Leadership: Advisory Board
Advisory Board Specialties:
Medical - Endocrinology | Podiatry| Food and Nutrition | Advocacy | Diabetes Education | Pharmacy | Sports and Exercise | Media & Business

Medical - Endocrinology
Steven V. Edelman, MD

Steven V. Edelman, MD

Dr. Edelman, who has been living with diabetes since the age of 15, 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 currently serves as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of San Diego. He is also the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic VA Medical Center and the editor of the journals Insulin and Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy.

C. Ronald Kahn, MD

C. Ronald Kahn, MD

Chief Academic Officer of Joslin Diabetes Center; Senior Investigator and Head of the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism, Joslin Diabetes Center; Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Vice Chairman of the Joslin Board, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA

Dr. Kahn served as chairman of the congressionally established Diabetes Research Working Group and is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.

James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD

James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD

CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Senior Medical Advisor, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Gavin is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Banting Medal for Distinguished Service from the American Diabetes Association (1994). As a well-respected leader in the diabetes community, Dr. Gavin brings a wealth of experience and insight into raising public awareness about diabetes.

Irl B. Hirsch, MD

Irl B. Hirsch, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Dr. Hirsch is the recipient of the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award (2004). He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6, and is a tireless advocate for improving diabetes treatment education for practitioners.

Lois Jovanovic, MD

Lois Jovanovic, MD

Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, Santa Barbara, CA; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Biomolecular Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara.

Dr. Jovanovic is an international expert in the research and clinical management of diabetes. She specializes in the ages and stages of women with diabetes, and diabetes and pregnancy.

Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, FACP, FACE

Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, FACP, FACE

Professor of Medicine, Director of the Strelitz Diabetes Research Institute, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA

Dr. Vinik is recognized as a pioneer and a scholar in diabetes research. He is a past chairman of the American Diabetes Association and has authored five books. Dr. Vinik is a member of many professional societies, including the American Diabetes Association, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and the International Diabetes Federation.

John B. Buse, MD, PhD, CDE

John B. Buse, MD, PhD

Chairman of the National Diabetes Education Program for 2012-2014; Chief of Endocrinology and Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Buse was recently named one of the "top practitioners" in North Carolina with his UNC-based diabetes practice. He has chaired several of the American Diabetes Association's committees and task forces, and is the former President of Medicine and Science. Dr. Buse also served as the associate editor of Clinical Diabetes and Diabetes Care.

John B. Buse, MD, PhD, CDE

Bruce W. Bode, MD, FACE

Diabetes specialist, Atlanta Diabetes Associates in Georgia; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Bode has served on the board of directors of the Atlanta chapters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the Georgia diabetes camps. He is a past president of the ADA Georgia Affiliate and is editor of the ADA's 2004 edition of, Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes. He is also a member of the JDRF research team validating the efficacy and safety of real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), as well as a member of the medical advisory board of Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic Diabetes, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi-Aventis.

Podiatry
Andrew H. Rice, DPM, FACFAS

Andrew H. Rice, DPM, FACFAS

Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopedics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Dr. Rice is the attending physician at the Diabetic Foot Clinic for the Yale Physicians Group. He is also the director and founder of the Diabetic Foot Center at Norwalk Hospital, CT. In his private practice, he specializes in diabetic limb preservation. An author and lecturer, Dr. Rice was named to "Connecticut Top Doctors 2004."

Food and Nutrition
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Judy Wylie-Rosett, EdD, RD

Judy Wylie-Rosett, EdD, RD

Professor of Epidemiology, Population Health, and Medicine, and Director of Translation and Effectiveness Core of the Diabetes Research and Training Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Judy Wylie-Rosett's research has focused on the role of nutrition in chronic disease prevention and control. As a result, she has collaborated in numerous multicenter clinical trials and other studies that address translation of care recommendations into health care for people with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.

Advocacy
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Lee Ducat

Lee Ducat

Lee Ducat served as JDRF's first president; established the International Organization, and helped spearhead the creation of the Diabetes Commission, the National Diabetes Advisory Board, and a research program that spans all of the National Institutes of Health.

Ms. Ducat has been the recipient of numerous awards and has written more than a dozen publications on diabetes, including her book entitled Diabetes.

Diabetes Education
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Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

Director of the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program and Ambulatory Care Nutrition Program, Lincoln Hospital, New York, NY

Lorena Drago is a registered dietitian, consultant, and certified diabetes educator at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. She also maintains her own private practice and specializes in the multicultural aspects of diabetes self-management education. Drago is the author of Beyond Rice and Beans: The Caribbean Guide to Eating Well with Diabetes (ADA, 2006).

Janis Roszler RD, CDE, LD/N

Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N

dLife Columnist and contributor, Miami Beach, FL

Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, marriage and family therapist and author. Her quality patient care earned her the title of 2008 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year. Janis is the author of Diabetes On Your OWN Terms and co-author of The Secrets of Living and Loving with Diabetes, and Sex and Diabetes - For Him and For Her, which was nominated for the 2008 Consumer Book of the Year Award by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. Janis is the manager of Diabetes Directions, LLC and is affiliated with Dr. David Reinhard, an endocrinologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida.

Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFCN

Joy Pape, MSN, FNP-C, CDE, WOCN, CFCN, FAADE

President of EnJoy Life! Health Consulting, New York City, NY; co-author of the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes; Immediate Past President for the Metropolitan New York Association of the American Diabetes Association of Diabetes Educators (MNYADE).

