Statement by the American Diabetes Association on the Passing of Professor Harry Keen

April 12, 2013

The American Diabetes Association mourns the loss of Professor Harry Keen, MD. Dr. Keen was the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes in 1992 and the Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology Award in 1989.

Dr. Keen was Professor Emeritus at Guy’s Hospital Campus, King’s College London School of Medicine. He held office in British (BDA, Diabetes UK, DoH), European (EASD, Euro WHO and IDF) and international (WHO Geneva, IDF) organisations. He was Hon President, IDF, Vice President, Diabetes UK and President, NHS Support Federation and Hon Professor of Medicine, Warwick University Medical School since 2005.

Dr. Keen was one of the principal architects of the St Vincent Declaration which was the catalyst of many of the National Diabetes Plans in European countries, and he oversaw the vital work of the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Study and Control of Long-Term Complications in Diabetes. He was the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications spanning from 1958 – 2007.

“Dr. Keen did outstanding work as a champion for people with diabetes and will be greatly missed by the many people he has touched,” said Larry Hausner, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association.

The Association sends its condolences to Dr. Keen’s family.

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