Vigersky Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award
Zilbermint is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the chief and director of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.
He is an outstanding clinician, well recognized for his excellent clinical care and strong program-building skills, and who is passionate about quality inpatient diabetes care and research. He established the Endocrine Hospitalist and Inpatient Diabetes Management Service at Suburban Hospital, a specialized clinical consultation program designed to promote better glycemic control in hospitalized patients. This initiative has saved his hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars by reducing the length of stay of patients with diabetes.
Zilbermint was also one of the first to deploy inpatient diabetes telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has held many service positions at the Endocrine Society, including being a member of the Quality Improvement Subcommittee, the EndoCares® 2021 District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia Steering Team, and the Endocrine News editorial advisory board.
How has the Endocrine Society supported your professional development/career journey?
The Endocrine Society enabled me to share my expertise in establishing Endocrine Hospitalist programs with other colleagues around the world. I was also invited to join the Quality Improvement Subcommittee where I was able to invest in the creation of Quality Improvement learning modules. Finally, the Endocrine Society facilitated the Diabetes Hill Day where I was able to meet with the representatives of the U.S. Congress and advocate to reduce the cost of insulin.
As a Laureate Award recipient, do you have any advice for those just beginning their careers?
When you walk into the hospital room to meet a patient, please sit down and listen.