friends. Zak is excited that he can finally give back to the CWD community by volunteering at the conferences with his close friends and family.
Alessio Fasano, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Mucosal Biology Research Center and the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is also Professor of Physiology and Professor of Medicine. Dr. Fasano is regarded as one of the foremost authorities worldwide on Celiac Disease, and his epidemiological studies in the United States have changed the preconception that Celiac Disease is a rare disorder in our county. He will be presenting two sessions on celiac disease, which is more common in children with type 1 diabetes than the general population.
John Griffin is a lawyer who represents families with children and workers with diabetes. He is also a volunteer and Immediate past chair of the Board of the American Diabetes Association. Mr. Griffin has helped eradicate bans against students and workers with diabetes. As Chair of the ADA's Legal Advocacy Subcommittee, he led the effort to protect California school children with diabetes by insuring that these students would never be abandoned if they need help with their insulin. Mr. Griffin has insulin treated diabetes and has a sister and a niece with type 1 diabetes.
Korey K. Hood, PhD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Staff Psychologist at UCSF's Madison Center for Pediatric Diabetes. Dr. Hood directs NIH-funded research projects and provides clinical care aimed at promoting health and quality of life outcomes in youth with diabetes and their families. He also serves on national committees for the American Diabetes Association and is on editorial boards for Diabetes Care and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Hood is the author of Type 1 Teens: A Guide to Managing Your Life with Diabetes. His research, clinical care, and service are fueled by his personal experience with type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed as a young adult and has spent more than a decade managing diabetes. He is passionate about helping children and teens with diabetes, and their families, make diabetes a part of their lives while not letting it run their lives.
Crystal Crismond Jackson is Associate Director of Legal Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association (ADA)'s Home Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Her primary responsibility is managing the Association's Safe at School Campaign. Crystal is considered a national authority on the rights of students with diabetes and has spoken at conferences and forums throughout the United States and internationally on how to effectively advocate on behalf of students with diabetes, training hundreds of parent advocates, attorneys, and health care professionals. A parent of a child with diabetes, Crystal began her advocacy as a volunteer for ADA when she successfully led the effort to pass the first state diabetes school legislation in the country which provides comprehensive coverage for students with diabetes in Virginia. Simultaneously she pursued a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education resulting in a settlement that is a nationwide model for safe and effective school diabetes care. Crystal is a former litigation paralegal and a contributor to many diabetes publications including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Diabetes Education Program's school guide entitled "Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel" and the ADA's treatise on school issues: "Legal Rights of Students with Diabetes." Crystal is a member of the Virginia Diabetes Council, serves on a number of other diabetes and youth advisory boards and committees.
Scott K. Johnson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. He has been writing about his struggles and successes with diabetes since late 2004. Currently blogging at Scott's Diabetes (scottsdiabetes.com), and contributing to many diabetes related projects, Scott stays busy connecting with others living with diabetes. Scott works full time as a freelance writer and diabetes consultant, and says, "I'm your average guy living with type 1 diabetes. I don't have it all figured out, and sharing my struggles with diabetes helps by showing people that it is Ok to still be trying to get it right, even after 32+ years." Scott lives with his family near the Minneapolis, MN area.
Tom Karlya, Vice President of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, is commonly known throughout the diabetes community as Diabetes Dad, used virtually everywhere, including his monthly column which appears at www.dLife.com/diabetesdad. He's been active since his daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed in 1992 at the age of two. In 2009, his son Rob was also diagnosed, at age 13. Tom has been introduced to the NY State Capitol, testified in Washington, D.C., appeared at diabetes-related events at the United Nations and has lectured across the US about being a Diabetes Dad. He received numerous commendations for his work in the Katrina efforts where he was instrumental in organizing aid to over 10,000 people with diabetes. Tom was awarded The Jeff Hitchcock Distinguished Service Award from CWD in 2008 among many other awards from groups and organizations. For 12 years as an actor, he starred in the New York Production of Tony 'N Tina's Wedding, with the original Company and also at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., in Summer of the 17th Doll. His film, lbs., was at the Sundance Film Festival, and appeared in Unsolved Mysteries, Spin City, The Cosby Show, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, America's Most Wanted, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and more as well as numerous commercials. He won 13 Telly Awards, a FREDDIE Award, and was nominated for an Emmy Award while Executive Producer of dLife on CNBC. Tom will tell you that above everything else, he's just a CWD Dad.
