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Vivian Fonseca, MD, FRCP
Chief, Section of Endocrinology Tulane University Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Tulane University Medical School
Past President for Science and Medicine, American Diabetes Association

Vivian A. Fonseca, MD, FRCP, is Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean for Clinical Research,  the Tullis-Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes, and chief of the Section of Endocrinology at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.. He is a Past President for Science and Medicine of the American Diabetes Association (2012), and has served on the ADA Board of Directors and several committees.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), and the Board of Trustees of the American College of Endocrinology. He has served on committees writing guidelines for both organizations. He has held a leadership role and served on various committees in several other organizations including the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Endocrinology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications. He was Editor in chief of Diabetes Care, from  2007-2011, having formerly been associate editor. He was until 2006 Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Metabolic Syndrome and related disorders. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2003-2006), and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, Diabetes, etc. Dr. Fonseca is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Fonseca has served on and been chairman of the clinical practice committee of the American Diabetes Association, the ADA Disaster Task Force, ADA strategic planning committee. He has played a significant role in developing guidelines for treating diabetes (ADA and AACE), managing chronic disease and clinical trials after a natural disaster and in drawing attention to the global epidemic of diabetes, particularly in Asia. The American Diabetes Association awarded him the ADA Banting Medal for Leadership and Service and the Southern Medical Association awarded him the Seale - Harris award. The ADA presents the Vivian Fonseca Award annually for research on Diabetes in Asia. He has received several teaching awards and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and has been listed for several years among the Best Doctors in the USA, LA and AR.

Dr. Fonseca’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of diabetic complications and risk factor reduction in cardiovascular disease, particularly on the role of inflammation and other novel risk factors. He has a research program evaluating inflammation in diabetes, and using technology to improve diabetes care in underprivileged populations, especially the use of a new diabetes risk engine in clinical practice.

Dr Fonseca has a strong interest in facilitating clinical research and developing the next generation of translational researchers. He is the Director of the Professional Development Core and Associate Director of Clinical Research Resources for the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LACaTS).

Dr. Fonseca has lectured in the United States and abroad. He has published over 400 papers and articles/ He is the editor of the text book “Clinical Diabetes: Translating Research into Practice”  (El Sevier) and several monographs and book chapters.

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