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2016 See How We See Annual Report

HONORING ALLIES IN THE WAR AGAINST DIABETES University Health System's Texas Diabetes Institute, or TOI, opened its doors in 1999, surrounded by neighborhoods with some of the highest rates of diabetes in the region. Its purpose would be to wage a battle against a disease that plagued generations of families. Two years later, the Dr. Saul T revifio Wall of Honor at TOI was created to honor allies in that battle, named in memory of a pioneering physician in the community who taught his patients that healthy foods and exercise would be their best defense against diabetes. Each year, the names of one or more people who played a significant role in com batting the scourge of diabetes are added to the Wall of Honor. Two physicians and one organization joined that list in 2016: Dr. Carlos Rosende, professor and executive vice dean for clinical affairs at UT Health Science Center; Dr. Eugenio Cersosimo, medical director of clinical research at TOI; and the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Rosende, an ophthalmologist, was honored as the first director of TD l's ophthalmology clinic, helping countless diabetic patients to maintain their vision. 'The main cause of blindness among working-age adults in the United States is diabetes, and obviously when you have a population where diabetes is so prevalent as in San Antonio, the risk of blinding disease is that much higher," Dr. Rosende said. Dr. Cersosimo, associate professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, oversees TD l's mission to find new and better treatments for the disease. While much progress has been made, he said, much more is needed. "Research as most people know is just finding one or two answers and another 20 questions, so there is no way that an answer is the end of it," Dr. Cersosimo said. The American Diabetes Association was honored for its educational efforts such as Camp Power Up, which teaches kids with diabetes - or at high risk for the disease - to take better care of themselves. A ceremony honoring the recipients was held at the Pearl Stable. The event helped raise funds for the University Health System Foundation. Previous Wall of Honor recipients include Elvira M. Cisneros, Dr. Lawrence B. Harkless, Luis Roberto Vera Jr., Commissioner Paul Elizondo, Dr. Roberto P. Trevino, John A. Guest, Col. Roy W. Burley, Lo Bello de San Antonio Women's Club, Dr. Ralph DeFronzo, Dr. Roberto Jimenez, Magda Ortiz, Dr. Daniel E. Hale, the Aguillon family, the YMCA and George B. Hernandez Jr.


2016 See How We See Annual Report
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