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  • Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP

    Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP

    (Advisory Board Member) Dr. Vinik has brought international recognition to Virginia as a result of his research and recent discovery of a gene, which could prove to be a cure for diabetes. The gene, INGAP (islet neogenesis associated protein) is responsible, either alone or in combination with other factors, for stimulating immature cells in the diabetic pancreas to produce insulin. When INGAP protein was administered to diabetic hamsters it was shown to reverse diabetes in 40% to 50% of animals. Animal studies were followed by human, multi-center clinical studies in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, carried out by some of the most highly recognized investigators in the country; the results showed that even in type 1 diabetes an increase in C- peptide, (a measure of islet function), could be induced after 3 months of treatment.
  • A. Lee Dellon, M.D

    A. Lee Dellon, M.D

    A. Lee Dellon, M.D. is the founder of The Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve Surgery. He is an accomplished Plastic Surgeon as well as a Professor of Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland and at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. He specializes in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy as well as other painful peripheral nerve disorders and has trained many surgeons worldwide in the procedures he has developed to relieve pain. Dr. Dellon completed his BS at John Hopkins University and received hi Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1970. He Completed General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery Residencies at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, John Hopkins Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital respectively. He has been in practice since 1978 and has been on the faculty of Johns Hopkins since that time.
  • Anne Peters, MD, CDE

    Anne Peters, MD, CDE

    (Advisory Board Member) Dr. Peters is the director of the USC Clinical Diabetes Program. Dr. Peters received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine before proceeding to Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, to perform her internship and residency in internal medicine. She completed an endocrinology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was in charge of the Comprehensive Diabetes Program at Cedars and then moved to UCLA, where she ran the Clinical Diabetes Program there. Because of an interest in working with the underserved, she subsequently moved to USC.
  • Beverly Price, RD, MA, RYT

    Beverly Price, RD, MA, RYT

    Beverly Price is a Registered Dietitian, author, newspaper columnist and public speaker who made a name for herself with her unique approach to nutrition counseling. After 11 years in private practice, she sold Living Better Sensibly -- one of the largest private nutrition practices in the country - to an independent nutrition-counseling firm, and started Jump Start Consulting specializing in management and marketing strategies for dietitians and other healthcare professionals, along with distance learning products for continuing professional education.
  • Dr. Brian P. Jakes

    Dr. Brian P. Jakes

    Dr. Brian P. Jakes, Jr., N.D., C.N.C. is a Board Certified Doctor of Naturopathy as well as a Certified Nutritional Consultant. In his practice, in Mandeville, LA, Dr. Jakes works with physicians to treat a large number of diabetes patients. This is an excerpt from his upcoming book; "Diabetes: The Essence Of A Cure?
  • Caroline Apovian, M.D.

    Caroline Apovian, M.D.

    (Advisory Board Member) Caroline Apovian is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at Boston University School of Medicine, USA. She is also Director of the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at Boston Medical Center, USA. Dr. Apovian is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on nutrition and has been in the field of obesity and nutrition since 1990. Her current research interests are in: weight loss and its effects on endothelial cell function, adipose cell metabolism and inflammation, research in the bariatric surgery population, and novel pharmacotherapeutic antiobesity agents. She is also an expert in the technique for subcutaneous adipose tissue biopsies, and has been performing these biopsies on research subjects for over 10 years. She was on the expert panel for updating the 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.
  • Charles W. Martin, DDS

    Charles W. Martin, DDS

    Charles W Martin, DDS is the author of the book: Don't Sugarcoat it: The Story of Diabetes and Dentistry and founder of DentistryForDiabetics, a nationwide group of dentists committed to helping those with diabetes. He practices in Richmond, VA.
  • David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

    David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

    (Editor-in-Chief Diabetes In Control) A graduate of University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, he has practiced in the Tampa Bay area since 1986, has been providing diabetes and cardiovascular care in Tampa Bay since 1995, and spent 2 years as an Eckerd Patient Care Pharmacist managing over 100 diabetes patients. Dave currently sees patients in over 30 primary care and endocrinologists offices.
  • Eric S. Freedland, MD

    Eric S. Freedland, MD

    Eric S. Freedland, MD graduated from University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1982, trained in internal medicine at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, and emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA, and has held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School (1990-1991) and Boston University School of Medicine (1992-1997). Dr. Freedland has developed a nutrition-centered model of disease with a special emphasis on diabetes. A staunch advocate for prescribing lifestyle changes before drugs, Dr. Freedland has written and lectured extensively on this subject.
  • Evan D. Rosen, M.D., Ph.D

    Evan D. Rosen, M.D., Ph.D

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Medical Director, Diabetes, Veritas Medicine.
  • Fred Pescatore, MD

