Dr. Nicolas Cuttriss
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad Inc)
Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Trained as a pediatric endocrinologist and public health professional, Dr. Cuttriss
has a unique dedication to improving the quality of life of people living with diabetes and establishing systems to ensure this change.
first became interested in the barriers surrounding diabetes care at the age of fourteen after he
traveled to Ecuador and witnessed the lack of education among children with diabetes and their parents.
also witnessed the power of youth as serving as agents of change by providing peer-based life-saving diabetes education.
Those initial observations led Dr. Cuttriss to co-found AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad), a citizen sector organization that recruits students from high school up to graduate programs for volunteer work in partnership with local organizations to support and enhance diabetes educational programs.
developed and refined an innovative peer-based service delivery model for training, placing, and supervising students volunteering abroad with diabetes organizations.
The model has demonstrated improvements in health outcomes and has trained and placed over 450 students to support diabetes projects in Bermuda, Bolivia, Belize, Chile, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru.
has published peer- reviewed articles and authored peer-reviewed books that were disseminated by WHO/PAHO.
Dr. Cuttriss continues to help guide and direct AYUDA by serving as its Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Cuttriss also serves on boards and committees of other community-empowering organizations and collaborates with organizations and institutions on international, national, and local levels.
Recognized repeatedly for leadership and commitment to social change, Dr. Cuttriss
is honored to have initially received support from Ashoka's Youth Venture and is committed to solving complex large-scale social problems.
Dr. Cuttriss received his bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical and public health degrees from the George Washington University School of Medicine.
pediatric training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the Jackson Memorial Hospital-University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Dr. Cuttriss continues to serve on faculty in public health sciences at the University of Miami.
is dedicated to training the next generation of leaders and social entrepreneurs in medicine.