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#31 Endocrinologist Interview - Diabetes Breakthroughs, Lifestyle, and True Passion

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SERGE A. JABBOUR, MD, FACP, FACE is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolic Diseases at Jefferson. He is also the Director of the Jefferson Diabetes Center. Dr Jabbour completed his training in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolic Diseases at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.Dr Jabbour has been recognized with many honors and he is holder of many teaching awards. Dr Jabbour was named Top Doc in Philadelphia area every year since 2011 by Philadelphia Magazine and one of the best endocrinologists in the nation by Castle Connolly every year since 2012. Dr Jabbour is a member of numerous professional organizations, including The Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Dr Jabbour has published many articles and chapters on diabetes, metabolic syndrome, various endocrine topics; he serves on the Editorial Board of many journals and he just finished in September 2021 his 5-year tenure as the Chair of the Endocrine Board Review Committee for The Endocrine Society.

Dr Jabbour’s main research interest is in the field of diabetes. He is involved in many clinical research trials related to new diabetes drugs. He also gives many lectures all over the world on different endocrine topics, mainly diabetes, either in the setting of grand rounds, symposia or other CME presentations. I am truly honored to have such an inspiring and world-class endocrinologist with me today. Welcome Dr. Jabbour, let’s see how many people we can convince to do endocrinology.

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Jefferson Diabetes Center:


0:00 - Intro

1:49 - Statistics About Endocrinology

3:10 - What Is Endocrinology?

5:22 - Journey Into Medicine and Endocrinology

13:07 - Keeping the Team Happy

15:42 - An Average Day/Week of an Endocrinologist

19:40 - Advice for People Looking Into Leveling up Ranks

22:50 - If I Give You $100 Million, What Would You Do?

25:25 - Best Thing About Being an Endocrinologist

27:35 - Making a Rare Diagnosis

32:16 - Passion for Studying Diabetes

34:21 - Things We Should Know About Type 2 & 1 Diabetes

53:06 - What Do You Think About Ozempic and Glp-1?

59:44 - Dietary Tips

1:06:21 - Hemoglobin a1c Levels

1:20:10 - SGLT2 Inhibitors

1:16:48 - Future of Endocrinology

1:19:34 - Changes Over the Years

1:20:17 - Myths About Diabetes

1:24:29 - High Number of Diabetic Patients in the U.S.

1:30:39 - Advice to People Looking Into Endocrinology

1:32:36 - Maximizing Competitiveness Going Into Endocrinology

1:39:00 - What Makes the Best-Med Students/Residents/Fellows?

1:42:28 - Advice to People Entering a Career in Medicine

1:45:17 - What Advice Would You Give Your 18-Year-Old Self?

1:48:20 - Adapting to the U.S.

1:49:43 - Closing Message

1:51:57 - Outro



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