William Hsu, M.D.
Dr. Hsu's research interests include understanding the causes of diabetes among Asian Americans and developing novel medical technologies for the treatment of diabetes. Despite their leaner body habitus, Asian Americans have higher rates of diabetes than Caucasian Americans. As Co-Director of Joslin's Asian American Diabetes Initiative, Dr. Hsu works on key educational and outreach projects that address diabetes health disparities in Asian Americans.
As a clinical investigator curious about barriers to diabetes knowledge and care in immigrants, Dr. Hsu collaborates with regional community health centers to study the role of linguistic and cultural obstacles in diabetes care for Chinese immigrants. This research challenges the current belief that offering interpretive services or staffing bilingual healthcare providers alone is an effective strategy in addressing cultural differences. Dr. Hsu and colleagues found that healthcare institutions must use educational materials as an essential component of an overall approach to providing culturally oriented and linguistically appropriate diabetes care.
In other ongoing research, Dr. Hsu is exploring the potential differences in the pathophysiology of diabetes in Asians compared to Caucasians. By using the euglycemic insulin clamp technique, he is comparing the levels of insulin resistance and correlating them with other clinical parameters in Asians with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Another ongoing project focuses on how changes in diet might lead to the development of diabetes in Asian populations.
Clinically, Dr. Hsu's focuses on the development and application of innovative diabetes technologies in the treatment of diabetes. He conducts clinical trials, adapting these technologies and applying them in the care of Asian Americans with diabetes.
Dr. Hsu is the Director of the Asian Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center, an Assistant Investigator in the Section on Clinical Research at Joslin, Co-Director of Joslin's Asian American Diabetes Initiative, as well as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hsu graduated from Cornell University and received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine - Yale New Haven Hospital and completed his fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Joslin Diabetes Center. He has received teaching awards from Yale University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.