UW News

June 27, 2011

American Diabetes Association honors physician and educator Dr. Jerry Palmer

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Profile:  Dr. Jerry Palmer

UW Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center

ADA 2011 Scientific Session video highlights

Dr. Jerry P. Palmer, professor of medicine, has received the American Diabetes Associations prestigious 2011 Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award. The award was presented this week at  the Associations 71st Scientific Sessions in San Diego, Calif.

Dr. Jerry Palmer

Dr. Jerry Palmer

Palmer is director of the UW  Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition,  Puget Sound Veterans Affairs  Health Care System. Palmer has a distinguished career as clinician, educator, mentor, and scientist.

Known internationally for his discovery of insulin autoantibodies, Palmer also is highly regarded locally as a clinician, in part because he implements research findings to help patients.

Palmer was a principal investigator of the Seattle Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) site. Realizing the importance of the multidisciplinary approach, he created the UW Diabetes Care Center. This clinic has an international reputation as a premier academic diabetes center. Palmer is also a clinician and teacher in the  Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Health Care System’s  Endocrine Clinic, a popular training site for UW students, residents and fellows.

Palmer is a past recipient of the Robert H. Williams Rachmiel Levine Award and has been  repeatedly named among the Best Doctors in America. He is a past president of the Immunology of Diabetes Society.

He has served on the board of the American Diabetes Associations Washington affiliate (1975-1983), and on its national board (1994-1997). He was on the National Institutes of Health steering committee for the Diabetes Prevention Trial–Type 1 (DPT-1) and now for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, and is on the international executive committee for  TRIGR (Trial to Reduce Insulin Dependent Diabetes in the Genetically at Risk).

Dr. Steven E. Kahn, UW professor of medicine and Puget Sound VA physician,  presents video highlights from the 2011 ADA Scientific Sessions this week in San Diego.