Buse receives American Diabetes Association’s distinguished service award

UNC's John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D., recently received the Banting Medal for Service from the American Diabetes Association after completing a term as the ADA’s president for medicine and science.

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John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D.

John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D., recently received the Banting Medal for Service from the American Diabetes Association.

Buse, professor and chief of the division of endocrinology and metabolism in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, received the award after completing a term as the ADA’s president for medicine and science. Named after Frederick G. Banting, a co-discoverer of insulin, this award recognizes meritorious service on behalf of the association and Americans with diabetes.

Buse’s research efforts include serving as vice chair of National Institutes of Health’s largest ever diabetes study, known as the ACCORD Trial. This clinical trial is aimed at determining the impact of cardiovascular disease resulting from optimal control of glucose levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol in type 2 diabetes. Buse also serves as a co-investigator in the NIH’s HEALTHY study, which seeks to demonstrate that changes in the school environment can act as a catalyst for diabetes prevention in middle school children.

Buse has chaired several of ADA’s committees and task forces and has served as associate editor of the association’s clinical research journals, Clinical Diabetes and Diabetes Care. Buse has also been an active fundraiser in his community to help fight for a cure. In addition, he is an active clinician with a diabetes practice based at UNC Health Care’s Highgate Specialty Center in Durham.

Buse received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Dartmouth College and his medical and doctoral degrees from Duke University. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Chicago.