Professor recognised as the world’s top expert for diabetic ketoacidosis

By Editor
8th December 2021
Latest news, Research

A consultant has been recognised as the world’s top expert for diabetic ketoacidosis.

Expertscape.com recognises Professor Ketan Dhatariya, who works in Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre, as the leading expert in his field based on a number of factors including number of articles published in recognised journals, as well as research and development.

Professor Dhatariya said: “This is wonderful. I am really honoured to be identified as world number one. It is a real feather in the cap of the department and the Trust as well.”

NNUH Medical Director Professor Erika Denton said: “Congratulations to Ketan for a well-deserved accolade. This is great credit for his dedication to improving services for our patients with diabetes and his continuous research. Ketan is a key player in our ambitions to be a centre of excellence in this area.”

Professor Dhatariya joined the Trust as a consultant in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine in 2004, and became an Honorary Professor of Medicine at the UEA (University of East Anglia) in 2019. He is a full time clinician with particular interest in inpatient diabetes – specifically regarding peri-operative diabetes care, the management of diabetes related emergencies, and the ‘diabetic foot’. He leads one of the largest foot clinics in the East of England.

He also holds a number of national roles: he is currently the Chair of the Joint British Diabetes Societies Inpatient Care Group where he has led or co-authored the national guidelines on the management of various aspects of inpatient diabetes care including the guideline on diabetic ketoacidosis. He is the Chair of the Examining Board for the UK Specialist Clinical Exam in Diabetes and Endocrinology; immediate past President of the Diabetes and Endocrine section of the Royal Society of Medicine, and an Associate Editor of Diabetic Medicine and BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.

Professor Dhatariya is also one of the authors of the national guidance around the treatment of children and young people with diabetes. He has ensured there is national consistency in the way children are treated when they are first admitted to hospital or first diagnosed with either type of diabetes.

As the co-author Prof Dhatariya has ensured there is consistency in treatment if not definition. “If a person with diabetes is admitted through paediatrics then they stay within that department for the length of that treatment, only moving to adult care in a planned way and when appropriate,” he said.

“I have made sure it is on the first page of the national guidance on paediatric care and point on page one in the national guidance on adult care. This has been the very best outcome we could have hoped for.”

Given his level of expertise, Professor Dhatariya wants to turn his attention to the whole hospital improvement programme as he believes he and his consultant colleagues in the Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre can review patients who are admitted to the hospital and who have diabetes as they may be better treated in the community or at home.

Read Professor Dhatariya’s profile here.

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