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About Nadia

84721Nadia Al-Samarrie, Founder-Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Pharmacist magazine, has selflessly dedicated her career to educating and informing both healthcare professionals and patients  for over 25 years. As one of the country’s most passionate diabetes advocates, Nadia has worked tirelessly to try and ensure that diabetes health care professionals and patients receive the support and education they need to properly manage diabetes.

She was not only born into a family with diabetes, but also married into one. She was propelled at a young age into “caretaker mode,” and with her knowledge of the scarcity of resources, support, and understanding for people with diabetes, co-founded Diabetes Interview–now Diabetes Health magazine.

Her passion for working in the diabetes community stemmed from her personal experience and loss. Her mother, brother and two grandmothers all passed away from diabetes complications. She has used her experience as a caretaker to forge a career in helping others.

Nadia’s first-hand experience regarding the scarcity of support, resources, and understanding for people living with diabetes is what propelled her into the diabetes industry.

In 1990, Nadia and her former business partner began their career advocating for people with diabetes by opening a medical business in San Francisco called Sugar Happy Diabetes Supplies. Six months later, they began Diabetes on the Dial. A radio show, sponsored by LifeScan, a Johnson and Johnson company.

Diabetes on the Dial featured interviews from world-class experts in the field of diabetes. Nadia received considerable attention from the diabetes community for her educational contributions. She worked to bridge the educational gap by putting diabetes specialists in touch with patients that were in need of a second opinion. As the demand for broadcast transcripts grew, a monthly publication called Diabetes Interview emerged to serve as a resource for people living with diabetes.

Now known as Diabetes Health, the publication reaches diabetes patients across the country by providing practical and educational health information. Nadia put all of her resources toward the development of the publication. Over 16 million copies have been produced and personally funded by Nadia and delivered at no cost to healthcare professionals, who use her publication as an educational resource. Diabetes Health magazine can also be found in clinics, hospitals and Health Mart pharmacies.

 

Diabetes Health Has Received Several Impressive Nominations:

~ Nominated for Leadership Distinction Award by Western Publishers Association 2015

~ Nominated for a “Lifetime Achievement “Award by Wego.com in 2014

~ A nomination for “Best in Trade” for Diabetes Health Pharmacist digital magazine by the Western Publishers Association in 2013 2015

~ Nominated for Best Video Channel/Trade & Consumer by Western Publishers Association  2015

~ Diabetes Health nominated for “Best in Health” by the Western Publishers Association 2003, 2013 and 2015

 

Innovative Use of Technology

Nadia’s innovative use of technology; first in her industry to produce and deliver, digital magazines, online videos, apps for the iPhone, iPad, Amazon, and Google platforms, e-comics, and crossword puzzles, gives her an unrivaled reputation as an innovator and trend setter. She is known for being ahead of the curve in education delivery and scalability. She is one of the most well-respected, passionate advocates in the diabetes industry.

The Diabetes Health website launched in 2006, Diabetes Health TV followed by going live in 2007. Diabetes Health Pharmacist launches March 5th 2016.

Nadia  has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and other major cable networks. Her publications, medical supply business and website have been sited, recognized and published in Herb Caen, WSJ, Ann Landers, Lee Iacocca, Entrepreneur magazine, Houston News, Phili.com, Brand Week, Drug Topics and many other media outlets.

Her dedication to improving the lives of people who are living with diabetes has made her one of the best resources for patients, healthcare providers, and pharmacies across the country.

The diabetes community, national media outlets, and healthcare professionals have praised her contributions for improving the health of her readers by using her personal experience in writing articles on a variety of topics.

Mission Statement

Diabetes Health Pharmacist is the essential resource for pharmacist who care for patients with diabetes.

Every digital magazine includes cutting-edge editorial coverage of new products, research reports, treatment options, podcast and videos.

Our Staff

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief: Nadia Al-Samarrie

Content Editor: Diabetes Health Staff

Art Director: Susan Pinkerton

Web Management: Spencer King

Circulation: Miranda King

Business Development and Advertising: Adrian Al-Samarrie

Press: Miranda King

Accounting: “Matt” Mathewson

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Advisory Board

Endocrinology Advisers

Richard K. Bernstein, MD, FACE, FACN, CWS, FACCWS
Diabetes Center
Mamaroneck, NY

Nancy Bohannon, MD, FACP, FACE
Monteagle Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Daniel Einhorn, MD, FACE
Medical Director
Scripps/Whittier Diabetes Institute
La Jolla, CA

Allen B. King, MD, FACE, CDE
Medical Director
Diabetes Care Center
Salinas, California

Lois Jovanovic, MD
Director and Chief Scientific Officer
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
Santa Barbara, California

Peter Lodewick, MD
Medical Director
Diabetes Care Center
Birmingham, AL

Alan Marcus, MD
Endocrinology
Laguna Hills, CA

Robert J. Tanenberg, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology
Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Nurse Education Adviser

Jane Jeffrie Seley, GNP, MPH, MSN, CDE
Diabetes Nurse Practitioner
New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, NY

Nephrology Adviser

Robert C. Stanton, MD
Chief of Nephrology, Joslin Diabetes Center
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Neuropathy Adviser

Aaron Vinik, MD, PhD
Director
Diabetes Research Institute
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA

Diabetes Education Adviser

Gary Arsham, MD, PhD
California Pacific Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

Public Health Education Adviser

Frederick S. Mayer, RPh, MPH.
President, PPSI/PCDE
San Rafael, CA

Pump Therapy Adviser

Bruce W. Bode, MD
Atlanta Diabetes Association
Atlanta, GA

Psychosocial Adviser

William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of California
San Diego, CA

Foot Care Adviser

Neil M. Scheffler, DPM, FACFAS
Baltimore Podiatry Group
Baltimore, MD

Pharmacy Advisers

R. Keith Campbell, RPh, CDE
Professor, Pharmacy Dept.
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

John R. White, Jr., PA, Pharm.D
Professor, Dept. of Pharmacotherapy
College of Pharmacy
Washington State University Spokane
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Exercise Advisers

Kris Berg, EdD
Professor, Physical Ed. Dept.
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE

Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD
Professor of Exercise Science
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

Pediatric Educator Advisers

Jean Betschart Roemer, MSN, RN, CPNP, CDE
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Denise Richards, MSN, FNP, CDE
Mass. General Hospital for Children Pediatric Endocrinology
Boston, MA

Nutrition Advisor

Silke Ullmann, MPH, RD, RYT
Registered Dietitian
San Francisco, CA