Dr. King is the Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Head of the Section on Vascular Cell Biology and Founder/Director of the AADI at Joslin Diabetes Center, as well as the Thomas J. Beatson, Jr. Professor of Medicine in the Field of Diabetes at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he still sees patients in the Asian Clinic. Dr. King received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. King's work focuses on finding the causes and treatment for diabetic complications, exploring insulin actions on blood vessels and understanding the reasons for the high rate of diabetes in Asian Americans. Dr. King has published over 300 articles and reviews, as well as "The Diabetes Reset," a book to prevent, care for and even reverse diabetes.
Chihiro Sato is the Communications and Outreach Officer at Joslin's AADI, where she works to empower communities through culturally sensitive education on diabetes prevention and management. Decades of experience in public relations and business development across Asia and America have taught her the importance of interacting with individuals at all levels of the community for effective social outreach. Chihiro loves meeting with patients, community members, and healthcare professionals, drawing from their stories to develop and provide community-specific programs, events, and tools. She also organizes broader projects, advocating for health equity at the state and national level, developing mobile/web applications, websites, and print materials to increase awareness of diabetes risks and prevention strategies. Chihiro currently serves on CDC's Formative Evaluation Advisory Committee to identify suggested interventions to help people disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes. Her ultimate goal is to promote healthier and happier lifestyles in Asian communities and beyond.
Karen is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) originally from Hong Kong. Understanding the cultural differences in Asia and the United States, she creates educational materials and provides nutrition and diabetes care practices to the patients in the Asian Clinic that can be easily adapted to the culture of the patients. She is passionate about helping patients and the Asian American community to learn to integrate healthy and enjoyable meals into their daily meal plans for better health, and for preventing and managing diabetes. One thing that she often emphasizes is "small changes can make a big difference in health" – she encourages patients to start healthy eating by making one or two substitutions in the classic recipes that are prepared at home. She is also involved in research to find better ways to help Asian Americans in preventing and managing diabetes through day-to-day eating, exercise and even resting habits.
Julia provides comprehensive and personalized support as the Asian Clinic liaison between patients and the doctors, dietitians and educators. Growing up as first generation in the United States she understands the cultural and language barriers her parents went through. She hopes to help bring down these barriers for not only those in the Asian Clinic, but in the Asian American community as well. Julia helps coordinate AADI outreach programs in the community and helps spread awareness for diabetes screening, prevention and healthy lifestyles.
Dr. Yu is a research fellow in the Section of Vascular Cell Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center. He finished medical school at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital, and completed residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology at the same institution. His main research interests include evaluating cardiovascular disease in patients with long-standing Type 1 diabetes; looking at the interplay of autoimmunity, rare diabetes genes, and pancreatic beta-cell function; and studying more about how diabetes works in Asians. Aside from English, he speaks Filipino, Hokkien Chinese, and conversational Mandarin Chinese, and is eager to share his multilingual expertise with the AADI community.