Jordan Pinsker, MD

Jordan E Pinsker, MD, Lieutenant Colonel, Army

Name: Jordan E Pinsker, MD, Lieutenant Colonel, Army

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Division Surgeon / Senior Research Physician
Faculty Rank: 
Associate Professor
Location: 40th ID, CANG / Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Research Interests:
Artificial Pancreas

Office Phone: 
(805) 682-7640 x257


Undergraduate and Medical School 7-Year BS/MD Program:
- Union College, Schenectady, NY, 1994 – 1998
- Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 1997 – 2001
Internship: Pediatrics, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, 2001 – 2002
Residency: Pediatrics, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, 2002 – 2004
Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, National Capital Consortium, Washington, DC, 2004 – 2007


As Division Surgeon, 40th ID CANG, I oversee the health and welfare of 10,500 soldiers, as well as supervise and train Army medical students, nurses, residents, and physicians.

As the Senior Research Physician, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, I am the Clinical Trials Director of Artificial Pancreas Studies at our center in Santa Barbara, CA. These include NIH, JDRF and industry funded trials, including collaborative studies with numerous partner sites around the world. Our research trials focus on automated exercise detection in people with diabetes, improving the quality of continuous glucose monitoring devices, testing of algorithms used in the Artificial Pancreas, automated clinical decision support, and using all of these technologies to advance the state of closed-loop insulin delivery. I provide clinical input into the design and implementation of Artificial Pancreas devices to improve efficacy and safety, and run all trials related to such devices at our center.

As I am board certified in Clinical Informatics, Pediatric Endocrinology and General Pediatrics, I aim to use my skills in technology and medicine to promote cross-disciplinary scientific advancement in developing advanced technological care for persons with diabetes.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • Ongoing Research Support:
  • JDRF #2-SRA-2017-503-M-B. 08/01/2017 - 07/31/2019. Harnessing Non-Glucose Feedback Signals for Automatic Glucose Control in Type 1 Diabetes: Confronting Exercise-Safety and Stress-Aware Control. Role: Co-PI
  • NIH DP3 #DK112176. 09/30/2016 - 08/31/2019. 24/7 closed-loop in older subjects with type 1 diabetes. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NIH UC4 #DK108483. 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2019. Clinical Acceptance of the Artificial Pancreas: The International Diabetes Closed Loop Trial. Role: Co-Investigator
  • JDRF #1-SRA-2016-147-M-R. 11/01/2013 - 10/31/2017. Fault Detection and Risk Mitigation System for the Artificial Pancreas. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Recent Industry Protocols/Additional Positions:
  • 2017: Tandem PLGS Pivotal Trial: A randomized clinical trial to assess the efficacy of predictive low glucose suspend versus sensor-augmented pump therapy in the management of type 1 diabetes. Role: Site PI
  • 2016: A Prospective Early Feasibility Study to Assess the Performance of the Insulet Artificial Pancreas System Using the OmniPod Insulin Management System. Role: Site PI
  • 2016: Bigfoot Biomedical Clinical Research Center Trial. Role: Site PI
  • 2012 - 2015: PREP Self-Assessment Editorial Board. American Academy of Pediatrics.


  • 1. Howsmon DP, Baysal N, Buckingham BA, Forlenza GP, Ly TT, Maahs DM, Marcal T, Towers L, Mauritzen E, Deshpande S, Huyett LM, Pinsker JE, Gondhalekar R, Doyle III FJ, Dassau E, Hahn J, Bequette BW. Real-time Detection of Infusion Site Failures in a Closed-Loop Artificial Pancreas. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2018; PMID: 29390915
  • 2. Ozaslan B, Patek SD, Grabman JH, Shepard JA, Dassau E, Breton MD, Kudva YC, Brown SA, Basu A, Pinsker JE, Doyle III FJ, Gonder-Frederick L. Body Mass Index Effect on Differing Responses to Psychological Stress in Blood Glucose Dynamics in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2018; PMID: 29415563
  • 3. Dassau E, Pinsker JE, Kudva YC, Brown SA, Gondhalekar R,Dalla Man C,Patek S, Schiavon M, Dadlani V, Dasanayake I, Church M,Carter RE,Bevier WC, Huyett LM, Hughes J, Anderson S, Lv D, Schertz E, Emory E, McCrady-Spitzer SK, Jean T, Bradley PK, Hinshaw L, Laguna Sanz AJ, Basu A, Kovatchev B, Cobelli C, Doyle III FJ. 12-Week 24/7 Ambulatory Artificial Pancreas with Weekly Adaptation of Insulin Delivery Settings: Effect on Hemoglobin A1c and Hypoglycemia. Diabetes Care. 2017;40(12): 1719-1726. PMID: 29030383
  • 4. Zavitsanou S, Lee JB, Pinsker JE, Church M, Doyle III FJ, Dassau E. A Personalized Week-to-Week Updating Algorithm to Improve Continuous Glucose Monitoring Performance. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2017; 11(6):1070-1079. PMID: 29032732
  • 5. Pinsker JE, Ching MSL, Chiles DP, Lustik M, Mahnke CB, Rooks VJ. Automated Bone Age Analysis with Lossy Image Files. Mil Med. 2017; 182(9):e1769-e1772. PMID: 28885935
  • 6. Forlenza GP, Deshpande S, Ly TT, Howsmon DP, Cameron F, Baysal N, Mauritzen E, Marcal T, Schulhof-Towers L, Bequette BW, Huyett LM, Pinsker JE, Gondhalekar R, Doyle III FJ, Maahs D, Buckingham BA, Dassau E. Application of Zone-Model Predictive Control Artificial Pancreas during Extended Use of Infusion Set and Sensor: A Randomized Crossover-Controlled Home-Use Trial. Diabetes Care; 2017; 40(8):1096-1102. PMID: 28584075 PMCID: PMC5521973
  • 7. Huyett LM, Ly TT, Forlenza GP, Reuschel-DiVirgilio S, Messer LH, Wadwa RP, Gondhalekar R, Doyle III FJ, Pinsker JE, Maahs DM, Buckingham BA, Dassau E. Outpatient Closed-Loop Control with Unannounced Moderate Exercise in Adolescents using Zone Model Predictive Control. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2017; 19(6): 331-339. PMID: 28459617 PMCID: PMC5510043
  • 8. Pinsker JE, Dassau E. Predictive Low-Glucose Suspend to Prevent Hypoglycemia. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2017; 19(5):271-276. PMID: 28426238
  • 9. Kovatchev B, Cheng P, Anderson SM, Pinsker JE, Boscari F, Buckingham BA, Doyle III FJ, Hood KK, Brown SA, Breton MD, Chernavvsky D, Bevier WC, Bradley PK, Bruttomesso D, Del Favero S, Calore R, Cobelli C, Avogaro A, Ly TT, Shanmugham S, Dassau E, Kollman C, Lum JW, Beck RW; for the Control to Range Study Group. Feasibility of Long-Term Closed-Loop Control (CLC): A Multi-Center 6-Month Trial of 24/7 CLC. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2017; 19(1):18-24. PMID: 27982707
  • 10. Pinsker JE, Lee JB, Dassau E, Seborg DE, Bradley PK, Gondhalekar R, Bevier WC, Huyett L, Zisser HC, Doyle III FJ. Randomized Crossover Comparison of Personalized MPC and PID Control Algorithms for the Artificial Pancreas. Diabetes Care. 2016; 39(7):1135-1142. PMID: 27289127 PMCID: PMC4915560