Desmond Schatz, MD

Vice President, Medicine & Science

Desmond Schatz is the Medical Director of the Diabetes Center, Professor and Associate Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of the Clinic Research Center at the University of Florida. He has been involved in type 1 diabetes research since the mid-80s and has published more than 240 manuscripts and book chapters.

He is currently the principal investigator on several NIH and JDRF awards. He has been a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association for more than 25 years and has served on the Advocacy Committee, the Professional Practice Committee, the Youth Strategies Committee, Publications Committee, Research Grant Review Committee and Scientific Sessions Meeting Planning Committee. He has previously served on the national Board of Directors and currently serves on the Awards Committee. Desmond was a joint recipient of the American Diabetes Association Public Policy Leadership Award in 2010.

He holds a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa.