2013 Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award

The 2013 Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award has been presented to Guillermo E. Umpierrez, MD, FACP, FACE. Sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, this award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding efforts in diabetes care and is recognized as a highly regarded clinician.  

Currently professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Emory University School of Medicine, section chief in the Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology in the Grady Health System, and director of the Grady Memorial Hospital Clinical Research Network, in Atlanta, Dr. Umpierrez has an international reputation for his work on diabetes in minority populations and interventions to improve clinical outcomes in hospitalized patients with diabetes.

With his patient-oriented clinical research, Dr. Umpierrez has provided new insight into the underlying mechanism for pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction in African Americans with ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes. His work on the management of hyperglycemia in critically and noncritically ill patients has provided the foundation for many treatment protocols now used to treat patients with hyperglycemia and diabetes in the hospital setting.

A champion for improving diabetes care for the underserved, Dr. Umpierrez heads a nationally accredited diabetes education program dedicated to serving Latinos in Georgia. He is also an outstanding educator and has mentored a large number of residents, postdoctoral clinical research fellows, and junior faculty members at Emory University.