Elizabeth Seaquist, MD

President, Medicine & Science

Elizabeth Seaquist is President, Medicine & Science of the American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®. She is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota where she holds the Pennock Family Chair in Diabetes Research.

Seaquist has been an American Diabetes Association volunteer since 1987. She has served on several national committees and chaired the Association's workgroup on Hypoglycemia in Diabetes. At the local level, she served a two-year term as Co-Chair of the American Diabetes Association EXPO in Minneapolis.

Seaquist is a clinical investigator interested in the complications of diabetes. Her research focuses on the effect of diabetes on brain metabolism, structure and function. She directs the University of Minnesota site for the ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) and GRADE (Glycemia Reduction Approaches for Diabetes: a Comparative Effectiveness Study) Trials, and has an active clinical practice. The American Diabetes Association awarded her the Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award in 2009.

Dr. Seaquist holds a bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.