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UMass Memorial Department of Medicine Diabetes Division Leadership Transition For Patient Care Clinic

Date Posted: Friday, December 04, 2020

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The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) recently underwent a leadership transition within the patient care clinic.  Dr. Samir Malkani has been named Interim Chief of the Diabetes Division within the UMass Memorial Department of Medicine.

Dr. David Harlan will continue serving as co-director of the DCOE, placing an emphasis on his ongoing type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.  In addition to his highly regarded patient care, Dr. Harlan is actively engaged in ongoing studies to develop  new beta cells from people’s own peripheral blood stem cell lines and using them to recreate and study autoimmune diabetes in the DCOE’s unique humanized models of T1D.  His lab also investigates why some patients with T1D still produce at least some of their own insulin, and seeks to understand how the remaining pancreatic insulin producing cells have evaded the immune system. 

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David Harlan, MD
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Samir Malkani, MD

Dr. Malkani is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He began treating people living with diabetes at UMass Memorial in 1993 as a postdoctoral fellow.  Since 2001, Dr. Malkani has been spending part of his week at Milford Regional Medical Center and was instrumental in building the UMass DCOE Community Diabetes Partnership Program.  As the Director for Community Engagement and Diabetes Services at member and affiliate hospitals, he’s helped to expand the program to Heywood Hospital in Gardner and Health Alliance in Leominster.  Members of the UMass DCOE care team partner with these three area hospitals to help them provide comprehensive diabetes care within their communities.  Dr. Malkani also oversees clinical trials pertaining to the management of diabetes and its complications and has served as the principal investigator in many trials.

Learn more about the world-class diabetes care provided at UMass Memorial and meet our adult diabetes care team.

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