Scholars 2010 - 2018
Suresh Damodharan, MBBS, MRCP, CCST
Consultant Endocrinologist, Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore, India
Honorary Consultant, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
Founding Director of the Diabetes, Endocrine and Thyroid Society
Dr. Suresh Damodharan completed his MBBS in India, followed by his MRCP in the UK. He obtained his CCST in Endocrinology and Diabetes and CCST in Internal Medicine in London, UK, in 2008. He is an honorary consultant at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK. He was awarded the special prize in Medical and Paediatric Test in Division Level Medical Schools, the Diabetes Awareness Initiative Award in 2014 and the Best Poster award with a travel grant for the International Congress Endocrinology (ICE) in Beijing in 2016.
Dr. Damodharan has authored many publications focused on advanced glycated end products and arterial stiffness in type 2 diabetes mellitus. He has written the chapters “Metabolic consequences of polycystic ovarian syndrome for diabetes and women’s health,” “Pleiotropic effects of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors for RSSDI update” and “Practical approaches to a person with abnormal TSH” for the API Journal.
A recognized educator, Dr. Damodharan conducts the monthly patient education program SANGAMAM and the annual patient awareness event SANJEEVINI. To educate the paramedical and medical fraternity on the latest advances in diabetes and endocrinology, he conducts the annual paramedical conference PARADECON and medical conference DECON. He was part of the academic and organizing committee for the meeting TRENDO 2014 through 2017.
Dr. Damodharan is the founding director of Diabetes, Endocrine and Thyroid Society of Coimbatore, an organization to promote research in diabetes and all types of endocrine conditions, as well as to seek collaboration with national and international organizations. He is a member of National Advisory Board for Basal Insulin Intensification Consensus, which provides evidence-based recommendations for insulin intensification strategies after basal insulin in type 2 diabetes.
Rumyana B. Dimova, MD, PhD
Clinical and Research Endocrinologist
Chief Assistant Professor, Department of Diabetology, Clinical Centre of Endocrinology,
Medical University Sofia, Bulgaria
Dr. Rumyana Dimova graduated from Medical University Sofia, where she was awarded the Golden Hippocrates Medal. She defended her thesis “Autonomic Diabetic Neuropathy: Contemporary diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities” and received her PhD in 2016 from Medical University Sofia. She completed a 4-year residency program in endocrinology in 2017 at University Hospital of Endocrinology “Acad Ivan Penchev,” Sofia. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious “Best Young Scientist in Clinical Medicine” prize of Medical University Sofia.
Dr. Dimova is actively involved in many national and international clinical research projects in diabetes, strategies for diabetes screening, diabetes prevention, patient education, diabetes complications and technologies in diabetes. She has authored or coauthored 22 papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals.
A participant in numerous courses and international programs, Dr. Dimova is also a member of European Association for the Study of Diabetes, European Society of Endocrinology and Bulgarian Society of Endocrinology. Her ongoing research is focused on continuous glucose monitoring and autonomic function in both people at risk for diabetes and those with diabetes.
Sanja Klobucar Majanovic MD, PhD
Endocrinologist and Diabetologist
Dr. Sanja Klobucar Majanovic attended medical school in Rijeka, Croatia. She trained in internal medicine at Clinical Hospital Center, Rijeka, where she also completed a fellowship in endocrinology and diabetology. She is an assistant professor of Internal Medicine and head of Outpatient Clinic and Educational Center for Diabetes and Obesity at Clinical Hospital Center, Rijeka.
Dr. Klobucar Majanovic is actively involved in clinical research and was a primary investigator or subinvestigator for several phase III and IV clinical trials. She has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Endocrine Oncology and Metabolism and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals. She currently serves as vice president of Croatian Society for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders and has given many lectures at national and international meetings
Her clinical work includes management of patients with diabetes, obesity and other endocrine disorders. Her main interests are diabetes prevention and treatment, patient education, management of obesity and nutrition. She was part of the multidisciplinary team involved in the first implantation of gastric electrical stimulator to a patient with severe diabetic gastroparesis in Southeast Europe.
When not working, Dr. Klobucar Majanovic enjoys traveling, being in nature and spending time with her family and friends.
Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine and Research Director of the Division of Endocrinology,
Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Medical School, Rochester, MN, USA
Dr. Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez completed medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico, in 2007. He then joined the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, where he was eventually named chief resident, 2012–2013.
Following his residency training, Dr. Rodriguez-Gutierrez began a fellowship in endocrinology, at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, and obtained a master’s degree in clinical research from the Drexel Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences/Drexel College of Medicine at Drexel University, Pennsylvania.
During his training, Dr. Rodriguez-Gutierrez became interested in evidence-based medicine (EBM), shared-decision making (SDM) and minimally disruptive medicine (MDM). He spent a year at Mayo Clinic, where he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition, having as his mentor Dr. Victor M. Montori, a world leader of EBM and SDM as well as founder of MDM.
Dr. Rodriguez-Gutierrez published with the KER Unit 31 peer-reviewed manuscripts in JAMA, BMJ, Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, and many other top journals. He is first author for 8 chapters of the McMaster Book of Internal Medicine, was a peer reviewer for over 30 articles for journals, collaborated in writing 3 grants and participated in presenting 10 abstracts at international meetings.
Helen Wallace, MB BCh BAO, MRCP (UK), MRCP (UK) Endocrinology & Diabetes
Northern Ireland Specialty Trainee Representative (Endocrinology & Diabetes)
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Dr. Helen Wallace graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, in 2007. Before taking up a post in the Endocrinology and Diabetes Specialty Training Scheme in 2012, she completed her training in general internal medicine in various hospitals throughout Northern Ireland.
During her specialty training, Dr. Wallace undertook a research project investigating the effect of vitamin D3 supplementation on insulin resistance and pancreatic β-cell function, which formed the basis of her doctoral thesis. She has presented at the Irish Endocrine Society, Diabetes UK and American Diabetes Association annual scientific meetings.
Dr. Wallace also has a keen interest in education and quality improvement and has completed postgraduate qualifications in medical education and is regularly involved in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching sessions.
Ekgaluck Wanothayaroj, MD
Clinical Endocrinologist and Chief of Patient-Care Team of Diabetes and Thyroid
Diabetes and Thyroid Center, Theptarin Hospital
Dr. Ekgaluck Wanothayaroj attended medical school at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He trained in internal medicine at Khon Kaen University, Thailand, where he was recognized for the best performance of the residency training program. He went on to complete a fellowship in endocrinology at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok.
Dr. Wanothayaroj is dual board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand in endocrinology and internal medicine. He is also a certified diabetes educator of Thailand and holds certifications in clinical endocrinology from Harvard Medical School (2010), advanced training course on osteoporosis from International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and diagnostic endocrine neck ultrasonography from American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist (AACE).
His current focus is on learning and sharing how individualized care is managed and practiced in real life. He revised staged diabetes management to classify Diabetes and Thyroid Center patients at Theptarin Hospital, Bangkok, into 5 stages for laying out individualized standards of practice for multidisciplinary care teams, communicating with patients about their disease’s progression as well as their individualized goals, and tracking the aggregate outcome of lifestyle modifications and medical treatments.
A recognized educator and lecturer in Thailand and abroad, Dr. Wanothayaroj also is involved in various core subcommittees of Thai Association of Diabetes Educators as well as the website subcommittee of Thai Endocrine Society.
When not working, Dr. Wanothayaroj enjoys traveling with his family and indulging in creative pursuits, including photography and technology.