Professor, Dept. of Medicine
Director, Global Diabetes Institute
Dr. Hawkins is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Global Diabetes Institute at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Over the past thirteen years, she has developed a tremendous interest in the global epidemic of diabetes based upon her experiences providing medical education and health care in South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Hawkins is currently working with faculty at Makerere University medical school in Kampala, Uganda to develop a more formalized medical education program. In partnership with investigators at the world-renowned Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, Dr. Hawkins is investigating the pathogenesis of the poorly-understood entity of 'malnutrition diabetes'. Dr. Hawkins is also one of the organizers of an annual International Conference for Continuing Medical Education, alternating between Asia and Africa.
Einstein Sponsored Educational Projects
Einstein's Global Diabetes Institute (GDI) currently has active projects developing diabetes-focused medical education in Uganda and in South India. Einstein students have taken leadership roles in several prior GDI projects. There are ongoing opportunities for students to develop creative projects focusing on community engagement and health literacy.