Jake KushnerDr. Jake Kushner is Medical Director for McNair Interests in Houston, Texas. He is also
a McNair Scholar and an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. As Medical
Director of McNair Interests, Dr. Kushner’s primary focus is to leverage existing and
future McNair-related investments and resources to advance and accelerate medical
outcomes for people with chronic illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes. His overarching
career goal is to help people with Type 1 diabetes and other chronic illnesses to live
long, healthy lives.
A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Kushner earned his medical
doctorate from Albany Medical College followed by a pediatrics residency at Brown
University. He then completed a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Boston Children’s
Hospital and a 5-year research fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center, both affiliated
with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kushner later spent 7 years as Associate Professor at
the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia. Before joining McNair Interests, he served as Chief of Pediatric Diabetes
and Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.
The overall goal of his basic science research program is to enable regeneration of the
insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells as novel therapies for diabetes patients. Dr.
Kushner’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and other sources. He currently serves as an
advisor to Sanofi and Lexicon and is the immediate past chair of DDK-B, the United
States National Institutes of Health study section that reviews training applications in
diabetes research. His primary clinical interests center around the care of adolescents
and young adults with Type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Kushner has received numerous national honors including a Basil O’Connor Starter
Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes, election into membership to The
American Society of Clinical Investigation, and service as president of the Society for