Director of Clinical and Medical Affairs, Medtronic Diabetes
Colonel (retired) Robert Vigersky, M.D. has an extensive career in diabetes care, research, and advocacy, publishing 146 papers and 118 abstracts in the fields of reproductive endocrinology and diabetes. As former President of the Endocrine Society and Director of the Diabetes Institute at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Dr. Vigersky has broad experience in the diabetes field, from heading clinical trials on technology and decision support, to serving on dozens of international committees and boards in the fields of diabetes and public health.
Dr. Vigersky is a leading researcher and sought-after speaker on the use of technology and decision-support systems to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. He is an active participant in many professional organizations including The Endocrine Society where he served as its President from 2009-2010. He is known as the “father” of The Endocrine Society’s Clinical Practice Guideline program which has published 26 evidence-based guidelines in endocrinology over the last 8 years.
After graduating as the Valedictorian of the pioneering 6-year program in Liberal Arts and Medicine of Boston University, Dr. Vigersky eventually joined Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he became Assistant Chief of Endocrinology until he left the military in 1984. After leaving the military, Dr. Vigersky entered the private practice of Endocrinology, where he became the President of the Endocrine and Diabetes Group of Washington, a large, single specialty practice with three offices in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. He was also the Medical Director of the Diabetes Treatment Center at Georgetown University Hospital and the Washington Hospital Center. In 2000, Dr. Vigersky re-entered the Army, establishing the Diabetes Institute of the Walter Reed Health Care System, where he was the Medical Director and where his research focused on the use of technology and decision-support systems to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. He joined Medtronic as Medical Director in March 2015.
Dr. Vigersky holds the “A” proficiency designation from the Department of the Army and received numerous military awards including the Legion of Merit in 2009. He was elected as a member of the Order of Medical Military Merit, and represented the Department of Defense on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease. He continues to be Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where he received the James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.
He has also been active in the Diabetes Technology Society who gave him its Leadership Award in 2011, and has chaired four Clinical Diabetes Technology meetings.
As a physician, Dr. Vigersky is committed to continuing to stay engaged in patient care and clinical practice by seeing patients as a Red Cross volunteer at Walter Reed. This ensures that he is truly hearing the voice of the customer. He also teaches Fellows and house staff and mentors colleagues about their research at Walter Reed.