Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and its Complications

Dr. Boyko serves as principal investigator of the Japanese American Community Diabetes Study. His research in this population has yielded important insights into the roles of body composition and glucose metabolism in the etiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus and related metabolic disorders. He also serves as principal investigator of the Seattle Diabetic Foot Study, a 22-year prospective investigation of risk factors for foot ulcer and amputation among diabetic patients enrolled in one VA primary care clinic. In 2013, he received the Kelly West Award from the American Diabetes Association in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology. He is the founding and former Director of the VA-funded Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC). 

Career Development and Resource Creation

Dr. Boyko currently serves as primary mentor for three Career Development Award recipients who are supported by VA, K08, and K23 awards. He has provided mentorship to numerous trainees from medical student to Assistant Professor. In 2004 he received the University of Washington Medicine Award for Outstanding Mentorship. He also currently serves as VA Puget Sound principal investigator for the VA Million Veteran Program, where over 18,000 veterans have been recruited for this research repository to date.

VA Cooperative Studies

Dr. Boyko serves as Chair of VA Cooperative Study #505—The Millennium Cohort Study. This prospective study began in 2001 and aims to identify health outcomes related to military service over a planned 65-year follow-up. CSP #505 aims to merge VA health data with DoD data to better identify health outcomes and to facilitate research on this cohort of high VA relevance.