Athena Philis-Tsimikas is Corporate Vice President of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute at Scripps Health in San Diego, California, USA, and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. She leads the Scripps Diabetes Care Line, which creates programmes and delivers diabetes services across five Scripps hospitals, 25 outpatient facilities, and the community. Dr Philis-Tsimikas has devoted more than 20 years’ research and clinical efforts to improving diabetes assessment, education, and management.
Among other accomplishments, she developed and implemented the innovative Project Dulce programme, a collaboration between Scripps Health and San Diego area community clinics that emphasizes coordinated care management and relies on peer educators to deliver diabetes self-management education. She has also served as the Principal Investigator of numerous clinical trials.