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Visiting Professorship

The Dr. Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Visiting Professorship in Diabetes at Tufts Medical Center is given annually in honor of Dr. Friedman and his wife, Dorothy, for their long-time, dedicated service to diabetes.

The Friedman Visiting Professor is chosen annually by an advisory board after careful consideration of candidates who have made some of the most outstanding contributions to the field of diabetes mellitus.  The Visiting Professorship is a day of study and learning, not only for the Division of Endocrinology but also faculty and trainees at Tufts Medical Center.

The format of the Professorship consists of 3 parts:

  • A presentation focused on research
  • Clinical case presentations by the endocrinology Fellows on some of their most challenging patients with diabetes mellitus followed by discussion
  • The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman New York Foundation for Medical Research Lecture in Diabetes, which is given at noon in the main lecture hall of Tufts Medical Center

Since 2000, the following leaders in the field of diabetes have been honored with the Friedman Visiting Professorship:

Domenico Accili, MD (2001)
Professor of Medicine
Head of the Diabetes Research Unit 
College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

R. Paul Robertson, MD (2002)
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Washington School of Medicine
Scientific Director and CEO, Pacific Northwest Research Institute

Lois Jovanovic, MD (2004)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center
Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Sansum Medical Research Institute

Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD (2005)
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Director of the Epidemiology Core, NIH-funded Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center

David M. Nathan, MD (2006)
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of the General Clinical Research Center and Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Barbara B. Kahn, MD (2007)
George R. Minot Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

John L. Leahy, MD (2008)
Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD (2009)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Founding Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Clinic, Children’s Hospital Boston