Congratulations to Vivian A. Fonseca, MD, FRCP, for being named as Assistant Dean for Clinical Research in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Fonseca is Professor of Medicine, the Tullis–Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes, and Chief of the Section of Endocrinology. Dr. Fonseca has been a key leader in clinical and translational medicine at the School of Medicine. He is the medical director for the Clinical Trials Unit and is the Director of the Professional Development Core for the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS).

Dr. Fonseca’s personal research interests include the prevention and treatment of diabetic complications and risk factor reduction in cardiovascular disease, particularly on the role of inflammation and other novel risk factors. He has been an investigator in several NIH and industry funded clinical trials including the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD/ACCORDION) study and TINSAL–T2D trial. He is the co–PI of the Louisiana Clinical Data Research Network (LACDRN), funded by PCORI/PCORNET and serves on the PCORNET Clinical Trials Task Force and is an investigator in several current trials including the NIH funded TACT2 trial. He has published over 400 papers and articles and edited the text book “Clinical Diabetes: Translating Research into Practice” . He serves on several steering and ancillary study committees and data safety monitoring boards.

Dr. Fonseca currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), and the Board of Trustees of the American College of Endocrinology. He is a Past President for Science and Medicine of the American Diabetes Association (awarded him the ADA Banting Medal for Leadership and Service), and has held a leadership role and served on various committees in several other organizations. He has served as Editor or on the editorial board of several leading medical journals and is currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications. The Southern Medical Association awarded him the Seale – Harris award. The ADA presents the Vivian Fonseca Award annually for research on Diabetes in Asia.

In his role as Assistant Dean for Clinical Research, Dr. Fonseca has been charged with development and growth of clinical research at the School of Medicine. This effort will include mentoring and training faculty, working with hospital systems, industry and IRB, etc. to facilitate clinical and translational research.