James Desemone, MD, FACP

Dr. Desemone is a practicing Diabetes Specialist and Endocrinologist who has several leadership positions for Quality Improvement at Albany Medical Center. He is an associate professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College.

Dr. Desemone attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, followed by internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo Affiliated Hospitals.

His clinical and research training in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism was at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, working in the laboratory of Aldo A. Rossini, MD.

Dr. Desemone joined the faculty of Albany Medical College in 1996. From 2010 to 2013, he was the director of Medical Staff Quality and a member of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Service at Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, New York. He returned to the Albany Medical Center in July 2013.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Association of Physician Leaders, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

His interests include:

  • The role of the physician in Process Improvement and Patient Safety.
  • The use of teamwork to develop strategies to improve care as patients transition between care environments.
  • Improving communication to promote patient safety.
  • Innovation of processes to improve clinical outcomes and the patient’s experience of care.
  • The role of the Peer Review Process to improve the quality and safety of medical care.
  • Impaired glucose tolerance, obesity, diabetes and their relation to cognitive impairment and dementia.
  • Diabetes optimization before, during and after elective surgery.