George L. King, M.D.,is the Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer at Joslin Diabetes Center, as well as the Thomas J. Beatson, Jr. Chair Professor of Medicine and Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. King has published over 300 papers and multiple books and patents. Dr. King’s work focuses on finding the causes of diabetic complications, founder of The Medalist Study to discover new treatments for diabetic complications and understanding the reasons for the high rate of diabetes in Asian Americans. His laboratory discovered that VEGF, protein most responsible for causing the severe form of diabetic eye disease. Dr. King has received numerous awards, Cogan Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Alcon Award for Vision Research, Harold Amos Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School, the Chinese American Medical Society Scientific Award, the 2015 Edwin Bierman Award from the American Diabetes Association, with several others, the Champalimaud Award for Vision, the largest award in the vision research field and Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Levine Award from the JDRF 2016. Dr. King is a member of The Association of American Physicians and a fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science.