Bernard Zinman is Director of the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes and holds the Sam and Judy Pencer Family Chair in Diabetes Research at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto, Canada. He is Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Zinman completed his medical degree at McGill University, where he also received his postgraduate training in internal medicine. He undertook further training at the University of Toronto in Endocrinology.
Dr. Zinman has authored more than 550 publications in national and international journals, and over 60 book chapters and editorials. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Diabetes (awarded to the DCCT Investigators), the Alois Beringer Lecture Award, the Frederick G. Banting Award and the Gerald S. Wong Service Award of the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). In 2006 Dr. Zinman received the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Physician Clinician Award. In 2009, Dr. Zinman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Novartis Prize in Diabetes. and in 2010. In November 2011, Dr. Zinman was appointed to the Order of Canada, in recognition of his achievements in diabetes patient care and research. In May 2012, Dr. Zinman received the Diamond Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. Most recently, for the past two years, Thompson Reuters ranked Dr. Zinman as one of the most cited authors in the world.
His main research interests include the long-term complications of diabetes mellitus, the development of new therapies for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, diabetes in Aboriginal communities, and studies directed at the prevention of diabetes.