Shashank S. Shah, MBBS, MS, to Receive American Diabetes Association's 2016 Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award

Alexandria, Virginia
June 8, 2016

Shashank S. Shah, MBBS, MS, FAIS, FICS (Honorary), FMAS (Honorary), FIAGES (Honorary), FALS (Honorary), DLS (France), will receive the American Diabetes Association's 2016 Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award, given in memory of Mr. P. Nagendran. The Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award recognizes diabetes research focused on the South Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations and/or research by a scientist from these areas. The Award honors the contributions of Dr. Vivian Fonseca, past President, Medicine & Science of the American Diabetes Association, the Tullis-Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes, Professor of Medicine Chief in the Section of Endocrinology at Tulane University School of Medicine, who has been a mentor and role model to many researchers and clinicians, and continues to serve the Association and the diabetes community in our quest for advances in diabetes care.

Shah will be recognized with this honor during the Association's 76th Scientific Sessions®, June 10-14, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Shah is receiving this Award for his abstract, Gastric Bypass vs. Medical/Lifestyle Care for Type 2 Diabetes in South Asians with BMI 25-40 kg/m² The COSMID Randomized Trial,(261-OR), which is the focus of his Vivian Fonseca Award Lecture on Sunday, June 12.

Shah is currently Director of the Laparo-Obeso Centre in Pune, India. The center specializes in comprehensive treatment for obesity and related metabolic diseases and is also a training site for laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Shah is one of the pioneering bariatric surgeons in India and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in Asia.

Congratulations, Dr. Shah, for your dedication and innovation in the field of gastric bypass surgery for diabetes, said Desmond Schatz, President, Medicine & Science for the American Diabetes Association. We applaud your work that continues to improve the lives of people in India and the Asia-Pacific region, for whom there are distinct genetic traits that can directly impact their diabetes care.

Shah is the author of numerous publications on surgery for diabetes focused on gastric bypass surgery, many of which were the first published papers from India on the subject. He is the current President of the All India Association of Advancing Research in Obesity, the Immediate President of the Obesity Surgery Society of India, and Immediate President of the International Excellence Federation of India. Shah humbly accepts the Award on behalf of his team and co-authors, Drs. Jayashree Todkar, Uday Phadake, Poonam Shah, Cynthia Buffington, Keith Kim and David Cummings.

The American Diabetes Association's 76th Scientific Sessions, to be held June 10-14, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, is the world's largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes. The 2016 Scientific Sessions is expected to attract more than 16,000 attendees and offers researchers and health care professionals from around the world the opportunity to share ideas and learn about the significant advances in diabetes research, treatment and care. During the five-day meeting, attendees receive exclusive access to more than 2,500 original research presentations, participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credits for educational sessions. The program is grouped into eight theme areas: Acute and Chronic Complications; Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Education and Exercise; Clinical Diabetes/Therapeutics; Epidemiology/Genetics; Immunology/Transplantation; Insulin Action/Molecular Metabolism; Integrated Physiology/Obesity; and Islet Biology/Insulin Secretion. Margaret A. Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, President, Health Care & Education, will deliver her address on Saturday, June 11, and Desmond Schatz, MD, President, Medicine & Science, will present his address on Sunday, June 12. The top eight abstracts of this year's Scientific Sessions will be presented on Tuesday, June 14, in the Presidents Oral Session. In total, the 2016 Scientific Sessions includes 378 abstracts in 50 oral sessions, 2,021 poster presentations including 59 moderated poster discussions, and 335 published-only abstracts. Additional scientific research will be presented during 110 Symposia and 9 Professional Interest Group sessions. The 76th Scientific Sessions also includes presence from more than 130 corporate and organizational exhibitors in nearly 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.

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. Since 1940, our mission has been 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 (800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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