Lauren Lanning, mom of Monica, 18, dx 8/96, pumping 5/99, CGM 9/05, and Sarah, 15 ... her CWD "sig line." Lauren became involved with CWD shortly after her daughter was diagnosed in 1996. She has been involved in the CWD diabetes conferences since the very first gathering in Orlando in 2000, where she volunteered to make name badges. Lauren now coordinates the Elementary Programming for every CWD conference. Back home in Denver, she has served on the boards of the JDRF and CWD Foundation. She and her husband Steve have chaired and coached her local JDRF Ride team for many years. Lauren has worked as an elementary school computer teacher and now works at The Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver as the IT Manager.
Paul Madden, M.Ed., has served as Friends for Life faculty for the past 12 years. Paul is an accomplished author and speaker serving in numerous leadership roles on national and international boards including the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association, the International Diabetes Federation, the American Diabetes Association, the Joslin Diabetes Center, the Young Leaders in Diabetes/IDF, and the JDRF. Paul developed and served in numerous new leadership roles at Joslin Diabetes Center a Harvard Medical School Affiliate including Special Assistant to the President, behavioral medicine, corporate development, advocacy, exercise, and camp administrator/director. Creating new winning solutions that create value and growth for organizations and the people being served is what Paul does best. He empowers, educates and inspires people to explore and adopt healthier lifestyles. Paul touches the soul of the people he works with enabling them to address the challenges of life more fully and positively! Paul is the Global Senior Advisor for Diabetes and Non Communicable Diseases with Project HOPE. Paul has had type 1 diabetes for over 50 years.
Austin Martin is a student at UCLA majoring in computer engineering. He is younger brother to Kelsey, who has had diabetes for nine years. He has been attending CWD conferences since then, and is also an active JDRF volunteer within the Kansas City chapter. Austin enjoys sports, working out, and casually building his own computer. At CWD conferences, Austin facilitates sibling discussion groups for kids of all ages.
Before her young daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1997, Moira McCarthy had accomplished quite a bit as a nationally-competitive freestyle skier, award-winning crime reporter (she was once almost sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source and also helped solve a serial murder), author of books on golf and skiing, and one of the world's best-known ski and adventure writers. But her daughter's diagnosis presented her with the ultimate challenge: how to raise a healthy – but still active and happy child -- and how to make a difference in the diabetes world. Author of the best-selling book "The Everything Parents Guide to Juvenile Diabetes" and creator of the blog Despitediabetes, McCarthy is a well-known national diabetes advocate and was JDRF's International Volunteer of the Year in 2007. She and her daughter have been guests on CNN Live, Larry King Live, FOX morning News, Good Morning America and on the front page of the New York Times. Her daughter, now a college student 500 miles away from home, is thriving. Their mantra: despite diabetes, you need to get busy living.
Diana M. Naranjo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of California San Francisco’s Madison Center for Pediatric Diabetes. As a trained pediatric and adult psychologist working in behavioral medicine, Dr. Naranjo focuses on the psychosocial needs of patients and families with diabetes. Currently, she is working on developing a transition program within the Madison Center for adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes as they transition from pediatric to adult health care. Together with the team, she aims to understand barriers and facilitators to care, what developmental demands are important as adolescent’s transition to adulthood, and how to best provide services that engage young adults and their families. Furthermore, as a Latino-American and fluent in Spanish, much of her clinical work focuses on bridging the health-care gap for underserved ethnic minority patients with type 1 diabetes.
Arleen Pinkos, MT, ASCP, has worked as a clinical review scientist at the Food and Drug Administration since 1993. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Arleen has worked as a laboratorian and point-of-care testing coordinator at Veterans Administration Medical Centers in New Jersey and Maryland, consulted for physician office laboratories, and has managed a private physician referral service. Arleen has worked extensively with over-the-counter products at the FDA, including glucose meters and Continuous Glucose Monitors. She is also coordinating the FDA-NIH Artificial Pancreas Working Group.
