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Athena Philis-Tsimikas, MD is the Corporate Vice President of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute at Scripps Health and the Director of Community Engagement for the Clinical Translational Science Award, housed at Scripps Research Translational Institute in San Diego, California. With over 25 years of experience, she has served as a member of the Scripps Clinic Medical Group in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and leads the Diabetes Care Line for Scripps Health which creates programs, conducts research and delivers diabetes services across five Scripps hospitals, twenty five outpatient facilities and the community. She is board certified in the subspecialty of Diabetes and Endocrinology and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. She is a leader of the innovative Project Dulce and Dulce Digital program which cares for underserved populations with diabetes. Dr. Philis-Tsimikas and Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute are actively promoting participation of health centers in community-based clinical research with a focus on integrating digital technologies to improve diabetes care in the ambulatory and hospital setting. Dr. Philis-Tsimikas enjoys traveling, biking and harvesting olives to make extra virgin olive oil in Greece