ACE Master of the American College of Endocrinology

2020 Winners

Jeffrey R. Garber, MD, FACP, FACE and George Grunberger, MD, FACP, FACE

headshots of Dr. Garber and Dr. Grunberger

This year, the ACE Master of the American College of Endocrinology was awarded to both Dr. Garber (pictured left) and Dr. Grunberger (pictured right). This distinction is presented to an AACE member who has received FACE distinction and is recognized as a distinguished endocrinologist, role model for developing endocrinologists, and contributor to AACE and to the art and science of endocrinology. Read their bios here.

Jeffrey R. Garber, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Jeffrey R. Garber’s career has focused on practice innovation, patient education, and clinical endocrinology fellowship training. 

Dr. Garber studied mathematics at Cornell University before becoming a member of the first medical school class of the State University of New York’s Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook. He was an intern, resident and resident supervisor at LA County USC Medical Center. He returned east to be an endocrine fellow working under Sidney Ingbar in the Harvard Thorndike Laboratory at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital (BIH). After six years at BIH, he entered private practice while simultaneously establishing the Endocrine Division at Harvard Community Health Plan, later known as Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and now part of Atrius Health.  Dr. Garber is Chief of the Endocrinology Division at Atrius Health, and a member of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals endocrine divisions. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he has trained more than forty endocrine fellows

Dr. Garber is a past President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE).

His awards include the Robert H. Ebert Teacher of the Year named for the longtime dean of the Harvard Medical School and founder of the nation's first academic health maintenance organization, Stony Brook University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, American College of Endocrinology Foundation John A. Seibel award, inaugural Johanna Pallotta Clinical Teaching Award for teaching endocrine fellows, and the Atrius Trustees’ Award of Distinction  for inspiring “ changes that have benefitted patients, peers and colleagues, and the organization”.    

Dr. Garber helped develop guidelines governing AACE’s relationships with other professional organizations and has taken an active role in authoring, promoting and reviewing AACE’s publications and positions in a number of clinical areas, most notably those pertaining to thyroid disease. He is presently engaged in developing electronic interactive algorithms that are based on narrative AACE guidelines.  He is co-editor of the Handbook of Inpatient Endocrinology. Dr. Garber has written and edited materials for patients and the lay public, participated in public awareness campaigns and FDA hearings, and given many interviews in print, television and radio.  He is the medical editor of the monograph, now in its 6th edition, A Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School-- Thyroid Disease: Understanding hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, and the author, The Harvard Medical School Guide to Overcoming Thyroid Problems, which has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, and Korean.

George Grunberger, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Grunberger is the chairman of Grunberger Diabetes Institute (GDI) in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and of Molecular Medicine & Genetics at Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI), Professor of Internal Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (Rochester, MI) and Visiting Professor at First Faculty of Medicine at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). 

Dr. Grunberger established and directed the Diabetes Program at the Detroit Medical Center (1986-2002) and was the Medical Director of Wayne State University’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center. He was tenured Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Medicine and Genetics while in full time academia at Wayne State University. Between 1997 and 2001 he directed the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. He served as interim Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the Detroit Medical Center (1995-1996). Dr. Grunberger did his fellowship and then basic and clinical research work at the Diabetes Branch of NIDDK/NIH (Bethesda, MD), internal medicine training at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), M.D. training at the New York University School of Medicine and received bachelor’s degree at Columbia College of Columbia University (both in New York, NY).

Dr. Grunberger has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, in addition to review articles, abstracts and book chapters. His research interests cover the spectrum of subjects related to diabetes, its complications and therapy. Dr. Grunberger has been an active member of professional organizations. He is Past President of American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He is a co-editor of two international diabetes journals. Dr. Grunberger has served as an educator of medical students, residents, endocrinology fellows, master’s and Ph.D. candidates, and junior faculty over the past 35 years.