James A. Horbowicz Receives American Diabetes Association's Distinguished Service Award

November 19, 2007


— Robert Sevier, MD, Presented with Addison B. Scoville, Jr. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service —

ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 19, 2007) – The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced today that Robert Sevier, MD, of Greensboro, North Carolina, received the Association's prestigious Addison B. Scoville, Jr. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.  The award was presented at the organization’s Community Volunteer Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting on November 17, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Addison B. Scoville, Jr. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service is named for Dr. Scoville, former President of the American Diabetes Association, and is given for outstanding service by a board or committee member.

"On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, we are delighted to present this prestigious award to Dr. Sevier," commented John Buse, MD, PhD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association.  “His contributions to the diabetes community and dedication to diabetes awareness directly support ADA's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people living with diabetes."

A committed fund raiser in his home of Greensboro, Sevier has helped bring in more than $1 million for ADA through numerous local events, including the Matt Greene Golf Classic and Father of the Year awards dinner. He has served in numerous ADA leadership roles locally and regionally as well as on several national committees and the national Board of Directors.

Sevier received his Medical degree from the UNC School of Medicine and completed training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology/Metabolism at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and at UNC. In practice in Greensboro for 33 years, he treated both adults and children with diabetes and other endocrine diseases, while remaining actively engaged in training medical students, resident physicians and other health-care professionals. He currently serves as a medical consultant to Healthways, a disease management company.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.  Nearly 21 million children and adults have diabetes.  At least 54 million have pre-diabetes.  Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the United States and it has no cure.

About the ADA
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities.  The Association’s commitment to research is reflected through its scientific meetings; education and provider recognition programs; and its Research Foundation and Nationwide Research Program, which fund breakthrough studies looking into the cure, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and its complications.  For more information, visit diabetes.org or call 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)