K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA

Ruth and O.C. Hubert Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology | Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Professor of Medicine | Emory University School of Medicine


A product of three continents, he is currently Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair of Global Health, Director, Emory Global Diabetes Research Center and Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and formerly, chief of the diabetes science branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to this, he was an intramural scholar at the National Institutes of Health (US) and in the faculty at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Dr. Narayan is noted for substantial, multidisciplinary work in diabetes and noncommunicable diseases (NCD) public health. He has been involved in several major national and international multi-center epidemiological studies, public health surveillance, translation research, and intervention studies. He is currently also exploring intriguing differences in the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes in South Asian and other developing countries’ populations globally. With more than 400 publications (Relative Citation Ratio in top 1% on NIH Icite; H-index >60 on Thompson; >110 on google. Scholar), including several high-impact studies, his work exemplifies his leadership in diabetes and NCD public health.

Narayan is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine, and is Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, UK, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Fellow of the American Heart Association. He won the American Diabetes Associations’ Kelly West award for outstanding achievement in epidemiology in 2015, Danish Diabetes Academy Visiting Professor award 2015-17, Government of India, Jawaharlal Nehru Chair 2016, and Emory University’s Mentor of the Year award in 2011. Aside his professional accomplishment, Narayan was also an invited civilian attendee at the National Security Forum by the Secretary of Air Force, was Duke of Edinburgh Common Wealth Fellow, and CDC Leadership Management Institute Fellow.