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Emory Honors Dr. K. M. Venkat Narayan

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan
February 2018
Emory Honors Dr. K. M. Venkat Narayan


Dr. K. M. Venkat Narayan was selected by Emory University to receive the 2017 Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization, for building a network of collaborations with global partners--high on Emory’s agenda.

Over a period of nine years, Dr. Narayan has cultivated multi-institutional collaborations with partners in India and Pakistan, as well as Mexico, South America, Africa, Israel, China, and more.

“Venkat's passion for science and global collaborations have helped position Emory as the premier U.S. institution in the global cardiometabolic disease community,” said Dr. James Curran, Dean of Rollins School of Public Health, at the award ceremony in November.

In 2017, Dr. Narayan was also inducted into the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have made major contributions. The National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine, and related policy and inspires positive actions across sectors. It provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. Members make a commitment to volunteer their service in the Academies’ activities.

An international leader in chronic diseases and in translational research, Dr. Narayan is Director, Emory Global Diabetes Research Center, and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University, as well as Danish Diabetes Academy visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen. He was Chief of the Diabetes Epidemiology and Statistics Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and led a number of large U.S. national studies. Dr. Narayan has been studying type 2 diabetes in the South Asian population.

Dr. Narayan’s latest accomplishment is a partnership between Emory, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in Haryana, India, and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. The project explores ways to mitigate chronic health problems in low-resource communities.

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