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The 16th Annual Diabetes Forum



Join The diaTribe Foundation and TCOYD for the broadcast of the 16th Annual Diabetes Forum, an impactful and sophisticated discussion on cutting-edge developments in diabetes with leading experts.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT

This enlightening panel discussion covered some of the hottest topics in diabetes, including advances in CGM and automated insulin delivery (AID), T2D remission, T1D cures, telehealth, health equity, and the importance of diversity in clinical trials. Five expert panelists (details below) discussed these and other breaking developments from the 82nd Annual ADA Scientific Sessions, the world’s largest diabetes conference, that took place in June in New Orleans. Come hear some of the brightest and most influential voices in diabetes, co-moderated by Dr. Steve Edelman (TCOYD) and Kelly Close (diaTribe, Close Concerns, and dQ&A).



Featured Panelists


Leslie Eiland, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She is Medical Director of the Endocrine Telehealth Program and Physician Champion for Telehealth at Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Eiland obtained her undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame, and attended medical school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her internal medicine residency at Emory, and her fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism at UNMC. Dr. Eiland’s main clinical interest is providing endocrine care via methods other than in-person visits. In addition to telehealth clinics, she is developing workflows for EConsults and EVisits. She is also a content expert for ECHO Siouxland, an endocrinology-focused Project ECHO open to providers at Federally Qualified Health Centers in Nebraska and Iowa.


James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD is clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. Past positions include President and CEO of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta; senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI); and chief of the Diabetes Section and William K. Warren Professor for Diabetes Studies at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr Gavin is a past president of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and belongs to many organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and the American Association of Physicians. He is a Trustee Emeritus for Emory University, a Trustee Emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serves on the Trustee board at Livingstone College, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board for the Partnership for a Healthier America. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES). He is past national program director of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the RWJF (1993-2013). He was named a “Living Legend in Diabetes” by ADCES (then AADE) in 2009, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Diabetes Research from ADA in 2015, and a lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award from the National Medical Association. He is the 2021 recipient of the Laureate Mentor of the Year Award from the Endocrine Society.  He has published more than 250 articles and abstracts and three books. He received a BS in Chemistry from Livingstone College, a PhD in Biochemistry from Emory University, and his MD from Duke University.

Jeremy Pettus, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes himself at the age of 15, Dr. Pettus has dedicated his career toward treating and educating others with the disease. In addition to his clinical work at UCSD, Dr. Pettus is also involved in basic immunology research with a focus on cure based therapies. He is very involved with the not-for-profit organization Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD). With this organization, Dr. Pettus speaks at patient-centered conferences around the country and heads the conference's Type 1 Diabetes track. He also co-created the website with Dr. Steve Edelman, which brings together diabetes professionals with type 1 diabetes. Through TCOYD and WeAreOne, Dr. Pettus hopes to spread the message of patient empowerment through education. 

William Polonsky PhD, CDCES is President and Co-Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization wholly dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. 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. A licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes care and education specialist, he received the American Diabetes Association’s 2020 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award and the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Richard R. Rubin Award for distinguished contributions to behavioral medicine and psychology. Dr. Polonsky has served on the editorial boards of Diabetes Care, Diabetes Forecast, Clinical Diabetes, Diabetes Self-Management, and Diabetes Health. His most recent research projects have focused on quality of life in diabetes, diabetes-related distress and depression, hypoglycemia fear, glucose monitoring behavior and attitudes in people living with diabetes, physician and patient attitudes towards insulin and oral medications, group-based behavior change programs, the influence of continuous glucose monitoring on quality of life, and emotional and behavioral responses to the diagnosis of diabetes. Dr. Polonsky is the author of Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Take it Anymore, and he has co-edited several other books for healthcare professionals.


Carolyn Wysham, MD is a clinical endocrinologist and diabetologist at the Rockwood Clinic, part of the MultiCare Health System in Spokane, Wash., as well as a clinical professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Wysham has been treating patients as well as conducting clinical research and resident education for more than 30 years. She earned her medical degree at the University of Iowa School of Medicine in Iowa City, then trained in internal medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University. She then returned to Iowa City to complete her fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Wysham’s research and clinical work focuses on preventing and managing cardiovascular complications in individuals with diabetes. She was the 2021-2022 President of the Endocrine Society.

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