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James McCarter, MD, PhD

Virta Health
Head of Research

Dr. James McCarter is the Head of Research for San Francisco-based Virta Health, a tech-enabled nationwide medical provider that delivers the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Genetics at Washington University (WU) in St. Louis and an Entrepreneur in Residence at BioGenerator. Previously, Jim was Founder of Divergence, a frontrunner in the application of genomics to agriculture. Jim has degrees from Princeton University (AB) and Washington University (MD and PhD). He trained as a postdoc at WU’s Genome Institute, founded WU’s Young Scientist Program and serves on the University’s School of Medicine National Council. Jim is an author of over 60 scientific publications and patents, and is a recipient of the Innovation Award from the Academy of Science of St. Louis and a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.