RICHARD A. KAHN, PhD joins as Chief Scientific Advisor

RICHARD A. KAHN, PhD joins as Chief Scientific Advisor

kahn-slider-e1335481713295Richard A. Kahn, PhD., is the chief scientific advisor for the High Five for Men’s Health program for Building Healthier America, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the negative trends in overweight/obesity in America. He is also an independent consultant/researcher and clinical professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Prior to his retirement from the American Diabetes Association in June 2009, Dr. Kahn was responsible for all the scientific and medical affairs of the Association. He oversaw the professional education activities, consisting of many clinical conferences and symposia, and the world’s largest diabetes-related clinical and scientific meeting—the annual Scientific Sessions. Dr. Kahn also managed the development of clinical practice guidelines and clinical consensus statements, which provide guidance and direction to health care professionals around the world. In addition, Dr. Kahn provided direction to senior staff for the many professional books and journals produced by the Association. Finally, he oversaw two professional certification programs–the Diabetes Education Recognition Program and Diabetes Physician Recognition Program.

Prior to joining the American Diabetes Association in 1985, Dr. Kahn was chief of scientific affairs for the American Red Cross in Saint Louis, Missouri, and an associate professor of pathology at Washington University. In these positions he established the first tissue bank in the Red Cross System and directed a large research laboratory concerned with the pathophysiology of blood cells and the prevention of transfusion-transmitted diseases.

Dr. Kahn received his doctorate in physiology from Georgetown University and has published over 50 original research reports as well as numerous book chapters. He has received many awards, honors, and invited lectureships and is a member of a variety of professional organizations.

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