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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 come.

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 and a toll-free information line at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

Contact: Mark Overbay