Richard Dolinar, M.D.
Richard O. Dolinar, M.D., is a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute and a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. A clinical endocrinologist specializing in diabetes in Phoenix, Arizona, he earned his Medical Degree from The State University of New York at Buffalo and did his Endocrinology Fellowship at Duke University. His direct interaction with patients for more than 30 years as a physician has nurtured an acute understanding of not only his specialty but also the evolution and current state of the American health care system.
Dolinar speaks frequently throughout the United States on the historical, political, and economic aspects of health care. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and has also given Congressional briefings regarding health care issues. He has presented to state legislators, attorneys general, and various industry groups. He is interviewed frequently by local and national media, including CNN, CBS, and PBS.
Dolinar’s articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), Health Care News, and Diabetes Research. He is co-author of the book Diabetes 101, now in its third edition.
He is a member of the board of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and serves on its National Legislative and Regulatory Committee. He is also the chair of its Future of Health Care Task Force. Dolinar is a member of numerous other professional and civic organizations. In the past he was president of the Arizona Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
Dolinar served as a flight surgeon in the Vietnam War and is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel.