Richard M. Bergenstal, MD of Minneapolis, MN Elected American Diabetes Association Vice President, Medicine & Science

December 28, 2007


ALEXANDRIA, VA (December 28, 2007) – The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the leading non-profit health organization dedicated to preventing and curing diabetes and to improving the lives of the nearly 21 million children and adults currently living in the United States with the disease, announced today that Richard M. Bergenstal, MD of Minneapolis, MN was elected Vice President, Medicine & Science.

Bergenstal has dedicated 30 years of his career to making life better for people with diabetes by focusing on patient-centered team care and clinical research exploring the link between glucose control and diabetes complications. His most recent efforts have focused on translating new research and education findings into practice. Bergenstal has served on ADA’s national Board of Directors as well as the Scientific Sessions Planning, Programs, and Government Relations committees. He has also served as Chair of ADA’s Council on Clinical Endocrinology, Health Care Delivery and Public Health.

In addition, Bergenstal has served in a number of ADA leadership positions in his local community including President of the former Minnesota affiliate. Among the numerous awards he has received, Bergenstal was honored as ADA’s Outstanding Physician Clinician in 2007, ADA’s Minnesota HealthAward in 2004 and the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in 1994, as co-investigator of Diabetes Control and Complication Trial.

Bergenstal is also Executive Director of the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis, MN and Clinical Professor for the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Bergenstal graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida and earned his medical degree and did his endocrinology fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.   

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 in the United States.  It is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. 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 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 Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)