Diabetic Living Online - Experts

Paul Ciechanowski, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is researching ways to improve patient-provider communication in the area of diabetes care, and active in programs and research aimed to improving depression care for patients with diabetes. He has been a psychiatric member of the treatment team at the University of Washington's Diabetes Care Center since 1997.

Connie Crawley, M.S., R.D., L.D., is a nutrition and health specialist for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. A registered dietitian, she has developed cooking and exercise programs for people with diabetes and is currently working on a Centers for Disease Control program to improve family support for African-Americans who have diabetes.

Marion J. Franz, M.S., R.D., L.D., CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, has authored more than 200 articles and books on diabetes, nutrition, and exercise, including core curriculum materials for diabetes educators. In 2002, she cochaired the task force to write the American Diabetes Association nutrition principles.

Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D., a registered dietitian, is executive director of the National Diabetes Education Program at the National Institutes of Health. In this role, she develops diabetes awareness campaigns and educational materials targeted to people with diabetes and those at risk.

Marty Irons, R.Ph., CDE, was one of the first pharmacists in the country to obtain his credentials as a certified diabetes educator. Over the past 20 years, he has practiced in community pharmacies, the military, and industry. He has earned numerous awards, including the New York State Young Pharmacist of the Year, the Orange County Diabetes Coalition Educator of the Year, the Pharmacist Society of Orange County Pharmacist of the Year, and three Pharmacist Society of the State of New York Special Recognition Awards. He currently practices in Rutland, Vermont at a community pharmacy.

Jeannette Jordan, M.S., R.D., CDE, is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is on the task force for a National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health. A registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Medical University of South Carolina, she has authored a book on weight management for diabetics.

Virginia Zamudio Lange, R.N., M.S.N., CDE, is an independent diabetes consultant based in San Antonio, Texas. For seven years, she was a partner at Alamo Diabetes Team, LLP, a privately owned diabetes self-management education center. Virginia is a past president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and currently serves as Chair of the AADE Education and Research Foundation. She has written articles for numerous patient publications and professional journals, and has presented to national and international audiences about diabetes.

Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef®, holds a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America. Since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he has become a national speaker on diabetes and healthy food preparation. He has also written two cookbooks for the American Diabetes Association and hosted cooking segments on many television programs. He teaches cooking classes for people who have diabetes, emphasizing the pleasure of diabetic cooking and eating.

Hope S. Warshaw, M.S., R.D., CDE, BC-ADM, is a dietitian, diabetes educator, and writer who has counseled thousands of people with diabetes to make realistic changes in their eating habits. She is the author of several books, including the American Diabetes Association's Guide to Healthy Restaurant Eating (3rd edition,; Complete Guide to Carb Counting (2nd edition), The Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible, and Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy (2nd edition).

Fred A. Williams Jr. M.D., FACP, FACE, has a private practice of endocrinology and diabetes in Louisville, KY. And also holds a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Williams is the current chairman of the Public Relations/ Media committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and also sits on the national board of directors of AACE.

John Zrebiec, M.S.W., CDE, is an associate director of the behavioral and mental health unit at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and a lecturer in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He's a social worker and has served as chairperson of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. His research interests include developing tools to prevent hypoglycemia, improving diabetes care through interactive Internet technology, and using group methods to improve adherence to medical recommendations.

Meet Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef