Dr. David Aron: November 25, 2019

Innovative Strategies for Veterans with Diabetes

VA on the Cutting Edge of Research



Dr. David Aron

Director, Clinical Program Research & Education, Cleveland VA Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs


VA researchers are studying innovative strategies and technologies, including group visits, telemedicine, peer counseling, and internet-based education and case management, to enhance access to diabetes care and to improve outcomes for patients. In addition, VA researchers are working to develop better ways to prevent or treat diabetes, especially in special populations such as the elderly, amputees, minorities, spinal cord-injured patients, and those with kidney or heart disease. The disease affects nearly 25% of VA’s patient population and is the leading cause of blindness, end-stage renal disease, and amputation. Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, according to the CDC, and 84 million more Americans are at risk to develop the disease.


VA recognizes November as being American Diabetes month and is thankful to all Veterans for their service to the nation. VA’s research breakthroughs would not be possible without the Veterans who have volunteered to participate in VA studies. 


Dr. David Aron of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research & Development, is available for you and your listeners on Thursday, November 14, 2019, to discuss the exciting advances in VA research on the topic of Diabetes research and all the new scientific discoveries from within the VA, as well as the multitude of research that takes place at VA medical centers across the country.  Research results and advances greatly impact the treatment and prevention of diabetes and disabilities, not only for Veterans, but all Americans.


For more information please visit: www.research.va.gov


More About Dr. David Aron:

David Aron, MD, MS, is Director of Clinical Program Research and Education at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. He is a clinical endocrinologist, health services researcher, and leader of the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program – a training program in quality improvement.  He is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. He is also Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management where he teaches a class on Managing Complex Systems. A former laboratory bench researcher, his current research interests are eclectic and have included health services and implementation research related to quality measurement and improvement, especially diabetes-related, and most recently, applications of principles of complex systems. He recently authored a book: “Complex Systems in Medicine: A Hedgehog’s Tale of Complexity in Clinical Practice, Research, Education, and Management.” However, as has often been the case in the past, exactly what he will be working on, even in the not too distant future, cannot be predicted with any certainty.


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