2012 MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Distinguished Achievement Award
in Diabetic Limb Salvage to
Dr. Andrew J.M. Boulton
By Michael C. Sachtleben
Chief Operating Officer
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
October 12, 2012
JW Marriott Washington DC
J. Paul Getty said the secret to success was “to rise early, work late … and strike oil.”
I don’t know about that, but this conference and the entire medical profession certainly “struck oil” with Dr. Andrew J. M. Boulton, who is renowned as an international expert on diabetes and its complications and who is a roving ambassador for saving limbs.
We are here today to honor him with the 2012 MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Distinguished Achievement Award in Diabetic Limb Salvage.
When I was asked to introduce Dr. Boulton, a man who truly needs no introduction to this audience, we decided to talk to some of his longtime friends and associates to get their perspectives.
Some of what we heard we can’t repeat here today in a family-friendly audience, but let me give you a flavor of what his colleagues said about him.
David Armstrong out in Arizona told us that, “Real immortality can be measured by one’s professional progeny. In that context, Professor Boulton is not only an immortal, but also polygamous and peerless.”
Dr. Armstrong went on to say that “there are few people who created a specialty. Such is the case with Professor Boulton.”
Our own Dr. John Steinberg said, “Andrew has long been the ‘Voice’ for diabetic foot and amputation prevention through proper screening and delivery of care. He is passionate, articulate and well-liked and a true International Ambassador for diabetic limb salvage.”
Dr. George Andros, co-chair of the DFCon meeting in Los Angeles as well as a faculty member here, said, “So, I’m Mickey Rooney and David Armstrong is Judy Garland and we were in Hollywood for heavens sake. So I said to David, ‘I know what we can do. I’ll lead the orchestra and you can sing. We’ll rent a big barn and we need to get a big star and we’ll have a show.’ So we got Andrew Boulton and that’s how it all got started.”
On a less Hollywoodish note, GUH’s Dr. Chris Attinger pointed out that Dr. Bolton started the first multi-disciplinary biennial diabetic foot meeting in Malvern, England in 1986 and has set the standard for such meeting since then. Dr. Boulton has had a leadership role in a number of international diabetes organizations including being the current president of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and Chairman of Postgraduate Education for the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Dr. Attinger further notes that “Andrew has used those roles to educate and advance care of diabetic patients and champion diabetic limb salvage throughout the world. As such, he has had a huge impact on improving the treatment and outcomes of all diabetic patients.”
Dr. Boulton has been involved in diabetes research for going on three decades. I think it was Henry Kissinger who remarked that “each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem” and in that respect Dr. Boulton has gone on to deal with one difficult DLS issue after another throughout his career. As Professor of Medicine at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England, Consultant Physician at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Director of the Manchester Diabetes Lower Extremity Research Group he has been actively researching clinical aspects of the complications of diabetes for some 30 years.
The author or co-author of more than 300 professional papers and six books, Dr. Boulton formerly was editor of Diabetic Medicine and currently he is Associate Editor for Diabetes Care as well as being on the editorial boards of Current Diabetes Reports and the International Diabetes Monitor. He has championed evidence based research in those journals which has led to significant advances in our understanding of diabetes.
Andrew Boulton graduated with honors in medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976. He obtained his MD in complications of diabetes from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1985. Dr. Boulton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Cluj in Romania in 2004.
Dr. Boulton joins an illustrious roster of previous Georgetown DLS Distinguished Achievement Award winners – I think most of whom are here today — including Dr. William Ennis, Dr. Gary Gibbons, Dr. Lawrence Harkless and Dr. David Armstrong.
It is my great honor to present the 2012 MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Distinguished Achievement Award in Diabetic Limb Salvage to one of the great innovators, educators, researchers and global leaders in diabetic limb salvage medicine, ANDREW BOULTON.
Congratulations and thank you, Dr. Boulton!