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Reaven, Gerald M.

Gerald Reaven

Gerald M. Reaven

Courtesy of Gerald Reaven
Medical School - Cardiovascular Medicine
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Smuga-Otto, Kim
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Gerald M. Reaven is a Professor of Medicine, Emeritus at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His groundbreaking research helped demonstrate that insulin resistance could lead to type 2 diabetes. The first part of the interview begins with Reavens decision to attend the University of Chicago for his undergraduate and medical degrees and what drew him to research. He recounts how the militarys use of the draft to recruit doctors influenced his decision to take a research fellowship at Stanford and recalls his, and his familys, experiences when he was stationed in Germany.