2016 AACE Award Bios

  • Ali S. Alzahrani
    2016 International Clinician Award

    Dr. Alzahrani is a Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at Al Faisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabai, and Immediate Past President of the Gulf Chapter of AACE. Dr. Alzahrani obtained his medical degree from King Saud University in 1990, and served his residency in internal medicine at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH & RC) from 1991-1995. He performed a clinical and research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, from 1995-1998.

  • Novo Nordisk
    Outstanding Corporate Partner Award

    Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat other serious chronic conditions: rare bleeding disorders, growth hormone-related disorders, and obesity.

  • Devaprabu Abraham, MD, MRCP, ECNU
    H. Jack Baskin, MD, Endocrine Teaching Award

    Dr. Abraham attended medical school in India and graduated from the University of Madras. He underwent post-graduate training and was awarded MRCP (UK) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in London, England. He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Utah and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, respectively.

  • Myriam Z. Allende-Vigo, MD MBA FACP FACE
    2016 Excellence in Humanities and Medical Ethics Award

    Dr. Allende is a native of Puerto Rico – a physician who has lectured and researched in the fields of diabetes mellitus, adipose tissue, arterial hypertension, lipid disorders and osteoporosis. She is a recognized speaker and presenter on the local, national and international levels. Her work with patients has proven to be her most fulfilling endeavor in her career and drives her ethical behavior. 

  • Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA
    Eugene T. Davidson, MD, Public Service Award

    Dr. Benjamin is the NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana, and from 2009-2013, served as the 18th U.S. Surgeon General. She specializes in prevention policies and health promotion among individuals as well as large populations, especially concerning obesity, childhood obesity, and children’s health. She has a special interest in rural health care, health disparities among socio-economic groups, suicide, violence, and mental health. 

  • Lawrence Blonde, MD, FACP, FACE
    Lawrence Blonde, MD, FACP, FACE
    Master of the American College of Endocrinology (MACE) Award

    Lawrence Blonde, MD, FACP, FACE, is Director, of the Ochsner Diabetes Clinical research Unit, in the Frank Riddick Diabetes Institute, Department of Endocrinology, at the Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA. He is a former Chair, of the Ochsner Department of Endocrinology. Dr. Blonde also served as the Associate Director of Graduate Medical Education and the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency and Program Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship of the Ochsner Clinic Foundation.

  • Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC
    Eugene T. Davidson, MD, Public Service Award

    Dr.  Califf is the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Commissioner of food and drugs. As the top official of the FDA, Dr. Califf is committed to strengthening programs and policies that enable the agency to carry out its mission to protect and promote the public health. 

  • Daniel Einhorn, M.D., F.A.C.P., .F.A.C.E.
    2016 recipient of the John A. Seibel, MD, Award

    Dr. Einhorn is a clinical endocrinologist with Diabetes and Endocrine Associates, Medical Director of the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego.

  • Jeffrey R. Garber, MD, FACP, FACE
    John A. Seibel, MD, Award

    Dr. Garber’s career has focused on practice innovation, patient education, and clinical endocrinology fellowship training.

    The American College of Endocrinology Foundation’s (ACEF) John A. Seibel, MD, Award is being given to Dr. Garber in recognition of the fund established in his name, Jeffrey R. Garber MD Fund, which awards Fellows-in-Training whose research emphasizes cost-effective, clinical endocrinology practice innovation or who have written an exceptional article for EmPower® Magazine,the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) patient-directed quarterly publication. 

  • Ved V. Gossain, MD, FRCP(c), FACP, FACE
    2016 Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award

    Dr. Gossain is the Swartz Professor of Medicine of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Michigan State University (MSU). He received his basic medical degree (MBBS) from Medical College Amritsar and his postdoctoral degree in medicine (MD) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

  • Richard Hellman, MD, FACP, FACE
    Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award

    Dr. Hellman is the managing partner of an independent, multi-disciplinary endocrine practice in North Kansas City, Missouri, which he founded 34 years ago following nine years in academic medicine. He and his practice received the Innovation Award from the Kansas City Medical Society in October 2015 – the first such award given by this 132-year-old society. In March 1997, the results of their 15-year diabetes outcome study was the lead cover article in Diabetes Care. He presented this data at a plenary session of AACE in 1998.

  • Jay D. Horton
    Jay D. Horton, MD
    Distinguished Chair, Professor of Internal Medicine, Molecular Genetics To Receive Frontiers in Science Award from International Endocrinology Association

    Dr. Horton is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics, Chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, and Director of the Center for Human Nutrition who holds the Distinguished Chair in Human Nutrition, the Scott Grundy Director’s Chair, and the Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Chair in Obesity and Diabetes Research at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern.

  • Catalina Poiana, MD, PhD, FACE
    International Endocrinology Award

    Dr. Poiana is currently Professor of Endocrinology, Head of the C.I. Parhon Department of Endocrinology at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMPh), Head of the Department of Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Diseases of the National Institute of Endocrinology C.I. Parhon, and President of the College of Physicians in Bucharest, Romania.

  • Gabriel Shaibi, PhD
    Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population

    Dr. Shaibi is an Associate Professor, Southwest Borderlands Scholar, and Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Arizona State University.

    For the past 10 years, his research has focused on understanding and preventing obesity-related health disparities among Latino youth and families. His work spans the translational spectrum from basic science to health promotion policy, where he works closely with a transdisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians, and community partners to improve health equity among vulnerable and underserved populations.

  • Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.E.
    American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ (AACE) Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population
    Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director & Associate Professor of Medicine-Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipids, Emory University School of Medicine

    Dr. Tangpricha completed his medical degree at Tufts University in 1996 and his internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship at Boston University in 1999 and 2001, respectively. During his residency and fellowship, he developed an interest in the endocrine care of transgender patients. After careful investigation of the accepted endocrine protocols for treating transgender patients at that time, in 2003, he published a review on the topic of transgender care inEndocrine Practice.

  • Aaron I. Vinik M.D., Ph.D., F.C.P., M.A.C.P.
    2016 American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Distinction in Endocrinology Award

    Dr. Vinik is the Murray Waitzer Endowed Chair for Diabetes Research, Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Neurobiology, Director of Research and Neuroendocrine Unit at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Strelitz Diabetes Center for Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders.

  • Astra Zeneca
    Outstanding Corporate Partner Award

    AstraZeneca has a patient-centric approach to disease treatment, so we are tackling multiple risk factors by uniting our cardiovascular (CV), metabolic and chronic kidney disease (CKD) disease areas into one integrated approach – cardiovascular and metabolic disease (CVMD).