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diaTribe Musings 2022 No. 4 - New Tools to Keep Your Heart and Kidneys Healthy


Join us for the 7th Annual diaTribe Musings Panel Discussions

Upcoming Event: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

New Tools to Keep Your
Heart and Kidneys Healthy

5:30-6:45pm EST / 2:30-3:45pm PST 

Heart disease is one of the main causes of death in people with diabetes, and diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney failure. The good news is that we now have better tools and strategies to keep your heart, blood vessels, and kidneys healthy while living with diabetes. These include lifestyle changes and medications that can significantly lower your risk of developing these complications — or slow their progression. 

With a focus on therapies for people with T2D, this panel will give you the information you need to know to keep your heart and kidneys healthy. Our panel of experts will include two endocrinologists at the center of making new preventative therapies available, a renowned cardiologist and researcher who specializes in keeping people with diabetes healthy, and a person living with diabetes who has survived both a heart attack and diabetic kidney disease.

Panel discussion with Q&A from 5:30-6:45pm EST / 2:30-3:45pm PST, with Community Networking and Expo Booths open beginning 15 minutes prior. Community Networking and Expo Booths will also remain open following the panel.

Our highly-regarded speakers are Dr. Mikhail Kosiborod, Cardiometabolic Center Alliance; Dr. Leo Seman, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Surendra Sivarajah, AstraZeneca; Anne Safran Dalin, Patient Advocate and Member, National Kidney Foundation Advocacy Committee. The panel will be moderated by Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine.

Mikhail Kosiborod, MD, FACC, FAHA
Cardiologist | Executive Director, Cardiometabolic Center Alliance | Vice President for Research, Saint Luke's Health System

Dr. Mikhail Kosiborod is a cardiologist, the Vice President of Research at Saint Luke’s Health System, Executive Director of the Cardiometabolic Center Alliance, Director of Cardiometabolic Research and Co-Director of the Haverty Cardiometabolic Center of Excellence at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the inaugural recipient of the Ben McCallister, MD Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research at Saint Luke’s Health System. Dr. Kosiborod received training in clinical research, epidemiology, and health policy through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, as well as clinical training in cardiovascular medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kosiborod is an internationally recognized expert in cardiometabolic medicine. Dr. Kosiborod has authored and co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, including scientific statements and position documents. Dr. Kosiborod is involved in the leadership of multiple clinical trials and multi-center registries.


Leo Seman, MD, PhD
Medical Expert, Cardio-Metabolism, US Clinical Development and Medical Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Seman plays a critical role at Boehringer Ingelheim (USA) in delivering scientific presentations to US payors, and since 2016, he has been responsible for much of the scientific input into the clinical development and medical affairs projects within the company’s metabolism program. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. Seman was Director of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, responsible for the Jardiance Medical plan. Prior to that, he served as global medical lead for the development of Empagliflozin (Jardiance), implementing the clinical development of Phases 1 to 3, including early regulatory interactions. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Dr. Seman was the Global Clinical Lead at Bayer Pharmaceuticals for the development of several products within the metabolism and cardiology portfolios. Dr. Seman was previously an assistant professor of medicine and a Scientist II at Tufts University and the Jean Mayer, USDA, Human Nutrition Research Center, respectively. Dr. Seman completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Wake-Forrest Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, and his fellowships in endocrinology and nutrition at Tufts University. Dr. Seman graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, focused on lipid metabolism.

Suren Sivarajah, MD 
Senior Medical Director (Field Physician), Medical Affairs CVMD, at AstraZeneca 

Dr. Suren Sivarajah completed his undergraduate studies at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA where he graduated magna cum laude. He went on to earn his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, where he also completed his internal medicine residency and a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Dr. Sivarajah served as the Diabetes Director at Penn State College of Medicine. In this role, he provided oversight on all diabetes-related clinical and scholarly activity, with a focus on delivering optimal integrated diabetes treatment across the spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care. Dr. Sivarajah also worked with medical students, residents, and fellows to improve diabetes education and scholarly activity. One of Dr. Sivarajah's passions is teaching medical students, medical residents, nurses, pharmacists, and advanced practitioners. He has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals. Dr. Sivarajah has received numerous teaching awards including being awarded the Teacher of the Year Award at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He is an active member of Endocrine Society and the American Diabetes Association.


Anne Safran Dalin
Patient Advocate | Member, National Kidney Foundation Advocacy Committee

Anne Safran Dalin is a member of the National Kidney Foundation Advocacy Committee. As someone who has lived with type 2 diabetes for over 20 years, she knows first-hand how diabetes impacts kidney function and heart health. She has moderated Facebook Live events for NKF, and taken part in other programs. In 2019, Anne received a kidney transplant from her son, and is now leading a healthy and extremely busy life. When asked to take part in programs that focus in patient-focused issues, Anne is always eager to participate. She is also a co-leader of a DiabetesSisters peer support group, which is open to women dealing with different types of diabetes. Anne now manages many of her health issues by lifestyle and dietary changes. In her spare time, she is a proud member board of New York Theatre Barn, a NY-based theater company that incubates new musicals. Within her community, Anne hosts an annual walk in support of the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton. Anne is currently working on a comedy night benefit in support of the NKF called, "Something to Laugh About!" It will be presented during March 2023 Kidney Awareness Month, live at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC, as well as streamed throughout the country.

Amy Tenderich
Founder of DiabetesMine | Diabetes Innovation Advocate and Journalist 

Amy is a journalist, blogger and nationally known patient advocate who hosts her own series of thought leadership events (the annual DiabetesMine Innovation Days and biannual DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange) that bring patient entrepreneurs together with the medical establishment to accelerate change. Amy was Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading online information destination for people with diabetes that she launched after her diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes in 2003. From 2015-2022, DiabetesMine was part of San Francisco-based Healthline Media, where Amy also served as Editorial Director, Diabetes & Patient Advocacy. Amy was one of the early pioneers in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC), and has conducted numerous patient community research projects that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. She serves as an advisor to the ADCES (Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists). Amy holds an MA in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She is a well-known public speaker at national diabetes, healthcare, and health technology events. When not working, she enjoys hiking, cooking, aerobic workouts, and just about anything fun done under California sunshine.


About diaTribe Musings

Previously known as Musings Under the Moon, when it was a single live event at the ADA Scientific Sessions, diaTribe Musings is now one of The diaTribe Foundation's most treasured ongoing virtual programs, engaging a diverse audience in thought-provoking dialogue and providing an opportunity to connect healthcare providers, business leaders, people living with diabetes, advocates, families, entrepreneurs, and policymakers. Musings tickets are complimentary thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. We welcome anyone interested in learning about the massive shifts and opportunities occurring in the world of diabetes. Please spread the word and share this event with anyone interested in learning more about diabetes. Join the conversation on Twitter with #diaTribeMusings.


Past Musings Events

November 3, 2022

September 1, 2022

May 17, 2022

December 14, 2021

October 19, 2021

September 2, 2021

July 14, 2021

May 13, 2021

September 1, 2020

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