Kwame Osei, MD, FACE, FACP, leads The Ohio State University Medical Center’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, as well as the Diabetes Research Center. The Division regularly appears on the U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list and is at the national forefront of personalized endocrine and metabolic care.
“I think the structure of the Division is very very narrow, programmatic and thematic – we are very subspecialized and focused. Our strength is that we have people who are dedicated in one area – if you are good at one thing and do well in one specialty, you are successful. From our point of view, that is key. We have people who are dedicated in thyroid, bone, lipids, pituitary, osteoporosis. When a patient comes to us and tells us they need endocrine treatment, my first question is always ‘what kind of endocrine treatment do you need?’ We have the capability to treat the most specialized problems,” shares Dr. Osei who is celebrating his 30th year atOhioState, and currently holds the Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Hormonology.
A graduate of the University of Ghana Medical School inAccra, he came to theUnited Statesin 1978 to do a residency in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology at theHahnemannMedicalCollegeand Hospital inPhiladelphia. Dr. Osei went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at Episcopal Hospital, an affiliate of Temple University School of Medicine, and a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism atOhioState.
A pioneer in this area of understanding racial and ethnic differences in glucose and substrate metabolism, Dr. Osei has been a member of several scientific committees at the NIH and serves on an advisory board for theU.S.government on diabetes initiatives. In 2005, he was named the National Medical Association Distinguished Internist of the Year.
Dr. Osei was instrumental in coordinating a very successful Global Diabetes Summit at Ohio State in 2007. The best scientists and clinicians in the world will attend and present the latest outcomes in diabetes research to formulate a interdisciplinary road map for prevention, management and cure of diabetes.
Dr. Osei attributes the Division’s – and his – success to the team around him. “We are blessed that we have wonderful faculty who are dedicated to doing good work. We have good teachers and good doctors. We always have had national and international visibility. We have wonderful researchers. All this allows us to maintain our respected reputation.”
Looking back on what he has accomplished so far, it comes into perspective for him. The importance is on the final product. “For me, at the end of the day, it is our ability to deliver great patient care. Research has to be translated into patient care. Research alone doesn’t do it. Patient care brings such fulfillment and satisfaction to the circle of research. It is something that makes me feel like I am making a difference in someone’s life,” he explains with a smile.