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REFAAT HEGAZI, MD, PhD, MPH

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- Adult Malnutrition, Diet and Disease, Protein Trends, Diabetes - Dr. Refaat Hegazi is the head of Global Medical Affairs for Nutrition at Abbott. As a physician scientist, Dr. Hegazi oversees a team of nutrition experts and medical directors that advance education, clinical research, science and product development of nutrition products. He is passionate about leading his team to uncover the role of nutrition in health and disease. He has interest in studying the correlation between nutrition and immune and glycemic responses to develop therapies to manage chronic and acute diseases. Dr. Hegazi joined Abbott in 2009 and helped develop a global diabetes nutrition care model that encompassed transcultural differences in diets and lifestyle. Also an expert in malnutrition, he has contributed to advances in the treatment of malnutrition through healthcare coalitions and educational programs. 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 and Master of Business Administration from the Franklin University. He completed his Post-Doctoral fellowship in Gastrointestinal Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Hegazi is certified by the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialist and has authored 50 peer reviewed articles and five book chapters. 

BETH REVERRI, PhD, RD

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- Infant Nutrition, Toddler Nutrition, Human Milk Oligosaccharides, Novel Ingredients  - Beth Reverri is a Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Scientist, and Mother of two young children, one of whom is medically complex. At Abbott Nutrition, she primarily works on innovation for Similac with human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) internationally and regionally in Latin America. She especially enjoys conducting research, medical writing, and developing messaging on novel ingredients in infant formula and toddler drinks. Since joining Abbott in 2017, Beth has published two articles, written two monographs, developed two modules, and given two scientific presentations.She has 10 peer-reviewed publications – most recently a review article on the research on HMOs in infants – and has presented seven posters at nutrition conferences. She has also served on leadership teams of professional associations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Nutrition. Beth earned a BS in Dietetics and a combined MS and dietetic internship in Clinical Nutrition at Boston University and received a PhD in Nutritional Biology with a minor in Endocrinology at the University of California, Davis. Before Abbott, Beth was a Clinical Dietitian at her dietetic internship site and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and held postdoctoral positions conducting research in cardiovascular nutrition at Tufts University and The Ohio State University.

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