DRWF Research Advisory Board member Professor Ketan Dhatariya to take up the role from June 2023.

The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) has announced that Professor Ketan Dhatariya will be the new Chair of the organisation.

Professor Dhatariya, Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology / Honorary Professor at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, will take over from Dr Dipesh Patel when he completes his term of office in June 2023.

Professor Ketan Dhatariya has been a full time NHS consultant since 2004 and is a member of the DRWF Research Advisory Board.

Professor Dhatariya said his goal is to ensure the care for people with diabetes improves, which he has always strived to do in the roles he has held in the UK.

Professor Dhatariya is currently the Chair of the Joint British Diabetes Societies Inpatient Care Group where he has led or co-authored several national guidelines on the management of various aspects of inpatient diabetes care including the management of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) as well as the guideline on peri-operative diabetes care.

He is also the Chair of the Examining Board for the UK Specialist Clinical Exam in Diabetes and Endocrinology, as well as the immediate past president of the Diabetes and Endocrine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Headshot of Prof Ketan Dhatariya

Professor Dhatariya joined ABCD as a member in 2004 and has been a committee member for 9 years.

The chair's role is to provide clear leadership of the ABCD committee and for its membership, working to ABCD's aims and objectives:

  • To ensure all people living with diabetes receive the highest standards of care and to work with other key stakeholders to achieve this
  • To produce high-quality diabetes-related guidelines, policies and position statements to support healthcare professionals and commissioners
  • To promote careers in diabetes for healthcare professionals and researchers
  • To provide expert clinical and strategic advice at a local, national and international level to ensure healthcare needs of people living with diabetes are met
  • To support diabetes-related training and research
  • To ensure the equality and diversity of our membership is respected and championed
  • To support our members to enjoy happy, productive and fruitful careers as consultant diabetologists

Speaking about his role with DRWF Professor Dhatariya said: “Alongside my day job, I have done clinical research on diabetes-related emergencies, peri-operative diabetes care and diabetes-related foot complications. One of the things that I have never managed to get is funding. I understand it is very frustrating if that happens.

“I joined the DRWF Research Advisory Board because I hope that by me being an example of someone who has managed to achieve what I have without funding, that those people who are not successful don’t give up and continue to make valuable contributions to diabetes science.”

“I hope that by helping people add to the knowledge about why and how diabetes and its complications happen then that will go some way to making sure that in the future we have the tools to prevent this devastating condition doing harm.”

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