DIABETES

About Dr. Rosman

Dr. Rosman has lived most of his life in the New York City Area. Born into an extended family in Elizabeth, New Jersey he grew up in a busy and supportive world. When he was 10 years old his parents moved to Long Island where he later went to Oceanside high school. College was completed at Hofstra University with a BS in Chemistry with honors and his first publication.

Dr. Rosman won a New York State Regents Scholarship for Osteopathic Medicine which supported his medical school education at the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated in the top 1/3 of his class in 1969 and secured an internship at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, one of the flagship hospitals of the Osteopathic profession at that time. Dr. Rosman wanted to return to New York and moved to Albany, New York where he completed a residency in internal medicine at the Albany Medical College (AMC) .This was followed by an NIH training Fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at AMC with Drs. A. David Goodman and Eugene Furth. Dr. Rosman began his clinical research experience with studies in hypertension as a senior resident in medicine and continued that work during this fellowship. Dr Rosman was also recruited to be part of the NIH funded 1st diabetes retinopathy study unit at the AMC during which he began his research in diabetes.

Dr. Rosman was also active in Albany’s local civic affairs. As a homeowner in the downtown Hudson Park neighborhood, he was elected as the founding President of the Historic Albany Foundation. He collaborated with community leaders and the Foundation executive director to secure a National Endowment for the Arts matching grant for documenting the Hudson Park Neighborhood. The match was successful and the Hudson Park Neighborhood is now on the National Trust for Historic Places.

Upon completing the clinical fellowship in Albany, Dr. Rosman moved to New York City where he completed an NIH research fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University Medical College, focusing on cellular biology of cell surface hormones such as insulin and growth hormone. This led to a faculty position at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center as Assistant Professor of Medicine and subsequently he became Associate Chief of the Endocrinology Section at the Brooklyn, New York Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Rosman collaborated with Dr. Eleanor Wallace in studies of pituitary-adrenal negative feedback control which led to a mentorship with chronobiologist Dr. Elliott Weitzman who had done work in that area a decade before. This mentorship led Dr. Rosman to do later work on the chronobiology of diabetes.

In 1985, Dr. Rosman was recruited to join the Department of Medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio as an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine where he gave the basic science and clinical undergraduate adrenal lectures for over 25 consecutive years. During that time, he became Clinical Professor of Specialty Medicine in Endocrinology at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, while lecturing in endocrine disorders for medical students and house staff over a statewide educational microwave communication system. Dr. Rosman became involved in civic affairs in Ohio with the development of KIDPRO, a not-for profit organization, funded by a local foundation, for mentoring school aged children with Diabetes in Trumbull County, Ohio. This required collaboration with local school boards, school nurses, parents and organizing training mentors 1st, and mentoring the children when mentors were able to be matched appropriately. He also served on the Ohio State Department of Health, CDC funded, Ohio State Diabetes Task Force for over 10 years, becoming head of the Medical Advisory Group for this agency. As President of the Ohio chapter of the American Diabetes Association he gave talks for people with diabetes throughout Ohio and collaborated with Ohio University to publish a video about diabetes self-care for people working in factories and heavy industry around the state. As President of the Ohio Chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Dr. Rosman with the collaboration of the chapter’s Board of Directors began the development of the Ohio River Chapter of that organization which now includes 6 contiguous states.

During most of this time Dr. Rosman was the only board certified endocrinologist in 4 Northeastern Ohio Counties which contained over 400,000 people. He developed a community based endocrinology medical practice with over 3000 active patients in Warren, Ohio, and the surrounding area.

Dr. Rosman's diabetes commitment continued with work on paper diaries and continuous glucose monitoring. This led to collaboration with the biomedical engineering group at the University of Toledo with whom he developed a neural network based computer program to predict sugar trends in people with diabetes. The original version was revised and subsequently applied in people in critical care units. It is currently in use at the Ohio State University Hospitals’ Intensive care units.

This computer program was not suitable for outpatient use. Consequently Dr. Rosman used the learnings from the computer program to create paper diaries that showed similar predictive capability of glucose excursions. It was applied in over 4000 patients over a 7 year period. This experience was presented during international webcams where people with diabetes throughout the English speaking word responded enthusiastically to the self- care management approach and the iterative design of implementing the diabetes toolkit that is part of the foundation for this approach. While this is not a scientific forum, it provided foundational insight into gaps encountered worldwide by people with diabetes. This work was done in collaboration with David Edelman, entrepreneur, developer, internet journalist and CEO of Diabetes Daily and founder of its award winning diabetes webpage www.diabetesdaily.com. This work has led to a book THRIVING WITH DIABETES, co-authored by Dr. Rosman and David Edelman, to be published during spring of 2015 by Fair Winds Press, written for people with diabetes and for the physicians and nurses who provide their medical care, guidance and support.

Dr. Rosman closed his Ohio practice in late 2011 and moved back to New York in early 2012 to fill a position with Eli Lilly and Company as a Senior Medical Advisor. He left Lilly in 2013 for personal and family reasons and has returned to clinical diabetology in this medical practice.