Stephen Lawrence Atkin   Professor of Medicine

Dr. Stephen L. Atkin joined Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) in January 2014 as Professor of Medicine. He has an established international reputation in diabetes and obesity research, encompassing both polycystic ovary syndrome and the metabolic syndrome, has led pharmaceutical and nutritional clinical trials teams for these studies in the U.K, and is regularly invited to speak at international forums and to participate in research panels for these conditions.

Prior to coming to WCM-Q, Dr. Atkin was Professor of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism and Head of Academic Diabetes and Endocrinology at Hull York Medical School, University of Hull and Honorary Consultant in the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals. He has extensive experience teaching medical and graduate students and was the regional coordinator for the diabetes and endocrinology graduate training program for the Royal College of Physicians/Diabetes U.K. Endocrine Society covering a large part of central England. Under his leadership, the department became an internationally respected center for diabetes, endocrinology, obesity, and nutritional research.

During his career, Dr. Atkin has received a number of important research awards, including recent funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Food Standards Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council that amount to over nine million US Dollars. Additionally, he has led the Humber Obesity, Nutrition, Education, and Innovation (HONEI) project ( that focuses on clinical and translational research on functional food in health and disease. He has published over two hundred and forty articles in peer-reviewed journals, including work in Diabetes Care, PLOS ONE, and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and several book chapters and reviews. He is a grant referee for several major funding bodies, such as the Wellcome Foundation and the British Heart Foundation; a journal reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Diabetes Care, and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; he is the series advisor on “rational testing” for the British Medical Journal and an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE and the International Journal of Endocrinology.


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  • Lead for the Health Illness and Disease module in Endocrinology and Diabetes.



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