    Fred Pescatore, MD

    Fred Pescatore, MD, is a traditionally trained physician who practices nutritional medicine. He is the author of the top-selling book, Thin For Good, and the number 1 best-selling children?s health book, Feed Your Kids Well. His latest book, The Allergy and Asthma Cure will be released in February.
  • George Bakris, MD

    George Bakris, MD

    (Advisory Board Member) George L. Bakris, MD, is a member of the National Kidney Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is Professor of Medicine and Director of the American Society of Hypertension’s Comprehensive Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Bakris received his medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and completed residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine where he also completed a research fellowship in Physiology and Biophysics. He then completed fellowships in Nephrology and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Chicago.
  • Ginger Kanzer Lewis

    Ginger Kanzer Lewis

    Ginger Kanzer Lewis has been teaching people with Diabetes for almost thirty years. She is a Registered Nurse with a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University and Certification in both Diabetes and Continuing Education and Staff Development. Ginger has spent over twenty years teaching educational methodology to health care professionals while working as Director of Staff Development or Education in Hospitals through out the North East. Ginger is the immediate Past President of AADE and is a well known national and international speaker.
  • Greg Milliger, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CEC, CEMC, CPC-I

    Greg Milliger, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CEC, CEMC, CPC-I

    Greg Milliger, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CEC, CEMC, CPC-I, is president and CEO of Unique Healthcare Consulting, Inc.


    (Associate Medical Editor Diabetes In Control) Clinical Nurse Practitioner, CDE, Comprehensive Weight Control Center, Weill Cornell Medical College; 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. Joy says, “Most important is that I still see patients. That is my passion…to connect with my patients so that together we can help them reach their optimum health.
  • Kristina Sandstedt, MS

    Kristina Sandstedt, MS

    Kristina Sandstedt, MS, CPT, CDE received her Masters of Science degree from the University of Montana- Missoula. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Insulin Pump Trainer and Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is currently the Diabetes Education Coordinator for the ADA recognized program at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri
  • Dr. Larry Hirsch

    Dr. Larry Hirsch

    Dr. Larry Hirsch is the Vice President of Global Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care Business at Becton Dickinson. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Harvard Medical School, and board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology Metabolism. Before joining BD, he was the Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University and spent over 17 years at Merck in various roles in clinical drug development.
  • Laura Plunkett., BA Psychology

    Laura Plunkett., BA Psychology

    Laura Plunkett has a BA in Psychology with Honors from Brown University. She has been a head teacher in a preschool intervention program, a research assistant to Dr. Aaron Beck studying anxiety disorders and depression, and had a thriving therapeutic private practice for 14 years with families, individuals and couples. She is a workshop leader and public speaker who is comfortable with large audiences and often speaks together with her mother on issues of parenting. Her avocation during Danny's illness has been doing research on the latest developments in diabetes and nutrition and corresponding with researchers and specialists in many countries. She is a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
  • Laurel Fuqua, RN, MSN

    Laurel Fuqua, RN, MSN

    Laurel Fuqua is a registered nurse with over 20 years experience in diabetes care and education and new product innovations. Early in her career, she practiced a diabetes clinical specialist, was AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and editor for the professional department of The Diabetes Educator Journal. She is an expert on the integration of diabetes care with innovative technology solutions and passionate about improving diabetes care. She received her masters in nursing from the University of Evansville, Indiana. Ms. Fuqua is currently the Sr. VP of Clinical Affairs for InSpark Technologies, Inc. a worldwide leader in advanced pattern recognition algorithms for diabetes management and is a member of the board of directors for Diabetes America. Her experience prior to InSpark includes work as an early national leader in the development of multidisciplinary diabetes management programs. An active speaker and writer, she has authored numerous publications and presented at national and international meetings. Over the years, she has won several awards for her work in the design of innovation chronic care services and products. She resides in San Diego, California area and plays with dolphins whenever possible.
  • Lawrence A. Lavery

    Lawrence A. Lavery

    (Advisory Board Member) A medical professor, noted researcher, international lecturer and inventor, Dr. Lawrence Lavery is considered one of the world’s leading experts in diabetic foot complications. He develops highly specialized educational and instructional courses at the national and international level, while also serving as professor of surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.
  • Leonard Lipson, M.A., Psychology

    Leonard Lipson, M.A., Psychology

    Leonard Lipson, M.A. received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Adelphi University and his Masters in Psychology from the New School for Social Research. He received four years of post-graduate education from The American Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has been in the private practice of psychotherapy for the past 29 years, with offices in Manhattan and Suffern, NY. Mr. Lipson created the Medical Adherence Training program in 1995. The program helps people adhere to what is medically recommended. The program now serves patients throughout the U.S. and is in the process of being put into book form. Mr. Lipson is a member of the Rockland County Psychological Society, The Society for Behavioral Medicine and The NYS Mental Health Counselors Association.
  • Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP

    Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP

    (Advisory Board Member) Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP is a leading authority on obesity and its treatment. He is the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research at Weill-Cornell Medical College where he directs the Comprehensive Weight Control Center. He has an adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine appointment at Columbia University. Dr. Aronne is Founder and CEO of BMIQ, a cloud-based weight management system that is delivered by health care providers to their patients during office visits. Dr. Aronne graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College with a BS in biochemistry and from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, followed by a Kaiser Foundation Fellowship at Weill-Cornell. He is a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society.
  • Louis Philipson, MD, PhD

    Louis Philipson, MD, PhD

    (Advisory Board Member) Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, is an endocrinologist and a leading world authority on diabetes mellitus. His clinical interests include type 1 diabetes, complicated type 2 diabetes, monogenic diabetes and hypoglycemia. Recognized for unmatched expertise in the treatment of diabetes that is difficult to manage, Dr. Philipson’s multisciplinary team frequently accepts referrals and provides consultations. Under his leadership, Kovler Diabetes Center has been recognized as a one of only seven National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diabetes Research and Training Centers in the U.S.
  • Maria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhD

    Maria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhD

    (Advisory Board Member) Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan, a Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine graduate, is a tenured full Professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology at the School of Dental Medicine and a member of the Medical Staff at University Hospital at Stony Brook University Medical Center. She also serves as the Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and External Affairs. Dr. Ryan received her specialty training in periodontics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and her Ph.D in Oral Biology and Pathology at Stony Brook. Dr. Ryan is actively involved in teaching, practice and research and served as the Director of Clinical Research. She currently serves on several scientific, dental and medical advisory boards.
  • Melissa Diane Smith

    Melissa Diane Smith

    Melissa Diane Smith is a leading nutritionist, health writer and educator who counsels clients across the country and specializes in sugar- and grain-related health conditions. She’s the author of User’s Guide to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes Naturally (Basic Health Books, 2003), Going Against the Grain (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2002), and User’s Guide to Chromium (Basic Health Books, 2002) as well as coauthor of the national bestseller, Syndrome X: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Insulin Resistance (John Wiley & Sons, 2000). For more information on her books or her practice, visit To be notified when her new book will be ready please email with a subject line of “Diabetes Guide Notification.
  • Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP

    Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP

    (Advisory Board Member) Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon.), DPS (hon.), is president of The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a non-profit healthcare organization that specializes in understanding the causes of medication errors and providing error-reduction strategies to the healthcare community, policy makers, and the public. He is editor of the textbook, Medication Errors (2007 American Pharmaceutical Association) and serves as co-editor of the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! publications that reach over 2 million health professionals and consumers in the US, as well as regulatory authorities and others in over 30 foreign countries. He is editor for the ISMP consumer website, and writes a weekly blog for the Philadelphia Inquirer website,, which also appears occasionally in the newspaper. Dr. Cohen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Patient Safety Advisory Group for the Joint Commission (which creates the National Patient Safety Goals). He also served recently as a member of the National Quality Forum’s Voluntary Consensus Standards Maintenance Committee (CSMC) on Safe Practices and serves as a consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee. In 2005 he was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Paul Chous, M.A., O.D.

    Paul Chous, M.A., O.D.

    (Advisory Board Member) Dr. Paul Chous received his undergraduate education at Brown University and the University of California at Irvine, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1985. He received his Masters Degree in 1986 and his Doctorate of Optometry in 1991, both with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Chous has practiced optometry with a special emphasis on diabetic eye disease and diabetes education for 20 years in the State of Washington, winning the American Diabetes Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 1998.
  • Dr. Paresh Dandona

    Dr. Paresh Dandona

    Dr. Paresh Dandona is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York,
  • Philip A. Wood, DVM, PhD

    Philip A. Wood, DVM, PhD

    Dr. Philip A. Wood is a basic scientist, author, lecturer, and medical school professor. He received his DVM and MS degrees from Kansas State University and his PhD in Experimental Pathology from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). At UAB, Dr. Wood is currently Professor and Director of the Division of Genomics in the Department of Genetics, as well as Professor of Nutrition Sciences, Physiology and Biophysics, and a Senior Scientist in the UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center. Dr. Wood has published more than 75 peer reviewed papers and has lectured about fatty acid metabolism and genetics throughout the world. He enjoys speaking to academic medical audiences, as well as lay audiences about the impact of genetics, diet, physical activity and drugs on diseases of excess fat.
  • Raymond L. Raitz, MD

