Refaat Hegazi MD PhD MPH


- 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.