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.