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  • Assistant Professor, Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
  • Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

About the investigator

Dr. Yael Tobi Harris serves as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine and the Zucker School of Medicine.

Dr. Harris received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. During her fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, she also obtained a PhD in Molecular Medicine investigating the nervous system control of insulin resistance with the goal of discovering novel ways to treat obesity and diabetes.

She has focused on improving diabetes care in the hospital setting and has worked with colleagues at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital to achieve and maintain Joint Commission Advanced Disease-Specific Care certification for Inpatient Diabetes.

She is also interested in finding ways to improve diabetes self-care and her current research investigates barriers to medication adherence in patients with Type 2 Diabetes.

Research focus

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Medication adherence
  • Obesity
  • Endocrine complications of iron overload

Lab members

Aditya A. Bissoonauth, MPH, CHES

Jody-Ann McLeggon, MPH


Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine
Degree: PhD

New York University School of Medicine
Degree: MD

Princeton University
Degree: BA

Honors & awards

  • 2012 Endocrine Society Travel Award
  • 2009 North Shore-LIJ Health System Annual Basic Science Paper Competition: 1st place


  1. Galindo R, Valsamis A, Romao I, and Harris YT. “Hypercalcemia of Malignancy and Colorectal Cancer.” World J Oncol. 2016;7(1):5-12
  2. Lahoti A, Harris YT, Speiser PW, Atsidaftos E, Lipton JM, Vlachos A. “Endocrine Dysfunction in Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (DBA): A Report from the DBA Registry (DBAR).” Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016;63(2):306-12.
  3. Harris YT, Harris AZ, deAsis JM, Ferrando SJ, Reddy N, and Young RC. “Cabergoline Associated with First Episode Mania.” Psychosomatics. 2012;53(6):595-600.
  4. Chavan S, Hudson L, Li J, Ochani M, Harris Y, Patel N, Katz D, Scheinerman J, Pavlov V, Tracey K. “Identification of Pigment Epithelium-Derived Factor as an adipocyte derived inflammatory factor.” Mol Med. 2012;18:1161-8.
  5. Satapathy SK, Ochani M, Dancho M, Hudson LK, Rosas-Ballina M, Valdes-Ferrer SI, Olofsson PS, Harris YT, Roth J, Chavan S, Tracey KJ, Pavlov VA. “Galantamine alleviates inflammation and other obesity-associated complications in high-fat diet-fed mice.” Mol Med. 2011;17(7-8):599-606.
  1. Rosas-Ballina M, Ochani M, Parrish WR, Ochani K, Harris YT, Huston JM, Chavan S, and Tracey KJ. “Splenic nerve is required for cholinergic antiinflammatory pathway control of TNF in endotoxemia.” Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2008;105(31):11008-13.
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