Aug. 31, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 35



Harkless honored with ADA award


The American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest and leading voluntary health organization in the fight against diabetes, bestowed its Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award on Dr. Lawrence Harkless at the organization's 61st Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, held 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. He joined the faculty of the Health Science Center in 1976.

Early in his career, Dr. Harkless recognized the magnitude and scope of diabetic foot problems and realized there was still much to learn. 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.

The Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award is presented to a distinguished health professional who has made outstanding educational efforts in the field of diabetes.

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