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Dr. William Herman — Director of the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research

His 39-page curriculum vitae would be the first indication that William H. Herman, M.D., M.P.H., is dedicated to his work. The proof lies in his many achievements as an internationally recognized researcher, educator, and clinician in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Herman serves as the Director of the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR), formerly known as the Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center (MDRTC). The MCDTR is one of only a handful of such centers in the U.S., funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Dr. Herman received his medical degree from Boston University in 1979. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, as well as a residency in preventive medicine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He received his fellowship training in endocrinology, epidemiology, and metabolism at the U-M, joining the U-M faculty as assistant professor of internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology from 1987 to 1991.

Dr. Herman returned to the CDC as chief of the Epidemiology and Statistics Branch in the Division of Diabetes Translation, where he served for several years. In 1995, Dr. Herman accepted the position at the U-M as associate professor of internal medicine and epidemiology and associate medical director of M-CARE.

After serving as the interim director for the MDRTC, Dr. Herman became the center’s permanent director in 2005. In the same year, he was also the recipient of a professorship named after the MDRTC’s first director, Dr. Stefan S. Fajans.

Dr. Herman’s past and present research has focused on clinical, epidemiologic, and health services research in diabetes. His work includes the following:

Aside from his research, Dr. Herman is a well-respected diabetes educator. He has given over 125 invited lectures around the world, and has published eight books, 26 book chapters and almost 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also served as associate editor for the journals Clinical Diabetes and Diabetes Care.

As a clinician, Dr. Herman has cared for thousands of patients and sees firsthand the benefits of clinical research to develop better treatments and prevention strategies that will lead to fewer complications for his current and future patients. “It’s now well-proven from scientific studies that diabetes control matters, and that better glucose control over years and decades is associated with a reduced risk of complications affecting the eyes, the kidneys, the nerves, heart and blood vessels.” Furthermore, Herman states, "We shouldn't be asking if we can afford to reach out to every at-risk person and help them reduce their risk. The real question is ... can we afford not to?"