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Students/Faculty News Kevin Storr July 23, 2021

W. Timothy Garvey, MD, Butterworth Professor of Medicine in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was chosen to receive the Master of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) award. The MACE award is the highest honor to be awarded by AACE, the country’s leading professional organization of clinical endocrinologists.

The award recognizes distinguished endocrinologists who are role models for developing scientists and clinicians, and leading contributors to the art and science of endocrinology. In the presentation of the award, Garvey was recognized for his ground-breaking research career regarding insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity, his 300 original publications, and for his leadership in advancing a complication-centric approach to the care of patients with obesity together with evidence-based guidelines and models of care based on obesity as a chronic disease.

He has provided service as a member of national research review committees for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, the VA Merit Review Program, and the National Institutes of Health, and has served on multiple editorial boards for scientific journals. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the Obesity Society, and was previously recognized as Master of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  

He joined UAB in 2003 as Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, which he led for 15 years. Over this time period, the Department experienced a three-fold increase in extramural research funding and an expansion of educational programs. In 2008, Garvey became the founding PI/Director of the UAB Diabetes Research Center (DRC) – which is one of 17 NIDDK-sponsored centers in the U.S. and the only DRC in the Deep South.

The MACE has been awarded annually for nearly 30 years. The award was presented virtually to Garvey at the association's 2021 annual clinical and scientific meeting. Other than Dr. Garvey, the only other endocrinologist at UAB to have received this recognition was Dr. James A. Pittman in 1996.

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