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Medicine for the Public: 2012 Lecture Series


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May 15, 2012

May 22, 2012

Kristina I. Rother, MD, MHSc
Dr. Kristina Rother is a clinical investigator in the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Dr. Rother received her MD degree at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic and fellowships in pediatric endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and at the Children's Hospital in Zurich. In 2008, Dr. Rother earned the Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research through the collaboration between the Clinical Center and Duke University Medical Center. She is also the principal investigator on a Bench-to-Bedside study and been in her current position since 2000.

Dr. Rother's research has focused on islet cell transplantation, islet regeneration, and beta cell preservation in pediatric and adult patients with type 1 diabetes. Most recently, her research interests have included pediatric type 2 diabetes, how bariatric surgery works to resolve type 2 diabetes in adults, and the metabolic effects of artificial sweeteners.

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John J. Merendino, Jr, MD
Dr. John (Jack) Merendino is a native Washingtonian. He was born in Washington, DC and attended high school at Georgetown Preparatory School. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry magna cum laude from Georgetown University and his MD. from Yale Medical School where he received the American Cancer Society Prize for his thesis work. He did internship and residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and returned to his home town to do endocrine fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health.

He is presently Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Chief of the Endocrine Section at Suburban Hospital where he also teaches in the Diabetes Education course. He has a private practice in Bethesda and does consulting to government and industry. He has published scientific papers in Science magazine, Nature, and the New England Journal of Medicine, among others, and is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. He is the editorial advisor for endocrinology for, a medical information web site headed by Dr. Mehmet Oz, and is a consultant to the Dr. Oz Show. He has been chosen by the Washingtonian magazine as a "Best Doctor" in endocrinology for the past 15 years.

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Madhav Thambisetty, MD, PhD
Madhav Thambisetty, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified neurologist in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health.  He is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  In addition to treating patients with memory disorders, Dr. Thambisetty conducts research aimed at discovering blood biomarkers for earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and understanding how genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease may affect brain structure and function before symptoms appear.

Dr. Thambisetty received his medical degree from the Government Medical College in Calicut, Kerala.  He was a Felix scholar at the University of Oxford where he completed his doctoral studies in Clinical Pharmacology. He completed his residency training in neurology at Emory University in Atlanta and is board certified in Neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).  Additionally, Dr. Thambisetty completed sub-specialty training in cognitive neurology and sleep disorders at Emory University. He held a research fellowship from the Alzheimer's Society at King's College in London and was an Emanoel Lee medical research fellow at St. Cross College, Oxford.  Dr. Thambisetty's work has been published both in medical text books and peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Harry Gill, MD, PhD
Dr. Gill is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services at Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, as well as the Executive Director of the Washington School of Psychiatry. Prior to his appointment with Suburban Hospital, Dr. Gill has served as the Medical Director of the Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. He is presently also Clinical Assistant Professor at the George Washington University Department of Psychiatry as well as the St. Elizabeth's Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Originally from Croatia, Dr. Gill came to the United States to pursue study and research of the brain function. After obtaining his double-major Doctorate degree in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from Iowa State University focusing on brain mapping of visual imagery process, Dr. Gill served as Chief Medical Officer with the State of Iowa Department of Human Services Medicaid Agency. He has worked closely with (then) Health Care Financing Administration (presently Center for Medicare Services) on the development of quality of care measures for Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care.

His continued interest in quality of care as well as providing optimal care to patients needing psychiatric care led to founding of the AXIS Healthcare Group that attracted a team of experts sharing the same mission. Dr. Gill also completed training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he also chaired and taught in the Neuroscience and Psychotherapy course. In his private practice Dr. Gill provides psychiatric and therapeutic services. His interest in education of both professionals and lay audiences led to developing the educational branch of the AXIS Healthcare Group. He continues to promote psychotherapeutic intervention as essential component of treatment both through his clinical work as well as his ongoing teaching.

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