HAPI Hour Seminar: The Diabetes Evidence Wars-1997 to 2019

The Health and the Public Interest Graduate Program is pleased to invite the community to the HAPI Seminar Series, a forum in which students, faculty, and the community can engage with key leaders in health care research, policy, and advocacy. This series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

We are pleased to host Dr. Leonard Pogach who will speak about "The Diabetes Evidence Wars - 1997 to 2019."

In 2018 there was an extraordinary public disagreement (covered by the WSJ, NYT,  and NPR) between diabetes professional societies and the American College of Physicians (ACP) regarding A1c target levels for patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Have the “Evidence Wars”  harmed the public; will they end?

The seminar will explore the 20 year history of corporate, institutional and cultural factors that have led to extraordinary public disagreement over target glycemic values for patients with Type 2 Diabetes. The intersection of Power, Profits, and Publicity upon Public Health will be discussed.  

Dr. Leonard Pogach is an internist endocrinologist who has had a 38-year career with the Veterans Health Administration; 31 years  with the  Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) and seven years in Veterans Affairs Central Office.  
He has been the VA National Program Director for Diabetes and Endocrinology since 1991, and was also the National Director Medicine 2012-2017. He has been a leading advocate for advancing hypoglycemic safety as a public health problem;  implementing shared decision making for all Americans with diabetes, and measurement of overtreatment of all patients who are elderly or who have major comorbid illness. 
He is a staunch advocate for major reform of diabetes performance measures, patient safety,  and public health education related to diabetes.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Car Barn, Room 201
3520 Prospect St., N.W., Washington

Event Type

Community, Graduate Student


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Public


Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Master of Science in Health and the Public Interest Program






Dr. Len Pogach

Open to the public and the press?


Event Contact Name

Vi Nguyen

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