David Panzirer

David Panzirer is a grandson of Leona Helmsley and was appointed as a Trustee upon her passing in 2007.

A former real estate executive, David’s personal passion – improving the lives of those with type 1 diabetes – has led Helmsley to become a leading funder in the battle against the disease. As a parent of two children with type 1 diabetes, he has driven the creation of a robust and highly targeted grantmaking program that takes on long-term, high-risk projects to ease the burden of managing the disease while continuing to search for the elusive cure. Helmsley’s Type 1 Diabetes Program, like Helmsley overall, seeks to fund new approaches that reflect bold thinking and clear potential for outsize impact that will improve countless lives.

David serves as a leader in fostering collaboration with other funders as well as with critical stakeholders across industry, academia, private philanthropy, government, and patient communities.

Quest to Help Diabetic Son Endures With a Different Kind of Giving

Quest to Help Diabetic Son Endures With a Different Kind of Giving

David Panzirer Joins Mike Milken’s Podcast

Trustee David Panzirer joined the latest “Conversations with Mike Milken” podcast from the Milken Institute. The podcast focuses on how leaders are responding to the current...

David Panzirer Joins Mike Milken’s Podcast

Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics: Role of Non-profit Organizations During COVID-19 for Diabetes Care

Widespread uptake of continuous glucocse monitors (CGM) can facilitate telemedicine to remote places and remove healthcare disparities.


Healthcare professionals, type 1 diabetes patients, AND payers will win, says Trustee...

Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics: Role of Non-profit Organizations During COVID-19 for Diabetes Care
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Published Fri Feb 5, 2021

David Panzirer Pens Op-Ed Focused on Accessibility of Virtual Care

As more patients and doctors embrace telemedicine, it’s time for insurers to do the ...
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Published Mon Apr 20, 2020

Update and Thanks to Our Partners

Little more than a month ago, a global crisis was rapidly unfolding. As an institution, ...