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Robert R. Henry

Robert R. Henry


  • M.D.

Current Position(s): 

  • Chief Section of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, VASDHS

  • Professor of Medicine, UCSD

Personal Statement: 

Robert R. Henry, MD, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Chief of both the Section of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes and the Center for Metabolic Research at the VA Medical Center in San Diego.

Dr Henry received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba Medical School, Manitoba, Canada, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology.

He is Past President of the American Diabetes Association Medicine and Science (2011) and is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the Obesity Society, the Endocrine Society, Western Society for Clinical Investigation, Western Association of Physicians, the American Federation for Clinical Research and the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health-NIDDK, the American Diabetes Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs and numerous pharmaceutical grants. Recent awards include the Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the American Diabetes Association, the Mary Jane Kugal Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the Robert H. Williams-Rachmiel Levine Award from the Western Metabolism Club, Frontiers in Science Award from American Association of Clinical Endocrinology and the Banting Medal for Public Service from the American Diabetes Association. Dr Henry has published more than 400 journal articles and chapters. His current clinical research interests involve the study of new therapies for type 1 and type 2 diabetes and obesity. Basic science interests include study of the metabolic and cardiovascular effects of human skeletal muscle and adipose tissue secretory products including adiponectin, signal interactions between skeletal muscle and adipose tissue and defects of insulin signal transduction in these tissues of obese and type 2 diabetic patients.


  • University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Pre-Medical Science, 1969-1975

  • University of Manitoba Medical School, M.D., 1971-1975

  • University of Manitoba Medical School, 1975-1981

  • Internal Medicine Residency 3 years (ABIM), 1980

  • Endocrinology Fellowship 2 years (FRCP(C)), 1981

Awards and Honors: 

  • Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship Award

  • American Diabetes Association Research Development Award

  • VA Research Career Development Award

  • NIH-NIDDK FIRST Research Award

  • George J. Hamwi Memorial Lecture Award

  • Joslin Diabetes Center Centennial Symposium Guest Lecturer

  • Graduating House Staff Teaching Award for Excellence in the

  • Education of Medical Residents - Honorable Mention, 2002

  • Korean Diabetes Association Annual Meeting-Plenary Lecture

  • Aventis Scholars Program AFMR Guest Lecturer

  • J.P. Maclean Memorial Lecture Award

  • Pfizer Visiting Professor Award-Wayne State University

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Intl Mary Jane Kugel Award

  • American Diabetes Association Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award

  • Williams-Levine Award - Western Metabolism Club

  • American Diabetes Association Distinguished Service as Chair

  • Research Policy Committee Award

  • S.H.A.D. Health Hero Award 3, 2009

  • Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals, 2009-2011

  • Best Doctors in America, 2009-2011

  • American Assoc of Clinical Endocrinology-Frontiers in Science Award, 2011

  • American Diabetes Association- Banting Medal for Service Award, 2011

  • World India Diabetes Foundation Oration, 2012

  • Veterans Research Alliance Award for Excellence, 2015

Professional History:​

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Health Sciences Center, University of Manitoba, 1981-1982

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine, Diabetic Research Unit, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center 1982-1983

  • UCSD, Professor of Medicine, In Residence, 1997-Present

  • Visiting Professor of Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary,  1993-1994

  • Director, Center for Metabolic Research, VASDHS, 1997-Present​

  • Chief Medical Officer, DiObex, Inc., Biotechnology Company, San Francisco, 2006


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