Robert Gabbay, MD, PhD
American Diabetes Association, Arlington, Virginia
Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD is Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of the American Diabetes Association and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on innovative models of diabetes care to improve to enhance diabetes outcomes and improve the lives of people with diabetes. To meet these goals, he has traversed many arenas including an initial career as a basic scientist researcher to development of better patient communication tools, creating the first broad scale diabetes registry, designing and implementing a care management training program, leading one of the largest primary care transformation efforts in the US around the Patient Centered Medical Home. While leading the Joslin Diabetes Center as Chief Medical Officer, he defined critical elements of the medical neighborhood and the role of centers of excellence in diabetes and envisioned the digital health as the latest member of the diabetes team. The reach of his work has been recognized through leadership roles in national and international activities to transform diabetes care including leading the International Diabetes Federation BRIDGES program that implements evidence based translational research to low resource global settings Dr. Gabbay has received funding from the National Institute of Health Diabetes, Digestive and Kidneys Diseases (NIDDK), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation for his care transformation work. Along with an extensive peer reviewed publication record, his views have appeared in popular press such as the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, People, Oprah, and National Public Radio.