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Refaat Hegazi, physician and nutrition scientist, Abbott

Areas of Expertise:  adult malnutrition, food as medicine, diet and disease, protein trends, inflammation, and diabetes nutrition.


As a physician scientist, Dr. Refaat Hegazi works with healthcare professionals, and nutrition experts to conduct clinical research on diet and disease. He is passionate about uncovering the correlation between nutrition and immune responses to develop therapies to manage diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and disease-associated malnutrition.

Dr. Hegazi joined Abbott in 2009 and helped develop a global diabetes nutrition care model that encompassed transcultural differences in diets and lifestyle. This care model enables physicians around the world to better recommend treatments for people with diabetes. An expert in adult malnutrition, Dr. Hegazi has contributed to advances in the treatment of malnutrition through healthcare coalitions including the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition and feedM.E.

Dr. Hegazi is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura, Egypt. He earned a Master of Occupational Health and Industrial Medicine from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine in Mansoura, Egypt. He also has a Master of Public Health from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, he has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. He completed his Post-Doctoral fellowship in Gastrointestinal Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialist.

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