Rick Philbin, MED, MBA, ATC, is Vice President of Sales for Asante Solutions. Prior to his leadership role at Asante, Rick worked for 12 years at Animas Corporation (2000 thru 2011) as a Territory Manager, Regional Manager, and East Area Field Director. His background is in Athletic Training/Sports Management and he is an individual with Type 1 diabetes. Prior to joining Animas, he managed a comprehensive sports medicine center in the Washington, DC area. He is currently on the board of directors of the Diabetes, Exercise, and Sports Association (DESA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and physical fitness. Rick has been working with CWD for 11 years presenting to parents, coordinating the sports programming for kids, and writing articles on the CWD website called the Sports Corner. Rick's professional experience also includes working as an Athletic Trainer for a Philadelphia-based sports medicine center, where he worked with professional athletes from the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. He believes education is paramount for good diabetes management. As an avid exercise enthusiast with Type 1 diabetes, he practices tight management of his diabetes while on an insulin pump. Rick lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife Sharon and daughter's Nicole and Andrea.
William (Bill) Polonsky, PhD, CDE, is the president and founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization dedicated to tackling the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. A licensed clinical psychologist, certified diabetes educator and associate clinical professor in psychiatry, he has studied the psychological and behavioral aspect of diabetes for over 20 years. Dr. Polonsky has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional and lay publications, including Diabetes Care, Diabetes Forecast, Clinical Diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Health. In addition to his many research publications, he is probably best known as the author of Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore, a popular book for patients, published by the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Polonsky received his PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as senior psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston; faculty member at Harvard Medical School; and chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
Michelle Rago is an attorney and mom of two children with diabetes. Her son Trent was diagnosed at age 4 in 2000. Her family adopted daughter Maya -- diagnosed at one month -- from foster care in 2006. Her daughter Michela is proud to be a "Type 3" caregiver. Michelle is active with the American Diabetes Association Legal Advocacy group. She was awarded the Ben Teel Memorial Prize for Public Service at Harvard (where she founded a homeless shelter); the Charles Evan Hughes Fellowship for Public Service at Columbia Law School (where she represented children in foster care and worked on desegregation); and the Jeff Hitchcock Distinguished Service Award (for her work with CWD families).
Richard Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., Psychologist, past president of the American Diabetes Association, and Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Author of Psyching Out Diabetes and Sweet Kids, Optimal Pumping, and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes, Dr. Rubin is Stefan Rubin's father. Stefan is also on the conference faculty and is a co-author of Optimal Pumping and 101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes. Dr. Rubin is a sought after speaker for both professionals and people living with diabetes. He speaks with authority and warmth on the human side of diabetes.
Stefan Rubin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1979 and was lucky to be on the frontier of insulin pump use when he began pumping in 1983. He feels that living well with diabetes has been an education and an exercise that has prepared him for the hurdles we must negotiate every day. Stefan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also coaches soccer. He works outside of the diabetes field, but stays up-to-date on products and practices to serve as a resource to friends, family, co-workers and strangers. The highlight of every year is attending FFL with his wife and kids, which they have done since 2002, except for the year they scheduled poorly and their youngest was born during session dates.
A former National Aerobic Champion, Harold Sanco was voted Washington, DC's "Best Instructor" by both Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post. With more than 20 years of experience in youth Physical Education and fitness, Harold is an internationally acclaimed instructor and trainer who has traveled and taught across the United States, Canada and 15 other countries for some of the top fitness conferences in the world. His popular "Urban Funk" fitness class has been featured in People, Allure and W magazines. In addition to providing professional training services he is the Director of Group Fitness for Results Gym, an award-winning facility in Washington, DC. At CWD conferences, Harold motivates and encourages kids and adults to keep moving, have fun exercising in a positive way.
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Exercise Physiologist who has had type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years. He owns and operates Integrated Diabetes Services, a private practice located just outside of Philadelphia specializing in intensive insulin therapy for children and adults with type 1 diabetes. He and his staff of diabetes educators provide consultations throughout the world via phone and internet. Gary earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Science from Benedictine University. He received his diabetes training with the Joslin Diabetes Center. In addition to serving on the Children With Diabetes faculty, Gary is an active volunteer for the ADA, JDRF and Setebaid Diabetes Camps. Gary has written five books (including "Think Like A Pancreas") and dozens of articles on various topics in intensive diabetes management. He has received several awards for his teaching tools and techniques, and speaks regularly at regional, national and international conferences. A husband, father of five and avid sports fan, Gary has been a pump user since 1994, and a CGM user since 2006.
