About Dr. Rizza

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Dr. Rizza is recognized as an authority in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in humans. He has made seminal contributions to understanding of how insulin, glucose, incretins and the classic counter-insulin hormones glucagon, epinephrine, cortisol and growth hormone regulate hepatic and extrahepatic glucose metabolism in nondiabetic and diabetic humans. His grant examining the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in humans has been continuously funded by the NIH for twenty-three years, including eight years as a MERIT Award. Dr. Rizza was a member of the Metabolism Study Section for five years and has served on or chaired numerous special emphasis panels since.

He was Chair of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic Rochester from 1992 to 2002 and is presently the executive dean for research at Mayo Clinic. He has also been a leader in national efforts to improve endocrinology training programs in health care delivery for people with endocrine disorders. He has served successively as President of the Association of Program Directors of Endocrinology and Metabolism, President of Association of Subspecialty Professors and currently is the President-Elect of the American Diabetes Association. He also has received the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Physician Clinician Award as well as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist’s Distinguished Service to Endocrinology Award.