Jordan Pinsker, MD (Ret)

Jordan E Pinsker, MD (Ret), Lieutenant Colonel, Army

Name: Jordan E Pinsker, MD (Ret), Lieutenant Colonel, Army

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Senior Research Physician
Faculty Rank: 
Associate Professor
Location: Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Research Interests:
Artificial Pancreas
Clinical Decision Support Systems for Diabetes

Office Phone: 
(805) 682-7640


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 the Senior Research Physician, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, I am the Clinical Trials Director of Artificial Pancreas Studies at our center in Santa Barbara, California. 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 and treatment in people with diabetes, improving the quality of continuous glucose monitoring devices, testing of algorithms used in the Artificial Pancreas, automated clinical decision support for diabetes, 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:
  • NIH R01 #DK120358. 09/30/2018 – 07/31/2021. Automated Glucose Regulation to improve Diabetes Control and Outcomes for Pregnant Women with Type 1 Diabetes and Fetus. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Helmsley Charitable Trust #2018PG-TID061. 04/01/2018 - 03/31/2021. Development of Microneedle-based Sensor to Enhance Automated Insulin Delivery. Role: Co-Investigator
  • 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
  • Recent Awards:
  • 2018: Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3)
  • 2018: Medical Corps Chief's Coin and 2-Star Note
  • 2017: The Surgeon General's Physician Recognition Award for Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel


  • 1. Dadlani V, Pinsker JE, Dassau E, Kudva YC. Advances in Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery Systems in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes. Curr Diab Rep. 2018; 18(10):88. PMID: 30159816
  • 2. Forlenza GP, Li Z, Buckingham BA, Pinsker JE, Cengiz E, Wadwa RP, Ekhlaspour L, Church M, Weinzimer SA, Jost E, Marcal T, Andre C, Carria L, Swanson V, Lum JW, Kollman C, Woodall W, Beck RW. Predictive Low Glucose Suspend Reduces Hypoglycemia in Adults, Adolescents, and Children with Type 1 Diabetes in an At-Home Randomized Crossover Study: Results of the PROLOG Trial. Diabetes Care. 2018; 41(10):2155-2161. PMID: 30089663
  • 3. Pinsker JE, Laguna Sanz AJ, Lee JB, Church M, Andre C, Lindsey LE, Doyle III FJ, Dassau E. Evaluation of an Artificial Pancreas with Enhanced Model Predictive Control (eMPC) and a Glucose Prediction Trust Index with Unannounced Exercise. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2018; 20(7):455-464. PMID: 29958023 PMCID: PMC6049959
  • 4. Buckingham BA, Forlenza GP, Pinsker JE, Christiansen MP, Wadwa RP, Schneider J, Peyser TA, Dassau E, Lee JB, O'Connor J, Layne JE, Ly TT. Safety and Feasibility of the Omnipod Hybrid Closed-Loop System in Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Using a Personalized Model Predictive Control Algorithm. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2018; 20(4):257-262. PMID: 29431513 PMCID: PMC5910038
  • 5. Nimri R, Audon P, Pinsker JE, Dassau E. Closing the Loop. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2018; 20(S1):S41-S54. PMID: 29437478
  • 6. 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; 12(3):599-607. PMID: 29390915
  • 7. 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; 12(3):657-654. PMID: 29415563
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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 PMCID: PMC5951058
  • 10. 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