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The Medalist Team

George L. King, MD
Research Director, Principal investigator

Founder of the Medalist Study

Hetal Shah, MD, MPH

Education: Kasturba Medical College, India; Boston University School of Public Health

While I have been at Joslin for the past several years, my focus was to tease out the genetics of diabetic complications and leveraging these markers to enhance treatment options in type 2 diabetes. In my new role with the Medalists’ study, I hope to expand my research to study protective factors against complications in type 1 diabetes. Aside from being passionate about helping individuals with diabetes, I have many interests and a diverse background – I have lived in several countries in Africa, Asia and now the US and I love music, dance, writing and volunteering.

Vanessa Bahnam
Project Manager

Education: I am currently at Boston University's School of Public Health attaining my Master of Public Health. I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Finance from Boston University. I also minored in Public Health. 

Personal Interests: Traveling and working out.

Marc Gregory Y. Yu, MD
Research Fellow

I finished medical school, residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital.

My main interests include studying the risk and protective factors for cardiovascular disease in the Medalists, as well as looking at the interplay of autoimmunity, monogenic diabetes genes, and beta cell function.

Emily Wolfson, MPH
Data Analyst

Education: BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, MPH from Boston University

Professional Interests: Using data to solve problems in healthcare, chronic diseases, antimicrobial resistance

Personal Interests: Reading, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee

John Gauthier
Study Coordinator

I-Hsien Wu, MS 
Lab Manager

Ward Fickweiler, MD
Research Fellow in the Section of Vascular Cell Biology and Beetham Eye Institute

Education: Medical School and Residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands  

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Keep in touch with Joslin's 50 Year Medalist Program! Joslin’s 50, 75 and 80-Year Medalists often have remarkable stories of their individual experiences living with diabetes. Memories of events from the time of diagnosis and childhood, as well as personal successes and triumphs, are important and note-worthy. Many Medalists enjoy telling their stories, and we appreciate the unique opportunity to hear these anecdotes from 50 or more courageous years with diabetes

Page last updated: October 18, 2019