Dicky L. Tahapary is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Jakarta who combines clinical work with research and teaching at the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (FKUI), Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National Referral Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia. He mainly works in the field of endocrinology and metabolism, including diabetes mellitus, obesity, thyroid disorders, and other endocrine problems.
Born in Central Java, Dr. Dicky completed his medical doctor degree from FKUI. Thereafter, he completed his training as an Internal Medicine specialist also from FKUI in 2011, of which he was later on appointed as an academic staff at the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine FKUI.
In 2013, he received a fellowship from The International Diabetes Federation – Western Pacific Region (IDF-WPR) to join an Asia Pacific Diabetes Epidemiology Course in Seoul, South Korea. In the same year, he was also selected as a PhD candidate for a collaborative research project between FKUI and Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), funded by The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
His PhD projects mainly studied the impact of urbanisation and environmental factors on the development of type 2 diabetes in Indonesia. After completing his PhD, he has been working to unravel the mechanism on how urbanization affects gut biotas, inflammation, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. At the community level, he is currently developing prediction tools for the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in Indonesia, as well as creating an application to help type 2 diabetes patients or people at risk to manage their lifestyle.
His 4-year PhD fellowship was awarded by the Directorate of Higher Education, Republic of Indonesia (2013-2016) and Leiden University (2017). He also received several research grants from Universitas Indonesia (2015, 2018, 2019), as well as from Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Republic of Indonesia (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019). Dr.Dicky is currently a member of several professional organizations, including The Indonesian Society of Endocrinology (Perkeni), European Society of Endocrinology (ESE), European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and Asian Association for the Study of Diabetes (AASD).