Kåre Birkeland (MD, PhD) is a certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, working as a full-time Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Oslo and Senior Physician at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Norway. He is chair of Oslo Diabetes Research Centre.

He has previously held positions as Head of the Department of Endocrinology, Morbid Obesity and Preventive Medicine in Oslo University Hospital and Director of Research at Aker University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. His research interest and main publications are in clinical intervention studies, epidemiological studies and mechanistic studies of subjects with prediabetes, gestational diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Professor Birkeland has been a national coordinator and member of steering committees and data-safety and monitoring committees in a number of large clinical, multi-centre studies. He has published more than 200 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals and was formerly a member of the Council of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). He is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Endocrinology, the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association and of the board of the Scandinavian Society for the Study of Diabetes. He is currently Chairman of the Medical Scientific Board of the Norwegian Diabetes Association. He is head of the Council that oversees the last year of the Medical curriculum at Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, he has supervised 15 PhD students, a number of Master and Bachelor students and has been the mentor of a number of postdocs and senior researchers.