About Dr. Blumer

I completed my undergraduate studies at Vanier College and McGill University in Montreal following which I attended medical school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where I graduated in 1981 (oh my, so very long ago). I then did internal medicine specialty training at at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. I've been in specialty practice in the Greater Toronto Area since 1985.

I serve as Vice-Chair, Clinical, of the Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical and Scientific Section. I was previously head of the Dissemination & Implementation Committee for the CDA 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines. Because many people have asked me about our dissemination and implementation strategies, including how they came to be, what challenges we faced, what successes we had, and so forth, I have written a summary of our process. This document is available here.

I am a member of the American Diabetes Association, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and the Endocrine Society where I serve as chair of the Diabetes and Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guideline Task Force. Our guideline was published in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

I have the privilege of being a medical advisor and board member of the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre.

I have a teaching appointment with the University of Toronto.

I have been fortunate enough to have received the Canadian Diabetes Association Gerald S. Wong Service Award given "in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to people with diabetes" and to have been honoured with a Canadian Diabetes Association Special Dedication Award. I have also been a nominee for the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Educator of the Year Award. 

I have the true pleasure of being a faculty member of Dr. Steve Edelman's Taking Control of Your Diabetes organization (www.tcoyd.org) and speaking at many of the TCOYD conferences. Dr. Edelman (bless him) feels as passionately as I do about the importance of empowering people with diabetes so that they can, as the organization's name says, take control of their diabetes.

After writing a number of non-fiction titles, I decided to try my hand at fiction and, under the pen name of Sidney Gale,  wrote an adventure novel (Unto The Breach) for young adult readers. I'm thrilled that this has been so well received (gee, even by those to whom I'm not related!) and has been selected by Cambridge University Press to be excerpted for their First for Schools book.

These are books I've written or co-written:

Diabetes For Canadians For Dummies
(Now in its 3rd edition)
Diabetes Cookbook For Canadians For Dummies
(Now in an Updated Edition)
(Co-written with Cynthia Payne RD CDE)
Celiac Disease For Dummies
(Co-written with Sheila Crowe MD FRCPC)
 Understanding Prescription Drugs
For Canadians For Dummies
(Co-written with Heather McDonald-Blumer MD FRCPC)
 Blood Glucose Testing & Insulin Therapy
For Canadians For Dummies
(Adapted from Diabetes for Canadians for Dummies)
Le Diabete Pour Les Nuls
(A French adaptation of Diabetes for Canadians for Dummies)
 What Your Doctor Really Thinks
(A Chinese adaptation of
What Your Doctor Really Thinks)
Unto The Breach
(A "Young Adult" novel I wrote
under my pen name: Sidney Gale)