Houston Physician Receives Prestigious Distinguished Service Award

Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:30 pm EDT

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.
"Serving our patients is paramount. Ensuring that what we have learned is passed along to the next generation is essential to connect our own mentors’ teachings with what will be taught across future generations. This is our legacy and I am proud to have made some small contribution."

Steven M. Petak, MD, JD, MACE, FACP, FCLM, received the Yank D. Coble, Jr., M.D., Distinguished Service Award during the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 24th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in Nashville this week.

The Yank D. Coble, Jr., M.D., Distinguished Service Award is given to an AACE member who is recognized by his peers as a leader in American medicine and whose personal and professional conduct reflect the values and vision of AACE.

Dr. Petak is a past president of both AACE and ACE, as well as the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). He is an associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College and practices clinical endocrinology at the Methodist Academic Medicine Associates at Houston Methodist Hospital. Also, he serves as a bone and endocrine consultant to NASA at the Johnson Space Center. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles, editorials and guidelines in endocrinology and reproductive medicine.

“It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award and I dedicate it to the young endocrinologists that are the future of our profession,” said Dr. Petak. “Serving our patients is paramount. Ensuring that what we have learned is passed along to the next generation is essential to connect our own mentors’ teachings with what will be taught across future generations. This is our legacy and I am proud to have made some small contribution.”

Dr. Petak received his medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago and his juris doctorate from the University of Houston (Magna Cum Laude). Prior to joining Methodist Academic Medicine Associates, Dr. Petak was at the Texas Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology in Houston for nearly 26 years.

Dr. Petak’s biography and high-resolution photo are available here.

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About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: providing professional education and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in education, research and service; promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more information, please visit www.aace.com/college.

About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at
www.aace.com.

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