Oct 30, 2014 4:00 PM

Author: Eryn Gorang

In medicine, positive results require more than treatment; they take government support and involvement, too.  So what happened when a University of Utah doctor traded in his lab coat and stethoscope for a business suit and briefcase and headed to Washington, D.C.?

This fall, Simon Fisher, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and biochemistry, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, and co-director of the Diabetes & Metabolism Center at the University of Utah, exemplified how University of Utah doctors are fighting daily for the health of their patients, even outside of the office. But what inspired Fisher to fly to the nation’s capital? Diabetes. More specifically, prevention tactics during a time when diabetes has entered center stage as a national epidemic. 

Simon Fisher, MD, PhD

“Federal health statistics for 2014 show that 115 million people, or 37 percent of the US population, have either pre-diabetes or diabetes, which raises their risk of heart attacks, strokes, blindness, nerve disease and limb amputations,” says Fisher.

While in D.C., Fisher stood before several congressional members, including Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen, to speak on the importance of diabetes prevention and education.  He shared a physician’s perspective on caring for people with diabetes, the need to engage governmental support for research and education, how to overcome barriers to effective diabetes care, and discussed new treatment options for people with diabetes.

“It was great to be involved, from a national perspective, with helping our government’s plan to improve the care and treatment of people with diabetes,” says Fisher.

Eryn Gorang

Eryn Gorang is an intern in the Office of Public Affairs

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