People to Know: Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, MPH
Kenneth Moritsugu has a powerhouse résumé: He served as deputy surgeon general from 1998 to 2007 as well as acting surgeon general from 2006 to 2007. He has been a federal representative to numerous national health care agencies and has provided expertise to international organizations and to governments including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Germany, Mexico, and the former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
With this impressive background, upon his retirement from public service Moritsugu could have written his own ticket for a high-level position in any prestigious institution in the United States. Instead, he chose to use his expertise to address the worldwide epidemic of diabetes. In his position as chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, he addresses delivery of diabetes care around the world.
Moritsugu has type 1 diabetes, so he knows firsthand the challenges of living with the disease and understands the importance of the health care team in treatment. His work at Johnson & Johnson is at the community level and focuses on equipping thousands of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and diabetes educators with the knowledge and skills training to transform diabetes care.
The Diabetes Institute uses national experts in diabetes management and education to offer lectures and training in technology tailored to the cultural nuances of the host country and to the specific scientific needs of the communities. Moritsugu envisions a network of institute alumni who will develop ongoing relationships, improving diabetes care worldwide.
Geralyn Spollett, MSN, ANP-BC, CDE, is president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association and a nurse practitioner at the Yale Diabetes Center.