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Abbas E. Kitabchi MD, PhD, Named
Maston K. Callison Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology
The University of
Memphis, Tenn. (April 16, 2009) – Guy L.
Reed, MD, Diggs Professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine for the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), announced that Abbas E. Kitabchi, MD, PhD, has been appointed the Maston
K. Callison Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology for the Department of Medicine
in the UT College of Medicine. Dr.
Callison was a former dean who made significant contributions toward enhancing
research and teaching at the
Dr. Kitabchi has ably led the UTHSC Division of
Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine for more than 35 years. He has stepped down as division chief to
devote more time to his highly successful research endeavors. He was originally recruited to the
Dr. Kitabchi completed his graduate and medical degrees at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation where he was the first to isolate the product of lipid peroxidation – malondialdehyde – from the liver of vitamin E-deficient animals (Kitabchi et al J. Biol Chem., 1960).
Kitabchi’s appointment to the endowed professorship is a testament to his
extensive career accomplishments as well as his dedicated service to UTHSC. His numerous honors and awards include a special
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship in Endocrinology (with Dr. R.H.
Williams) 1966 to 1968, and an American Diabetes Association (ADA) Charles H.
Best Medal for Distinguished Service. He
appeared on the Best Doctors in
“Dr. Kitabchi is an internationally known physician-scientist who has made fundamental contributions toward improving the care of patients with diabetes” stated Dr. Reed.
Dr. Kitabchi has
received multiple NIH grants as principal investigator (PI). At present he is the PI on three grants
including the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcome
Studies, and ACT NOW for prevention of diabetes by pharmaceutical agent.
He has served and is serving on editorial boards for a variety of journals, and
is a member of numerous societies including the
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