Anastassios G. Pittas, MD MS

Anastassios G. Pittas, MD MS

Hello friend!

Regardless of how and why you got to this web-page, here is something about me and how I got to where I am.

I was born and raised in Greece (Nemea and Athens) and came to the U.S. many, many, many years ago to attend college. At MIT, not only did I earn a S.B. degree in Biology but also met my future spouse, Helen Delichatsios. In fact, Helen and I met during the organic chemistry class!  It was a bond destined to last. After we completed our M.D. degrees at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Internal Medicine Residencies at the New-York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell in New York City, NY, Helen and I moved to Boston, MA. Following my Fellowship in Endocrinology at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, I joined the staff in the Division of Endocrinology at Tufts Medical Center in 2000.

From 2000 and 2002, I was supported by a generous grant from the Gerald J and Dorothy R Friedman NY Foundation for Medical Research, a foundation which supports education and research in many diverse fields, most notably nutrition and diabetes. In 2002, I was fortunate to become the recipient of a National Institutes of Health K23 Career Development Award to focus on diabetes research. During this period, in keeping with the goal of the Award, I earned a M.S. degree in Clinical Research from the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. The degree provided me with formal training on clinical research and I highly recommend this kind of training to aspiring clinical researchers. During the K23 period – long story – I became interested in the role of vitamin D in diabetes. Working with wonderful colleagues, I received NIH funding (R21 and R01 mechanisms) to further test the hypothesis that vitamin D is linked to diabetes risk. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was leading D2d, a multi-center clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in reducing risk of diabetes in people at high risk. D2d consumes most of my time while awake (and occasionally my non-awake time) but I remain active in all three areas of academic medicine (clinical care, research and teaching), a task which is becoming increasingly challenging. Clinically, my focus is in diabetes care but I try to remain current in other endocrine areas.

In terms of formal positions, I am a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Policy at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy. I also serve as the Associate Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship Program at Tufts Medical Center. In 2017, I was honored to receive a Biomedical Research Exemplar Award, given to principal investigators who conduct high quality, high-impact research and exemplify professionalism and integrity. In 2016 and 2017, I was named as one of Top Docs by Boston Magazine.

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