Dr. Meredith Hawkins is Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Einstein-Mt. Sinai Regional Diabetes Research Center. She holds the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Medicine. Dr. Hawkins earned her M.D. degree cum laude from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods cum laude from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology, and as Secretary Treasurer of the American Federation of Medical Research. Dr. Hawkins' current research interests include the effects of nutrient deficiency and excess on insulin resistance, nutritional regulation of adipose tissue inflammation, central regulation of glucose metabolism, and hypoglycemia-associated autonomic failure.
Dr. Hawkins is a Beeson Scholar of the American Federation of Aging Research, and has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (continually since 1999), the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International and the Diabetes Action Foundation International. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Junior Physician Scientist Award (2001) and the Outstanding Investigator Award (2012) from the American Federation of Medical Research, the Novartis Young Investigator award in Diabetes Research (2007), and election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (2012). She currently serves on the Congressionally-appointed National Clinical Care Commission.
Dr. Hawkins founded and directs Einstein's Global Diabetes Institute (http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/global-health/global-diabetes-institute/, with the goal of building strategic partnerships in medical research and education to combat the burgeoning global diabetes epidemic.