Congratulations go out to David G. Armstrong, DPM, who has been elected to the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Dr. Armstrong, the Director of Research and Education within the Department of Surgery/Podiatry Section at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Medical Center, considers himself “extremely lucky” to be included on a board that “ … in many ways, already appreciates what we do.”
Dr. Armstrong considers the appointment of a podiatrist to be of “enormous significance” that provides “a platform and amplifier through which one’s perspectives can be heard across a vast expanse… especially the recipients of our medical care.”
He credits the important work of past podiatric members such as Lee Sanders, DPM (past ADA President of Healthcare and Education), Lawrence Harkless, DPM (past board member) and Robert Frykberg, DPM, (past ADA Foot Care Council Chair) along with innumerable others. Dr. Armstrong notes has “no excuses but to do my best. To do any less in this regard would be to dishonor those who came before me and my profession.”
In terms of Dr. Armstrong’s overall and individual goals, he intends to work with fellow board members toward a cure of diabetes mellitus. A prolific author and frequent lecturer, Dr. Armstrong also recently received a research grant to study the combination of infrared thermometry and activity monitoring.
He will serve on the ADA Board until 2005. Once his term has expired, he will have the opportunity to move on to the ADA’s executive committee.