On World Diabetes Day– A World Apart– Two Deserts Meet to Heal Wounds and Prevent Amputations

In a potent symbol of the international diabetes epidemic, two renowned leaders from two sides of the world met to share experiences and preview upcoming collaborations. Mohamed Elsharawy, Professor and Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Saudia Arabia's University of Dammam visited David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona. “It is an honor to welcome Professor Elsharawy on such an auspicious day”, noted Dr. Armstrong “It is even more apropos when you think that we're two deserts– worlds apart– struggling to hold back a sandstorm of amputations.” Armstrong continued, indicating that “Most of the adult populations of the Gulf States have diabetes prevalences between 20 and 30 percent. The most common reason these patients end up in hospital— just like in the USA– is for a lower extremity complication.” Armstrong will reciprocally visit the University of Dammam for the Gulf Vascular Society symposium in February, 2012 to share techniques and outcomes between the SALSA unit in the USA and Gulf States. 

Caption (from left) : Mohamed Elsharawy and David G. Armstrong during World Diabetes Day visit to SALSA at the University of Arizona

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