People to Know 2014: Daniel Lorber, MD, FACP, CDE
Daniel Lorber breaks down the science of diabetes into everyday language for lawyers, judges, juries, and government officials—all to make sure people with diabetes are treated fairly. With an impressive medical resume, Daniel has spent the past 15 years fighting discrimination and working toward better policies for the patients he treats.
He’s a longtime American Diabetes Association volunteer and vice chair of the Association’s national Advocacy Committee. As a diabetes advocate, Daniel argues for increased federal funding for diabetes research and programs, and educates legislators on the importance of laws to keep children with diabetes safe at school. And he does this in his free time, on top of maintaining a New York City endocrinology practice.
It is precisely this combination of skilled clinician and dogged advocate that makes him so effective working on behalf of people with diabetes. A nationally known diabetes authority, Daniel is called upon to serve as a medical expert for cases involving discrimination in the workplace and in the criminal justice system. His work goes beyond testifying in cases to include developing official ADA position statements and other policies that affect people with diabetes.
I’ve been lucky to work alongside Daniel in the trenches over the past 10 years. I’ve seen him build consensus with those whose views differ from his own and fight hard for the things he knows are important to people with diabetes. He speaks up quietly but forcefully, not giving up until the outcome is fair for his patients and others living with diabetes.
Why does he spend hours upon hours giving his time—frequently pro bono—to testify in legal cases, help develop policy, and educate others about diabetes and the law? He advocates so his patient can keep his driver’s license and provide for his family. So a woman fighting to join the Foreign Service can be evaluated properly. So people he’s never met can follow their dreams of becoming police officers and FBI agents and firefighters.
He does it for you, too.
Katie Hathaway, JD, is managing director for legal advocacy at the American Diabetes Association.