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Our diaTribe dialogue with Dr. Irl Hirsch and Arnold Donald, the new head of JDRF

Published: 2/28/07

Irl B. Hirsch, MD

Irl B. Hirsch, MD, an internationally-recognized diabetes expert and former ADA Clinician of the Year, is a professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of Washington Medical Center. Patients trust him because they know they are talking to an expert and a peer -- Dr. Hirsch has had type 1 since he was a child. He discussed with us the importance of "glycemic variability," the risks and rewards of continuous glucose monitors, and the latest on new products.

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Arnold W. Donald

Arnold W. Donald seems an improbable selection to lead the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. An African-American who has spent his entire career in corporate America, Donald is now the president and chief executive officer of a non-profit organization that - given the demographics of type 1 diabetes - has principally been run by and for Caucasians. While Donald has participated in many diabetes fundraisers, he has relatively little personal or family experience with the disease. And while the JDRF headquarters is in New York, Donald lives in St. Louis.

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