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LAWRENCE B. HARKLESS, DPM, OF SAN ANTONIO, TX, HONORED BY AMERICAN DIABETES
ASSOCIATION FOR OUTSTANDING DIABETES EDUCATION
The American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest and leading voluntary
health organization in the fight against diabetes, announced that Lawrence
B. Harkless, DPM, of San Antonio, received the Outstanding Educator in
Diabetes Award at the organization's 61st Annual Meeting and Scientific
Sessions, held recently in Philadelphia.
Hailed as "the father of diabetic foot care," Dr. Harkless has
educated hundreds of students, residents, and physicians about the complexities
of diabetic foot complications and the importance of routine foot care
for people with diabetes.
Dr. Harkless recognized the magnitude and scope of diabetic foot problems
and realized that there was still much to learn. After completing his
training in 1976, he joined the faculty of The University of Texas Health
Science Center at San Antonio and launched a spectacular career devoted
to addressing these concerns.
He was the first chair of the American Diabetes Association's Foot Care
Council in 1987. That same year, he edited "The Diabetic Foot,"
in Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, which brought diabetes to
the forefront of the podiatric medical community.
Dr. Harkless has had and will continue to have a lasting and profound
impact on those who care for patients with diabetes for generations to
The Outstanding Educator
in Diabetes Award is presented to a distinguished health professional
who has made outstanding educational efforts in the field of diabetes.
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. An estimated 16 million
Americans have diabetes. It is the sixth leading cause of death by disease
in the United States and it has no cure.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health
organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The
Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the
lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association
supports local offices in every region of the country, and operates a
comprehensive Web site at diabetes.org
and a toll-free information line at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).
Contact: Mark Overbay