Joe Solowiejczyk, RN, MSW, CDE,, was President of InBalance Healthcare, a counseling and education service for health care professionals and adults and children with diabetes, for over 10 years. He currently works for LifeScan, as Manager of Diabetes Counseling & Training and is a faculty member of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute. Joe is healthcare professional who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 50 years, Mr. Solowiejczyk has been able to translate his personal experience into patient care. As a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist, he specializes in assessing how family dynamics impact management of diabetes and designing interventions that result in more effective coping and optimal metabolic control.
Kerri Sparling was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September of 1986 and lives by the mantra "Diabetes doesn't define me, but it helps explain me." Creator and editor of the diabetes blog, SixUntilMe.com, she has contributed to many diabetes-related websites and publications, and is a passionate advocate for diabetes awareness. An expert in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at new media conferences and currently works full-time as a freelance writer and social media consultant. Kerri lives in Rhode Island with her husband Chris, their daughter, and a small army of cats.
Lee Ann Thill, MA, ATR-BC, LPC has had type 1 diabetes since 1978. She is a registered board-certified art therapist and Pennsylvania licensed professional counselor, helping people with diabetes address issues like depression, burnout, food and body issues, and family conflict through arts-based interventions and counseling in her private practice in suburban Philadelphia. Lee Ann authors the diabetes blog, The Butter Compartment, and she founded and facilitates Diabetes Art Day and the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange. She is Adjunct Professor of Art Therapy at Holy Family University, and a doctoral student in the Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, researching the use of art therapy with diabetes patients. Lee Ann lives with her husband, Jason, diabetes service dog in-training, Lucy, dog, Kaylee, and lizards, Dexter and Darwin, outside of Philadelphia where she enjoys photography and art-making in her free time, believing creative expression is a path to healing and embracing life with diabetes.
Marissa Town, BSN, RN, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 24 months old. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing in 2009 and works as a nurse in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. She loves working with kids who have diabetes. Marissa brings her experiences as a diabetes camp counselor, nurse, and young adult with diabetes as she works with kids and teens at CWD's conferences.
Ellen H. Ullman, MSW, has been a passionate and tireless proponent for diabetes advocacy since 1989 when her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She has participated online at the CWD website almost from the beginning and at many Children with Diabetes FFL conferences. She is a well-respected Internet liaison who compiles and disseminates the latest news about diabetes research, products and medical devices. Ellen offers an empathetic, encouraging, and empowering presence to families impacted by diabetes. She also serves as VP of the Children with Diabetes Foundation, and works as a research associate for Close Concerns.
Jill Weissberg-Benchell, Ph.D., C.D.E., Pediatric Psychologist, Associate professor of Psychiatry, Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. She has been a certified diabetes educator for over 20 years and is an author of numerous research articles, and a co-author of a book on transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Dr. Weissberg-Benchell works with children, teenagers and their families to facilitate adaptation and coping with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Charles E. Wiedmeyer DVM, PhD, DACVP is an associate professor of veterinary clinical pathology at the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, Missouri. He earned his veterinary degree and PhD in veterinary pathology from the University of Illinois. In addition, he is a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist. Dr. Wiedmeyer's specialty is applying technology to better monitor diabetic veterinary patients. His emphasis in this field is working with dogs and cats but has experience with horse, cows and pigs. Dr. Wiedmeyer has published numerous articles and given many presentations regarding the use of continuous glucose monitoring in veterinary patients and is considered the authority on this subject as it relates to veterinary medicine. Besides research, Dr. Wiedmeyer teaches veterinary students and offers leadership mentoring to a wide diversity of individuals within the veterinary profession.
Mitra Zehtab, MD, MBA, is the Chief Operating Officer of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is a trained physician whose background is as varied as her skill set. In addition to her expertise in medicine, Dr. Zehtab has worked in the communications field for many years, as well as in the medical industry and other technical fields prior to coming to Florida. She has been with the DRI for more than 15 years, serving in numerous capacities before assuming her current role as COO and Dr. Camillo Ricordi’s right hand. As COO, she is solely responsible for all of the Institute’s day-to-day operations and has a keen understanding of its scientific program. As such, Dr. Zehtab frequently speaks to individuals and families affected by diabetes about the DRI’s progress and its multidisciplinary efforts aimed at finding a cure.
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