American Diabetes Association Announces Award Winners

June 5, 2012

The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is proud to announce this year's recipients of the National Scientific & Health Care Achievement Awards.

The following leaders will receive their awards on Monday, June 11, at 10:15 a.m., at the Associations 72nd Scientific Sessions® taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.


National Scientific & Health Care Achievement Award Recipients

Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement

Name: Bruce M. Spiegelman, PhD
Title: Stanley J. Kosmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

Name: David Altshuler, MD, PhD
Title: Deputy Director and Chief Academic Officer, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT; Professor of Genetics and Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.

Albert Renold Award

Name: George S. Eisenbarth, MD, PhD
Title: Director of Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes; Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Immunology, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colo.

Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award

Name: Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RD, CDE
Title: Diabetes Self-management Consultant and Educator, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award

Name: Georgeanna J. Klingensmith, MD
Title: Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, Aurora, Colo.

Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes

Name: Pierre J. Lefèbvre, MD, PhD, FRCP, MNE
Title: Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Liège, Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolic Disorders Unit, University Hospital of Liège, Liège, Belgium

Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology

Name: Knut Borch-Johnsen, MD, PhD
Title: Professor, Director of Research, Research Center for Quality in Health Care, Institute Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Samuel Rahbar Outstanding Discovery Award (One-time Award)

Name: Samuel Rahbar, MD, PhD
Title: Professor, City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.

Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group Award Lecture for Distinguished Contributions

Name: Lawrence Fisher, PhD, ABPP
Title: Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco

Norbert Frienkel Award Lecture

Name: E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, FACOG
Title: Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore

Roger Pecoraro Award Lecture

Name: Benjamin A. Lipsky, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FRCP
Title: Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle

Edwin Bierman Award Lecture

Name: Ronald M. Krauss, MD
Title: Senior Scientist and Director, Atherosclerosis Research, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, Calif.

More than 13,000 top scientists, physicians and other health care professionals from around the world will share the latest cutting-edge research and learn the most up-to-date information on prevention, treatment and care, at the Association's Scientific Sessions taking place June 8-12, 2012.

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)