Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award
Linda M. Siminerio, RN, PhD, CDE
Linda M. Siminerio, RN, PhD, CDE, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious 2011 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award. The award was presented at the Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions in San Diego, California.
The Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates significant contributions to the understanding of diabetes education, spent many years of effort in the field, and have benefited recipients of education.
Currently the executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute and associate professor in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, Siminerio has been a pioneer in the field of diabetes education. The opportunities afforded the current generation of diabetes educators are far greater because of Siminerio’s advocacy.
Her father’s diabetes diagnosis precipitated Siminerio’s interest in diabetes education. She became one of the first pediatric diabetes educators. She then studied education and delivery processes in adult care, resulting in the establishment of 46 American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes self-management programs throughout Pennsylvania. She was a leader in the state of Pennsylvania’s Chronic Care Commission in their efforts to improve services to people with diabetes.
Siminerio’s driving force is her commitment to people with diabetes, especially those in underserved areas throughout the world. Currently, she is chair of the executive committee of the International Diabetes Federation’s BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems).