CMHC Faculty Members

Faculty of Tarsus Medical Group are leaders in healthcare

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James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD

Atlanta, Georgia

James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD



Dr. James R. Gavin III is a clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and clinical professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He currently serves as chief executive officer and chief medical officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. As a noted leader in the field of diabetes, Dr. Gavin has served as president of the American Diabetes Association and been the recipient of the Banting Medal for Distinguished Service. He is a widely respected academic and entrepreneur in the medical community who brings a deep knowledge of childhood obesity-related illnesses and the policy and environmental influences that contribute to childhood obesity.

Dr. Gavin played a critical role as medical expert in the 2009 case of Kapche v. Holder, which involved a challenge to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hiring policies for people with diabetes. Plaintiff Jeff Kapche was denied a job as an FBI Special Agent because he used injectable insulin rather than an insulin pump to manage his diabetes. Dr. Gavin’s testimony as a medical expert for the prosecution helped lawyers establish that Kapche’s diabetes was a disability under federal law, and the jury ruled in favor of Mr. Kapache.

Education and Training

  • Medical Degree, Duke University School of Medicine
  • PhD in Biochemistry, Emory University, 1970
  • Bachelor Degree, Livingstone College with a degree in chemistry, 1966

Professional Highlights

  • Board of Directors Chairperson Emeritus, Partnership for a Healthier America, 2010-2020
  • Public Policy Leadership Award, American Diabetes Association, 2010
  • Clinician of the Year Award, 1991
  • Past President and Chief Executive Officer, MicroIslet, Inc.
  • Past President, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Senior Scientific Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Director, National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program
  • William K. Warren Professor for Diabetes Studies, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Member: Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, American Diabetes Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and the American Association of Physicians


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