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AADI Team


George L. King, M.D.  

George L. King, M.D.

​D​r. 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 a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and 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 of diabetic complications, exploring insulin actions on blood vessels, discovering factors and new treatments for diabetic complications, and understanding the reasons for the high rate of diabetes in Asian Americans. Dr. King has published over 280 articles and reviews.

Runhua Hou, M.D.  

Runhua Hou, M.D.

Dr. Hou is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and board certified endocrinologist at Joslin Clinic and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Hou received her Medical degree from Xian Medical University and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Yale-St. Raphael Hospital and Fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Washington University in St. Louis. Her clinical interests include understanding the influence of ethnicity and traditional diet on diabetes development, improving diabetes care with advanced technology and designing regimens for those with steroid induced diabetes.

Chihiro A. Sato  

Chihiro A. Sato

Chihiro Sato is the Communications and Outreach Officer at Joslin Diabetes Center's Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI). As a former business consultant in Tokyo, Chihiro uses her business expertise to think outside the box when it comes to empowering the communities through culturally appropriate education about diabetes management and its prevention. She strongly believes that it is just as important to educate and interact with the patients and members of the community as well as the healthcare professionals. Chihiro is passionate about creating a variety of programs that can be easily adopted by the needs of each community. She enjoys meeting people and listening to their stories which inspire her to develop and provide programs and tools to encourage healthier and happier lives.

Ka Hei Karen Lau  

Ka Hei Karen Lau

​Karen is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) 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 in helping patients and the Asian American community people 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 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 in helping Asian Americans in preventing and managing diabetes through day-to-day eating, exercise and even resting habits.

Julia Li  

Julia Li

​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.

Yu Wang, D.N.P  

Yu Wang, D.N.P

​Dr. Wang is an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. She received her doctoral degree at Rush University in Chicago, IL. She is also a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and board certified in advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM). She works at the Joslin Diabetes Center as an out-patient clinic provider and in-patient diabetes consultant at BIDMC. Dr. Wang lived and worked in Zhejiang, China before immigrating to the United States. As a native Mandarin speaker, she is passionate to use her ethical and medical background to help Asian populations prevent and delay the onset of diabetes and diabetes-related complications so as to improve the quality of their lives. 

Marc Gregory Y. Yu, MD  

Marc Gregory Y. Yu, MD

​Dr. Yu is a American Diabetes Association (ADA) 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.