Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Dr. Ruben Diaz completed the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree in 2021 with a focus on transitioning hospital-wide insulin ordering practice from sliding-scale to basal plus bolus to decrease the rate of hyperglycemia post orthopedic surgery. Additional graduate degrees and board certifications include family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP-BC), and undergraduate study bachelors registered nurse (BSN). National certifications include advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM) and certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES).
Dr. Diaz is a diabetes nurse practitioner (NP) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) as of 2022. His prior role at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), from 2013 to 2021 established the first NP-led diabetes program for persons with diabetes undergoing orthopedic surgery. Responsibilities included perioperative advanced diabetes care and education, professional development to provide up-to-date evidence-based training for hospital personnel, system-wide policy and practice change with interdisciplinary collaboration, maintenance of database and monitoring outcomes for quality improvement initiatives, and precepting nurse practitioner students from area colleges.
His most recent collaborative publication, “Managing Patients Undergoing Orthopedic Surgery to Improve Glycemic Outcomes,” can be found in Current Diabetes Reports, January 2022. Dr. Diaz is the current secretary for Nurse Practitioners of New York and participated in the Weill Cornell Medicine clinical and translational science center (CTSC) podcast Healthy Table Talks to discuss diabetes in the community in 2021. He maintains memberships with endocrinology organizations such as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Association of Diabetes Educators and American Diabetes Association.