As an internationally known family nurse practitioner (FNP) and certified diabetes educator (CDE), Joy Pape specializes in diabetes, weight management, home blood pressure monitoring, sleep, and foot care. She is the co-author of the Real-Life Guide to Diabetes (The American Diabetes Association). She writes for several national magazines, is a dynamic national motivational presenter for both health-care professionals and the general public, and is a partner of Laugh it Off! a health edutainment team.

Susan Weiner RD, MS, CDE, CDN

Susan Weiner, RD, MS, CDE, CDN

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Merrick, NY

Susan Weiner is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with a successful private practice in New York. Susan's new book "The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life", Spry publishing 2013 is the first "hot-to" book on diabetes organization. She co-authored the book with a world class certified professional organizer to help people with diabetes manage and improve their lives. Susan was a contributing medical producer for dLife TV and serves as a member of dLife's prestigious medical advisory board. She has been interviewed on TV many times regarding nutrition and diet. Susan is a nutritionist and certified diabetes educator for the diabetes program for TheBestLife.com, a prominent health and weight loss website. Susan writes for the Walgreens publication "Diabetes& You" as well as several other diabetes publications. She was the lead CDE for diabetessisters, a not-for-profit organization that promotes diabetes education and advocacy. She co-authored the "Medical Nutrition Therapy for Anemia" chapter for Krause's Food and the Nutrition Care Process 13th Edition, published August 2011. Susan will be co-authoring the anemia chapter for the 14th edition as well. She is a valued contributor on a variety of nutrition topics – primarily weight management, diabetes and PCOS. Further, Susan is a well-respected lecturer for organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, and was the official sports nutritionist for the American Diabetes Association Walk America program. She was an adjunct professor of nutrition at Queens College for more than 13 years and taught at the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education at Hofstra University. Susan earned her Master's Degree in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University. She is certified in "Adult Weight Management" through the American Dietetic Association.

Donna Rice

Donna Rice, MBA, BSN, RN, CDE

President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators; Wellness Program Manager, Botsford General Hospital, Novi, MI

Donna Rice has chaired a national task force and developed a national program on erectile dysfunction for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She is frequently called upon to speak on the topic of diabetes education and has authored many publications on erectile dysfunction as it relates to diabetes, as well as numerous publications on diabetes care.

Pharmacy
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R. Keith Campbell, RPh, CDE

R. Keith Campbell, RPh, CDE

Associate Dean and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Washington State University College of Pharmacy, Pullman, WA

R. Keith Campbell is a distinguished professor of pharmacy and international leader in the field of diabetes. He is a past recipient of the American Association of Diabetes Educators Distinguished Service Award. R. Keith Campbell co-wrote and edited ADA/PDR Medications for the Treatment of Diabetes (ADA, 2008).

Sports and Exercise
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Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, FACSM

Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, FACSM

Author, Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Dr. Colberg-Ochs specializes in research on diabetes and exercise and conducts extensive clinical research on type 2 diabetes and exercise. She is author of 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (Marlowe, 2007), The Science of Staying Young (McGraw-Hill, 2007), Diabetes-Free Kids (Avery, 2005), The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan (Marlowe, 2005), and The Diabetic Athlete (Human Kinetics, 2001).

Richard Weil, M.Ed., CDE

Richard Weil, M.Ed., CDE

Director of Weight Loss, New York Obesity Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY

Richard Weil has written dozens of articles on exercise, diabetes, and obesity. He is on the editorial board of Diabetes Self-Management magazine, and has contributed to the exercise chapters of several books. Weil speaks locally and nationally about exercise, obesity, diabetes, and health, to health professionals and the general public.

Media & Business
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Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers

CEO of TIVO; Chairman of the Board, Teleglobe

Tom Rogers is the former CEO of Primedia, the world's largest targeted media and information company. Prior to joining Primedia, Rogers was president of NBC Cable, and executive vice president of NBC, where he was credited with crafting NBC's cable strategy, including the launch of networks such as CNBC and MSNBC.

Bob Arnot, MD

Bob Arnot, MD

Medical Correspondent and Author

One of the most recognized names in the medical and health professions, Dr. Arnot was formerly the NBC Chief Medical Editor. He is a successful author of eight books and was formerly the voice of the dLife daily radio broadcast, the "dLife Diabetes Minute."

Jerry Zucker

Jerry Zucker

Director, Television and Movie Producer

Jerry Zucker is a Hollywood icon with films like Airplane!, Naked Gun, My Best Friend's Wedding, Ghost, and Ruthless People. Zucker has made a tremendous personal commitment to find a cure for diabetes, including a successful pursuit of legislation to support stem cell research.

John Watts

John S. Watts, Jr.

Past President, Wellpoint's 14 BCBS plans, and responsible for more than $50 billion in annual revenue; Current President, John Watts consulting; Executive Chairman, MDdatacor; Executive Chairman, Implantable Provider Group

John Watts is a Senior-level healthcare executive with 25 years of experience in building, growing, and leading large health plan organizations. Prior to launching John Watts Consulting, Mr. Watts was President of Wellpoint's 14 BCBS plans, and responsible for more than $50 billion in annual revenue. Mr. Watts also consults for Point of Light Institute, a national charitable organization.

Kelly Close

Kelly Close

Columnist; President of Close Concerns, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Kelly Close runs a healthcare information firm devoted to diabetes and obesity. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Close Up, a business newsletter focused on the business of diabetes, and diaTribe, an electronic newsletter that focuses on products and research.

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