ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is pleased to announce that Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, of Memphis TN, has been named President, Medicine & Science of its Board of Directors.
Currently, Dagogo-Jack is Professor of Medicine and Director, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Director, Clinical Research Center at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, where he holds the A.C. Mullins Endowed Chair in Translational Research. His current research, which has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and a Mentor-Based Award from the American Diabetes Association, focuses on diabetes prevention and prediction in multiethnic populations utilizing several methodologies that track metabolic processes in humans. At the local level, Dagogo-Jack has served on Community Leadership Boards in St. Louis (Chapter President, 1998-2000) and Tennessee and speaks at local churches and community diabetes education events.
In this position, Dagogo-Jack will serve as a co-principal spokesperson with the President, Health Care & Education regarding science, health care, and educational matters. Additionally, he will serve as a member of the Board of Directors, abiding by the Conflict of Interest policy, and exercising the fiduciary Duties of Care and Loyalty.
He has been volunteering for the American Diabetes Association for more than 20 years and has served at the national level on the Council of Complications, the Legal Advocacy Council, the Publications Policy Committee as well as the Scientific and Medical Advisory Group. He was Associate Editor of Diabetes Care, a chapter author in An Uncomplicated Guide to Diabetes Complications and Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus and Related Disorders.
Dagogo-Jack earned an MD and a second doctorate in medical research from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria, and completed postdoctoral training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. He also holds an MSc from the University of Newcastle, UK. He has been elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and the Association of American Physicians honor societies and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050, unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.