Speakers’ full biography

Alice Cheng, MD, FRCPC

Credit Valley Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Dr. Cheng is a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

She completed medical school, internal medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of Toronto and has completed the Master Teacher Program offered through the Department of Medicine. She has served on the Expert Committee for the 2003 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines, the Steering and Expert Committees for the 2008 revision and served as Chair of the 2013 Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines.

She is currently the Chair of the Professional Section of Diabetes Canada and an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. She is Past-Chair of the Guidelines Committee for the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the national Charles H. Best Award and the Gerald S. Wong Service Award from Diabetes Canada in recognition of her contributions.

Daniel DeSalvo, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Strategic Collaboration, Texas Children’s Diabetes & Endocrine Care Center
Type 1 Diabetes Clinic Lead, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital

Daniel DeSalvo, MD (or Dr. Dan as his patients call him) is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.  As a sophomore at Baylor University, his life changed forever when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which ultimately directed his career path. After graduating from Texas A&M College of Medicine, he completed Pediatric Residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine where he was appointed Chief Resident, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Stanford University. Now, as a pediatric endocrinologist his greatest passion is helping others live well with diabetes, and he considers it a remarkable privilege to walk with patients and families on their diabetes journey.

Jeremy Gilbert, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Endocrinology and Metabolism, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

Dr. Jeremy Gilbert completed his medical degree, internal medicine training and endocrinology residency at the University of Toronto. He was a clinical associate at the University Health Network for 18 months before becoming an active staff member of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He attends on the clinical teaching unit for internal medicine 3 months per year. He also attends on the endocrinology consulting service and has a growing outpatient practice. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

Jeremy is on the executive committee of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Department of Medicine Practice Plan and Medical-Dental-Midwifery Staff Association. He is the faculty advisor for the residents’ council for the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is an executive member of The Banting and Best Diabetes Care and Education Committee and Toronto Diabetes Association. He has just been appointed the new endocrinology lead for the Toronto Central Regional Coordination Centre as part of the Ontario Diabetes Strategy.

Jeremy shows great enthusiasm for teaching. His area of academic interest is undergraduate and postgraduate education in general internal medicine and endocrinology and metabolism. He is the education site director for endocrinology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. Jeremy is on the residency training committee for the department of medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and is on the postgraduate endocrinology education committee at the University of Toronto. He has completed the Master Teacher program at the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of the 2010 Young Teacher Award through the department of medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and the 2011 George Frum Award for postgraduate endocrinology teaching at the University of Toronto.

He has a special clinical interest in patients with diabetes and its complications as well as diabetes in pregnancy. His passion for teaching is making Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre a popular place for endocrinology training. His collaboration with other medicine services, such as cardiology, nephrology and cardiovascular surgery is making a positive impact on diabetes care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.


Endocrinologist, Fraser River Endocrinology, Surrey, BC

Dr. Akshay Jain is the first Canadian physician to be triple board-certified by the American Boards in Endocrinology, Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

He trained in Internal Medicine at Rochester, New York, where he became the only 4-time winner of the prestigious Rochester Academy of Medicine Award. He completed his Fellowship in Endocrinology at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles, California. He holds the distinction of being the youngest physician to sit on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

He is currently the President of the Canadian Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He is also a columnist for Medscape.

He is also the first North American physician to win the prestigious Etzwiler Diabetes Scholarship at the International Diabetes Center and Mayo Clinic in MN, USA.

After a 2 year sabbatical in India to study the management of endocrine disorders and diabetes in the S. Asian population, he has recently moved to Surrey BC.

He is fluent in 6 languages including English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Marwari and Urdu.