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The Medalist Team

George L. King, M.D
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.

Daniel Gordin, MD
Research Fellow

Medical School: University of Helsinki, Finland
Teaching Appointment: Ass prof, University of Helsinki, Finland
Certification: Nephrologist, University of Helsinki, Finland
Fellowship: Mary K. Iacocca Senior Visiting Research Fellow Joslin Diabetes Center

My main interests are risk factors and future treatment options for diabetic vascular complications, especially diabetic kidney disease.

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 

David M. Pober, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Biostatistics.

Education: PhD., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Thesis: Improving the accuracy of objective measures of human physical activity through the application of machine learning algorithms.

My current research focuses on methodological issues and data analysis, as well as the impact of physical activity on outcomes, in diabetes.

Samantha Megan Paniagua, MPH (Epidemiology)
Data Analyst II

Education: BA from University of Texas Austin; MPH from Boston University.
My professional interest: The effects of health disparities on quality of life in those with chronic conditions.
My "Fun fact": I am a casual gamer.

Megan J. Brissett, MS, RT(R) ARRT
Project Manager ; Lead Radiography Technician

Education: AS in Radiographic sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
BS in Exercise Science, Human Performance Concentration from Southern Connecticut State University.
MA in Applied Physiology, Teachers College, Columbia University

On my spare time, I enjoy reading, weight lifting and cycling and playing the piano.

I-Hsien Wu
Lab Manager

Vanessa Bahnam, BS
Study Coordinator

Education: BS in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Finance from Boston University. Minor: Public Health.
Professional interests: I plan on going to graduate school for my MPH. My future career goal is to get into clinical trial work.
Personal interests: I love to travel, exercise and photography.

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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: July 19, 2019