    Raymond L. Raitz, MD

    Dr. Raitz is currently president of North River Family Health Center, in Palmetto, Florida. He is also Director of Medical Affairs for North River Fire District where he has designed Health & Wellness, and agility testing programs. He is on the Lilly Advisory Board. Dr. Raitz went on to attend Ohio State University College of Medicine where he received his medical degree in 1973. His postgraduate internship and residency were completed at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, Ohio from 1973-1976. Dr. Raitz came to Palmetto and began practicing at North River Family Health Center in 1976. He served as Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Chief of Staff in 1988 and also proudly serves as the physician for the North River Fire District.
  • Richard K. Bernstein, MD, FACE, FACN, FACCWS

    Richard K. Bernstein, MD, FACE, FACN, FACCWS

    (Advisory Board Member) Dr. Bernstein has been a type 1 diabetic since the age of twelve. He trained as a management engineer (Columbia University School of Engineering & Applied Science, B.S., 1955) and his first career was as a business executive. In 1969, while suffering from several diabetes complications, he was looking for a way to normalize his blood sugars. He aquired a device used in emergency rooms to measure blood sugars at night when the labs were closed. He then began to measure his blood sugar throughout the day, hoping to discover what made it go up and down. This led to the development of “self-monitoring of blood glucose,” a simple procedure that uses one drop of finger tip blood. The technique has since become widely accepted by the medical profession throughout the world.
  • R. Keith Campbell, Professor, B.Pharm, MBA, CDE

    R. Keith Campbell, Professor, B.Pharm, MBA, CDE

    (Advisory Board Member) R. Keith Campbell is the former Associate Dean and is the Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Care/Pharmacotherapy at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy in Pullman, Washington. He has been a member of the faculty since 1968. Keith is distinguished as being one of the first pharmacists to become a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) and has encouraged 100’s of pharmacists to become certified as CDE’s. Keith has truly changed the way pharmacists practice pharmacy. He is an active diabetes educator and is involved in numerous diabetes-related activities. He was the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the Washington State Diabetes Control Project funded by the Center for Disease Control. He has served on numerous committees for the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the NIH. He was a member of professional panels that wrote the position statements on Blood Glucose Monitoring for both ADA and AADE and assisted the NIH in translating the famous Diabetes Control and Complications Trial to try to change the treatment objectives of diabetes patients. He has a personal interest in diabetes having had Type 1 diabetes for over 61 years. He has used an insulin pump for over 32 years.
  • Dr. Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM

    Dr. Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM

    (Advisory Board Member) Sheri Colberg, PhD, also known as Sheri Colberg-Ochs, is an author, exercise physiologist, and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University and adjunct professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, both in Norfolk, Virginia. Having earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, she specializes in research on diabetes and exercise and continues to conduct extensive clinical research specifically in Type 2 diabetes and exercise with funding from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), NIH, and others. She has authored eight books, along with more than 175 research and educational articles on physical activity, diabetes, healthy lifestyles, and aging.
  • Sherri Shafer, R.D., CDE

    Sherri Shafer, R.D., CDE

    Sherri Shafer received her BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a Dietitian at UCSF Medical Center since 1992. Sherri specializes in medical nutrition therapy counseling for individuals in adult and pediatric diabetes clinics, and is an Instructor for classes on diabetes self management for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. In addition she teaches 7 lectures per year in the school of medicine (to med students, residents, pharm students, and physical therapy students.)
  • Stanley Schwartz, MD, FACP, FACE

    Stanley Schwartz, MD, FACP, FACE

    (Advisory Board Member) Dr. Schwartz has been awarded the honor of being a TOP DOC by Philadelphia Magazine many times over the years, including 2009, 2010 and 2011 for the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. For over 30 years, Dr. Schwartz was an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, most recently directing the Diabetes Program at the Philadelphia Heart Institute. Dr. Schwartz actively lectures nationally as well as internationally about diabetes and its treatment. He has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been a lead or co-investigator for many clinical trials.
  • Steve Freed, R.PH., CDE

    Steve Freed, R.PH., CDE

    (Publisher Diabetes In Control) Stephen Freed, a registered pharmacist and diabetes educator, is the founder and publisher of Diabetes In Control. He is dedicated to advancing diabetes care for patients, physicians, pharmacists, and nurses. Steve has worked with many physicians helping them manage their diabetes patients. He has been president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, is a certified pump trainer, and has developed and presented CE/CME programs for AADE.
  • Steven V. Edelman, M.D.

    Steven V. Edelman, M.D.

    Dr. Edelman 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.
  • Steve Pohlit, CPA, MBA

    Steve Pohlit, CPA, MBA

    Steve Pohlit is the President of Exec Net Consulting ( His career includes, more than 10 years experience as a CFO for companies ranging in size from $40 million to $1.6 billion. Steve has owned and operated a chain of drug stores and has developed a number of Internet based businesses. He is currently writing a manual titled Consulting Secrets Revealed which provides all the details of the processes and procedures he implements with his consulting clients. Steve offers an initial complimentary consultation and is available as professional speaker.