Richard E. Pratley, MD, serves as medical director at the AdventHealth Diabetes Institute as well as senior investigator and diabetes program lead at the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes, both in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Pratley is an internationally recognized expert in diabetes and is board certified in internal medicine. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and completed fellowships in geriatric medicine and gerontology at the University of Michigan, John Hopkins University, and the National Institute on Aging. As a member of the American Diabetes Association, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and The Obesity Society, Dr. Pratley continues his active involvement in the professional community. He is a member of the editorial boards of Diabetes Care, The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology, The Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and acts as an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals. Dr. Pratley regularly presents at national and international meetings, has conducted numerous research studies on the pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of diabetes, and has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles on diabetes. His research interests include the prevention of diabetes, improving the care for older persons with diabetes, developing new drugs to treat and prevent diabetes and its complications, and understanding the role of the fat cell in increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease.