Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, is Dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine, executive vice president for Medical Affairs, and the Richard T. Crane Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine. However, long before Dr. Polonsky became dean, he was one of our nation’s foremost research scientists in diabetes—research which continues to this day. Dr. Polonsky studies factors that influence the health and function of pancreatic beta cells, which produce and secrete insulin. He is currently studying genes that increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and is evaluating drugs that stimulate insulin secretion.
The “Big Ideas in Medicine” series is part of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine admitted student weekend. The panel of speakers features five leading physicians and scientists whose work has had a transformative impact in their respective fields. What will not be obvious from their talks is that students at Pritzker interact with these faculty members on a daily basis. They are our students’ teachers, mentors, and advisors, along with being our institution’s leaders. It is these daily interactions of students and faculty that provide Pritzker's enriching intellectual environment and unparalleled opportunities for our students to learn from some of the most important physicians and scientists in the country.