Primary Care, Diabetes and Chronic Care
Primary Care, Diabetes and Chronic Care
The Medical Advisory Board for Diabetes Assessment & Management (DiamC) is comprised of physicians from various medical specialties. The objective of the board is to provide a vision and guidance for our diabetes centers. The board reviews the health and wellness protocols we use with each patient and then provides advice and recommendations to help further our mission to improve the health outcomes of diabetes patients.
Dr. Michael Fleming has more than 29 years of medical practice experience, having founded a now-15 member group family medicine practice. He is past President of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians; and was founding President of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum. Dr. Fleming has served as Speaker of the Congress of Delegates of the AAFP and as Board Chair of the AAFP Board of Directors, and was founding Chair of FamMedPAC, the AAFP’s political action committee. From 2009 through April, 2015 he served as Chief Medical Officer for Amedisys, Inc., a national home health and hospice provider.
As an active member of the medical quality field, he serves on various boards and panels to the health information technology industry. Additionally, he participates in international activities promoting medical education and primary care worldwide. Dr. Fleming continues his role as founding director, Chairman and Chief Medical Officer for Antidote Education Company, producing continuing education for health care providers. He serves as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Science Center and in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Tulane University Medical School. Dr. Fleming was honored as Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year in 1996. The LSU Health Science Center presented him with the Family Medicine Award upon graduation in 1975; in 2003 the award was renamed, and is now called the Michael O. Fleming Award in Family Medicine.
Fred S. Willis is a 1964 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and practiced medicine from 1967 through 1998 in the town of Coushatta, Louisiana. He owned a hospital and was CEO of the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Coushatta, Louisiana. Dr. Willis served on the State Board of Rural Hospitals and Physicians from 1975 through 1985. Presently, he is a medical consultant with the HBPA and is semi-retired. He also serves on several other boards.
As a Clinical Instructor, Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician, and Masters Prepared Healthcare Administrator, Dr. “Spence” Willis serves as one of HES’ Physician Advisors and webinar educators. He has had an extensive career in emergency services as well as wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Willis earned his Medical Degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center – Shreveport, and completed Medical Residencies at Charity Hospital, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans. He later received his Masters of Health Administration from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Russell Van Norman is a graduate of Louisiana State University.He received his medical and ophthalmology training at LSU – Medical Center and continued his education by completing a two year fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the University of Texas Southwestern. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is currently licensed to practice medicine in the states of Louisiana and Texas.
Dr. Cyrus Khambatta received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012, and started Mangoman Nutrition and Fitness in 2013 to teach people with diabetes the fundamentals of lifestyle management through informed nutrition and exercise. By providing nutrition and exercise coaching, he aspires to positively influence the lives of people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Khambatta teaches individuals how to identify poor lifestyle habits that can reduce energy levels, create insulin resistance and worsen blood glucose control. His clients follow a 6-month small-group community based curriculum that focuses on plant-based whole foods nutrition and strategic fitness training. The program is modeled after a highly effective evidence-based approach from human clinical trials that focuses on small-group interaction to provide the two factors that promote successful lifestyle change: accountability and community.
Dr. Khambatta’s goals as a coach, educator and scientist are simple: to inspire people with diabetes to live in the driver’s seat by adopting lifestyle habits that reverse the effects of insulin resistance. The epidemic of diabetes is a very preventable phenomenon, and it is therefore vital for people with diabetes to understand that focus, determination and impeccable habits can lead to a disease-free future.
William Gibson, MD is a diabetologist and the program director for DiamC, the only dual-accredited diabetes center in Louisiana. He has extensive clinical experience in managing patients with insulin resistance, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis, and brings an extensive understanding of lifestyle modifications that can make significant positive impacts on diabetes management and reversal.