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Itamar Raz, CO-CHAIR, Israel

Itamar Raz MD is board certified, full professor in internal medicine, and was the Head of the Diabetes Unit at Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital between 2000-2015. He is currently Medical Director at the Diabetes Medical Center in Tel Aviv and the head of the Israeli council of diabetes, Prof. Raz has been involved in many various academic activities.

  • He has organized and led one of the largest and prominent conferences in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and hypertension – Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy) which take place in Europe, South America and Asia. The latest meeting was held virtually and had over 20,000 participants. In addition, he organized and led the CODI Conference 2022 – Controversies in Obesity and Diabetes, which brought together 101 countries and 4615 participants.

The proceedings from several of these meetings have been published in 5 Diabetes Care supplements, a publication of the American Diabetes Association.

  • In the last decade Prof. Raz is the leader of the Diabetes Experts Forum, a group of worldwide top experts in diabetes who publish reviews on important topics in the treatment of diabetes and its complications in the journal Diabetes Care.
  • He has been co-principal investigator in several multicenter and large cardiovascular and renal outcome trials like: DECLARE, SAVORE, IDNT, HEART2D and others, testing new drugs for the prevention and treatment in diabetes complications.
  • He is a co-editor and part of the editorial of several leading international diabetes journals (DMRR, DRCP, DOM, Drugs, Cell, and others).
  • He has published over 450 papers in highly prestigious in the field of diabetes and its complications.
  • In Israel, he is the president of two societies to improve and prevent obesity in young children and their families and to improve diabetes research and care for diabetic patients.
  • He is the chairman of the council of diabetes that is in charge of policy and treatment of diabetes including the Minister of Health, the payers, Medical doctors, nurses, dieticians, and others. He collaborates with luge Hospitals and Centers in Europe, US and Asia.
  • He established special food labeling to educate children and families to choose their food and change dramatically the use of junk food, he also developed digital and face-to-face schools on diabetes, an expert in the field, to improve the knowledge in GPS’, he reduce diabetes complication eyes kidney and heart complications in the last 10 years.
  • Led an international 5- years program with the Minister of Health, to prevent and treat obesity and diabetes in the Middle East and Arab countries.