2013 Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology

The recipient of the 2013 Kelly West Award is Edward J. Boyko, MD, MPH. Supported by a grant from Merck, this award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes epidemiology.

Currently a professor in the Department of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, and staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Dr. Boyko has distinguished himself through his contributions to identifying determinants of diabetes and its complications.

Dr. Boyko’s best-known work comes from the Japanese American Community Diabetes Study, which demonstrated associations between visceral fat and incidence of diabetes, hypertension, insulin resistance, and ischemic heart disease. Dr. Boyko wrote the first reports of diabetes as an independent risk factor for symptomatic urinary tract infection, and on the link between post-traumatic stress disorder and risk of diabetes. He also developed a foot ulcer prediction model which was recently validated in a European population with diabetes.

In 2004, Dr. Boyko received the University of Washington Medical Center Award for Outstanding Mentorship. He has chaired the Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes (KNOD) study section of the National Institutes of Health, and the Association’s Epidemiology and Statistics Interest Group. He currently serves as president of the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group.