Tom Karlya

Tom Karlya

About / Experience

Tom Karlya is the Vice President of Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and founder of DiabetesDad. 
He has been active in diabetes causes since his daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed at the age of two. His son Rob was also diagnosed at the age of thirteen. He is the co-creator and founder of GetDiabetesRight.org, a site dedicated to supplying communities with information about diabetes. He has lectured at numerous conferences including The American Association of Diabetes Educators, The Pediatric Endocrinology Nurses Society, The National School Nurses Association, JDRF’s Type One Summit, The International Diabetes Federation Conference, and Children with Diabetes Friends for Life. He played a pivotal role in passing legislation in the U.S. regarding the awareness of the missed diagnosis of diabetes. He has been instrumental in advising a national initiative with the Beyond Type1 Foundation in both the US and abroad. He was also awarded two Telly Awards in the Health Category for his video on the missed diagnosis of T1D, which he wrote and produced.