Giving Back: The National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute

Nonprofit Profile
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NDORI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Joseph Canizaro in the quest to combat the growing epidemic of diabetes and obesity in the United States. Our goal is to engage the community through research, education, treatment and prevention. The Institute and its programs are being developed in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic’s Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute (EMI), local and regional health care providers, educational institutions, as well as local, state and federal agencies, all of which play a critical role in NDORI’s success.

NDORI is currently working with Memorial Hospital, Coastal Family Health Center and New Orleans East Hospital to redefine clinical protocols and improve outcomes for Mississippi and Louisiana residents. We also work closely with the Mississippi Department of Health to provide educational offerings to increase the number of recognized diabetes programs and number of Certified Diabetes Educators with goals to increase patient access to education across the state.


NDORI’s diabetes and obesity education programs will teach self-management through topics such as diabetes and obesity control, self-monitoring, exercise, medications and depression.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support – The curriculum utilized for the DSMES program is highly visual and allows for group interaction and is based on current evidence and practice guidelines with criteria for evaluating outcomes.

Medical Nutrition Therapy – Individualized dietary program and guidance from our Registered Dietician that incorporates diet therapy counseling for a nutrition related problem or condition.


October 11th & 12th: Cleveland Clinic and NDORI’s Annual Obesity Summit. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Hospitality and Resort Management Center – Biloxi, MS.


Opportunities to get involved and support our mission may be found at


With the growing epidemic of diabetes and obesity in the United States, our Institute was founded to achieve the following: Reduce diabetes and obesity incidence nationally through education, treatment and prevention; Conduct and share groundbreaking clinical trials and research; Find a cure for diabetes and obesity; Address healthcare disparities in underserved populations.

Deborah Colby, M.Ed.RD,LD,CDE
Director, Education
(228) 831-8764
19289 Saint Joseph Street, Suite C
Biloxi, MS 39532


NDORI and Cleveland Clinic Affiliation Announcement. From left: Joseph Canizaro – Founder & CEO. Senator Sean Tindell. Dr. Tommy King – President of William Carey University. Dr. Richard Shewbridge – Cleveland Clinic EMI. Governor Phil Bryant. Dr. James Young, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s EMI. Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. Dr. Mary Graham – President of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College